This Week’s Top Ten Stories

22nd February

1) Why Facebook Had To Have WhatsApp.The messaging service is hugely popular outside the U.S., with over 450 million users. Facebook just bought the only app that could truly call itself a Facebook killer – Read More

2) MIT Technology Review presents the 50 smartest companies
of 2014 – Read More

3) The most scandalous social network? Secret is , allegedly, is about people in San Francisco – devouring their Secret feeds, with an unpredictable mix of gossip – It’s all here, maybe true and maybe not, but guaranteed to get you guessing about who posted it – Read More

4) Some interesting tools and apps you can use to get to know a city – read more. And Citymapper is an incredibly popular travel guide to London, Paris, Berlin and New York. According to Wired half the phones in London have it loaded – Read more

5) Winston Churchill’s statue finds a home in a London hotel bar – The bar offers the Churchill Martini, apparently he liked his martini served without vermouth added – ‘it just had to be present in the room’. – Read More

6) Keep on Running? – Heat maps reveal where people run in major cities – Read More

7) Like to travel? A big fan of Disney? Here are 52 Disney animated movie locations mapped around the world – Read More

8) Great piece from Wired on how data is improving football teams performance on the pitch – The Winning Formula – Read More

9) Where Data Viz began – a brief history of infographics – Read More

10) The Future of Love, from TED – Read More

And finally, on January 15, 2014, Alex Honnold free-soloed El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in El Portrero Chico, Mexico in a little over 3 hours. The climb rises 2,500 feet to the summit of El Toro. It could be the most difficult rope-less climb in history – Read More