A freaky friday style swap of the payment world emerged this week as Paypal launches chip and pin to “designed to offer new sales methods to UK small businesses that have previously relied on cash or cheques” and Mastercard launches masterpass which aims to “streamline your entire shopping experience while bridging the gap between real world and digital payments” – both initiatives aiming to own the others area of the payment space, but the intention is clear – to keep bringing that gap between physical and digital payments even closer.
Though as mobile payment increases, worrying stats have come out from McAfee, who found security threats increased in mobile devices by 440%
HR AT THE BIGGEST BUSINESSES IN THE WORLD
Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer bans employees from working from home, citing it is the only way they are going to become true contenders in the web space saying “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings,” it says. “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.”
Your bosses could have a bigger track on what you do and in what time you’re doing it – this article follows a man who worked for Tesco, who have electronic armbands to monitor their staff as well as other companies following suite, such as IBM who are able to track disgruntled employees…
On the other side of the coin, this TED talk from Tim Leberecht shows some of the top brand stories, including how Semco lets employees set own hours … and salary, and Netflix offers employees unlimited vacation.
RECENT PROJECTS THAT HAVE CAUGHT OUR EYE
A great HTML5 Alpha Channel Video Experiment and music video which truly takes advantage of the power of a long intro http://www.notthesa.me/
Royal London Hospital launches its new joyous play space, filled with oversized items for the children staying in the East London Hospital
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Google Fiber attracting startups, creating nationwide buzz
“People don’t like being filmed” – The societal impact of Google Glass makes for interesting reading
Rolex and Apple crowned champions of business and consumer by UK superbrands. See full list at http://www.superbrands.uk.com/results
4G auction: what was it all for?
Interesting article looking at the recent ‘stumbling blocks’ at Apple, and asking – Does a Company Like Apple Need a Genius Like Steve Jobs?
Nielsen TV Ratings Will Soon Include Viewers Who Watch Online
Apple Pop-Up Museum to Display Rare Artifacts
A look at the visual movie ‘billing block’
Horse meat found in Ikea meatballs