This week's best of the web

Welcome to our very first weekly round-up of the best of the web. Consider this a digest of some of the most vital, useful or simply entertaining things that Simply Business saw on the web this week.

If you've seen something you think we should feature in next week’s round-up, feel free to let us know in the comments section.

This week on Simply Business

Bringing online communities into the ‘real world’ has real business benefits. [Simply Business]

Some simple productivity tips mean Windows doesn’t have to be a chore. [Simply Business]

News from elsewhere

The National Minimum Wage is increased to £5.93. [BBC]

House prices creep up again, helping to stabilise the market. [Guardian]

Demand for loans amongst small businesses drops. [Telegraph]

Business advice looks at choosing a business angel. [Startups]

Marketing Donut considers how to improve your multi-channel marketing. [Marketing Donut]

WorkAwesome thinks about the importance of rituals in our working day. [WorkAwesome]

Online goings-on

Blackberry launches Playbook, its rival to the iPad. It looks…well, remarkably similar to the iPad, actually. [Blackberry]

Google Docs launches track changes. Collaborators around the world breathe a sigh of relief, and cloud working moves one step closer. [Mashable]

The ‘New Twitter’ is rolled out to over 50 per cent of users. Facebook-style backlash is yet to materialise. [Twitter]

From the blogs

Stephanie Flanders considers the future of quantitative easing. [BBC Blogs]

Chris Arnold looks at the future for young creatives. [[Brand Republic]14