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-Bloomberg spotlights a wave of Saudi women harnessing Instagram to pursue entrepreneurship despite societal restrictions.

-Uber is taking cues from public transit, planning route systems that streamline urban transport, says Fortune.

-As economic downturn continues in Brazil, Business of Fashion looks at the country’s shrinking luxury market.

-In the midst of economic recovery, US Goodwill shops are going high-end with a new boutique offering, reports New York’s The Cut.

-“Fashion is in the throes of a full-scale casting revolution,” declares Dazed in an expose on the new, imperfect aesthetic.

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-Our worldwide director Lucie Greene weighs in on fashion’s changing gender landscape in The New York Times.

-Business Insider looks at how former retail king Gap is revamping its approach for the next generation.

-“Is disability fashion’s forgotten diversity frontier?” asks Dazed.

-Facebook is now a higher source of traffic to news sites than Google, reports Fortune.

-Google is using its store of Google Earth data to launch a project that will help people make the transition to solar energy, reports Vice.

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Half of young people in the UK don’t identify as 100% heterosexual, according to new research from British firm YouGov. Among 18- to 24-year-olds, 46% said they were fully heterosexual, 6% said fully homosexual, and 43% placed themselves somewhere in the middle of the spectrum.

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-Vanity Fair takes an intimate look at the “dating apocalypse” of today’s app-enabled romance.

-The Independent explores the decline of the UK nightclub scene as millennials opt for more Instagram-worthy experiences.

-After facing social media backlash, Target is now doing away with gender distinctions in its toy and home goods aisles, reports Fast Company.

-Facebook’s autoplay video ad format is “ushering in a new era of silent storytelling,” says Adweek.

-Vanity Fair charts our cultural fascination with rosé.

Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: India’s phone wars, the dating apocalypse, and the rise of rosé” »


-Ventures Africa explores how Airbnb is set to take the African hospitality industry by storm.

-The Washington Post looks at how the “right to be forgotten” movement is spreading from Europe to the US.

-The New York Times explores our cultural fascination with Resting Bitch Face and why evaluating women based on likeability is a problem.

-J. Walter Thompson CEO Gustavo Martinez offers tips for marketers looking to resonate with the $1.3 trillion US Latino market, via Campaign.

-Hispanic millennials could be the driving force behind the growth and development of the US food sector, says Supermarket Guru.

Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: African Airbnb, Hispanic shopping and the right to be forgotten” »

A new analysis of Census data from Pew Research finds that even in an improved job market, millennials are living at home with their families at a stable (or even slightly higher) rate.

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-Bloomberg looks at a spate of gender-neutral clothing lines for kids that are aiming to reframe society’s gender expectations.

-The FT explores the rise of comics as a form of artistic freedom in the MENA region.

-“Stop capitalizing the word ‘internet,’” declares New Republic, in a reflection on what capitalization says about a word’s place in culture.

-Wired takes a deep dive into the DNA editing technique CRISPR and how it could change human life as we know it.

-Despite an improved job market, US millennials are still choosing to live at home with family, reports Pew Research.

Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: DNA scissors, older renters, and the end of ‘pink and blue’” »


New insight from financial services firm Cowen predicts Amazon will be the top US clothing retailer within two years. The firm sees Amazon’s market share jumping from 5% to 14% by 2020, “comfortably passing Macy’s” in 2017.

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-Business of Fashion explores nutricosmetics—digestible beauty products that are expected to become a $7.4 billion industry by 2020.

-In a special report dubbed “Food and the new east,” The Calvert Journal explores the changing palate of Eastern Europe.

-As YouTube celebrity proliferates, The Kernel asks, “Can Hollywood turn YouTubers into movie stars?”

-A writer for Fusion looks at Silicon Valley’s solutions to heartbreak.

-BBC exposes the rise of a liberal, modern, independent Egyptian woman who is shattering social taboos and living on her own before getting hitched.

Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: YouTube movie stars, heartbreak apps and new east cuisine” »

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“Humans are tech’s next big thing,” declared Wired in a June 2015 headline. After years of algorithms filtering our digital lives, tech’s big players are taking cues from traditional newsrooms, hiring specialized editors and curators to create online experiences with a human touch.

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