November 12, 2010

Weekly Roundup: 40 Under 40, the dumbphone market and power vegans

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-Fortune releases the 2010 “40 Under 40.”

-By one economic measure, China’s economy could surpass that of the U.S. in 2012, according to a recent report by think tank Conference Board, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

-Foreign Policy asks, “How did the world get so old, so fast?” and looks at the implications of a graying population for the global economy.

-Concerns about climate change and environmental issues are rising in Asia, according to The New York Times, in many cases surpassing worries about the global economy.

-The New York Times looks at the role of heritage in luxury branding across the globe.

-The Economist publishes a special report on smart cities of the future.

-A public radio project in the U.S. examines “The Future of Transportation.”

-The Center for Global Development’s 2010 Commitment to Development Index ranks which of the richer nations is most generous to countries in need; Sweden tops the list, South Korea comes last.

-Bloomberg Businessweek charts “the rise of the power vegans.”

-Smartphone penetration continues to skyrocket: Gartner says global sales spiked 96 percent in the third quarter.

-Mashable discusses why the “dumbphone” market is “bursting with potential.”

-Noting a sales slowdown in categories such as green cleaners, Ad Age asks, “Has Green Stopped Giving?

-Knowledge @ Wharton weighs in on “Forecasting the Future of Group Buying Sites.”

-“Retailers Look to Small Stores for Bigger Profits,” according to The New York Times. We said “Small is the new big” in our 2009 trends forecast, and the trend continues to play out.

-Ad Age takes a look at “What’s Hot for This Retail Season” in terms of tech trends such as location-based discounts and personalization.

-Researchers at Case Western Reserve found connections between teens’ hyper-texting and hyper-networking and behaviors such as smoking, drinking and sexual activity.

-A “mobile revolution” in health care is on the horizon: The Global Mobile Health Market Report 2010-2015 forecasts that 500 million people will be using mobile health apps by 2015.

-Forrester is predicting e-book sales in the U.S. will reach $1 billion by the end of the year. Recognizing the rise of digital books, The New York Times announced it will publish e-book best-seller lists as of 2011.

-The residential phone book is fading fast, reports the Associated Press. New York, Florida and Pennsylvania recently approved Verizon’s request to stop printing the white pages.

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