December 10, 2010

Weekly Roundup: Top 100 Global Thinkers, gay hotels and Twitter demographics

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-Foreign Policy profiles the Top 100 Global Thinkers.

-Year in review: Google’s Zeitgeist 2010: Year in Review is a fascinating look at who searched for what from where. Among the top global events Googled: the World Cup, the Gulf oil spill and the earthquake in Haiti. Time releases its “Top 10 Everything of 2010” list.

-The International Herald Tribune released its Global Agenda 2011 report, including an essay from Roger Cohen on a dramatic global shift he terms the Age of Possibility.

-David Armano of Edelman Digital offers his six social media predictions for 2011 in Harvard Business Review.

-Ad Age spotlights 10 Trends That Are Shaping Global Media Consumption.

-A report from several scientific bodies warns that Asia’s aging population presents one of the biggest challenges for the region this century.

-Included in an international standardized test for the first time, Chinese students put most developed countries to shame, reports The New York Times. And The Economist takes a look at how Brazil’s poor education system is slowly improving.

-ZenithOptimedia expects Asia-Pacific to pass Western Europe in advertising expenditure this year, with China moving up to third place. And an eMarketer forecast sees double-digit growth in U.S. online ad spending through 2014.

-Slate’s Annie Lowrey finds a confused, anxiety-ridden population after examining the many recent polls that ask Americans for their views on taxes, the economy, shopping and debt.

-Fast Company discusses how techie types are “taking on City Hall” and paving the way for gov 2.0.

-USA Today reports that as retailers roll out mobile apps, more consumers are using their smartphones as they shop.

-Ad Age outlines how Puma is boosting its customization offering via in-store iPads.

-Fast Company interviews James Reinhart of ThredUP, a baby-clothes exchange and one more example of Collaborative Consumption.

-The Wall Street Journal’s Sue Shellenbarger examines how busy, stressed families are utilizing time-management tech tools to “cram more into 24 hours.”

-The Wall Street Journal outlines an emerging trend in the music industry: Bands selling shares in themselves to fans and investors.

-More American holiday-season shoppers are paying with cash or debit and forgoing credit cards, says USA Today and The New York Times.

-The Pew Research Center’s first study on Twitter finds that 8 percent of online Americans use the service and that the cohort is skewed toward young adults, minorities and urbanites.

-The New York Times reports that with romance the fastest-growing segment of the e-book market, publishers and retailers are courting female fans in earnest.

-Not surprisingly, Christmas cards are on the wane, reports the Chicago Tribune—though one industry exec sees signs of a backlash against virtual greetings.

-Time looks at a hot trend in travel: gay-focused hotels and resorts.

-Coconut water, one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2010, has been making news recently. PepsiCo is partnering with GNC to put out a line of coconut water under the name Phenom. And Australia recently saw the launch of Beyond.

-The world’s 10 best cities for shopaholics, according to ShermansTravel.com.

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