September 23, 2011

Weekly roundup: The future of sharing, tech’s next gen and mini Estée Lauders

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-Google expects Internet usage to surge in India over the next two years, according to The Wall Street Journal.

-As leaders met at the U.N. to discuss the spike in deaths from noncommunicable diseases, The New York Times looks at the implications of Chinese and Indian drug makers gaining the ability to make cheap copies of biotech treatments.

-Time reports on Science Without Borders, Brazil’s initiative to send students focusing on areas of strategic national importance to study abroad.

-Four ways Chinese businesses are redefining customer service, per Fast Company’s Co.Design blog.

-New U.S. Census data confirms the emergence of a “lost generation,” reports the Associated Press.

-Gaming for social good: This week, a crop of video gamers helped scientists make a breakthrough in AIDS research, according to Fast Company.

-MIT’s Technology Review looks at “the next generation of technology,” spotlighting 35 innovators under 35.

-Facebook’s newly announced Timeline “reveals the future of sharing,” says Charlene Li, positioning the site “as a platform for storytelling and meaningful engagement,” argues Brian Solis. The network “wants to be a force that shapes what you watch, hear, read and buy,” reports The New York Times, while ReadWriteWeb says it signals a move toward an “integrated, real-time Web” that’s experienced in tandem with others.

-The annual Green Gauge Report from GfK finds Americans somewhat less prone to green concerns and behavior, according to Ad Age. Meanwhile, a European Commission study finds that global CO2 emissions reached an all-time high last year.

-Online sales of luxury goods worldwide are forecast to increase by 20 percent annually through 2015, according to the trade group Altagamma, Warc.com reports.

-The daily deal industry is starting to “shake out,” reports The Wall Street Journal, as struggling services shutter or sell.

-As Netflix stumbled, Mashable spotlights a Mintel report that charts how the home video marketplace is evolving.

-Ernst & Young forecasts that the electric vehicles market will take a decade to reach critical mass.

-The New York Times previews the possibilities for the Google Wallet phone payment system.

-Tweens are taking a DIY approach to makeup, with “next-generation Estée Lauders” creating their own products and how-to videos, according to The Wall Street Journal.

-The Wall Street Journal profiles the “new generation of global jet-setters,” 20-somethings who game the frequent-flyer system and travel to far-flung locales.

-The Economist looks at the pet care boom in emerging markets.

-As the fall TV shows premiered, writer Hanna Rosin (of “The End of Men” fame) noted on WNYC that strong and quirky female characters dominate the primetime lineup.

-Employees rather than IT departments are increasingly dictating what tech they use, reports The New York Times.

-Newsweek measures women’s progress worldwide, looking at the best and worst places to be a woman worldwide.

-Our sister site, AnxietyIndex.com, looks at how one brand is responding to new gender dynamics in Mexico.

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