December 9, 2011

Weekly Roundup: Our 10 trends for 2012, .xxx and food forecasts

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-An OECD report finds that income inequality has widened over the past two decades in most of its 22 member nations.

-The founder of Freelancers Union looks at “the sharing economy’s quiet revolution.”

-Reuters reports that brain drain is reversing course in the U.S., with more Americans than ever studying and working abroad.

-A new study explores the shifts behind the fact that fewer American teens are driving, reports the Los Angeles Times.

-An Economist special report on video games argues they’ll be the “fastest-growing and most exciting form of mass media over the coming decade.”

-In Time, a tech consultant mulls whether Facebook has peaked.

-Reuters suggests Latin America might one day consider a single currency.

-The first websites with the .xxx domain name went live, and The Washington Post takes a look.

-“You’re about to see the word ‘app’ more and more every day,” says Fast Company, perhaps giving rise to a new “appathy.”

-Five digital media and advertising trends for 2012 from Mashable.

-Bloomberg Businessweek looks at how voice control may upend the traditional TV remote control.

-A New York Times special report on the Future of Computing includes an interactive timeline, a look at China’s bid to lead in high-tech and the search for a silicon successor.

-The tech-startup scene is heating up in Europe, reports The New York Times Nick Bilton.

USA Today reports that shoppers are gifting themselves this holiday season (a manifestation of Live a Little, one of our 10 Trends for 2012) and that pets will make out well this season.

-Retailers are finding new ways to speed impatient shoppers through the checkout process, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-Mobile shopping in America is officially mainstream, according to comScore data.

-Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is leading to more products inspired by nature and organic forms, reports The Economist.

-The New York Times looks at how publishers are spiffing up print books to better distinguish them from e-books.

-Food trends for 2012 from The Food Channel, the James Beard Foundation, the National Restaurant Association, Mintel and The Huffington Post.

-The New York Times looks at the evolution of wine labels from formal to casual, then to cheeky and more recently to rude and saucy.

-Mashable’s six top social media marketing trends of 2011, the Top 10 Twitter trends of 2011, KnowYourMeme’s Best Memes of 2011 and Time’s extensive Top 10 Everything of 2011.

-We released our seventh annual year-end forecast of key trends that will shape or significantly impact consumer behavior in the near future. Check out the executive summary here.

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