February 10, 2012

Weekly roundup: Recycling wastewater, tween d8-ing, interactive screens

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-Beijing’s office rents are now higher than New York’s, reports The FT.

-Indonesia and the Philippines are among the developing countries demanding better treatment for their unskilled workers abroad, a trend The Wall Street Journal says “could shake up global labor markets.”

-Recently released data from fellow WPP company Landor suggests that most companies need to invest more in their CSR efforts.

-Half of workers across 24 countries would consider moving abroad for work, according to a new study from Ipsos.

-“Is ‘Made in America’ Back in Style?” asks Time.

-Mashable takes a look at what motivates people to participate in the sharing economy.

-Author David Owen argues in The Wall Street Journal that a “Prius fallacy” dupes us into believing that token actions mean we’re being eco-friendly.

-A new GlobalWebIndex study reveals that while Facebook fatigue is spreading, social networking continues to grow, especially in BRIC nations.

-American suburbs are evolving into more racially diverse microcosms, reports Adweek.

-The Economist reports how Chinese students arriving at American universities are changing stereotypes. And The New York Times looks at how an influx of foreign students is affecting U.S. colleges.

-Reuters reports on “black diamonds,” the new group of wealthy African consumers lusting for luxury.

-A new study explores the rise of middle-aged singles in America; Adweek interviews its authors.

-A report from Reuters questions the efficacy of dating websites.

-The New York Times looks at how companies like Samsung are embracing gamification to increase customer loyalty and collect metrics.

-USA Today reports on how interactive screens are enabling retailers to “bring the convenience of online shopping to the offline world.”

-As American malls struggle, The New York Times reports that some communities are finding creative ways to redevelop the spaces, “building the downtowns that the suburbs never had.”

-A Nielsen report on how Americans spend their media time is “the first significant evidence” that younger viewers are moving away from TV sets to watch shows, reports The New York Times. MediaPost spotlights the finding that more households are bypassing cable or satellite, subscribing only to broadband Internet.

-“Multiscreen multitaskers” are the norm at many desks, says The New York Times, so much so that “a single monitor can seem as outdated as dial-up Internet.”

-NPR looks at how helicopter parents are meddling in the workplace as their Millennial kids go to work.

-For today’s tweens, “dating” means a lot more texting than actual talking, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-The Pew Research Center says that thanks to a segment of “power users,” most Facebook members receive more from friends on the social network than they give.

-Pinterest is helping to drive a new look in website design, says Mashable.

-The Wall Street Journal spotlights fashion’s new influencers as New York’s fashion week gets under way.

-Mead, that staple Renaissance fair beverage, is coming back into fashion, reports The New York Times.

-Cans are replacing bottles as the packaging of choice among craft beer brewers, reports Restaurant News.

-Print news organizations are taking to the Web with live video reports, says The New York Times.

-With concerns about water shortages growing, more cities are looking to recycled wastewater, explains The New York Times.

-This week, we released our February trend report, which takes a look at what’s changing when it comes to how we find, cook and eat food, how we think about what we eat and how brands are marketing food. To download What’s Cooking? Trends in Food, click here.

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