May 4, 2012

Weekly Roundup: Tech villains, ‘tweens’ secret lives online’ and men’s briefs

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-“The Future Belongs to the Flexible,” says consultant and author Ian Bremmer in The Wall Street Journal, arguing that in “this new decentralized global order,” countries that come out ahead will be those that can pivot quickly.

-The Philippines looks to be on a “sustainable upward trajectory,” reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

-Foreign Policy releases its first “Sex Issue,” dealing with “how and why sex—in all the various meanings of the word—matters in shaping the world’s politics.”

-“Is big tech replacing the big banks and Wall Street as the corporate villains du jour?” asks Time.

-The New York Times assesses the progress of “The Post-Cash, Post-Credit-Card Economy.”

-In India, mobile Internet use is set to exceed fixed-line PC access by the end of 2012, according to statistics published by TheNextWeb.

-A new study finds that with more ways to communicate via an online connection, people are both talking and texting less on the phone.

-The Wall Street Journal examines “Tweens’ Secret Lives Online,” spotlighting some of the social sites popular among kids. For more on this cohort, check out our recently released trend report on Gen Z.

-The Pew Research Center finds that more American teens are using video chat to keep up with friends, Mashable reports.

-The AP looks at the multi-screen experience that TV watching now entails.

-For the second year in a row, fewer Americans have access to a TV set and signal, according to Nielsen.

-The company also released its Cross-Platform Report, examining how Americans watch TV and video from screen to screen.

-USA Today spotlights the rise of social television and how “the notion of passive viewing has changed dramatically” for a segment of the viewing audience.

-Inspired by natural design, robotics researchers, mathematicians and computer scientists are exploring origami as a means of production, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

-Bloomberg Businessweek’s “CEO Guide to Customer Experience Technology” spotlights how companies are adopting new technologies that let customers interact with products, how Intel is making the in-store experience more digital and how restaurants are incorporating tablets.

-GigaOM explains how tablets and smartphones are fueling commerce.

-USA Today looks at the race to name the generation that comes after Gen Y.

-The Economist explores why Britons are making fewer car journeys.

-Whether or not goods are actually custom-crafted, “bespoke” is the marketing word du jour, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-A Wall Street Journal video spotlights the documentary Mansome and the rise of male grooming.

-The New York Times gives a brief on the men’s underwear market and the rise of high-end briefs.

-Orchestras are looking to reinvent themselves for the digital age, fusing classical with electronic music in a new kind of concert format, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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