June 1, 2012

Weekly Roundup: Downward mobility in the EU, English-only in India, a ‘time-wasting gap’ in the U.S.

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Due to Memorial Day office closures, this roundup covers the past two weeks.

-The New York Times spotlights a “growing divide among American cities,” with some attracting hordes of college graduates and many other urban areas left behind.

-In a special report on China’s economy, The Economist examines domestic consumption and what’s driving consumer spending.

-South Africa has long been regarded a “gateway to Africa” for investors, but other strong economies in Africa are starting to change that notion, reports The Economist.

-The New York TimesIndia Ink blog spotlights the rise of an urban generation of children that’s growing up speaking only English.

-More American men are taking jobs in traditionally female-dominated fields, reports The New York Times.

-“This is the first postwar generation facing the prospect of downward mobility,” writes a Guardian columnist of Europe’s youth.

-New data from the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project finds that “European unity is on the rocks” and highlights key anxieties across the EU.

-Mashable spotlights China’s e-commerce market and looks at why the country is forecast to become the biggest online marketplace in the next few years.

-The Economist reports that more venture capital is going toward startups that adapt established business models for emerging markets.

-Crowdfunding is flourishing, and USA Today takes a look at how and why.

-With the rise of gesture recognition (one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2012), The Wall Street Journal reports that “a race to liberate computer users from the mouse is kicking into high gear.”

-The New York Times reports on an unintended effect of efforts to narrow the digital divide: a “time-wasting gap,” with kids from poorer families now overly immersed in high-tech devices.

-Technology is changing the way we “grieve for and memorialize the dead,” says USA Today.

-“Screens Get a Place at the Table,” reports The Wall Street Journal, examining a trend that’s on our list of 100 Things to Watch in 2012.

-A new Pew Internet & American Life Project study finds that year-over-year, about the same proportion of Americans are using Twitter, but they’re checking it more often.

-McKinsey Quarterly takes a look at mobile money in emerging markets, examining barriers to achieving scale and how to overcome them.

-A new class of small, “insect-eyed” cameras could become “an almost omnipresent part of our lives,” reports Der Spiegel.

-India is forecast to be the top Facebook market by 2015, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

-The International Herald Tribune takes a look at the rising startup scene in Hungary.

-The Wall Street Journal examines how next-generation robots will change factory work.

-USA Today reports that home builders are starting to reverse longtime trends, focusing more on compact homes in urban areas.

-The Guardian checks out a “vegetarian butcher” and asks whether “meat in the 21st century [is] destined to go the same way as fur, where faux becomes the mainstream version.”

-A new type of product—beauty balm—takes the skin care category by storm, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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