October 26, 2012

Weekly Roundup: The ‘Disruption Economy,’ the next tech revolution and adultifying Halloween

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-The Atlantic releases its list of the year’s “brave thinkers,” people who are “risking their reputations, fortunes, and lives in pursuit of big ideas.”

-Foreign Policy examines whether the BRIC nations are “really the future of the global economy.”

-Gender equality has advanced in education and health care, but significant gaps remain when it comes to jobs and wages, according to a World Economic Forum report.

-Research suggests the “infidelity gender gap” may be closing in the U.S., with women becoming nearly as unfaithful as men, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-Young Britons are more responsible and less rebellious than the youth of preceding generations, reports The Economist.

-While all Americans are growing more concerned about their ability to retire, Gen X is particularly anxious, according to a Pew Research Center study.

-A new study finds the shaky economy is leaving American workers stressed out and burned out by their jobs, reports USA Today.

-The New York Times examines how tech heavyweights like Google and Intel are scrambling to adjust to a more mobile-centric world.

-GigaOM looks at how businesses like AirBnb, Coursera and Uber are driving the “Rise of the Disruption Economy.”

-The Economist spotlights “the rise of no-name designers”: direct-to-consumer online businesses that offer upscale goods for less.

-Brian Solis examines “The Erosion of Privacy and the Rise of Publicness…and why it’s a good thing.”

-An Ad Age columnist predicts what the TV and video advertising landscape will look like in 2020.

-An Economist special report on technology and geography examines the impact of the physical realm on the digital one, including a look at how “the Internet is going local” and how cities are leveraging geolocation data.

-The New York Times spotlights a crop of London-based startups seeking to upend traditional banking.

-“Are Wearable Gadgets the Next Tech Revolution?” asks Co.Design.

-Wired looks at just how vulnerable smartphones are to mobile malware.

-A comScore study in the U.S. finds that “tablets are fundamentally redefining how people consume news and information.”

-A report on social commerce from Eventbrite finds that more consumers are sharing via social media and that “dollars per share” are spiking.

-More brands are mining the social media landscape for campaign inspiration, according to The Wall Street Journal.

-GigaOM examines the evolution of email and some startups looking to improve the experience.

-A new Pew study examines Americans’ use of e-books and other reading trends.

-Libraries aren’t dead yet: A new survey finds that young adults still visit the institutions, reports The New York Times.

-“Chinese Fiction Is Hot,” declares Bloomberg Businessweek, noting that Nobel Prizewinner Mo Yan is among a group of Chinese writers gaining international notice.

-USA Today says Halloween is getting increasingly adultified in America.

-Hollywood is becoming more reliant on international audiences, especially those in China and Russia, reports Foreign Policy.

-USA Today reports that airports are offering a slew of new amenities designed to help relieve travelers’ stress.

-Time releases its annual list of the top blogs of the year.

-Fast Company interviews our own Ann Mack about our latest trend report, “Health and Happiness: Hand in Hand.” For more on the report, click here.

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