November 2, 2012

Weekly Roundup: The ‘superstorm’ era, paperless classrooms and bananas as the new potatoes

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-Hurricane Sandy raises questions about climate and the future, as NPR reports. And CNN reports that experts are warning of an era of “superstorms.”

-The New York Times says a record number of professionals are leaving China, fearful about an unstable future and “a deteriorating social and moral fabric.”

-The recession, coupled with technology, is turning America into a nation of part-time workers, reports The New York Times.

-The Economist looks at one way in which 3D printing could improve the everyday lives of people in poor countries.

-The AP reports that younger Millennials identify as more fiscally conservative.

-The New York Times looks at how privacy issues around mobile apps are taking center stage in the debate over what data can be gathered and by whom.

-The New York Times looks at how marketers are tailoring messaging for the mobile era, taking advantage of geo-location tracking and other unique elements.

-GigaOM covers the “Pinterest-ization” of e-commerce.

-USA Today says “anything goes these days” in retail as brands and retailers find new places to reach consumers.

-The Los Angeles Times looks at how retailers are battling showrooming as the holiday shopping season approaches.

-Adweek reports that 2012 will be the first holiday season of multiscreen shopping, spotlighting research from Google.

-Consumers feel better about companies with strong CSR efforts, according to an analysis by Cone Communications.

-To engage more kids and families, museums are turning to tools like iPhone apps and augmented reality, explains The New York Times.

-Two new surveys find that many teachers are convinced “students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere,” reports The New York Times.

-The New York Times spotlights the advent of paperless classrooms in the United Arab Emirates.

-Bananas might be the new potatoes, reports the BBC, as a warmer world could usher in new types of staples for millions of people.

-Carrots are enjoying a turn in the spotlight at American restaurants, reports The New York Times.

-Packaged Facts data shows that gluten-free foods are “still going gangbusters,” explains MediaPost.

-Amid the “relentless dumbing down,” The Guardian spots a new serious streak in cinema and beyond.

-Hollywood movies are growing less influential and more disconnected from pop culture, argues The New York Times.

-Gay-rights literature is on the rise in India, according to The Guardian, in the wake of legal recognition and a stronger gay-rights movement.

-The Wall Street Journal spotlights the process of shopping for fashion on social commerce sites.

-The International Herald Tribune examines whether energy-saving is becoming the new normal in Japan.

-U.S. automakers are adding ambient lighting to car interiors, inspired by European luxury-car makers, according to The Wall Street Journal.

-The Wall Street Journal reports on the rise of makeup bars in some U.S. cities.

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