December 14, 2012

Weekly Roundup: Living longer, diversity in the US and UK and 2012 in review

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-A major new study finds a dramatic rise in life expectancy over the past 40 years but also a spike in mental and physical health problems, as The Guardian reports.

-A National Intelligence Council report forecasts what the world will look like in 2030. Wired spotlights some tech-related predictions.

-Luxury spending by Chinese consumers now outpaces all other markets, according to McKinsey & Company.

-A new Ad Age report examines how affluent Millennials differ from older affluents.

-NPR discusses the growing wave of Millennial entrepreneurs.

-As Britain gets increasingly racially diverse, the country is slowly coming to look more like its multicultural capital, reports The Economist.

-With the Census Bureau pointing to the U.S. becoming a “plurality nation,” the term “minority” might “need to be retired or rethought,” suggests The New York Times.

-The Economist looks at America’s falling birth and immigration rates and sees “long-term trouble ahead.”

-A special report from The Economist takes a look at the global obesity epidemic.

-Childhood obesity is declining (slightly) in a few American cities, reversing a long upward trend, reports The New York Times.

-An FT series, “Decoding Big Data” explores topics including how the ad industry is deploying data scientists to personalize messaging and leveraging real-time data, and the effect of Big Data in retail.

-The Wall Street Journal’s privacy series examines how companies are tying consumers’ identities to their Web browsing habits.

-The Economist reports on the rise of “data lockers,” services that help give consumers more control over their personal data.

-TechCrunch summarizes a 21-nation survey by the Pew Research Center that examines how people are using social media today.

-Recognizing the legitimacy of the social web, Social Media becomes a major at one college.

-A new report from IDC spotlights a record-breaking rise in smart device shipments.

-A Teen Vogue report looks at Millennials’ multichannel shopping habits.

-A new survey finds that while many Americans believe smartphones will become wallets, only a minority are ready to embrace the trend, reports Mobile Commerce Daily.

-MIT Technology Review takes a look at some of the startups working to “bring e-mail back to the future.”

-Mashable reports that 2013 will be “the year of responsive web design.”

-“This is a time of huge opportunity in finance—as long as you are something other than a bank,” reports The Economist, looking at the rise of non-bank finance.

-In The Atlantic, James Fallows examines why more American companies are embracing the idea of bringing manufacturing back from Asia.

-The New York Times reports on how climate change is affecting ski resorts.

-The Wall Street Journal reports on the “crisis” faced by America’s dairy industry and how marketers are addressing declining interest in milk.

-Time looks at what’s ahead for electric vehicles.

-2012 was “a pretty good year” for female heroism in film, says The New York Times’ A.O. Scott, exploring the rise of stronger women characters.

-24/7 Wall Street spotlights the American restaurant chains with the biggest declines over the past decade, from Bennigan’s to Big Boy.

-2012 in review, according to Facebook, Google and Twitter.

-Ford released its internal consumer trends report for 2013, and Adweek takes a quick look.

-Frog Design outlines 20 tech trends that will define 2013 in Co.Design.

-MediaPost covers The Food Network’s 10 Food Trends for 2013.

-USA Today reports that American cities are starting to ban or restrict the use of foam cups and food containers.

-Businessweek reports that 50 Shades of Grey is boosting sales of sex toys cited in the book.

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