January 25, 2013

Weekly Roundup: Davos thus far, the rise of superbugs and Google’s driverless car

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-In the run up to Davos, one New York Times writer outlines how “crisis is the new normal.” Meanwhile, The Guardian offers up daily recaps (here, here and here) of the annual World Economic Forum conference thus far.

-Forbes reports on the rise of the peer-to-peer marketplace, one of our 10 trends for 2013, Peer Power.

-The Guardian looks at the alarming rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria and the potential global health risk these superbugs pose.

-The Wall Street Journal notes how dads today are putting a “distinctly masculine stamp on child-rearing and home life,” debunking the myth of the domestically inept male.

-With more elderly Britons living longer and on their own, The Guardian looks at the U.K.’s “loneliness epidemic.”

-Employers from Procter & Gamble to Goldman Sachs are addressing the problem of chronic exhaustion among employees, investing in everything from “sleep-hygiene courses to melatonin-regulating lighting” in order to improve employee slumber, according to The Wall Street Journal.

-The average U.K. worker takes a 29-minute lunch break, down from 33 minutes last year, according to a study cited in the Daily Mail.

-In The Super Stress Era—one of our 10 Trends for 2013—more products are being designed to ease anxiety, explains Blouin Artinfo.

-As Google, Twitter and Facebook open offices in Ireland, one attorney quoted in The Guardian calls it a “massive game-changer,” as these companies will now be subject to the defamation, libel and privacy laws of the EU.

-Some U.S. regulators are looking to protect social net speech for employees, so they can discuss work conditions freely online without fear of retribution, according to The New York Times.

-This week, Forbes released the first and second installments of a series detailing Google’s driverless car and its implications for society, which could be worth trillions.

-Twitter unveils Vine, a mobile-based video sharing app “that’s actually easy to use” according to Wired.

-The New York Times’ Nick Bilton looks at the rise of digital media impulse buying.

-Ad Age looks at how price variation—a common fixture of online shopping—is being embraced by brick-and-mortar retailers.

-In an effort to cut costs on photo shoots, online retailers are switching to software that creates computer-generated models, The Wall Street Journal reports.

-A Businessweek special report looks at the looming food crisis.

-MediaPost and Bon Appétit outline food trends for 2013. The former points to such developments as sugar as toxin and the “casualization” of restaurant cuisine; the latter lists homemade yogurt and the Italian digestivo Fernet-Branca.

-As major beer brewers combine, local brewers are facing stronger competition, according to research from Rabobank.

-The New York Times examines how restaurants are dealing with the onslaught of food photography.

-The Wall Street Journal looks at the men’s shirt market, noting the wide array of collar shapes and sizes available today.

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