February 1, 2013

Weekly Roundup: The P2P economy, graphene and the top emerging markets

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-Bloomberg Businessweek ranks the Top 20 emerging markets.

-A new report finds a “steep jump” in the percentage of Americans planning to delay retirement, as The Wall Street Journal reports.

-Mintel outlines the rising consumer power of “little emperors and empresses”—China’s middle- and upper-class children—as reported in the South China Morning Post.

-An Economist special report on the Nordic countries looks at how they’re “reinventing their model of capitalism,” turning the region into a “cultural powerhouse” and leveraging globalization.

-Pew research finds greater pressure on America’s “sandwich generation,” with more 40- and 50-somethings supporting both children and parents, reports USA Today.

-A Forbes cover story takes a look at the rise of the peer-to-peer economy.

-The FT examines how peer-to-peer lending platforms are aiming to take on traditional banks.

-As the Big Game approaches, Time and USA Today spotlight Super Bowl advertising trends.

-YouGov published its list of top U.S. brands for 2012, as Adweek reports.

-The New York Times reports that “binge viewing” is affecting the way American TV shows are scripted and distributed.

-The Economist spotlights TV’s “third wave” and the advent of high-quality online programming, one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2013.

-USA Today reports that “the traditional video game industry is primed for a reboot.”

-With e-commerce prices now fluctuating frequently, The New York Times reports on the rise of tracking tools that help consumers “outwit” online retailers.

-A new report from Flurry finds that “shopping and commerce is finally beginning to take off on mobile platforms,” as TechCrunch reports.

-Mobile Commerce Daily spotlights a new Juniper report on the growth of mobile coupons and a Carlisle & Gallagher report on early front-runners in mobile payments.

-The International Herald Tribune examines the EU’s ambitious plan to bring electric vehicles and hybrids into the mainstream.

-French consumers are losing interest in domestic cars, and in buying cars more generally, reports The New York Times.

-A Pew report examines how Americans track their health conditions, and The New York Times takes a look at the new role of technology in health-tracking.

-A new study finds that American college graduates are increasingly overqualified for the jobs they’re in, as USA Today reports.

-With the U.S. becoming a “permanent temp economy,” a sociology professor outlines the evolution of employer attitudes toward temp workers in The New York Times.

-A Time cover story on the “rise of the drones” describes these devices as “one of a handful of genuinely transformative technologies to emerge in the past 10 years.”

-The FT takes a look at the rapid rise of graphene, “the world’s latest miracle product.”

-The Wall Street Journal chronicles the proliferation of high-priced and well-designed goods targeting “modern homesteaders.”

-The New York Times looks at the rise of so-called doomsday preppers.

-The Guardian reports on a rash of cookbooks due from street food vendors.

-Time ponders whether there’s a future for same-day delivery and online grocery shopping.

-The New Republic notes the “unlikely revival of a fusty old label”—the word “lady.”

-The latest in Forbes’ series on the driverless car makes the case that we should start paying serious attention to Google’s innovation sooner rather than later.

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