February 8, 2013

Weekly Roundup: The world’s social media capital, stressed Millennials and luxe closets

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-The FT looks at how the rise of megacities is “shifting the world’s centre of gravity.”

-The Wall Street Journal outlines why Brazil is “the social media capital of the universe.”

-“A global protest movement, based on social networks, is here to stay,” according to an excerpt from Paul Mason’s Why It’s Still Kicking Off Everywhere, in The Guardian.

-A study out of Rutgers found that nearly all American households have been affected by layoffs in some manner over recent years, The New York Times reports.

-Baby Boomers are the downturn’s biggest victims, reports The New York Times, as their earnings are declining as pressures to support both parents and kids increase.

-A new report on American Milliennials finds, among other things, that “the economy is having a crushing impact” on this generation, as the Washington Examiner reports.

-USA Today reports that Millennials are disproportionally suffering from high levels of stress and anxiety.

-Increasingly, it’s not just women who are seeking greater workplace flexibility, according to Fast Company columnist Lisa Witter.

-A Guardian columnist spotlights the rise of local currencies and ponders whether these alternative financial systems can advance global sustainability.

-The New York Times takes a look at how America’s Boomers are shaping travel trends.

-The Economist spotlights the rise of mobile apps that offer last-minute hotel discounts.

-More retailers are using security cameras and other tools to closely monitor, and better understand, their shoppers, reports The Economist.

-The Guardian looks at the rise of private-label brands in U.K. grocery stores.

-American restaurant chains are offering healthier choices and reducing portions, reports The New York Times.

-Businessweek says fast food chains are adding smaller bites to their menus.

-Several courses offered by online education company Coursera are now eligible for college credit.

-Fitness instructors are “the new DJs,” says The Wall Street Journal, as customers choose classes based on playlists and music labels pitch gyms.

-The Wall Street Journal looks at how this year’s Grammys reflects the ways in which digital media and technology are changing the music business.

-A global study by PwC finds that not many consumers are purchasing through social media, but more are using it to connect with brands, MediaPost reports.

-A new Pew Research Center study on Facebook usage finds that two-thirds of users take long breaks from the social network, as The Guardian reports.

-A Cisco study finds that on average, mobile users worldwide doubled their data consumption year-over-year in 2012, according to GigaOM.

-A comScore study examines the potential for adoption of digital wallets by American consumers and potential barriers.

-The Wall Street Journal looks at the rise of luxury closets, a “trophy accessory.”

-CNN reports on “cougars in training,” young women who are dating even younger men.

-Urban yodeling is gaining popularity in Berlin, according to The Guardian

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