March 8, 2013

Weekly Roundup: Peer-to-peer services, teens tire of Facebook and hacking sewers

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-The Economist spotlights peer-to-peer services (one of our 10 Trends for 2013) in its Technology Quarterly, along with the rise of telepresence robots and Ultra HD television.

-At this year’s SXSW Interactive, the spotlight is shifting from software to devices, reports The New York Times.

-The Wall Street Journal examines how the app industry is maturing into a $25 billion business. It also reports that China is becoming “the next battleground” for app makers and examines the “disposable culture” that Snapchat represents.

-The Verge explores why teens may be ditching Facebook for social media services like Tumblr and Instagram.

-USA Today takes a look at how mobile devices are killing the traditional workday and changing business practices.

-The New York Times examines how Internet companies like Netflix and Amazon are challenging traditional TV networks.

-With technology now “fundamental to competitive advantage in the consumer-packaged-goods industry,” McKinsey Quarterly spotlights trends that are transforming the CIO role.

-Singapore has become “the world’s newest Monaco,” says The Wall Street Journal.

-The New York Times reports on Hungary’s attempt to change eating habits and raise revenue by taxing salty and sugary foods.

-Businessweek examines “What Africa Can Teach Us About the Future of Banking.”

-While young Americans are accruing more student debt than ever, they’re getting more wary of borrowing in general, explains The Wall Street Journal.

-The Guardian reports that as Bitcoin gains ground, the alternative currency is “part of a gradual, technological shift in the way we think about money.”

-The Economist takes a look at China’s booming luxury car market.

-A New York Times op-ed spotlights the feminization of farming in developing regions as more men migrate to cities for jobs.

-The Wall Street Journal looks at how employers are using tracking sensors and harnessing Big Data to fine-tune the workplace.

-The rise of the Internet of Things means that everything from sewers to street lights has become hackable, as NPR reports.

-The Wall Street Journal looks at how online retailers are setting up delivery networks as e-commerce explodes in China.

-The New York Times reports on the phenomenon of Internet marriages.

-The stylus is making a comeback, reports The Australian.

-Nail art is “the new unapologetic emblem of femininity,” reports The Globe and Mail (which quotes our own Ann Mack).

-Travel Weekly reports that more hotels are embracing local sourcing.

-A new survey on stress and the workplace finds that Americans are less satisfied with their jobs and work-life balance than in 2012, per The Wall Street Journal.

-Bloomberg Businessweek takes a look at the gender gap in American education as women pull further ahead of men.

-Companies marketing LED bulbs are waiting for customers to embrace the new technology, as The Wall Street Journal reports.

-The brouhaha over horse meat in Europe is spurring sales of the product in some countries, The Wall Street Journal reports.

-NPR ponders who’s liable when a driverless car crashes.

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