March 15, 2013

Weekly Roundup: Virtual immortality, China’s love hunters and DIY biohackers

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-The Economist examines India’s next generation of tech entrepreneurs and why the sector hasn’t evolved faster.

-The New York Times looks at the crushing impact of Italy’s severe recession on its smaller businesses.

-“Russians, Asians and Arabs are rewriting the rules of European tourism,” reports The Guardian, with the continent hosting a new cohort of tycoons and middle-class visitors.

-A WHO study finds that European men are a generation behind women in life expectancy, the BBC reports.

-Ad Age takes a look at why “sugar is shaping up to be the next public enemy No. 1.”

-The Wall Street Journal takes a look at “How Big Data Is Changing the Whole Equation for Business.”

-Forbes outlines five trends that will drive the future of technology.

-A new Pew Research study on American teens and technology spotlights the always-on connectivity of Gen Z.

-Young Americans, hobbled by student loan debt and stagnant wages, lag previous generations in wealth accumulation, according to a new study covered in The New York Times.

-The Wall Street Journal spotlights “the new maze of subscriptions,” from mobile phones to Netflix, that tie grown children to parents footing the bill.

-In a special section on retirement, The New York Times spotlights the rise of “virtual immortality”—leaving a multimedia record of one’s life for the next generation—as well as housing trends among older Americans.

-As Germany’s elderly population expands, The Christian Science Monitor reports that Eastern European nursing homes are pitching the idea of “exporting grandma.”

-The New York TimesNick Bilton outlines his notion of digital etiquette, and gets plenty of feedback. GigaOM observes that etiquette dilemmas stem partly from having too many ways to communicate.

-The Wall Street Journal explores the future of typing, looking at how the keyboard is evolving on smartphones.

-Nielsen spotlights the rise of “Zero-TV” households in the U.S.

-Slate’s Will Oremus explores the “small but growing subculture of DIY biohackers, body hackers, grinders, and self-made cyborgs.”

-Artinfo outlines how art auction houses are evolving.

-USA Today reports that more employers are enabling on-the-job napping for today’s weary workforce.

-Mobile technology in the enterprise is slowly “spreading from ancillary functions to areas ingrained in employees’ workdays,” as The Wall Street Journal reports.

-McKinsey looks to Japan to understand electric car buyers more broadly.

-The New York Times explores China’s “love hunters,” companies that cater to newly rich singles looking to outsource the task of finding a spouse.

-This week we released a trend report, “Embracing Analog: Why Physical Is Hot,” which was the topic of a SXSW panel that included our own Ann Mack. Check out the panel recap here, and download the report here.

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