April 5, 2013

Weekly Roundup: Healthier fast food, Facebook’s evolution and Hollywood’s latest challenge

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-The Economist reports that “Africa’s equity markets are hot,” thanks to the continent’s rapid growth.

-Nielsen’s “Blueprint for Media Strategies in Africa” report formulates profiles of today’s consumers in sub-Saharan Africa.

-Unemployment in the Euro zone continues to rise, and The New York Times takes a look at some ramifications.

-An Economist special report explores China’s Internet.

-The New York TimesMark Bittman examines the rise of healthier fast food and considers the appeal of today’s new options.

-McKinsey explores how Big Data could transform America’s health care sector.

-The Economist takes a look at how companies are using Big Data to inform hiring decisions.

-The New York Times spotlights the e-commerce companies “trying to build premium brands at discount prices by cutting out middlemen,” in line with Cutting Out the Middleman, one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2013.

-The Wall Street Journal reports that lenders are starting to consider online reputation in determining creditworthiness.

-The New Yorker examines the rise of bitcoin and how it points to growing distrust of the global banking system.

-The Guardian’s animated guide to the future of search considers how mobile phones, Google Glass and social networks are changing our search behavior.

-Vanity Fair takes an in-depth look at Facebook’s future and sees “a marketing model that could have the rest of the world scrambling to catch up.”

-The Economist takes a look at how some British charities are evolving for the digital age, devising new ways to solicit donations.

-The authors of Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity write in The Wall Street Journal that companies need to help make consumers’ lives less complicated.

-A Huffington Post columnist considers why Millennials are the most stressed-out generation.

-The New York Times takes a look at the “Emily Posts of the Digital Age,” a new crop of arbiters helping people through 21st-century etiquette issues.

-The Wall Street Journal reports that businesses are increasingly embracing and adapting consumer-focused technology.

-The Wall Street Journal examines how Hollywood storytellers are addressing the challenges presented by “a world filled with unglamorous smartphones, texting and social media.”

-More companies are adopting “postcubicle” office design that encourages collaboration, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-The Economist reports on retail clinics and other new models for convenient health services in the U.S.

-The Economist examines biofabrication: creating living tissue using 3D printers.

-Bloomberg takes a look at the rise of high-tech and high-priced kitchen gadgets.

-NPR reports on smart lunchrooms (one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2011) that encourage kids to eat better.

-The Atlantic laments that “Artisanal won’t die.”

-The FT examines how “designers are finding ways to counter today’s throwaway culture” by focusing on repairing rather than replacing objects.

-A study by the Association of National Advertisers finds that tight budgets are the “new normal” for American marketers, Brand Channel reports.

-As Ad Age reports, ad dollars are migrating to mobile faster than anticipated, per an eMarketer forecast.

-A new report charts the rise of pay-TV cord-cutters in the U.S.

-The Wall Street Journal spotlights the new category of anti-aging hair care products.

-“Ugly Is the New Pretty,” reports New York, in a look at how “unattractive selfies took over the Internet.”

-The New York Times takes a look at how Egypt’s tumultuous political and economic situation has affected tourism.

-A new study links China’s air pollution to early deaths for its citizens, reports NPR.

-NPR reports that guinea pigs are appearing on more American menus.

-We released our latest trend report, “13 Mobile Trends for 2013 and Beyond.”

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