April 12, 2013

Weekly Roundup: Disownership, watered-down vice and SWUGs

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-NPR reports on the skyrocketing price of goods in Brazil.

-Time‘s cover story reports on the revival of manufacturing in the U.S. and why it’s not bringing a wealth of jobs.

-Reuters says West Africa is racing ahead of Central Africa in creating regional business opportunities.

-The Economist assesses how Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, is developing.

-Britons are producing less household waste, and The Economist considers what’s driving the trend.

-A new study outlines how wine production will shift with global warming, reports The Guardian.

-The Atlantic looks at the drug patent war brewing between pharma companies and emerging market governments.

-The New York Times reports on Latvia’s innovative effort to enable more political participation online.

-The Wall Street Journal reports that as robots move from tools to companions, some American schools are enlisting them to help teach kids.

-The AP takes a look at how bank branches are evolving.

-McKinsey outlines how advanced analytics are transforming banking.

-PC sales are sinking, with “unprecedented declines” in sales of desktops and laptops, as the AP reports.

-“Disownership is the new normal”: a study examines the rise of access over ownership, per Venture Beat.

-With e-cigarettes, inhalable chocolate and the like, vice is losing its edge, says a Wall Street Journal columnist.

-Time takes a look at the trend toward kids making household purchasing decisions.

-CNN Money compares the job-hopping tendencies of Millennials and their Boomer parents.

-The Wall Street Journal spotlights the use of Twitter as a job-search platform.

-The New York Times takes a look at the rise of native advertising/sponsored online content.

-YPulse outlines “Five Things You Need to Know to Prep for the Future of E-Commerce.”

-The Wall Street Journal says we’re in an age of “bite-size entertainment,” from serial novels to EPs to short films.

-USA Today examines the “Zero TV” phenomenon: the rising incidence of households without traditional TV access.

-A study of the crowdfunding market finds that it nearly doubled in volume last year, per Venture Beat.

-Businessweek takes a look at several companies vying to become the “Pinterest for guys.”

-USA Today examines how the travel industry is getting more green and reports that more hotels are offering personalization options for guests.

-The Wall Street Journal spotlights how luxury travel companies are offering “continuous coddling.”

-The “pungent, tangy” flavor that comes from fermentation is popping up in more American foods, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-The Economist argues that even if it crashes, bitcoin may still make a lasting impact.

-Ahead of the release of the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V, The Daily Beast outlines six new mental illnesses.

-Google is helping users plan their “digital afterlife,” as the FT reports.

-New York examines SWUGs: “senior washed-up girls” at Yale, women who have “given up on boys because they don’t so much empower as frustrate, satisfy as agitate.”

-The Economist suggests that women’s expectations of the opposite sex are as unrealistic as men’s.

-The Washington Post reports on the rise of Instagram “beauty pageants.”

-A Wall Street Journal columnist examines what’s behind zombie-mania.

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