May 3, 2013

Weekly Roundup: The end of online anonymity, marriage as status symbol and healthy furniture

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-The Christian Science Monitor reports that the economic crisis is stemming migration out of rural areas and reviving country life in Spain.

-Bloomberg Businessweek says some wealthy Chinese are trading in the stresses of urban living for the countryside.

-Western apparel companies are starting to rethink their presence in Bangladesh, reports The New York Times.

-Suicide rates among U.S. Baby Boomers have spiked over the past decade, notably among men in their 50s, as The New York Times reports.

-Marriage has become a status symbol in the U.S., writes a The New York Times op-ed columnist.

-As the business of online video heats up, Adweek and Ad Age cover the Digital Content NewFronts. The New York Times notes that it’s “street cred vs. quality” in online video pitches, and Google’s Eric Schmidt declares that YouTube has displaced TV watching.

-The Guardian reports on a study finding that Facebook is shedding users in its biggest markets.

-A New York Times essayist examines the new way in which young people now view old age.

-Airbnb’s plan to verify its users is one more sign that online anonymity is becoming a thing of the past, writes the FT.

-The New York Times examines trends in business travel, including the boom in visits to emerging markets and the move to BYOD for entertainment.

-A recent report finds that among Asian travelers, female business travelers and senior citizens are helping to boost international tourism.

-The Economist spotlights the “healthy furniture” trend.

-A Fast Company writer argues that for some consumers, what their tech device “wears” has become as important as what it does.

-The Guardian explores whether 3D printing is become mainstream.

-The New York Times examines the popularity of hacker spaces.

-The Atlantic Wire considers whether tablets have a future.

-The New York TimesBits blog looks at the possibility of mind-controlled computer interfaces.

-As the volume of messages sent over chat apps surpasses traditional texts, GigaOM takes a look at the ramifications for mobile carriers.

-The Verge examines the “scary” rise of iris recognition technology.

-The Economist reviews three books that consider how technology and power are intersecting in the digital age.

-The New York Times reports on the food-industry startups getting attention from Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

-2013 has been a bad year so far for major beer brands, reports Ad Age.

-The Wall Street Journal declares that “Hummus Is Conquering America.”

-Bee venom (one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2013) is now a “buzzed-about” ingredient in cosmetics, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-USA Today takes a look at the rise of eco-fashion.

-“Passive” job candidates are a fad in corporate hiring, reports a Bloomberg Businessweek columnist.

-The Economist reports on the business of musicals, which is “bigger, more global and more fabulous than ever.”

-We released our latest trend report, “Travel: Changing Course.”

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