May 10, 2013

Weekly Roundup: ‘The Me Me Me Generation,’ bitcoin startups and YouTube’s evolution

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-Time’s cover headline: “The Me Me Me Generation: Millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents.” The subheading: “Why they’ll save us all.” Time includes observations on the “connected generation” by Mashable’s Pete Cashmore.

-In the wake of the Bangladesh factory collapse, The New York Times reports that apparel could be the next front in the fair trade movement. And The Wall Street Journal looks at the tough options for apparel brands seeking to keep costs down.

-CNBC reports on a PwC study finding that Chinese consumers will soon become the biggest adopters of mobile commerce.

-China’s blue-collar women are gaining clout as the supply of female factory workers dries up, according to The Economist.

-Ad Age reports that emerging-market consumers are starting to adopt the American habit of frequent snacking.

-Adweek examines whether the ailing American shopping mall can have a “second life.”

-A New York Times column notes that the U.S. “has quietly surpassed much of Europe in the percentage of young adults without jobs.”

-A survey of U.S. students finds they’re growing less interested in finance careers and more interested in health care jobs, per CNBC.

-The Economist reports that India will have the world’s biggest potential workforce within a decade but is in danger of squandering the opportunity.

-Writing in Foreign Policy, Microsoft Research’s Kate Crawford says Big Data “isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.”

-Given the growth in Latino buying power over the last decade, U.S. firms “are chasing the elusive Hispanic dollar,” as The Economist reports.

-The New York Times looks at resistance to Google Glass, as skeptics question whether it will “distract drivers, upend relationships and strip people of what little privacy they still have in public.”

-Google’s Eric Schmidt talks to McKinsey about “technologies likely to have the greatest disruptive impact on economies, business models and people.”

-The Wall Street Journal reports that Bitcoin-focused startups are raising “sizable” capital.

-The Economist examines how YouTube is “becoming more like normal television.”

-YouTube launches a video trends map.

-An Ad Age columnist outlines six trends for online video and traditional TV emerging during the upfronts/NewFronts season.

-The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the quest for a mobile operating system that can challenge the dominance of Google and Apple.

-The Guardian spotlights some of the new challengers to Facebook.

-Slate’s Farhad Manjoo examines why electric car brand Tesla is “about to be huge.”

-McKinsey outlines how MOOCs are changing higher education and some implications for traditional colleges.

-A Huffington Post columnist outlines four alcohol consumption trends that Millennials are embracing.

-Bloomberg Businessweek reports on the growing black market for stolen food.

-A study finds that by 2050, more than half the world’s population could depend on imported food, The Guardian reports.

-Coca-Cola pledges to stop advertising to children under age 12, as Ad Age reports.

-Food-based ingredients in cosmetics are gaining in popularity, reports Cosmetics Design.

-A report by The NPD Group shows online gaming continues to rise, via MediaPost.

-USA Today reports that boutique hotels are offering increasingly quirky amenities.

-The Wall Street Journal writes that jewels are becoming a more popular option for investors looking to store cash.

-A study from the University of Oxford finds that social media use may cause marital instability.

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