September 6, 2013

Weekly Roundup: ‘Dematerialization,’ geek power and listicles

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Due to Labor Day office closures, this double-edition roundup covers items from the past two weeks.

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-A Salon columnist examines “dematerialization” in the digital age as physical possessions come to mean less to younger consumers.

-More people are starting to question our immersion in technology, writes Nick Bilton, spotlighting the viral hit “I Forgot My Phone.”

-The Guardian examines the “rise of the new geeks,” arguing that nerd culture has moved into the mainstream.

-A New York Times columnist examines, “Who will prosper in the new, increasingly automated world?”

-The Economist takes a look at the rise of robots designed to work collaboratively with humans.

-The New York Times examines France’s struggle to halt the country’s decline while retaining its beloved way of life.

-The Wall Street Journal reports that Mexico has started a public-health battle against sugary sodas, akin to Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign in New York.

-The Economist examines how 3D printing is becoming integrated with mainstream manufacturing.

-A New York Times opinion column examines “How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class.”

-A Pew survey finds that when it comes to online privacy, Americans are more fearful of hackers and marketers than government monitoring, as The Guardian reports.

-A columnist for MIT’s Technology Review takes a look at the next wave of cyber security startups.

-The FT discusses the wealth of technologies that are helping parents keep better track of their kids.

-The AP spotlights how cars are becoming vulnerable to hackers.

-The Economist spotlights the revival of diesel engines as they start giving electric and hybrid cars a run for their money.

-McKinsey examines how cities can prepare for the coming decades of urbanization.

-The Economist looks at how data-based services may revolutionize cities (or not).

-The New York Times reports on how Big Data is coming into play in fashion forecasting.

-“The Future of Journalism Is Data-Driven,” argues the editor of ReadWrite in SayDaily.

-The New Yorker addresses the growing ubiquity of the “listicle,” arguing that “the list is the signature form of our time.”

-Time spotlights “sharecations,” which are enabled by the rise of peer-to-peer services.

-With smartwatches due from Samsung and Sony. USA Today ponders whether consumers will take to these wearable devices. “The Future of Computing Is Not on Your Wrist,” writes one naysayer in New York. The L.A. Times says smartwatch brands can probably count out Millennials.

-Adweek surveys the startups that are giving used luxury apparel a second life.

-The L.A. Times reports on the new wave of personal stylists at mid-tier fashion stores.

-NPD finds that Millennials are less likely than older shoppers to leave brick-and-mortar stores with a purchase in hand, via the L.A. Times. A new survey examines how wealthy U.S. Millennials shop, per Adweek. And MediaPost spotlights a study on Millennials’ brand attitudes, shopping habits and preferences.

-T. Rowe Price Insights reports that young, self-made shoppers traveling to Europe from emerging markets are changing the face of luxury.

-The Wall Street Journal reports that online sales remain surprisingly small for many retailers.

-Mobile Marketer examines whether Twitter could become a mobile commerce powerhouse.

-Bain & Co. forecasts that China will become the world’s biggest e-commerce market this year, reports Reuters.

-As Millennials dine out less, an NPD study takes a look at how they’re eating at home, via MediaPost.

-A Nielsen chart spotlights consumers’ growing willingness to spend more on products from socially responsible companies.

-MIT’s Technology Review analyzes how technology has changed the advertising model, turning “mad men” into “math men.”

-comScore finds that online penetration is soaring in India, via Warc.

-Pew examines broadband penetration in the U.S., finding that a few holdouts still use dial-up connections.

-Nielsen research covers how teens are using entertainment.

-A global study on TV viewing trends from Ericsson finds that more people are watching linear TV than in 2012, per MediaPost.

-Time takes a look at a new crop of job-focused startups inspired by matchmaking sites.

-Chobani’s success with Greek yogurt spotlights the weakness of big food firms when it comes to innovation, according to The Economist.

-The Wall Street Journal looks at how Greek yogurt is squeezing out an array of other products previously found in the supermarket dairy case.

-A Harvard Business Review blogger looks at how CEOs are succeeding in Africa.

-Bloomberg Businessweek reports on the rise of China’s wedding industry.

-The World Health Organization finds that life expectancy for women age 50 and up is growing, via The New York Times.

-After dropping for years, America’s fertility rate is stabilizing, according to new data, via The Wall Street Journal.

-USA Today reports that the teen birthrate in the U.S. has reached a historic low.

-The Atlantic wonders whether the stay-at-home dad trend is overhyped.

-Thanks to “beard-loving hipsters,” razor sales are declining, Time reports.

-The Cut reports on how the pill is no longer synonymous with sexual liberation for women.

-The Atlantic reports that “interning at 60 is the new retirement plan.”

-The Economist reports that casinos are proliferating in the Asia-Pacific region.

-Normally seen but not heard, more models are expressing themselves on social media, per The Wall Street Journal.

-Oxford Dictionaries Online is adding “more voguish vocabulary,” including “twerk,” “selfie” and “FOMO,” reports Quartz. In the FT, author Doug Coupland creates some words we need to describe new conditions.

-Female athletes are starting to “score more commercial goals,” reports The Economist.

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