September 27, 2013

Weekly Roundup: ‘Friends Without Benefits,’ the ‘replay Web’ and permissible indulgences

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-Mexico is becoming an “immigrant destination” for both executives and laborers as its economy powers ahead, reports The New York Times.

-A special report on Brazil in The Economist includes a look at how domestic brands, from Natura to Havaianas, are prospering.

-Designer labels are on the rise in Latin America, reports The FT.

-Nielsen has a look at how the Great Recession has changed shopping behavior for global consumers.

-The UN’s Broadband Commission outlines mobile broadband growth in a new report and says broadband use in developing countries will soon outstrip that in wealthier countries, via The New York Times.

-Ad Age reports that e-commerce is starting to negatively impact big packaged-goods brands.

-E-commerce is picking up significantly in Egypt, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-Big brands are tapping into crowdfunding to align themselves with their customers’ causes, according to Adweek.

-Adweek takes a look at how responsive design affects advertisers.

-In The Telegraph, Tesco’s chief executive outlines why companies must keep pace with the radically new habits of the next generation.

-Retailers are doing more to crack down on returns and refund fraud, according to Businessweek.

-A study by WSL Strategic Retail contradicts the old notion that men don’t bother with sales and coupons, and that they don’t like to shop, via CNBC.

-Bloomberg takes a look at the boom in men’s grooming products.

-The Washington Post takes a look at how retailers like Brooks Brothers are leveraging Big Data.

-The Guardian spotlights the rise of Nigerian videogame creators, who are winning fans with “experiences that are uniquely African.”

-Robots may supplant workers in Chinese electronics plants within five years, transforming the manufacturing industry, per The Wall Street Journal.

-In “Friends Without Benefits,” Vanity Fair examines how social networks, dating apps and Internet porn are affecting teen girls.

-A new Pew study examines “Who’s Not Online and Why” in the U.S.

-The New York Times takes a look at how people are carving out smartphone-free spaces in their lives.

-The New York Times’ Jenna Wortham observes that “the replay Web” exists as a counterpoint to the real-time Web.

-YouTube is trending up and Facebook trending down when it comes to British teens’ favorite websites, reports the FT.

-American teens are optimistic about their future, but their parents are pessimistic, according to a new report covered in Time.

-Flavorwire argues that popular notions about Millennials are far too simplistic.

-A report from Complex Media says Millennial males rebel against mass culture but are also highly brand-conscious, via Ad Age.

-The Economist takes a look at how generations are coexisting (or not) in the workplace.

-A new study of religious views among American college students finds that a “remarkable degree of indifference to religion” is on the rise.

-The New York Times takes a look at why divorce is growing more common for Americans 50 and up.

-As Chinese diets change, packaged foods are on the rise, and so are health issues, as The Atlantic reports.

-A growing category of snacks made with seaweed, vegetables and other healthy foods cater to desire for “permissible indulgences,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

-Chocolate prices are on the rise as dark chocolate (which requires more cocoa beans) becomes more popular, per The Wall Street Journal.

-India, one of the fastest-growing markets for beer, is embracing brews with higher alcohol content, per Reuters.

-As we’ve noted, kids are getting into gourmet cooking, and The Wall Street Journal spotlights the rise of these junior chefs.

-NPR covers the growing popularity of rooftop farms in New York City and Chicago.

-USA Today takes a look at America’s spreading “pretzel mania.”

-The FT spotlights “25 Chinese to Watch” and takes a look at China’s booming “success studies” industry.

-The New York Times reports that high-speed trains are transforming China, sometimes in unexpected ways.

-“100 Pop-Culture Things That Make You a Millennial,” via Vulture.

-Snazzy, attention-getting sneakers are striking a chord with today’s fashion-conscious men, reports The New York Times.

-From YouTube to Popular Science, websites are re-examining their approach to user comments, via The Guardian.

-USA Today looks at how digital technology is changing travel for vacationers, for better and for worse.

-According to Census data reported on by Pew, nearly one out of every two dollars earned in the U.S. goes to a college graduate.

-With nursing home care much cheaper in Eastern Europe than Germany, Bloomberg Businessweek spotlights the “grandma export trend.”

-Whatever became of Second Life? The Verge examines the alternative world’s “second life.”

-Our latest trend report spotlights findings from a wide-ranging study of Millennials in the BRIC markets.

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