September 13, 2013

Weekly Roundup: Micropopularity, biometrics and vaping

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-The New York Times explores the emergence of “micropopularity” and what it means to achieve pop culture success in 2013.

-In the new advertising landscape, taglines are dying out, Adweek reports.

-Some employers are embracing parental involvement as a means of retaining Millennial talent, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-A new study examines Millennial managers, finding that they’re perceived as enthusiastic but also entitled, USA Today reports.

-A new report says “American families are becoming increasingly polarized along race, class and educational lines,” reports The Washington Post.

-The gap between America’s richest 1 percent and everyone else reached its widest level in history last year, per USA Today.

-With long hours and high stress the norm in China, The Wall Street Journal reports that some workers are rethinking their priorities.

-An FT special report examines Brazil’s infrastructure and the country’s drive to make improvements before hosting the World Cup and the Olympics.

-The Pew Research Center examines the rising role of location-based services.

-BBC looks at how modern maps are transforming the way we interact with the world.

-With a fingerprint scanner coming to the iPhone, The Wall Street Journal says the move could breathe new life into the concept of fingerprint security.

-And The New York Times takes a wider look at the advent of biometric authentication, one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2013.

-Gizmodo ponders “the weird laptop future,” given the predominance of mobile and the rise of wearable tech.

-As data-driven decision making comes to the fore, Co.Exist asks whether those who generate no data will comprise “a new underclass.”

-An Intel researcher says our love affair with gadgets is turning into a real relationship, per All Things D.

-The New Yorker explores why Facebook may be fostering unhappiness.

-The Atlantic reports that social media may be responsible for an uptick in mass hysteria.

-With smartphone sales slipping, Ad Age notes that big ad spenders from Nike to Sony are all jumping into wearable tech business.

-Digital Trends spotlights the #antiselfie movement.

-Intercom examines the rise of “cards” in Web design.

-USA Today reports that remarriage rates in the U.S. have dropped 40 percent over the last two decades, with cohabiting among divorced people on the rise.

-The FT’s pop critic takes a close look at sex, sexism and music’s current gender battles.

-The Los Angeles Times takes a look at grocery stores’ “long-overdue effort” to harness the latest technology to stay competitive.

-Millennials are multichannel consumers who still embrace the in-store experience, as The Baltimore Sun reports.

-The Marketer takes a look at business opportunities in the BRIC nations and some companies that are getting it right.

-Warc reports that young affluent Asian women are emerging as an important target for luxury brands and premium travel providers.

-The Atlantic features T. Rowe Price financial experts discussing how the luxury category is expanding in emerging markets.

-With cyber war on the rise—one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2013, Rolling Stone takes a look at “the geeks on the front lines.”

-As part of the “Urban Ingenuity” series, an FT columnist looks at how the cities of tomorrow will plan for the needs of residents.

-GfK takes a look at how the financial crisis has shaped Brits age 18-24.

-Japan is seeking to boost entrepreneurship with a program focused on women in the tech sector, as Fortune reports.

-The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the tech startups gaining traction in the Middle East.

-A The New York Times Opinionator spotlights “The Great Stagnation of American Education.”

-As London gears up for fashion week, The Guardian reports that quirky looks are in vogue as new ideas about beauty start popping up on runways.

-With New York’s Fashion Week under way, The Wall Street Journal examines how brands are courting influencers and trying to turn followers into shoppers.

-The Evening Standard reports that “it’s no longer just those in the front row who get the first look at the collections.”

-Mintel spotlights the burgeoning tween and teen beauty and personal care market.

-With foreign fast food outlets multiplying in Paris, The Wall Street Journal has a look at the city’s complex fast food culture.

-The Guardian takes a look at how chefs and artists are using food to tell stories.

-A Time columnist wonders whether grisly true-crime shows are “the new soap operas for women.”

-“’Smoking,’ at least in the form of vaping, is becoming cool again,” notes a New York Times blog post that spotlights how e-cigarette marketers are targeting teens.

-The Economist reports that paper money may be on the way out in the U.K.—to be replaced by plastic-based notes.

-The Wall Street Journal takes a look at “The New Era of Toy Robotics.”

-While LGBT acceptance is rising in China, workplace tolerance is relatively low, according to a study covered in The Atlantic.

-Wired covers the Internet phenomenon that is Lil Bub, “the Internet’s cutest cat,” and her growing media empire.

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