October 25, 2013

Weekly Roundup: Return of the occult, Japan eschews sex, and future gyms

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-The Economist looks at how brands are building loyalty among Africa’s lower-income consumers.

-McKinsey examines how American retailers “can keep up with consumers” in today’s fast-changing landscape.

-The FT reports that “Brazil has become a hotbed for some of the world’s most innovative social media businesses” in a special report on innovation and R&D in the country.

-Nielsen spotlights “today’s Central European consumer.”

-A Forbes contributor outlines “What Can We Expect From the Next Decade of Marketing?”

-The occult is finding popularity among angsty Millennials, reports Newsweek.

-The Guardian asks, “Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?”

-A new Pew study of online dating finds that it’s “playing a significant role in American romance,” as The Atlantic reports.

-An FT special report looks at what it means to be gay in today’s corporate culture as more businesses embrace diversity.

-With “freshness” increasingly important to Americans, canned and preserved foods are on the decline, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

-The New York Times spotlights startups that are bringing a Silicon Valley mentality to the food industry.

-An Adweek infographic provides another look at the recent report examining Millennials as new parents.

-Quartz reports on a survey showing that moms spend even more time on phones than teenagers do.

-Elite Travel examines “The Modern Man” and the rise of male grooming, featuring data from our report on “The State of Men.”

-Quartz checks out the new breed of “Manfluencers” in supermarkets.

-Businessweek takes a look at the rise of startups that use Big Data to inform hiring practices.

-A snapshot of life in cities of the future, from Time.

-The Wall Street Journal reports on how tracking technology is helping employers to monitor the routines of workers.

-The New York Times takes a look at new services and apps that cater to consumers anxious about surveillance.

-“We’re in the middle of an epic battle for power in cyberspace,” reports The Atlantic, with big institutions pitted against decentralized groups.

-A new survey in the U.K. points to mobile fast becoming the first screen for many Millennials, via The Drum.

-The young tablet market “already has a premium and a budget end,” as The Economist reports.

-The New York Times Jenna Wortham analyzes the selfie phenomenon and why it’s more than a mere fad.

-Cisco’s chief futurist takes a look at how today’s wearable tech might evolve, via LinkedIn.

-Newsweek argues that wearable tech must become more fashionable if it’s to find real success.

-With its valuation now at $3.8 billion, New York argues that “it’s time to start taking Pinterest seriously.”

-Pew examines the role that Facebook now plays in disseminating news.

-The New York Times takes a look at London’s rising technology hub.

-The FT considers the future of letter writing and, more broadly, mail services.

-Bikes are outselling cars in most of Europe, reports NPR.

-With electronic bikes becoming pervasive in China and Europe, The Atlantic looks at the prospects for success in the U.S.

-A Forbes contributor picks Top 10 workplace trends for 2014.

-A Forbes writer observes that Millennials seek “21st century careers with 20th century skills.”

-The Next Web considers the future of gyms.

-Quartz reports that Brazil’s aviation industry is driving adoption of more sustainable fuel.

-Vietnam’s airline industry is forecast to boom, reports Reuters.

-Americans are increasingly buying prescription drugs overseas to cut costs, reports The New York Times.

-The New Yorker spotlights “America’s decline, in three charts.”

-The Wall Street Journal reports that as neckties start disappearing from the corporate world, they’re becoming hip accessories for younger men.

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