A good year for luxury, BYOD, modern courtship

-Major luxury brands enjoyed a “blockbuster” 2011 and expect an even better 2012, according to The Wall Street Journal, as “emerging markets power seemingly relentless demand.” The Journal also reports that Chinese consumers are losing interest in fakes, a shift that’s driving expansion plans in China among foreign companies.

-“Down and out” is becoming the new normal for British youth facing long-term unemployment, reports The New York Times.

The Atlantic looks at the ways in which the recession has caused young people to postpone adulthood.

-A Financial Times special report on the Future of the Company argues that the corporate world’s biggest challenge today is to “unlock the productive power of people.”

-The BBC’s Future of Work series includes Q&As with the president of Microsoft International and a Gartner Fellow.

-Interracial marriage has reached a new high in the U.S., according to The Wall Street Journal, noting that it has “evolved from being illegal to being a taboo to being merely unusual.”

The Christian Science Monitor takes a look at modern courtship rituals among Millennials.

The Economist interviews Eric Klinenberg about his book, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone.

The New York Times looks at how the “age of big data” will see a revolution in data-driven discovery and decision-making across industries.

The Wall Street Journal outlines how board game manufacturers are integrating tablets and smartphones into play.

-The world’s 50 most innovative companies, according to Fast Company.

-Tech giants like Google and Amazon are looking to “own every waking moment,” selling devices as well as content and even accompanying ads, reports The New York Times.

-Some retailers are giving F-commerce an “F,” reports Bloomberg.

-The BBC looks at the rise of BYOD (bring your own device)—one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2012—in the workplace.

Adweek looks at how location-based technology will redefine behavioral targeting.

Ad Age reports on a global Accenture study that found consumers are more satisfied with customer service yet are switching brands at a high rate.

The New York Times David Pogue investigates the Pinterest phenomenon, and The Wall Street Journal reports that while the site has seen huge recent growth, Pinterest has no business model as yet. Grant McCracken sees it as a source for free market research.

The New York Times discusses how Facebook and other Web successes will struggle to balance user interests with the demands of their business models.

-With coconut water a hot category, as we note in our new food report, The Wall Street Journal looks at the battle among the brands selling it.

-The Association of National Advertisers’ TV and Everything Video Forum spotlighted what’s changing for marketers in the realm of video content.

-Sports Illustrated cover girl Kate Upton prompts a look at how the Web has changed fame from author David Weinberger, on CNN.com.

-New data confirms the advent of the post-PC era, showing that Web traffic from iPads and iPhones has surpassed that from Macs, reports ReadWriteWeb.