Female slackers, young Americans aren't buying cars, socially conscious consumers

-Some good news from around the globe: The New York Times reports that German citizens are more willing to spend. And a year after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, Bloomberg Businessweek reports that consumer confidence is rising.

-New Nielsen research examines socially conscious consumers around the globe.

The Guardian reports that global warming is bringing “an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters,” per a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

-The McKinsey Quarterly outlines why Bangladesh might be the next apparel-sourcing hotspot.

-Western companies hiring executives in Asia have started favoring locals over expats, says The Wall Street Journal.

Reuters details how poverty and EU membership have driven an exodus out of Central Europe.

The Atlantic delves into reasons why young Americans aren’t buying cars.

-In an HBR blog, author Tammy Erickson outlines characteristics of the “Re-Generation” cohort, those born between 1995-97, whose lives will be profoundly shaped by the recession.

The Atlantic looks at how the wave of Chinese students at private American high schools is changing the definition of success back home.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports on a new study that suggests rising student loan debt could be one driver behind delayed first marriages and children.

Le Monde looks at how Google Earth is pushing the Indian government to acknowledge the country’s sprawling slums and drive positive change.

-MIT’s Technology Review examines the boom in m-health startups in Kenya.

-Interest in learning Web programming and app-building is surging as more people regard these skills as imperative, says The New York Times.

-Ovum forecasts that the booming digital games market in Asia will more than double by 2016, says Campaign Asia.

-Mashable outlines 5 Exciting Innovations That Will Change Computing in 2012.

The New York TimesNick Bilton spotlights the wide range of industries employing robots to tackle simple tasks.

CNNMoney charts a timeline of our tech future.

-“The era of big-box retail dominance is coming to an end,” says Bloomberg Businessweek, arguing that changes at Best Buy signal a key shift in retail strategy.

The New York Times takes a look at how furniture makers are adapting their wares for the digital age.

-Silicon Valley is turning its attention to making education more efficient, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal looks at the modern phenomenon of digital hoarding.

The New York Times explores why private banks have been slow to dive into social media.

The Guardian declares “The slacker is back—and this time she’s a female,” spotlighting a new crop of books, films and TV shows by and about these women.

The New York Times reports on what the newly empowered consumer means for retailers.

New York magazine spotlights how foodie-ism has become “a legitimate option for a hobby, a topic of endless discussion, a playground for one-upmanship, and a measuring stick of cool” among young urbanites.

The New York Times examines the challenges of teaching literacy via e-readers rather than physical books.