Air pollution in Asia, the anti-college movement, our 8th annual year end forecast

-This week we released our eighth annual year-end forecast of trends that will shape or significantly impact consumer mindset and behavior into the near future. Click here to watch a two-minute teaser video about our 10 Trends for 2013, here to read the Executive Summary and here to purchase the report.

-BrandZ released its annual list of the Top 50 Most Valuable Chinese Brands.

-Air pollution in Asian cities is increasing, with 70 percent failing to meet World Health Organization targets, reports The New York Times.

-In the wake of the Bangladeshi garment factory fires, The New York Times asks who’s ultimately responsible for such disasters in the age of global brands, production and supply.

-Tablets and other digital devices may soon change education in Africa, reports The Economist.

Mashable lists 11 tech trends for 2013.

The New York Times examines the rising anti-college movement, looking at why more young people are following alternative career paths.

-U.S. Census data show that women comprise a third of America’s lawyers and doctors, a sea-change from a generation ago, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The New York Times spotlights the growing cohort of young French citizens who are educated but unable to find long-term employment.

-Marketers are retooling for an era in which men are doing more housework and women more delegating, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-Retailers like Tommy Bahama are adding restaurants or other food and drink services to amplify the appeal of brick-and-mortar, reports Businessweek.

The New York Times looks at how girls’ toys are changing as more dads do the purchasing and parents seek to encourage math and science skills across genders.

The Wall Street Journal looks at how same-day delivery is becoming a “costly Web battleground.”

The Baltimore Sun spotlights the new concepts that retailers are experimenting with during the holiday shopping season.

-Nielsen’s Social Media Report 2012 examines how social media is coming of age and the implications for marketers.

-Social media is becoming a bathroom mainstay, according to a new study cited in USA Today.

The Economist examines whether we might one day see a drone-powered network that carries objects between stations.

-Parents are concerned about digital marketing that target their kids, reports Adweek.

-A U.S. proposal to require new vehicles to have “black box” data recorders has many privacy advocates up in arms, according to The Washington Post.

-Indonesia now outranks Japan in terms of billionaires.

-Dating sites focused on helping users get offline are gaining steam, reports USA Today.

-From top performances to top reads, New York magazine releases a cultural review for 2012.

-Brands are putting a luxe spin on the lowbrow baseball cap, reports the FT.