Digital mavericks, diaper-free kids, driverless cars

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Time publishes its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Wired profiles some of today’s “Digital Mavericks.”

-An Economist special report on the future of cars includes a look at selling cars in emerging markets, a forecast of the car industry in 20 years and the driverless car.

The Wall Street Journal reports that auto industry technologists believe driverless cars will be mainstream by 2025.

The Economist takes a look at how Belo Horizonte is becoming Brazil’s Silicon Valley.

Wired marks its 20th anniversary by profiling “the first digital generation,” examining Millennials’ relationship with digital technology.

The New York Times spotlights Jenna Marbles, one of today’s “pantheon of telegenic 20-something YouTube stars” who are creating a new genre of entertainment.

-The FT reports that more businesses are embracing the idea of sustainable development.

ReadWrite marks its 10-year anniversary with predictions for 2023.

-A new study forecasts how big the smartwatch market might reach this year.

-According to a Forrester study covered by Mediapost, younger audiences are moving their TV viewing online.

Fast Company looks at how recent successes and failures in the Collaborative Consumption space are “reshaping the Utopian dreams of sharing startups.”

-More Greek children are suffering from “food insecurity” as the country’s economy continues to wreak havoc, reports The New York Times.

-The Sydney Morning Herald takes a look at why Australia, among the world’s most carnivorous nations, is seeing a drop in consumption of red meat.

-Cold-pressed juice is a hot topic, reports The New York Times, taking a look at the players competing in this space.

Ad Age reports on the rise of retail dietitians as supermarkets evolve into “wellness companies.”

-So long, cupcakes? The Wall Street Journal says, “The icing is coming off America’s cupcake craze.” Its Corporate Intelligence blog gets Twitter input on what sweet treat will be big next.

-With the advent of Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwiches, Businessweek looks at why more “extreme foods” are popping up on menus.

The New York Times spotlights a rise in parents raising their children without diapers.

-Self-publishing isn’t just for unknowns anymore, reports The New York Times, as David Mamet and other successful authors eschew publishing houses.

USA Today covers the emerging genre of “new adult” novels, which focus on the “dangerous chasm between adolescence and adulthood.”

-Charities are starting to rely on texting as an inexpensive way of reaching people, explain two Guardian contributors.

-The FT spotlights “The Rise of Silicon Dad,” and a psychotherapist writes in the FT about the issues men are facing as they struggle to balance work and family.