Omnicom-Publicis merger, Chinese consumers pay for green brands, U.S. birthrate is at an all time low
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–Time spotlights “The Surveillance Society,” arguing that “Secrets are so 20th century.”
-Chinese consumers are willing to pay a premium for international, niche and green brands, according to a survey covered in WARC.
-Chinese Millennials are reluctant to take over family firms, Reuters reports, posing a succession issue for China’s first-generation entrepreneurs.
-With the U.S. birthrate at an all-time low, Time’s cover story reports on “when having it all means not having children.”
–The Wall Street Journal spotlights Millennials’ tendency to keep up digital conversations with their parents throughout the day.
-Data from the Pew Research Center shows that the percentage of U.S. Millennials living with their parents continues to rise.
–The Wall Street Journal examines how tech-industry players like Intel and Google are looking to drive “major changes in the way people interact with TVs.” And Ad Age spotlights those plans and Hollywood’s cautious response.
-Media multitasking is on the rise in the U.K., according to research from Ofcom.
-According to eMarketer, this year Americans will spend more time each day with digital media than watching TV, and more time on mobile devices than PCs.
–The New York Times takes the pulse of the PC industry as it fights the onslaught of tablets.
-The Financial Times reports on the Asian mobile messaging apps that are giving Western rivals a run for their money.
–The New York Times takes a look at predictive search and the advent of mobile apps that “know what you want before you do.”
–The New York Times takes a look at how office software is changing for workers who are more mobile, collaborative, social and time-pressured.
–The New Yorker spotlights the phenomenon of online vigilantism.
–The New York Times’ Jenna Wortham checks up on the still-elusive mobile wallet.
–The New York Times spotlights the rise of “food sherpas,” guides who take foodie travelers to a city’s special spots to eat.
-The Los Angeles Times reports that fast food chains are falling out of favor at malls, which are luring trendier upscale eateries instead.
–The Wall Street Journal takes a look at how calorie counts on menus are affecting restaurant offerings.
-With eating habits changing, the French are consuming fewer baguettes and other breads, reports The New York Times.
–The Economist reports that sales of non-alcoholic beer are soaring in the Middle East.
-Point-and-shoot cameras are facing an “existential moment,” reports The Wall Street Journal, looking at how their makers are adapting to a smartphone-camera world.
-The Financial Times speaks with JWT MENA’s Mennah Ibrahim about the rise of halal cosmetics.
-A Fast Company columnist makes the case that “specialized spinoffs are the new big-box stores.”
–The Detroit News reports that drugstores are going upscale, with formats that “combine one-stop shopping conveniences with the feel of a well-appointed doctor’s office.”
-The FT says spas are offering ever more creative treatments for customers seeking unique experiences.
–USA Today reports that “mini-apartments” will be popping up around the U.S.
–The Wall Street Journal reports that museums are attempting to increase their kid appeal with more tech-centric exhibits and features.
–The Atlantic points to a potential new model for car ownership that combines the best of both EVs and SUVs.
-An infographic in MIT’s Technology Review surveys the world’s top innovation hubs.
–The Los Angeles Times spotlights the “diaper crisis” among poor families in the U.S.
–Refinery29 evaluates how selfies are chipping away at our self-esteem.
–The Atlantic examines the zombie-like state that many enter when mindlessly looking through Facebook or Twitter feeds.
–The Wall Street Journal reports on the boom in audio books, a category seeing explosive growth.