Micropopularity, taglines are dying, workers in China are rethinking their priorities

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The New York Times explores the emergence of “micropopularity” and what it means to achieve pop culture success in 2013.

-In the new advertising landscape, taglines are dying out, Adweek reports.

-Some employers are embracing parental involvement as a means of retaining Millennial talent, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-A new study examines Millennial managers, finding that they’re perceived as enthusiastic but also entitled, USA Today reports.

-A new report says “American families are becoming increasingly polarized along race, class and educational lines,” reports The Washington Post.

-The gap between America’s richest 1 percent and everyone else reached its widest level in history last year, per USA Today.

-With long hours and high stress the norm in China, The Wall Street Journal reports that some workers are rethinking their priorities.

-An FT special report examines Brazil’s infrastructure and the country’s drive to make improvements before hosting the World Cup and the Olympics.

The Pew Research Center examines the rising role of location-based services.

BBC looks at how modern maps are transforming the way we interact with the world.

-With a fingerprint scanner coming to the iPhone, The Wall Street Journal says the move could breathe new life into the concept of fingerprint security.

-And The New York Times takes a wider look at the advent of biometric authentication, one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2013.

Gizmodo ponders “the weird laptop future,” given the predominance of mobile and the rise of wearable tech.

As data-driven decision making comes to the fore, Co.Exist asks whether those who generate no data will comprise “a new underclass.”

-An Intel researcher says our love affair with gadgets is turning into a real relationship, per All Things D.

The New Yorker explores why Facebook may be fostering unhappiness.

The Atlantic reports that social media may be responsible for an uptick in mass hysteria.

-With smartphone sales slipping, Ad Age notes that big ad spenders from Nike to Sony are all jumping into wearable tech business.

Digital Trends spotlights the #antiselfie movement.

Intercom examines the rise of “cards” in Web design.

USA Today reports that remarriage rates in the U.S. have dropped 40 percent over the last two decades, with cohabiting among divorced people on the rise.

-The FT’s pop critic takes a close look at sex, sexism and music’s current gender battles.

-The Los Angeles Times takes a look at grocery stores’ “long-overdue effort” to harness the latest technology to stay competitive.

-Millennials are multichannel consumers who still embrace the in-store experience, as The Baltimore Sun reports.

The Marketer takes a look at business opportunities in the BRIC nations and some companies that are getting it right.

Warc reports that young affluent Asian women are emerging as an important target for luxury brands and premium travel providers.

The Atlantic features T. Rowe Price financial experts discussing how the luxury category is expanding in emerging markets.

-With cyber war on the rise—one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2013, Rolling Stone takes a look at “the geeks on the front lines.”

-As part of the “Urban Ingenuity” series, an FT columnist looks at how the cities of tomorrow will plan for the needs of residents.

GfK takes a look at how the financial crisis has shaped Brits age 18-24.

-Japan is seeking to boost entrepreneurship with a program focused on women in the tech sector, as Fortune reports.

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the tech startups gaining traction in the Middle East.

-A The New York Times Opinionator spotlights “The Great Stagnation of American Education.”

-As London gears up for fashion week, The Guardian reports that quirky looks are in vogue as new ideas about beauty start popping up on runways.

-With New York’s Fashion Week under way, The Wall Street Journal examines how brands are courting influencers and trying to turn followers into shoppers.

-The Evening Standard reports that “it’s no longer just those in the front row who get the first look at the collections.”

Mintel spotlights the burgeoning tween and teen beauty and personal care market.

-With foreign fast food outlets multiplying in Paris, The Wall Street Journal has a look at the city’s complex fast food culture.

The Guardian takes a look at how chefs and artists are using food to tell stories.

-A Time columnist wonders whether grisly true-crime shows are “the new soap operas for women.”

-“’Smoking,’ at least in the form of vaping, is becoming cool again,” notes a New York Times blog post that spotlights how e-cigarette marketers are targeting teens.

The Economist reports that paper money may be on the way out in the U.K.—to be replaced by plastic-based notes.

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at “The New Era of Toy Robotics.”

-While LGBT acceptance is rising in China, workplace tolerance is relatively low, according to a study covered in The Atlantic.

Wired covers the Internet phenomenon that is Lil Bub, “the Internet’s cutest cat,” and her growing media empire.


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