Diversity in US households, Japanese auto innovation, people analytics

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Due to Thanksgiving office closures, this double-edition roundup covers items from the past two weeks.

-We released our 10 Trends for 2014 and companion video.

-An in-depth New York Times report explores “The Changing American Family” at a time when U.S. households “have never been more diverse, more surprising, more baffling.”

-A report from Boston Consulting Group outlines why consumers in emerging markets are still bullish.

-With mobile money gaining traction in India, South Asia could become the world’s largest wireless-transfer economy, reports The New York Times.

The New York Times covers how facial recognition technology can understand and respond to consumers. And Slate looks at how products with built-in emotion-detection will respond to our moods.

-The FT explores the state of technology and innovation in Japan as its auto companies strive to stay ahead technologically and its consumer electronics industry fails to keep pace.

The New York Times reports on the countertrend to China’s urbanization: Some city dwellers are fleeing pollution, traffic, high prices and other stressors for country living.

Mexico is gaining in engineering know-how, reports Businessweek.

Despite a short supply of white-collar jobs, China’s income inequality is shrinking as a side effect of the rise in college graduates, reports Businessweek.

The Atlantic explores how “the emerging practice of ‘people analytics’ is already transforming how employers hire, fire, and promote.”

Time spotlights “The 30 People Under 30 Changing the World.”

-Author Teddy Wayne takes a look at why the advertising catchphrase is on the wane in The New York Times.

-This holiday season, traditional retailers are leveraging a wider array of social media and other digital platforms, per The New York Times.

The Economist explains why more brands are putting emotion ahead of information and emphasizing purpose more than products.

The New York Times reports that artworks and artists are populating more ad campaigns aimed at Millennials as well as older consumers.

-Black Friday sales point to a rapid rise of mobile commerce over the past year, as Techcrunch reports.

-More adults are embracing kids’ books, a phenomenon that points to “a broader cultural shift as the taste gap between generations collapses,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

The New York Times takes a look at the continuing allure of the print book.

-Dozens of virtual currencies are popping up, positioned as superior alternatives to Bitcoin, reports The New York Times.

-An FT special report examines “how consumer technology trends are changing the face of business IT.”

-A YouGov poll shows that British consumers are increasingly wary of giving companies their personal data, explains the FT.

USA Today discusses how the travel industry is collecting more information on customers in order to personalize service.

-The FT takes a look at the state of the app market.

-The FT spotlights three consumer-technology trends for 2014.

-Sock-of-the-month subscription services have proved a particularly successful niche, reports The New York Times.

Nielsen covers six trends shaping the future of grocery retailing in Asia Pacific.

-The comeback of America’s auto industry is due partly to a jump in exports to international markets, reports The New York Times.

Fast Company speculates how we’ll be dating, having sex and breaking up in 2025.

–Millennials are more interested in finding meaning than happiness, explains The New York Times.

-While children of interfaith families used to lean one way or another, Millennials want it both ways, reports Salon.

The Atlantic takes a look at “The Myth of Teens Rejecting Television.”

PolicyMic spotlights five findings from a Harvard report on young adults’ attitudes toward politics and public service.

-Watches have minimal appeal for Millennials, reports The New York Times.

-Wealthier, more educated students are most apt to be benefiting from massive open online courses (MOOCs), according to a new study covered in Salon.

Reuters reports on a survey finding that fewer Americans plan to eat at restaurants in 2014, primarily for health reasons.

-China and India are responsible for a global rise in meat consumption, according to a new study.

-Faced with a shortage of space and a surplus of electronics, Taiwan is embracing recycling, explains The New York Times.

-Transparency International published its annual Corruption Perception Index, showing which countries are perceived as corrupt.

-“Radiant orchid,” a pinky purple, is Pantone’s pick for the color of 2014.

Mashable takes a look at the high-tech future of sidewalks.

Newsweek reports that pet-custody battles are on the rise thanks to high divorce rates and a rise in pet ownership.

-Pantsula, a dance form out of South Africa, is “taking the world by storm,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

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