Coarseness in popular culture is “indiscriminate and everywhere,” while the fitness industry in China is flourishing.

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-In a graphic, Roper Reports Worldwide compares what was on the world’s mind in 2008 vs. 2013.

-Time names Pope Francis as person of the year, and takes a visual look at the year in things and the year in social media.

The Wall Street Journal‘s Saturday Essay argues that today coarseness in popular culture is “indiscriminate and everywhere,” with little room for subtle innuendo or powerful transgressive statements.

-An FT special report on innovation in health care examines efforts to change old ways of working and adopt new ones.

-With more viral stories proving to be fake or off-base, The New York Times examines how digital news sites are blurring the line between fact and fiction.

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at how in-store tracking devices like the iBeacon can assess shopper habits.

-U.S. Millennial women are at near parity with men when it comes to pay, but many see career roadblocks ahead, according to new Pew research.

Ad Age gleans “10 things you should know about the global ad market” from ZenithOptimedia’s latest forecast.

Time‘s Rana Foroohar argues that Silicon Valley is America’s new corporate villain.

Bloomberg Businessweek takes a look at the flourishing of a fitness industry in China.

The Economist takes a look at the debate over genetically modified food in China.

-As Western burger brands like Johnny Rockets and Hardee’s arrive in Africa, The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the challenges facing these newcomers.

-Sales of diet sodas have been falling fast thanks to rising wariness of artificial sweeteners, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-A Guardian blogger ponders whether animal consumption is falling out of style in the U.S. Meanwhile, Nielsen takes a look at the rising popularity of exotic meats in the U.S.

Earth Island Journal examines the future of lab-grown meat.

-A study from MTV and Subway looks at Millennial views on healthy eating habits.

CNBC reports on the rise of bars in clothing stores.

-As holiday shopping heats up, UPI reports that “webrooming” is a parallel trend to “showrooming.”

–An Adweek infographic highlights some notable data on m-commerce.

-Christmas trees meet the digital age as sales move online, reports Bloomberg.

-American retailers can now choose from a wide spectrum of precisely targeted holiday tunes, reports The Economist.

-Consumers are embracing streaming music services but are stubbornly reluctant to pay for subscriptions, reports The New York Times.

The Wall Street Journal considers how artists are responding in an age when everyone is a photographer. And a new study finds that “Digital Cameras Are Messing With Your Memory,” reports Fast Company.

-With mobile games doing gangbuster business in Japan, The Wall Street Journal examines what’s driving their success.

-As Instagram announces direct messaging, Time takes a look at the hotly contested mobile-messaging-app space.

-Hospitals are branching into post-cancer care as more patients survive, explains The Wall Street Journal.

Mashable outlines five health-tech trends for 2014.

Pacific Standard spotlights a new report that points to the decline of America’s art and culture economy.

Quartz reports on a survey that studies how a switch to electric cars would (or wouldn’t) change Americans’ driving habits.

-Men’s growing preference for beards is hurting the shaving industry, as Quartz reports.

-Women are taking to barbershop-style hairstyles, explains The New York Times.