Book publishers are enabling "binge reading," “indie capitalism," mobile phones come to emerging nations

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Fast Company publishes its annual “Most Innovative Companies” issue.

-A 24-country study by Pew examines rising adoption of mobile phones and the Internet by people in emerging nations.

-A new Nielsen report examines how consumers are using digital devices and evolving toward constantly connected lifestyles.

The Economist reports that in today’s globalized world, more multinationals from the non-Anglophone world are making English their official tongue.

-E-commerce is opening up new markets to poor rural farmers in China, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

-A Pew study on “Couples, the Internet, and Social Media” examines how Americans use digital technology to manage life, logistics and emotional intimacy within their relationships.

GQ considers how Tinder is changing the way people meet and date.

McKinsey spotlights seven technologies that could drive the next wave of mass customization.

-Thanks to more impatient consumers, book publishers are upending traditional timetables by enabling a kind of binge reading, as The New York Times reports.

-The American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America survey finds that teens are the most-stressed generation, as The Huffington Post reports.

-Stress and anxiety are on the rise in the U.K., reports Quartz.

-As gender becomes less rigid, Facebook is letting users select from around 50 terms to identify their gender, via the AP.

-A report from Business Insider examines how media companies are trying to profit as video and TV consumption shifts to mobile devices.

-A new study examines how Facebook users interact during TV shows, via The Drum.

Forbes outlines why “Instagram Is Shaping Up to Be the World’s Most Powerful Selling Tool,” based on research by L2 Think Tank.

-An infographic charts “how brands became selfie-obsessed,” via Adweek.

-In line with our 2014 trend Do You Speak Visual?, Adweek spotlights the rise of virtual stickers in mobile messaging.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the rise of apps that enable less self-conscious sharing and “a Web with fewer consequences.”

-IHS forecasts that 6 billion new devices will connect to the Internet in 2014, reports GigaOm.

-In 2013, smartphone sales surpassed those of feature phones for the first time, according to a Gartner report, via The New York Times.

-A report on the wearables market from Canalys forecasts that the devices will become a “key consumer technology” this year, via TechCrunch.

McKinsey forecasts what the jewelry industry will look like in 2020.

-Credit cards are increasingly replacing cash, reports Nielsen.

The Boston Globe argues that “Millennials may be a lost generation of investors.”

Salon examines the rise of B Corps and the “indie capitalism” that Millennials are embracing.

-The robot revolution is only just beginning and will spread beyond manufacturing into the service sector, explains Rodney Brooks of Rethink Robotics in a McKinsey interview.

Ad Age reports that “sustainable energy” is becoming a big selling point for food marketers, including cereal brands and even dog foods.

-The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that teens are consuming almost twice as much caffeine from coffee as they were a decade ago, per NPR.

Bloomberg Businessweek spotlights the trend toward vending machines selling fresher foods.

The Economist examines efforts to improve the condom.

-The Economist Intelligence Unit reports that telecoms in Myanmar are taking off.

-“Techies are the new yuppies,” argues io9.

-Pew Research finds that for Americans 25 to 32, the earnings gap between college and high school graduates “has never been greater in the modern era,” via the Los Angeles Times.

The New York Times examines the rise of “fractal inequality” in America and the growing gap between the 1 percent and the 0.1 percent.

The Economist reports that medical tourism hasn’t become as big as initially forecast.

-The Los Angeles Times takes a look at other toy-brand movies that will try to replicate the success of The Lego Movie.


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