The nation is changing, LGBT families are becoming more prominent in American ads, and showrooming hits high-end retailers.
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-LGBT families are becoming more prominent in American ads, reports Buzzfeed, spotlighting JWT research on consumer attitudes toward this shift.
-The Pew Research Center examines “The Next America” in an interactive look at how the nation is changing and the challenges it will face in coming decades.
-Teens are now spending as much or more on food as on clothing, according to Piper Jaffray’s latest look at teen spending, via Marketplace.
-A new BBA report on “The way we bank now” argues that “A revolution is underway in how people spend, move and manage their money.”
-For the first time, Internet ad revenue in the U.S. surpassed that from TV advertising, according to a new IAB report.
-An FT report on the business of food security examines how businesses, governments and organizations can ensure steady supplies amid the disruption sparked by climate change.
-The AP reports that as dieters consider more than just calorie counts, food brands are shifting strategies.
–The Guardian takes a look at how high-end dining is evolving, getting more casual and much less traditional.
-With more luxury fashion available online, showrooming hits high-end retailers, reports The Wall Street Journal.
–The New York Times examines “fashion in the age of Instagram.”
-The Heartbleed bug points to the difficulty of making tech highly secure and shows that security is often an afterthought, reports The New York Times.
–The New York Times examines hacking’s new frontier.
-A survey finds that Americans’ privacy and safety concerns will be the biggest hurdle for Google Glass, via Adweek.
–Reuters takes a look at how major retailers are vying with Visa, MasterCard and Google to win the mobile payment market.
-“Longevity is here to stay,” as The FT reports, which will mean rethinking life phases, among many other things.
–The Wall Street Journal reports on the rising popularity of teaching entrepreneurial skills to kids, some not even in school yet.
-Mannequins are making a comeback, reports The Wall Street Journal, with a range of brands taking a fresh approach to these retail staples.
-Pew finds an uptick in stay-at-home moms in the U.S., thanks in part to a challenging job market and changing demographics, via the L.A. Times.
-Live music on TV broadcasts is seeing a renaissance, per Adweek.
-The Council for Research Excellence finds that social media has a limited impact on TV viewing, via The New York Times.
–Businessweek reports on Pew Research Center findings that while more American seniors are using the Internet, some 4 in 10 are still offline.
-Personal social media consultants are on the rise, reports USA Today, helping with everything from wedding plans to dating profiles.
–Fortune asks, Is virtual reality really the next big thing?
-While several startup hubs have gained buzz and traction, Europe doesn’t yet have a rival to Silicon Valley, reports The Wall Street Journal.
–The Economist reports that the Arabic Web has a long way to go, although enthusiasm for creating Arabic content is rising.
–The Wall Street Journal reports on a growing sector of the toy biz: kids’ arts and crafts kits that minimize stress and clutter.
-A young New York Times columnist considers why pluralism makes it so hard for Millennials to hold their convictions.
-A Fast Company columnist outlines “a Millennial’s version of the American Dream.”
-“Austin Is the New Brooklyn,” says Businessweek, as more Americans migrate from large to more affordable midsize cities.
-Convertible cars are losing their cool, with sales plummeting worldwide as SUV sales rise, via Businessweek.
–The FT spotlights the rise of quality Chinese wines.
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