Climate change is affecting Americans right now and businesses see the potential in what some are calling “the green rush."
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-A major new U.S. report on climate change warns that “this is not some distant problem of the future. This is a problem that is affecting Americans right now.” Gigaom’s Katie Fehrenbacher highlights some tech trends that climate change is likely to drive.
–The New York Times presents “A Vision of the Future From Those Likely to Invent It.”
–The Atlantic examines what Millennials want and why they matter to cities.
–Fast Company takes a look at the rise of “sadvertising” and why so many ads today are tearjerkers.
-With the IPO of Alibaba, Quartz reports on China’s already enormous e-commerce market and its massive potential.
–The New York Times spotlights the advent of “devices that know how we really feel” and reports on the rise of “computing that reads your mind”: contextual computing that anticipates the user’s needs and wants.
–Fast Company outlines three ways big data could be used to discriminate against people by employers, police and retailers.
–The New York Times spotlights some of the new smart devices for the family and the home, from toothbrushes to diapers.
-Gigaom’s series “Reinventing the Internet” takes a look at how the Internet might be improved if it were conceived today.
–The Economist explores how payments are changing to become more seamless, often sidelining banks.
-Facebook still far outranks other social media outlets among young adults, per a new study.
–Ozy takes a look at why “Africa Isn’t Rising,” or at least why the continent’s economic growth may not be driving significant improvement in everyday lives.
-Airport shopping has become “a big part of many brands’ strategies and of airports’ revenues,” reports The Economist.
-As laws loosen around marijuana, ancillary businesses see the potential in what some are calling “the green rush,” reports the Los Angeles Times.
-European style gelato is getting more popular in the U.S., reports Ad Age.
–The New Yorker spotlights the artisanal-toast trend and what the backlash against it signifies.
-Concerned about the nutritional impact of picky eating habits, some parents are hiring nutrition coaches to reform their kids’ palates, reports The Wall Street Journal.
-As notions about gender roles change, more boys are working as babysitters (and more parents are willing to hire them), reports The Wall Street Journal.
-Across the world, universities are increasingly adopting English as a medium of instruction, reports The Economist.
-One sign that China’s physically reserved culture is changing, reports The New York Times: more hugging.
–The New York Times spotlights a manifestation of the trend we’ve dubbed Proudly Imperfect: the rising popularity of a no-makeup look among women.
-Rather than killing old-fashioned board games, new technologies are helping games made by independent designers to flourish, reports The New York Times.
-Stylish socks have become a “must-have” for fashion-conscious men, helping to keep menswear sales strong, reports The Wall Street Journal.
-In the U.S., backyard chicken rearing has given rise to backyard ducks as well, according to NPR.