Cher is Marc Jacobs' newest muse, Wamda explores Comic Con culture in the Middle East, and more.

Dazed profiles Marc Jacobs’ campaign featuring Cher, the latest designer collaboration with a 50+ fashion muse.

-Apple has reclaimed the title of “world’s most valuable brand” from Google this year, according to WPP’s latest BrandZ brand ranking list.

-NPR notes that amid constant digital innovation, analog notebooks and independent bookstores remain strong, even among the young.

-As the “sharing economy” spawns confusing terminology, one of the movement’s strongest proponents breaks down the current glossary. Via Fast Company.

Business of Fashion looks at how “lad mags” have evolved beyond sex and sports to reach today’s more sophisticated male consumer.

Business of Fashion explores why the world’s largest soda companies are working with fashion labels.

-As geek chic goes global, Wamda explores Comic Con culture in the Middle East.

-The number of female startup founders is on the rise, per TechCrunch.

-And yet, Mary Meeker highlights the tech industry’s diversity problems in her latest internet trends deck, as summarized by Wired.

Fast Company profiles a new hotel line that caters to “global nomads”—a rising cohort who blend work and leisure travel aided by mobile tools.

Ad Age looks at how marketers can harness mobile video to reach millennial males.

-The rise of “halal tourism” is driving a growing market for Muslim-friendly hotels, restaurants, resorts and spas, writes Arabian Business.

Dazed explores how Instagram is revolutionizing fashion.

-Meanwhile, TechCrunch looks at how Facebook could radically transform finance.

Bloomberg Businessweek takes a deep dive into the history and future of Snapchat.

-An infographic from Nielsen shows how people are consuming media across devices.

-“Turns out there are a lot of academics studying photo filters,” declares Wired.

-If society is to embrace insects as an alternative to meat, chefs will need to make bug-based dishes tastier, says NPR.

-As the global population balloons, vertical farming may become the new standard, per The Atlantic.

Venture Beat explores the potential for wearable tech in business settings.

-“The future of luxury cars is big and ugly,” says Quartz.

Nielsen looks at brand affinity among consumers of alcoholic beverages.

The New York Times on why young women are thinking feminist when it comes to lingerie.