“Netflix and chill,” Google takes on mobile carriers, communal living in Lebanon.
–Now the world’s fastest-growing major economy, “India replaces China as the next big frontier for US tech companies,” writes the New York Times.
–Google’s mobile service venture Project Fi “could snare all the major carriers,” writes Wired.
–The latest campaign for Beirut department store Aizone brings a hyper-real take on pop art to the Middle East. Via Designboom.
–As the flat-sharing model picks up among the Arab youth, Middle East Eye spotlights the rise of “communal living” in Lebanon.
–A new Pew Research Center report shows what US immigration will look like through 2065, as Asians eventually outnumber Hispanics among new arrivals.
–Brands are taking a fresh look at advertising strategies for millennials as the group gains spending power, writes the New York Times.
–A new report suggests online shoppers prefer to buy directly from brands, not through third parties. Via Luxury Society.
–WWD investigates a retail reshuffle at NorthPark Center in Dallas, and what it means for the future of the shopping mall.
–Stepfeed examines how today’s “selfie-crazed culture” is compromising Egypt’s heritage-based tourism.
–For those saying no to selfies, Fairmont Hotels has partnered with professional photographer service Flytographer to help travelers up their image game. Via Luxury Daily.
–As US income inequality draws more attention, brands could benefit from treating low-wage workers better, writes Fast Company.
–South African shoppers are seeking new experiences from the retail space, increasingly opting for “smaller niche outlets” over “large formulaic stores,” writes Warc.
–Do consumers want to live-stream their yoga classes? Fast Company looks at the growing market for live-streamed health.
–Booze brands are collaborating with street artists “in an effort to stand out in an increasingly crowded and craft-focused spirits market,” writes Punch.