How digital tools are changing the art of marketing, Intelligent Objects, civic crowdfunding

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Fast Company publishes its annual list of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.”

The Economist takes a look at how digital tools are changing the art of marketing.

Wired explores the rise of Intelligent Objects, or what it calls “The Programmable World.”

-The Pew Research Center finds that support for the EU is sinking, and “The European project now stands in disrepute across much of Europe.”

-Another sobering forecast on global warning: One expert warns that hundreds of millions of people will be displaced this century, per The Guardian.

-Middle-class British consumers have become less “sniffy” and bigger fans of bargain-hunting, reports The Economist.

-A Forbes contributor goes “in search of Japan’s missing startups.”

The Wall Street Journal reports on how manufacturers are using Big Data to change the way factories operate.

The Economist spotlights the rise of civic crowdfunding and startups that enable community improvements.

McKinsey speaks with Cisco’s Padmasree Warrior about how “the exponential growth of connectivity between people and devices … will change commerce, business systems, and individual behavior.”

-Web browsers are getting reinvented, a trend The Wall Street Journal says will change how we work and entertain ourselves online.

Bloomberg Businessweek argues that 3D printing “can be a powerful force for economic and social progress.”

-Bonnie Fuller writes in Ad Age that “Baby-Boomer Marketers Are Misreading Millennials’ Media Behavior.”

The New York Times examines Americans’ declining interesting in driving.

The Wall Street Journal reports that retailers are leveraging social media images to show how their clothes and accessories look in the real world.

Bloomberg reports that the lower end of upper-class Americans (“2 percenters”) are trading down from labels like Prada to brands like Coach.

-The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization argues that more people will need to eat insects if we’re to sustainably meet the needs of a growing population.

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the rise of beverages that give plain old water some soda-like oomph.

MarketWatch reports that sugar consumption in America is up while sales of artificial sweeteners are falling.

The New York Times examines the drive to create “in vitro” meat.

-Hotel restaurants are embracing the farm-to-table trend, reports The New York Times.

-The flavor du jour is “birthday cake,” according to USA Today.

Sriracha is invading pop culture and becoming America’s condiment of choice.

-These days motorcycles are “valued more for their usefulness than their speedy glamour,” observes The Economist.

Time takes a look at why online passwords may become passé.

Fast Company explains “how Google made maps human, savvy, and monetizeable.”

-E-books are driving growth in America’s publishing industry, reports Mashable.

-Texting and driving has replaced drinking and driving as the leading cause of death among American teens, per Mashable.

-Hollywood movies are “taking anti-business sentiment to a new level” this summer, reports The Wall Street Journal.