Hunkvertising, parenting on Facebook, global youth unemployment

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Huffington Post takes an in-depth look at the global youth unemployment crisis. 

-Special reports from both the FT and The Economist examine what’s ahead for the world economy.

-The BBC’s Peter Day argues that the Internet, 3D printing and new notions about consumerism will result in “a revolution so great it could turn our old familiar world upside down.”

-Adweek’s “Men’s Issue” takes a look at the rise of “hunkvertising,” the quirks of the Millennial male, and the revival of barbershops.

Newsweek writes about “Facebook moms” and the rising tendency to brag about one’s kids and parenting techniques.

-In an OECD study of literacy and numeracy skills in developed nations, Finland and Japan rank at the top, Spain and Italy at the bottom.

-Small but savvy startups are collectively becoming a real threat to packaged-goods giants, reports Ad Age.

The New York Times examines how advertisers and tech companies are tracking mobile phones in order to personalize messaging.

-Mobile advertising is taking off, reports The Wall Street Journal, with spending more than doubling in the first half.

The New York Times spotlights how developments in retail technology are taking “consumer convenience (and impulsiveness) to new heights.”

-As “click and collect” becomes more popular, Time examines how grocery shopping is changing.

-Reporting from the World Retail Congress, Reuters looks at how retailers are reinventing themselves in an e-commerce age.

-“In Digital Era, What Does ‘Watching TV’ Even Mean?” asks The Wall Street Journal, spotlighting a new eMarketer study.

The Economist takes a look at second-screening and whether mobile devices will help or harm television.

-Nielsen spotlights the fast-growing connection between television and Twitter as it debuts the Twitter TV Rating.

-The Pew Research Center analyzes Nielsen data to examine how Americans get TV news at home.

-A new survey finds that among American teens, Twitter is now more popular than Facebook.

-British youth have named YouTube their favorite brand for the second year in a row, reports Marketing magazine.

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at how messaging apps from Asia (Line and WeChat) are challenging Silicon Valley products.

-A columnist for the HBR Blog Network argues that mobile apps can help businesses “rethink the very concept of point of purchase.”

-A Forbes columnist outlines seven trends that will dominate online marketing in 2014.

The Cut’s Ann Friedman examines why women have taken to the dating app Tinder.

-As courtship gets redefined in China, a quirky trend has emerged, reports The Wall Street Journal: Couples are wearing matching outfits.

-Brazil’s next import? Literature, explains Quartz.

-An FT report spotlights the rise in British startups and takes a look at some of the most promising.

Brandchannel looks at how luxury brands from Burberry to Louis Vuitton and Harrod’s are leveraging the upswing in upscale travel.

-South Korea is seeing a boom in cosmetic-surgery tourism, via Bloomberg Businessweek.

-Religious tourism is becoming a bigger business, reports The Economist.

-Food bars in numerous variations are thriving, due to hectic lifestyles, health concerns and money worries, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Fox Business looks at how Millennials are impacting the wine industry.

-A new study finds “sensory boredom” among people looking at “food porn,” via ReadWrite.

USA Today explains that PC sales are continuing to decline as more people, especially students, opt for tablets.

-As Samsung releases its first curved-display phone, CNN asks, “Are flexible screens the future of smartphones?”

Ad Age’s David Berkowitz reflects on his young niece’s “overwhelmingly digital life,” while Business Insider checks in with a college student to find out how emojis are taking over everyday communication.

-Microsoft Advertising finds that almost a third of families communicate digitally while at home, via The Drum.

-“Data discrimination” could disadvantage the poor, argues Microsoft’s Kate Crawford, who proposes “big data due process,” via MIT Technology Review.

-One German scientist is suggesting that brainwave measurements can help companies adjust pricing, via Spiegel.

The Economist takes a look at the steady rise of bike-sharing programs around the world.

-Meditation rooms and other spiritual spaces are on the rise in high-end homes, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-“Digital comic books offer students new ways of learning,” via Mashable.


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