Facial recognition and other technologies get more sophisticated and Bitcoin may not be the currency of the future.

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-Ahead of the annual Davos gathering, the World Economic Forum said income inequality represents the biggest threat to the global economy in the near future, per the AP.

-“Dollar stores are now getting too expensive for many Americans,” reports Quartz.

The Economist argues that governments aren’t prepared for the immense repercussions of today’s technology on tomorrow’s jobs.

-From the new book Shift 2020, Fast Company looks at eight unexpected ways technology will change the world by the end of this decade.

Euromonitor released its global consumer trends for 2014.

Popular Science mulls “The End of Anonymity” (one of our 10 Trends for 2014) as facial recognition and other technologies get more sophisticated.

The Wall Street Journal spotlights the rise of businesses that use sensors to track consumer location and movement, and build shopper profiles.

The Washington Post looks at “affective computing” systems and devices that can read consumer moods.

-The advent of connected cars is forcing automakers to confront issues around privacy and data collection, as The Wall Street Journal reports.

-Cisco’s annual security report finds “unprecedented growth” in advanced attacks from hackers, reports the FT.

-Reporting from the annual National Retail Federation convention, CNBC outlines “5 problems retailers must fix in 2014.”

The Wall Street Journal looks at how brick-and-mortar retailers are coping as “E-Commerce Not Only Siphons Off Sales, but Changes Shopping Habits.”

-The American diet is getting a little bit healthier, according to a new U.S. government report.

The Guardian outlines 10 trends in apps for 2014, from wearables and privacy to chat apps going beyond just messaging.

-With Google buying Nest and various other hardware firms (and even announcing a “smart” contact lens), Nick Bilton writes that the tech giant “hopes to own the future.” And The Economist takes a look at how Google is repositioning itself.

-In a special report on tech startups, The Economist examines how technological change is giving rise to new institutions that offer a glimpse into tomorrow’s economic models.

Newsweek reports on “The End of Dumb Money,” arguing that “Bitcoin may not be the currency of the future, but sooner or later something like it will emerge.”

-The annual Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey from Hurun spotlights how China’s wealthy are spending their riches, via Businessweek.

-A new report reveals that half a billion Chinese are now mobile Internet users, but fewer are using microblogs like Sina Weibo, via TheNextWeb. The Economist examines what’s driving the shift away from Sina Weibo.

-A New York Times Magazine article makes the argument that “Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All.”

The Guardian’s “Millennial finance” section explores the generation’s attitudes toward marriage.

-A new Pew study on e-reading finds that while e-books are getting more popular among Americans, print remains the foundation of their reading habits.

-Radio stations are trying to retain audiences by sticking to familiar tunes, making it harder for new tracks to gain exposure, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-As more people wear gym gear beyond the gym, the activewear market is heating up, as Business of Fashion reports.

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