The WSJ looks at how selfies have brought ashtags to Lent and at “playscapes” that beautifully integrate into the backyard.
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–New York Times op-ed contributor Julia Angwin ponders whether privacy has become a luxury good.
-A new study from Pew has a deep-dive look at Millennials in adulthood, citing this cohort as detached from institutions and networked with friends.
–Fast Company considers the explosion of the sharing economy—and how brands that ignore it will be out of luck.
-The FT analyzes how rapid advances in artificial intelligence are threatening the jobs of educated white-collar workers.
–The New York Times reports on how wearable tech is getting a fashion makeover.
–The Wall Street Journal reports that Korean researchers have developed a wearable-device alternative to Google Glass.
–Mashable explores the exploding viral popularity of online quizzes, a la Buzzfeed and Zimbio.
–The Wall Street Journal looks at how selfies have brought ashtags to Lent.
–The Wall Street Journal argues that augmented reality has made it out of new-tech purgatory and is gaining traction with its practical applications.
–Wired reports on IDC figures that indicate the tablet market is shrinking—because people are content with the tablets they already own.
–Adweek reports on a new study from Nielsen that shows the audience for traditional TV is still far greater than that for online video.
–The Wall Street Journal looks at the confounding persistence of paper business cards, even among entrepreneurs who are promoting contact-sharing apps.
-A Social@Ogilvy study has found that “brands’ organic Facebook reach has crashed since October,” via Ad Age.
-Our own Ann Mack told The Wall Street Journal how the enduring popularity of hybrid cuisine—which is rarely called fusion anymore—is a reflection of Americans’ increasing tendency to blend traditions into “something entirely new.”
-In line with our Proudly Imperfect trend, artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm has recently designed an alternative to Barbie—Lammily, a doll that looks like the average woman, per Mashable.
-Children’s perceptions of gender roles may be changing, according to a new study that analyzed drawings from 700 children around the world.
-Looking for an alternative to metal swing sets, landscape designers are increasingly creating “playscapes” that beautifully integrate into the rest of the backyard, according to The Wall Street Journal.
–The Atlantic Cities looks at where the good jobs and bad jobs will be 10 years from now.
–Fast Company reports that Millennials are looking for ways to live a bank-free existence in the future.
–TechCrunch reports on Facebook’s alleged plan to acquire drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace in a continuing effort to bring Internet connectivity to emerging markets.
–The Wall Street Journal explains why “China’s major builders see leisure as the next big thing.”
-China has declared a “war against pollution,” per The New York Times.
–The Guardian looks at how five years of rock-bottom interest rates have affected Britain.
-The FT looks at the rise of the middle class in Ethiopia—with Western diseases in tow.