“Cyberpunk tech war is coming," young people are more dependent on their parents, and the term "Yummies" is coined.

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-HSBC coins the term “Yummies” in reference to the young urban males with money whom luxury retailers are now pursuing.

-With Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift, Fast Company says a “cyberpunk tech war is coming” over how we experience reality. CNET reports on what the skeptics are saying about the future of virtual reality.

-An Economist special report looks at the rise of robots and argues they will change how we think about technology.

-An FT special report on The Connected Business examines how Big Data is changing how workers make decisions and sparking cultural change at corporations.

Newsweek argues that banks are getting massively disrupted by new companies that are “smarter about data and use it in more imaginative ways.”

Time reports that Millennials and the banking industry are at odds, with banks failing to meet the generation’s needs or wants.

The Guardian covers a European report that found the economic crisis has made young people more dependent than ever on their parents, a trend that has “sobering social and demographic implications for the continent.”

-Entrepreneurialism is on the rise in Greece as more people give up on waiting for the government to turn the country around, reports The New York Times.

-A New York Times op-ed posits that the world is getting more depressed thanks to rising urbanization and people gaining a better sense of their place in the social order.

The Economist reports that Japanese women haven’t made notable strides in the workplace in decades.

The New York Times takes a look at the explosive growth of Macau, which “now dwarfs Las Vegas as a gambling hub.”

-Pew Research’s Journalism Project releases its State of the News Media 2014 report.

CNN spotlights the proliferation of social platforms that involve smaller, more intimate circles.

-As more companies establish a social media presence, many are turning to social media coaches, per The Wall Street Journal.

-Market research, which has relied on outdated technology and techniques, is now moving to mobile devices, reports Fortune.

-An Adweek infographic illustrates the trend of consumers falling out of love with brands.

-A new Deloitte report on “digital omnivores” examines how this growing cohort uses digital devices to work, play, shop and socialize, via Channelnomics.

The Philadelphia Inquirer takes a look at the rise of “real” people in fashion campaigns as the Proudly Imperfect trend takes hold.

The Drum discusses how brands are trying to stand out in the sea of visual stimuli at point of purchase.

-Fiction is now both composed and consumed on the go, thanks to mobile apps that make writing more social and informal, reports The New York Times.

-The FT takes a look at why a growing number of businesses are accepting bitcoin.

-Cyber criminals are two steps ahead of retailers, with mobile shoppers especially vulnerable, reports The Washington Post.

-With other screens stealing their time, the number of frequent moviegoers ages 12-24 is falling in the U.S., per Variety.

-In this Age of Impatience, speed reading is making a comeback, via The Wall Street Journal.

McKinsey argues that companies have an “extraordinary opportunity” to leverage technological advances to improve resource productivity—and ultimately spark the next industrial revolution.

-As How I Met Your Mother reaches its conclusion, The Wall Street Journal explores how Americans typically meet their spouses these days.

The New York Times examines the public forms that grief is taking in the digital age.

-Luxury bedding is the latest category in which startups are cutting out the middleman and selling online to consumers, reports The Wall Street Journal.


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