CNN explores how the city of tomorrow might look, while A Nielsen study surveys global interest in the sharing economy.

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Due to Memorial Day office closures, this double-edition roundup covers items from the past two weeks.

CNN explores how the city of tomorrow might look.

-Mary Meeker released her annual Internet Trends report, via TechCrunch.

-A Nielsen study surveys global interest in the sharing economy.

Wired explores why “tech’s best minds are very worried about the Internet of Things.” Meanwhile, Quartz writes that the connected home is very quickly going mainstream.

-An FT report examines sustainable business, including a look at consumer interest in sustainable goods and how some companies are instituting a more circular model.

-Two academics take a look at “The Future of Money-Like Things” in The Atlantic.

-In a special section on IT and marketing, the FT explores how marketers are trying to leverage new technologies and how augmented reality is evolving.

Ad Age reports that marketers are starting to use offline consumer data as a resource for digital marketing.

-Netflix predicts what television will look like in 2025, via Wired.

-Networks are televising more live events, giving viewers something to discuss in real time, via The New York Times.

Brandchannel takes a look at how marketers are tapping into the selfie trend.

-The AP spotlights how shopping is evolving.

-From Forbes, “Five Innovations That Will Transform E-Commerce in the Next 10 Years.”

-The FT explores how hotels are becoming showrooms for outside brands.

The New York Times reports that retailers are looking to develop their own payment methods as a way to reduce fees and guard consumer data.

-More stores are using scent in a bid to lure customers and keep them lingering for longer, reports WSJ.

Forbes contributor Neil Howe argues that happy is the new edgy for Millennials.

-A 20-country study finds that Millennials are more competitive than previous generations and yearn to be noticed, via Reuters.

-“The second messaging revolution is now quickly coming to a close,” reports TechCrunch.

The New York Times takes a look at the rise of virtual stickers and how messaging apps are redefining the ways in which people communicate.

IEEE Spectrum explores how wearables will change language, letting people share thoughts and sensations as well as words.

NPR explores the rise of brain-computer interfaces, as well as the implications.

The New York Times examines the science behind what makes things go viral.

-A new MasterCard report indicates that affluent consumers in Asia/Pacific, the Middle East and Africa are seeking rich experiences over material wealth.

-A new McKinsey report on Brazil outlines how individual wealth has failed to keep pace with the country’s economic expansion.

Brandchannel reports that luxury brands are moving down-market in China to reach more customers, and INSEAD explores the next phase of China’s luxury consumption.

-A survey of European companies in China explores whether the “golden age” for multinationals in that market is over, per Businessweek.

The Economist takes a look at a wave of efforts to raise minimum wages.

McKinsey describes key things to know about ASEAN (which includes Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, among others), Asia’s fastest-growing but least well-known market.

-An Economist special report examines business in Asia and argues that its companies still need to become more global and more nimble.

Quartz explores how modern retailers in India are doing battle with corner stores, at a time when India’s government is expected to ease restrictions on international competition.

Time‘s cover story on “the transgender tipping point” argues that as same-sex marriage gets legalized, “another social movement is poised to challenge deeply held cultural beliefs.”

-Theater is becoming much more immersive, taking cues from video games, explains The Guardian.

-Mothers are re-entering the workplace via intensive retraining schemes and tailored internships, explains The Times.

The Wall Street Journal spotlights the boom in male grooming and skin care products in Asia.

-Hospitals are beginning to open medical clinics specifically for men, reports The New York Times.

The New York Times explores the growing field of bioelectronics, as researchers try to hack the nervous system.

-A new study spotlights the dramatic rise in obesity rates worldwide over the last few decades, as The Wall Street Journal reports.

The New York Times takes a look at Europe’s ugly-produce movement.

-Americans are consuming more chicken than beef for the first time in a century, reports Adweek.

Businessweek spotlights some brands that are tapping into the protein craze.

Businessweek declares that hemp hearts (the inner kernel of the seed) are going mainstream.

-Americans are beginning to embrace shandy—beer mixed with fruit drinks or sodas—writes Quartz.

-Several brands are targeting pet owners who want to want to “prepare a meal for their pet the way they would for a family member,” per The Wall Street Journal.

-A new report projects that China will become the world’s largest mobile phone market by revenue this year, via The Wall Street Journal.


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