Startup concerns, women in the game space, self-driving cars, YouTube stars

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-Six-year-olds in the U.K. are more digitally savvy than adults, according to an Ofcom study cited by The Guardian.

Nielsen examines current trends in mobile technology and how ubiquitous mobile devices are transforming advertising.

-New Brookings Institution research finds the share of American firms aged 16 years or more increased by 50 percent in the last 20 years, leading TechCrunch to express concern about the startup industry, while New York concludes that despite media hype, America is becoming less entrepreneurial.

The Economist reports on population changes around the globe, highlighting the differences by region.

Fast Company reports on the Global Leadership Forecast that discovers a correlation between Millennials and women in leadership roles and an organization’s success.

-More Africans are planning to start a business, according to Gallup, but many lack access to funding and training needed to capitalize on the growth opportunity.

-Foreign investors are returning to India’s real estate market, albeit with more caution on both sides, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Quartz highlights McKinsey research on China’s Internet sector, which is going from “huge” to “gargantuan.

-Americans disclose record levels of anxiety about the future opportunities for their children and the economy, blaming Washington leadership, according to a poll by NBC and The Wall Street Journal.

-Tech experts in a Pew Research Center study weigh in on what robots will mean for jobs and the economy, via The New York Times.

-A Wired columnist explains how mobile technology will alter the data centers of the future, creating new opportunities for startups.

-“Over-the-top” video services like Netflix and Hulu are expected to grow more than 20 percent this year, according to Strategy Analytics, via Telecompetitor.

-YouTube stars are far more popular than traditional celebrities among U.S. teenagers, reports Variety.

-“Shoppers are fleeing physical stores,” writes The Wall Street Journal, as the shift to online sales continues, according to ShopperTrak data.

-While widening income inequality is hindering economic growth, according to a study reported in The New York Times, the rising economic disparity has also resulted in gains in the luxury sector, writes U.S. News and World Report.

The Washington Post reports on research that finds “men are more likely to shop on mobile than women.”

Adweek looks at four mobile marketing techniques that are working.

-According to a new report, women are “dominating the mobile game space in terms of both time and money spent,” writes Business Insider.

The Guardian recaps devices that were killed off by smartphones and looks at which ones could be next.

-Author Michael Harris explores how technology is changing our brains and what it means for the next generation, via Wired.

-Americans are both more optimistic and more wary of a future with self-driving cars, says The Atlantic.

Wired looks at how the dream of a connected home could become a nightmare.

-Millennials are driving the downward trend in homeownership as more young people opt to rent now and buy (much) later, reports CNBC.

-According to a Slate survey, kids have a lot less freedom than prior generations, attributed to a dramatic shift in parental restrictions in the ’80s and ’90s.

-The fresh food movement is threatening restaurant brands that don’t get on board, suggests an Ad Age columnist.

-Some exclusive restaurants are requiring tickets instead of reservations, reports NPR.

-British consumers are turning to Midwestern cuisine for their American food fix, writes The Guardian.

-Japanese sake brewers are looking to expand the drink’s footprint by pairing it with Western foods, writes The New York Times.

-Beer manufacturers are counting on apple and other flavor malt beverages to boost growth and target Millennials, reports Fortune.


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