Web 3.0 will organize itself around context and the user, in Wired.

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-With Alibaba’s public launch, the “Internet power balance tilts toward Asia,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

-Multinationals across categories are taking new interest in the needs and wants of the globe’s lower-income consumers, reports The New York Times.

-Slumping U.S. retail sales may reflect a shrinking middle class, which is fueling a “race to the bottom” price-wise, reports The Dallas Morning News.

-A BBC series examines the future of cities, where an estimated three-quarters of the global population will live by 2050.

-The Financial Times outlines a growing backlash against the American tech giants, especially when it comes to privacy and data issues.

-While some believe that “reshoring” factories back to the U.S. will be the new norm, globalization isn’t over yet, reports The New York Times.

Ad Age reports on China’s crackdown on high prices for foreign products.

-With educational tech becoming pervasive in American schools, parents and legislators worry about the use of student data, reports The New York Times.

-Sramana Mitra, founder of global virtual incubator 1M/1M, writes that Web 3.0 will organize itself around context and the user, in Wired.

-In Ad Age, Internet analyst Mark Mahaney outlines 10 Internet trends impacting marketers.


The New York Times Magazine explores how “microcelebrity” is becoming a big business.

-Given the rise of mobile and digital payments, The Economist looks at the benefits of doing away with physical currency.

Ad Age asks why big consumer packaged brands have been so slow to implement e-commerce strategies.

-Brands are treading carefully in experimenting with anonymous apps, which have been associated with teen bullying, suicides and even jihadist recruitment, reports Adweek.

The New York Times notes that the gap between nerd and mainstream pop culture is more porous than ever, declaring “We’re all nerds now.” Its “Room for Debate” collects commentary on the idea from some experts.

-A TechCrunch columnist explores “How the Internet killed profit.”

New York spotlights the rise of the “1099 economy” and the problem with startups like Uber relying on contract workers.

The Wall Street Journal cautions not to underestimate the importance of smartwatches, which it sees as becoming central to the tech ecosystem.

-An Atlantic writer posits that consumers find new technology more tiring than exciting and tweaks “future shock” to a new term, “future ennui.”

Quartz looks at why so few U.S. smartphone users download new apps.

-The U.S. birthrate is expected to keep dropping as Millennial women delay starting families, reports Bloomberg.

-Most Millennial aren’t ready yet to buy homes, but evidence shows they’re thinking about it, and the housing market should get ready to cater to them, advises MarketWatch.

-Women now comprise a majority of the U.K.’s gaming audience, via The Guardian.

The Atlantic asks, “What Happens When We All Live to 100?”

The Wall Street Journal looks at where venture capital funding is going for different aging and ailing body parts, and asks experts which health issues Millennials will face that their parents didn’t.

-An Ozy columnist looks at the expansion of the market for pet products and services.

-A BuzzFeed writer ponders the future of books.

The Verge asks, “What happens to literacy when the Internet turns into a giant TV station?”

-Japanese consumers are notable as among the very few who have not moved from CDs to online music, reports The New York Times.

-In The Wall Street Journal, the director of Google’s Cultural Institute explains how the Internet is bringing museums to the masses.

-Barclays finds that half of China’s wealthiest citizens intend to emigrate within five years, via The Wall Street Journal.

-The number of billionaires in the world is at a record high, via CNBC.

-According to the Global Well-Being Index by Gallup, only a quarter of humanity feels they are thriving, as reported by The Economist.

-Companies are reconsidering dress codes given that more employees are tattooed, pierced and inclined to dress casually, reports Fortune.