The Economist reports on “the gay divide" and Time asks various experts for their thoughts on the future of food.

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The Economist reports on “the gay divide,” as some parts of the world leap ahead in recognizing gay rights while others lag or even see a backlash to that progress.

Adweek sifts through recent studies to outline ways that brands can “get Millennials to like you.”

-In Interbrand’s latest Best Global Brands list, tech companies dominate the field, via The New York Times.

-A new Pew study compares optimism and pessimism across economically advanced, emerging and developing nations, along with other differences and similarities.

McKinsey outlines key trends shaping China’s economy and offers a guide for doing business there.

The New York Times reports that average American families make less than they did 15 years ago, dubbing the trend “the great wage slowdown of the 21st century.”

New York takes a broad look at drones, detailing projects and experiments, and considering the pros and cons of a drone-filled future.

Pew canvassed experts to explore how super-fast gigabit connections will influence Internet activities and applications in the future.

Adweek asks digital executives to predict 2015 mobile trends.

-Digital marketers are data-mining consumers’ social media photos on behalf of big brands, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-Semiautonomous vehicles will radically reshape the nature of driving, proclaims The New York Times.

-The Los Angeles Times takes a look at the rise of food delivery startups catering to time-pressed consumers.

Time asks various experts for their thoughts on the future of food.

-Gartner reveals its top tech trends for the next year, including wearables and smart machines, via Network World.

-An emerging class of wearable tech can attach to the skin or be implanted, raising the bar on potential benefits, as well as unique privacy concerns, reports The New York Times.

The New York Times reports on the new crop of fashion-forward wearables.

-The drive to improve battery life remains stalled, forcing tech designers to come up with creative workarounds, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The Washington Post reports that “teens are officially over Facebook,” based on a new on a Piper Jaffray study.

-Sexting is the new normal among teens, reports the Los Angeles Times.

-The FT explores why many banks are more concerned with online competitors than rival banks.

-A New York Times column argues that “We Want Privacy, but Can’t Stop Sharing.”

-Even for those not on social media, privacy might remain elusive, writes Wired.

-China is the only country where a majority of consumers shop only online, according to a new study, notes Warc.

The Business of Fashion explores whether department stores can regain relevance and takes a look at how some are reinventing themselves.

The Telegraph looks at how technology is transforming the cosmetics industry, and The New York Times reports that cosmetics counters are ramping up personalized service to keep customers coming into stores.

-Telemedicine is making progress, but technology issues and regulation are still hindering widespread adoption around the world, reports The Economist.

-The BBC writes about how toys will shape the way robots are designed.

-Empowerment conferences for women are on the rise, reports The New York Times, and more popular than any time since feminism’s heyday in the ’70s.

-“It’s time for a smarter take on the modern male,” writes our own Marian Berelowitz for Ad Age.

The Financial Times reports on “the rise of the global father.”

The Washington Post explores the rise of digital infidelity.

-An FT special report explores the future of the university.