Robo-advisers, Brazil’s gen Z entrepreneurs, CRISPR and more.

– “Alibaba’s Singles’ Day shopping total was bigger than Facebook’s revenue last year,” writes Quartz of China’s “treat yourself” retail bonanza.

–Two Brazilian teenagers are hitting it big with their payment app,, says the BBC. For more, see our Gen Z Brazil report.

–H&M sister brand COS creates a garden of steel and mirrors for its LA pop-up, and Dezeen has the images.

–The on-demand economy is on a PR push: Airbnb and Uber “cast themselves as saviors of the middle class,” says the San Francisco Chronicle

–…and in Wired, Handy’s CEO says “we must protect the on-demand economy to protect the future of work.”

–Meanwhile, Uber wants to be your new drunk bus (Inc.), and Lyft lets you “hail” Justin Bieber’s new album (Wired).

–CRISPR—the DNA-editing technology that’s shattering barriers in genetics research—is having a media moment, with long-form features in both The New Yorker and the New York Times.

–Would you take financial advice from a “robo-adviser”? The Guardian weighs the pros and cons.

–“Consumers are walking away from America’s most iconic food brands,” says the New York Times. We’ve documented this in 2015 in our Food + Drink and New Natural trend reports.

–After years of holiday creep, “stores realize it’s dumb to open earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving,” says Time.

–Dystopia is the new Disneyland: A full-scale Hunger Games theme park is set to open in Dubai, says The Creators Project.

–Refinery 29, Dazed and i-D are among the media brands fighting for “millennial mindshare,” writes Business of Fashion.

Well+Good asks: “Are breweries the new yoga studios?” We say yes.

–Retailer Westfield wants to change the airport customer experience, writes Frontier Magazine.

–Burberry joins a string of fashion companies consolidating their brands as it merges Prorsum, Brit and its main line. Via The Cut.

–So long to “church and state”: blended commerce and editorial are the new normal, writes Business of Fashion.

–More than 1.4 billion consumers will use mobile messaging apps in 2015, says eMarketer.

–Fast-fashion luxe: how did we get to £895 dresses from Topshop? The Guardian investigates.