–Is silence the new luxury good? W Magazine covers the new trend that “feels less like necessary self-care and a little more like self-indulgence.”
–Muslims are projected to be the world’s fastest-growing religious demographic, according to Pew Research Center, with the number of births modestly outpacing those of Christians within 20 years.
–Swedish startup hub Epicenter offers to implant employees with a microchip that functions as a swipe card. Via Business Insider.
–Despite a recent spat of bad PR, 93% of US millennials have no plans to leave Uber, eMarketer reports.
–Walmart is opening a tech incubator in Silicon Valley to help it compete with ecommerce rivals like Amazon. Via Fortune.
–”AI researchers are among the most prized talent in the modern tech world,” writes Wired.
–Chinese lenders are using 1,200 data points, including social media activity, to create personalized loans. Via the Wall Street Journal.
–Facebook’s “New Integrity Initiative” is aimed at stopping fake news. But will it be enough? Mashable investigates.
–Recode has produced a handy chart that shows social networks adopting all of the same features.
–The New York Times interviews Guive Balooch, head of L’Oréal’s Technology Incubator, about the future of smart beauty products.
–According to a recent UK survey, half of respondents (52%) believe the LGBT+ community is “invisible” in advertising. Via Campaign.
–Zunum Aero, a startup backed by JetBlue and Boeing, plans to fly hybrid and electric planes within five years. Via Fast Company.
–Amazon will livestream the National Football League’s Thursday games next year, taking the mantle from Twitter. Via Recode.
–S-Town, the new podcast from the Serial producers, has attained blockbuster status by podcasting standards, signaling mainstream growth for the medium. Via the New York Times.
–Ford is teaming up with Kode with Klossy, leveraging supermodel Karlie Kloss’s celebrity status to inspire a generation of female engineers. Via Adweek.