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-A McKinsey report on “The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa” examines the impact of rapidly accelerating connectivity.

-As Mexico attracts higher-end industries, a new, optimistic middle class is proliferating, reports The New York Times.

CNBC examines how the wealth gap in America is changing the retail industry, with basic goods becoming either very cheap or very pricey.

-Food banks for the hungry are proliferating in the U.K. as austerity and rising prices take a severe toll, Time reports.

Bloomberg Businessweek spotlights what China’s new two-child policy means for global businesses

The Wall Street Journal cites JWT Asia Pacific’s recent survey of Chinese fathers, which studied changing views on men in the household.

-In ultra-modern Singapore, young people are starting to place more value on their culture and heritage, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The Economist takes a look at Dubai now that the country has rebounded from its crash.

-In advance of LeWeb, a SlideShare presentation on trends relevant to Silicon Valley.

-A U.S. Labor Department survey finds that women have recovered the jobs they lost during the recession but men have not, via The Wall Street Journal.

-In two articles, The New York Times looks at how Facebook is striving to maintain dominance as the social media landscape changes and enthusiasm weakens, especially among younger users.

-An FT special report on “The Future of the Food Industry” includes a look at the rising issue of food waste and the fight between industry and policymakers over sugar curbs.

-Italy, the world’s top wine-producing nation, is consuming less of the stuff, reports Newsweek.

The New York Times spotlights “The Return of Logo Culture,” and The Wall Street Journal examines what’s new about today’s “pro-logo movement” in fashion.

-To appeal to men accustomed to shopping online, luxury retailers are looking to become “less stodgy, stuffy and intimidating,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

-A Guardian columnist wonders whether there’s still room for serendipity as data analysis and personalization get more advanced.

-A Marketing blogger examines “The future of banking and what it means to marketers.”

-TV shows are increasingly portraying adults as immature kids, argues The New York Times.

Nickelodeon releases a study on the emerging hallmarks and traits of Gen Z.

-Kids are less fit than their parents were when children, per a new analysis of studies from around the world, reports the AP.

-E-cigarettes are becoming popular with middle and high school students, explains Bloomberg Businessweek.

-A new survey spotlights the “Snowden effect” on young people, who seem to be getting more protective of their online privacy, via USA Today.

MIT Technology Review takes a look at how “indoor location technology brings Internet-style tracking to physical spaces.”

-A special report from the FT considers the future of the car.

-With the Internet upending the business of selling cars, today’s car salesman looks very different from the past, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-A new study shows that the global LGBT tourism industry will surpass $200 billion in 2014, explains dot429.

-For hotels, earning a booking “is becoming an increasingly rough-and-tumble endeavor,” reports Skift, given Millennials’ lackluster brand loyalty.

L2 reports on recent data showing that Qatar is the world’s fastest-growing luxury market.

-A study from Beck’s beer finds that a fifth of Americans have never been to an art museum or gallery, although most Millennials say they value art.

-Microscopic sensors, or “smart dust,” are the future of the quantified world, reports ReadWrite.

Mashable posts an infographic look at the state of smartphone manners.

-An Adweek infographic takes a look at shoppers’ plans for Black Friday.

-E-books are getting more popular as a holiday gift, reports Forbes.

-China is forecast to become the world leader in clean energy by 2035, via Salon.

-A Washington Post video explains that “The average gamer is not who you think.”

-The OECD finds that antidepressant use is rising in rich countries, explains The Guardian.

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