"A quiet boom” in African manufacturing, better batteries for wearables, urbanization in China

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-At Facebook’s 10-year mark: Pew research shows that few users fall in the “super sharers” category, via The Wall Street Journal. And Pew spotlights some Facebook stats, noting that the strongest growth is coming from beyond North America. Meanwhile, Time imagines what the world would look like if Facebook had never been invented.

-As urbanization accelerates in China, cultural traditions long nurtured in Chinese villages are under threat, reports The New York Times.

The Economist spotlights “a quiet boom” in African manufacturing as new industries emerge in many countries on the continent.

-With “technology and globalization … transforming jobs faster than many workers can adapt,” The Wall Street Journal reports that post-recession unemployment endures for many American men of prime working age.

The Economist examines “the rapid rise of mixed-race Britain.”

-In Time, the author of Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming reports that some corporations are finding opportunity in climate change.

The New York Times looks at the issues arising as retailers start using facial recognition technology to spot and track preferred customers.

-An eMarketer forecast projects rapid e-commerce growth this year, with Asia Pacific passing North America to become the biggest e-commerce market.

Wired reports that “Online Grocery Shopping Is Back, and This Time It’ll Work.”

Ad Age takes a look at some new technologies that will impact retailers.

-More American shoppers are using cash rather than credit, thanks to security breaches at major retailers, reports The New York Times.

-With sales dipping at many teen-focused retailers, The New York Times takes a look at why some young shoppers have disappeared.

The New York Times reports on a shift toward the warm and fuzzy and away from crude or risqué themes among this year’s Super Bowl ads.

-Post-Super Bowl, The New York Times examines the revival of must-see, live TV, a “tribal ritual held in common” at a time of viewer fragmentation.

YPulse takes a look at the new players in Millennial content creation.

The Guardian covers a new UBS study on Millennial attitudes to managing money.

-Author Dan Kadlec looks at the Millennial take on the American Dream, in Time.

-Reporting on a study by Internships.com, Entrepreneur explains why Gen Z might be an even more entrepreneurial cohort than Millennials.

-Forget food courts—The Wall Street Journal reports on the rise of upscale food halls, or “sumptuous farmers markets-slash-gourmet eateries,” in the U.S.

Fortune examines “The Billion-Dollar Bourbon Boom.”

The Economist reports that a small but growing number of booze-free bars are opening in the U.K.

Adweek spotlights some of the ways people are Embracing Analog, adding old-school spins to high-tech devices.

CNET compiles predictions on the wearables market from tech leaders.

The New York Times reports that in Silicon Valley, “the race is on” to create better batteries for wearables and other computing devices.

Bloomberg Businessweek’s cover story examines the rise of the e-cigarette phenomenon.

Wired looks at vehicle-to-vehicle communication, the future of automotive safety and how U.S. legislation will affect this.

Mobile Commerce Daily reports that outdoor venues like sports stadiums and theme parks are embracing beacons as a new way to interact with visitors.

Time outlines ways in which so-called “quantum computing” could bring radical change.

The Economist looks at why some countries are having success with cashless economies while others have a greater attachment to cash and coins.

NPR reports that when it comes to high-speed Internet, the U.S is “falling way behind.”

-Thanks to LED technology, lighting is taking on a new role, creating environments that improve health, moods and even food, reports The New York Times.

The New York Times’ Travel section spotlights a few of the many new properties that international hotel brands are opening in China.

Mobile Commerce Daily takes a look at how travel sites like Expedia and Orbitz are using Big Data to create “next-generation mobile experiences.”

-A Forbes contributor explains “Why You Should Think About Investing in Beauty Instead of Bitcoin.”

-As gender roles become more blurred, a New York Times Magazine article asks, “Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?”

-Creativity is coming to be seen as a teachable skill, and universities are adding it to the curriculum, reports The New York Times.

The Wall Street Journal looks at why digital technology hasn’t yet killed off the business card and the latest attempts to create an easy alternative.

The Pew Research Center collects 10 findings from U.N. data on the demographics of the world’s population in 2050. And Euromonitor spotlights 10 key statistics on the world in 2030.

-WHO forecasts that cancer cases will skyrocket over the next 20 years, with low- and middle-income countries facing the biggest burden, via The Guardian.


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