February 3, 2012

Weekly Roundup: Africa tweets, conservative American teens and virtual reality contact lenses

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-McKinsey Quarterly charts how innovation in China is evolving and offers an overview of the automotive, semiconductor and pharmaceutical sectors.

-Black in Brazil: The Economist examines “the veiled quality of Brazilian racism” and “why racial stratification has been ignored for so long.”

-The New York Times looks at the myriad ways American teens are becoming more conservative.

-USA Today spotlights the rising tendency of American parents to help their adult kids buy homes or cars.

-A new study pinpoints pockets of the U.S. that managed to escape the recession.

-Match.com publishes its annual “Singles in America” study, finding that many feel marriage is optional (one of our 10 Trends for 2012).

-This year’s Super Bowl commercials will lack the element of surprise, notes The New York Times, part of a broader media trend toward pre-releasing content to consumers.

-Facebook files for a historic IPO, one that’s likely to make a range of people instantly wealthy.

-The Pew Research Center finds that most U.S. smartphone owners “open only five or fewer apps at least once a week,” according to USA Today.

-While some reports suggest otherwise, ReadWriteWeb argues that teens aren’t fleeing Facebook for Twitter.

-Africa is tweeting, as creatively detailed by The Economist.

-A new model for financing films? About 10 percent of films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival were funded through Kickstarter.

-The Wall Street Journal reports on the rising popularity of car sharing in Europe.

-A New York Times opinion column argues that GPS is destroying our ability to build mental maps.

-Virtual reality contact lenses, which could be used to enhance viewing on mobile devices, may be on the horizon, reports Scientific American.

-The Wall Street Journal looks at why more companies are holding meetings where no one sits down.

-Fast Co.Exist spotlights doctors who are now sending patients home with robots that allow virtual check-ups.

-The New York Times looks at two technologies shown at CES that push the clarity of TV images even further.

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