February 24, 2012

Weekly Roundup: ‘Africa’s Singapore,’ motherhood without marriage and TV bunny ears

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-The Economist suggests Rwanda has the potential to become “Africa’s Singapore.”

-Mashable explores how mobile payments are spurring new ideas in public transit.

-The New York Times explores the phenomenon of “motherhood without marriage” now that more than half of births to American women under 30 involve single mothers.

-Retirement is no longer an option for many strapped Boomers in the U.S., reports the Associated Press.

-Millennials are embracing full-price online luxury retailers, according to new American Express Business Insights data as reported by USA Today.

-comScore released its 2012 Mobile Future in Focus report, examining the mobile and connected device landscape.

-The Economist argues that too few retailers are retooling for the age of online shopping and explores how some are merging the best concepts from e-commerce and physical retailing.

-With nearly 25 billion apps downloaded from Apple’s App Store, The Guardian takes a look at “how apps have taken over the world.”

-A new Pew Internet report finds that Americans who use social networks are growing more savvy about privacy and more apt to prune friends lists, delete comments or restrict profile access, as the AP reports.

-Americans are once again buying TV antennas as a way to save on cable subscriptions and complement online options, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-Forrester forecasts that there will be more than 1 billion smartphone users by 2016, reports The Next Web.

-The New York Times explores how Target is using big data to tailor its marketing.

-NPR examines Pinterest’s appeal to women. And The Wall Street Journal reports that, looking to go along for the ride, a range of startups are taking inspiration from Pinterest.

-The Next Web takes a look at how technology is changing the fashion business.

-“Wristwear” (aka bracelets) and other accessories for men are booming, reports The New York Times.

-The Economist explores how publishers are fusing form and content in enhanced e-books.

-Hotels are upping the ante by offering unusual amenities, according to USA Today.

-Nostalgia, anyone? Research from JWT London suggests this year’s Oscar nominations are a reflection of consumer desire for simpler times. Read it on our sister site, AnxietyIndex.com.

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