Targeting Africa's rising middle class, stay-at-home dads, " the most dynamic cities of 2025.

The Economist takes a look at how Unilever, Nestlé and others are targeting their products to Africa’s rising middle class.

-The latest Wealth Report forecasts that by 2050, the world’s wealthiest citizens will be concentrated in Asia.

-As U.S. companies focus on global markets, “many successful ‘American’ companies are no longer particularly American,” reports The Financial Times.

Foreign Policy‘s“Cities Issue,” which charts “the most dynamic cities of 2025,” focuses on the rapid urbanization of China.

The Wall Street Journal examines how Japan’s consumer electronics giants are trying to reinvent themselves.

Harvard Business Review‘s cover story argues that today’s most innovative and world-changing thinking is more likely to come from within corporations than small entrepreneurial concerns.

-This is the year that Big Data crossed over into the mainstream “as a concept, as a term and, yes, as a marketing tool,” reports The New York Times.

The Economist explores the impact of digital technology on the Islamic world.

McKinsey & Co. looks at how China’s online consumers are changing its e-commerce landscape.

Time’s “Wireless Issue” outlines “10 Ways Mobile Technology Is Changing Our World.”

-A Bloomberg video segment looks at whether second screens will take TV into the future.

-A report from Latitude Research explores “The Future of Storytelling.”

-RetailNet Group outlines “10 New Holiday Retailing Strategies to Watch in 2012.”

The New York Times looks at how the perimeter of the supermarket is taking center stage as shopping and eating patterns change.

-With financial institutions rolling out their own deal platforms, flash sale companies such as Groupon could face tougher times ahead, according to Adweek.

-Several U.S. retail giants are getting more serious about mobile payments and challenging Google Wallet, as Time and The Wall Street Journal report.

-As Macy’s prepares to open the world’s biggest women’s shoe department, Bloomberg takes a look at the rapid expansion of the shoe industry.

The New York Times takes a look at why 3D cinema is “all the rage” in China.

Co.Exist checks out “How Nanotechnology Is Changing How You Eat and Taste.”

-Global beer brands are seeking to emulate the success of their niche and boutique beer rivals as the craft category soars, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The Atlantic reports on a T. Rowe Price analysis of trends in the coffee economy, including the rise of single serve and the shift to premium. And NPR reports that “Coffee is the new wine.”

-The BBC reports that with more investment in high-speed rail across the globe, business train travel is on the rise. And The New York Times says that in the Northeast U.S., Amtrak is grabbing business from airlines.

-Self-driving vehicles could hit the road within the next decade, according to a new report.

-A Wall Street Journal columnist laments that the “boasting epidemic” is out of control. And a Guardian writer responds with a column on the rise of “underbragging.”

comScore looks at how mobile phones and tablets influenced the way fans experienced the Summer Olympics.

-A new study finds that consumers are embracing streaming music and that for the first time, this year digital music will outsell CDs and other physical formats. An infographic spotlights the music listening and sharing habits of social media users, and Nielsen‘s Music 360 report shows that YouTube has replaced the radio among teens.

The New York Times explores the rise of the stay-at-home dad.

-Forget the “mancession,” according to Time, which says we’re in the midst of a “mom-cession.”

-Students are putting more money and effort into their dorm rooms, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-A survey shows that kids are more likely to want tech than clothes when back-to-school shopping, reports Mashable.

-Reflecting the growing influence of Hispanic culture in America, an upcoming news channel will cater to Hispanic-Americans who prefer English.

-A WHO report looks at worldwide tobacco trends, finding that smoking is declining in industrialized nations, it’s on the rise in many low- and middle-income countries.

-Our August trend report, “Remaking “Made in China,’” explores how China’s leading crop of brands are chipping away at some of the key factors standing in the way of global success. Click here to download it.