Tech startups in Africa, men's hair, how media is evolving

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-“Divining the Future,” a series from The New York Times, includes reports on how far artificial intelligence has come, how media is evolving and “Asia’s Challenge to Europe.”

-Tech startups are popping up around Africa, thanks to better connectivity and rising consumption, explains Newsweek.

The Wall Street Journal examines Mexico’s new junk food tax, an effort to contain the rise in obesity.

-As men do more grocery shopping, supermarket brands are making packaging more “manly,” explains The Wall Street Journal.

-Most American Millennials are “still not setting out on their own” and forming their own households, according to Pew research.

-Millennial travelers both spend more and complain more, according to a new Expedia study, via USA Today.

-Rather than perennially over-sharing, as conventional wisdom has it, many Millennials are very privacy-savvy, reports Slate.

-A surprising number of Millennials believe technology can be dehumanizing, but many in developing markets disagree, per a new Intel study.

-Reports that Boomers are abandoning suburbs for urban living belie the fact that most want to “age in place,” reports Forbes.

-With Google announcing that it will feature users’ posts and photos in ads, Time examines how more marketers are “trying to cash in on users’ connections.”

The Economist reports that mobile apps are starting to reshape the taxi market in cities around the globe.

The New York Times takes a look at how virtual-reality experiences are coming to fruition.

-As more U.S. cities track data on residents for law enforcement purposes, privacy advocates are raising alarms, says The New York Times.

The Economist reports that a new USB PD (Power Delivery) standard next year could “change the way homes and offices use electricity.”

-Yet more research confirms that Americans are delaying retirement thanks to financial constraints, reports the AP.

-With many Americans struggling to pay bills, some are selling their hair, breast milk and eggs to raise cash, reports Bloomberg.

-A new survey examines the rise of online video viewing and the decline in TV viewing among Millennials, via Mashable.

Adweek cites Nielsen data showing that the American TV audience is aging up, and the 18-49 cohort have largely turned away.

Bloomberg Businessweek looks at why British imports are invading Americans’ TV screens.

-More apps and other digital services are catering to luxury customers, reports The New York Times.

The Daily Beast spotlights a Wharton study finding that its male grads are becoming more egalitarian at home.

-Latin America is the next frontier for discount airlines, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-The BBC takes a look at the flourishing tech hub in Recife, in Brazil’s north.

-With consumers increasingly focused on their sugar intake, juices are on the decline, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

-“Homemade Is the New Organic,” asserts The Atlantic, since “media has raised the bar for home cooking.”

-An FT columnist explores how craft breweries are challenging the big beer players.

-China is seeing the rise of imaginative restaurants that are uniquely Chinese, reports The New York Times.

-The FT takes a look at why the price of cocoa is rising.

USA Today spotlights the rising popularity of moonshine (cited in our 2012 food-trends report).

The Guardian investigates the popularity of “man buns” as more male celebrities sport the hairstyle.


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