Silent storytelling, modeling apps, Lebanon's ecotourism, and the death of nightclubs.
–Vanity Fair takes an intimate look at the “dating apocalypse” of today’s app-enabled romance.
–The Independent explores the decline of the UK nightclub scene as millennials opt for more Instagram-worthy experiences.
-After facing social media backlash, Target is now doing away with gender distinctions in its toy and home goods aisles, reports Fast Company.
-Facebook’s autoplay video ad format is “ushering in a new era of silent storytelling,” says Adweek.
-Apple and Xiaomi are clamoring to compete in India, the world’s fastest growing smartphone market. Via Wired.
–The New York Times looks at how facial-recognition tech is being adopted by law enforcement officials, and what that means for privacy.
-With live video app Periscope boasting 10 million users, live streaming is coming into its own, says Adweek.
-In a Business of Fashion op-ed, the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia looks at the dearth of Arab brand ambassadors and how luxury brands can remedy it.
–Wamda explores how the UAE is breeding the next wave of female robotics and hardware entrepreneurs.
-“Hollywood isn’t even trying to include more women,” according to new research cited in Quartz.
-A new eMarketer report looks at beacons and whether or not they’re proving helpful to retailers.
-With responsible travel taking off across the world, Al Monitor explores the rise of ecotourism in Lebanon, as vacationers trade in luxury trips for mindful adventures.
–Business of Fashion looks at the spate of apps disrupting the modeling industry.
–Fortune looks at how new startups are impacting the fertility space, predicted to be a $21.6 billion industry by 2020.
–Quartz looks at the “basic income” experiment spreading across Dutch cities.
-While TV formats have been in flux for years, viewership is actually going up, says Adweek.
–Bloomberg explores the coming “robot explosion.”
–Facebook researchers share insights on the way we laugh online.
–Quartz looks at how hospitals are taking design cues from brands like Apple and Starbucks.
–Business of Fashion looks at the rise of food experiences in retail outlets.
-“BroccoLeaf,” made from parts of the veggie normally discarded, may be poised to replace kale as the next superfood, says Fast Company.
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