Ypulse Essentials: Alloy's First Digital Slate, American Eagle Opens Kids Chain, 'Britain's Next Top Model'

hollywoodhighschoolAlloy’s first official digital slate (Newly formed digital division Banks & Reed announce three original teen web series coming this summer and fall. This includes an adaptation of YA book Hollywood is like High School with Money [pictured here] Also ‘The Guild’ returns for a fourth season) (Tubefilter) (via Pop Candy)

-YMCA rebrands as ‘The Y’ (to coincide with “efforts to emphasize the impact its programs have on youth, healthy living and communities.” And Jezebel talks to Girl Scouts Senior Brand Manager Sharon Lee after their lukewarm review of the new logo) (New York Times, reg. required)

- American Eagle opens kids stores (expanding on its 77kids line. And in her first post-Hills career move, Audrina Patridge is the new face of surf brand Bongo) (WSJ, reg. required)

- Mashable spotlights Headliner (a cool recommendation exchange to help artists and bands promote each other on MySpace, Twitter and Facebook. Also GodBlock a web filter targeted towards parents and schools who want to prevent “kids from being indoctrinated into any religion before they are of the age to make such decisions”... might be an elaborate hoax) (MSNBC)

- Comic-Con schedule announced (Also Mark Ruffalo to step in for Edward Norton as “The Hulk” in “The Avengers.” And new featurette fuels the hype machine for “Scott Pilgrim Vs The World” (via Pop Candy) (Den of Geek)

- Disney’s ‘Socerer’s Apprentice’ opens midweek (And an untitled Gargoyles movie in the works at Disney is described as Socerer’s ‘spiritual sequel’) (Variety, reg. required) (Cinemablend)

- ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’ slammed (by The Guardian’s arts editor for a lad mag photo shoot—thanks Derek! Meanwhile the Beauty Mirror iPhone app looks to help parents send positive messages to their tween girls )

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Quote of the Day: Q: “Why haven’t you had children yet?” A: “I’m gay. So having a child is a big decision.” –Male, 22, CA

Back to school shopping is moving slower than usual this year, but that’s not the only shift that retailers need to contend with. We outlined the top five categories for spending among high school and college students this season, and tech is in the number one slot for college students and a close second for high schoolers. Increasingly, getting the latest headphones or mobile tech is just more important to young consumers than getting the latest fashions. As one teen told the Times, “It’s definitely more exciting for a lot of teenagers to have a new phone that can do lots of cool stuff than clothing.” (NYTimes)

When Millennials are shopping, more and more prefer to pay with plastic, with debit cards as their main payment of choice. A recent survey by CreditCards.com found that debit cards are preferred 3-to-1 over credit cards among consumers 18-29-years-old—a finding that makes sense considering this group’s fear of debt and cautious financial outlook. Cash is gradually being ignored in favor of debit as well. Among the same group, 51% prefer plastic over cash for purchases under $5, compared with 82% of consumers over 65 who use cash for under $5 purchases. (CNBC)

Our social media status update made it clear that the big platforms are spinning out plenty of new stand alone apps to test new features and try to attract young consumers. Now Instagram has introduced yet another. Their new Hyperlapse is an app that speeds up and stabilizes video, creating beautiful, impressive looking shorts that can be shared to Facebook or Instagram. There is already a #hyperlapse tag that users are employing to share their creations. Time will tell if the app is useful and interesting enough to stand on its own. (Fast Company)

“Everybody is trying to hack Instagram.” That’s what Like2Buy’s cofounder says, and they’re finding ways to help retailers turn social media love into real sales. Target and Nordstrom are both using Like2Buy platforms that link photos posted directly to product pages to buy if they are interested. The hope is that the integration will provide a more seamless experience between browsing Instagram and shopping, and give young consumers the “speed and convenience” that they expect in all facets of brand interactions. (Brandchannel

In the wake of the crisis in Ferguson, two Georgia teens have turned to tech to try to make a difference, and invented an app to help prevent police brutality. Five-O is “like Yelp,” and allows users to create incident reports about their interactions with officers, giving them a grade. The app also includes a “Know Your Rights” function to that users can easily look up what rights they have when dealing with the law. The two sisters behind the app had “dabbled” in code before, and are planning on releasing more apps in the future. (NYMag)

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