Ypulse Essentials: Demi Lovato's Return To Music, 'Harry Potter' Stars Test Their Americanisms, Google+ Approaches The 20 Million Mark

Demi Lovato SkyscraperDemi Lovato released her first single since (her stint in rehab earlier this year. It’s not exactly the feel-good song of the summer, but it’s a more mature Demi beautifully delivering a dramatic performance. In other music news, Pia Toscano releases her first single after being bounced from “American Idol.” Which release is your favorite? Also, the Black Eyed Peas are taking a break from music, and we thank them for that) (Popdust) (EW) (NME)

- Justin Bieber may only be 17 but he’s (already encouraging his fellow teen drivers not to text behind the wheel as part of a campaign for PhoneGuard’s Drive Safe software which disables a phone’s texting function while a car is in motion. Meanwhile, Facebook and Time Warner are teaming up with Stop Bullying: Speak Up, a campaign started by Cartoon Network a year ago. Time Warner will air a town hall with Anderson Cooper discussing the issue, and Facebook is launching a page where teens can pledge to do their part to end bullying) (MTV) (Kidscreen)

- We cracked up watching three ‘Harry Potter’ stars (do their best to sound and seem American on MTV’s hilarious “American Talk.” Even though Tom Felton — aka Draco Malfoy — does a pretty good job passing as an American, he apparently has his sights set on trying out a career in grime rap. Our little wizard’s all grown up…) (NY Mag) (Salon, day pass required)

- Google+ is poised to hit 20 million users (by this weekend. That’s still a far cry from Facebook’s more than 700 million users, but growing at a rate of 350% in just six days, it may not take Google+ long to catch up) (ReadWriteWeb)

- We can’t wait to check out episodes of ‘Stoopid Monkey,’ a new YouTube web series (from Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, creators of “Robot Chicken.” The series debuts this Friday) (Deadline Hollywood)

- A former Pixar employee may have just revolutionized (the children’s e-book/app market overnight with his “Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.” We can’t wait to get our hands on a copy. Google has launched a new e-reader, the Story HD, for $140, but don’t expect it to fly off the shelves, as it’s been trounced as the equivalent of a late-model Kindle. Ouch!) (Fast Company) (Flavorpill)

- College2Startup might just be the perfect resource for Millennials (who love the idea of working for emerging businesses…and who are having a difficult time with their job hunt in the depressed economy) (Tech Crunch)

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