Ypulse Essentials: Foursquare @ Harvard, Failure Insurance, LEGO Universe

GilletteUncut-bGilette presents ‘Uncut’ (targeting young guys with a digital documentary series spotlighting artists like will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. Also Dr Pepper announces a year-long partnership with Electronic Arts to hook games up with exclusive online content. And Armani Exchange partners with iTunes to launch a music series.) (MediaPost, reg. required) (Promo)

- Simon exits ‘Idol’ (officially. Also MTV greenlights new nonscripted series “The World of Jenks” along with to two other summer shows. And after record ratings ABC Family reups “Secret Life” and “Make It or Break It”) (Ad Age, reg. required) (Variety, reg. required)

- Wyclef Jean launches the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (on the site he created for his foundation to help disadvantaged youth in Haiti, where half of the population is under 21) (Gather)

- Sexting campaign roundup (from the WSJ. Plus The Atlantic rounds up the varying responses to Zuckerberg’s privacy declaration.)

- Foursquare comes to Harvard (the quickly growing location-based gaming network sets up a special Harvard page to help students explore campus) (TechCrunch)

- 10 largest youth populations (visualized in a great infographic. Also check out this slideshow of photos depicting urban Chinese youth culture) (Derek Baird::Barking Robot) (three billion)

- Cooney Prizes (The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop is now accepting apps for the inaugural awards honoring innovation in children’s digital media and learning)

- Failure insurance (economists propose an insurance plan to protect college drop-outs from serious debt could increase enrollment—thanks Andrea. Also a survey of UK students shows real world issues drawing students’ attention away from the classroom. Also why recent graduates struggle in the real world) (Mother Jones) (BBC News) (Career Realism)

- LEGO Universe (reviewed by Ars Technica with glowing words for the MMO—“NetDevil is doing everything right: offering children [of all ages]  different ways to play, while rewarding creativity.” Plus Sesame Street gears up to produce a video game series with Warner Bros) (Yahoo! News)

- Video ads (another recent study finds the effectiveness of display ads decline by age group with “nearly no effect from them on people under age 40.” Plus more props go to Ashton Kutcher for reinventing himself and his brand to become new media compatible) (All Things Digital) (Wired)

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