Ypulse Essentials: News From Nick's Upfront, What Makes Millennials Happy, Apple's Design Guru Shares His Secrets

NickelodeonNickelodeon’s upfront announcements reveal (some interesting new shows in development. Among the most interesting are “The Legend Of Korra,” an animated series spinoff of “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” which tells the tale of the first female Avatar, and a live-action project with One Direction that’s still in development. Speaking of the Brit boy band, their new album, “Up All Night,” is #1 on iTunes charts and earned them a featured spot on “iTunes This Week”) (Kidscreen) (Music Week)

- Despite the difficult situations American Millennials may find themselves in, most are happy (according to a new survey. In fact, being challenged and succeeding is among a key source of happiness for them, as is listening to music and connecting with friends) (InSites Consulting)

- We were riveted reading this interview with Jonathan Ive, Apple’s SVP of Industrial Design (who worked on the iPod, iPhone, and iPad — Millennials’ most coveted products. He shares how the company sets about designing new products, how ideas make it to market, and the challenges of constantly innovating) (ThisIsLondon)

- Disney’s ‘John Carter’ is officially a flop (earning a meager $30.6 million in its first weekend, when it cost more than $350 million to make, and the marketing is partly to blame. In other Disney news, the company is taking preliminary steps to feature Marvel superheros at its theme parks. Disney also landed a licensing deal to create a ride based on James Cameron’s hit “Avatar” at Disney World, which would open in 2015) (PR Newser) (LA Times)

- The CW will be posting full episodes of new shows — including ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘Vampire Diaries’ — on its website (just eight hours after the programs air on TV to curb piracy. It tested the idea in a few markets and found that it didn’t affect its TV ratings, but it did see an uptick in viewers watching legal streams of the shows) (Variety, reg required)

- In Millennial spending news, young shoppers are more focused on (what the brands they buy say about them and sharing with friends or posting about their purchases, whereas older shoppers are more focused on practical factors, like price and quality) (MediaPost)

- As we count down the days to “The Hunger Games” — 9! single digits! — we got a laugh by imagining (how the book and movie would have been different if the characters had access to modern technology. Somehow asking Siri to text Haymich and ask him for some food to fall from the sky doesn’t seem very dramatic. Ryan Seacrest is getting into the act with his own version of The Hollywood Hunger Games in which 24 celebrities were sent into the “arena” and only one will survive based on fan votes. Who do you think will win?) (Moviefone)

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