Ypulse Essentials: Spotify Finally Launches In The U.S., 'Harry Potter' Breaks Records, Netflix Goes 3D

SpotifyFinally! We’re thrilled that Spotify, the music service beloved by Brits (has made its way across the pond at last. Starting today — following a deal on Wednesday with Warner Bros. Music to secure all four major labels — users can sign up for limited free access, a $4.99 ad-free service, or a $9.99 premium mobile service) (Mashable) (Billboard)

- ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ has yet to be released in the U.S. (but it’s already breaking sales records for pre-sale ticket at $32 million…Anyone want to take a shot at predicting it’s opening weekend box office take? Lest we underestimate the significance of the “Harry Potter” series, Salon offers a slide show of what it has given to pop culture. MTV recently pitted “Harry Potter” characters against each other and asked fans to vote to determine which is the greatest of all time. Their verdict? Severus Snape) (Cynopsis) (GalleyCat)

- Despite the kerfuffle over Netflix’s new pricing plan (here’s a move that users won’t complain about: Netflix is rolling out an app for Nintendo’s 3DS and plans to add a slate 3D movies to its offerings in the near future) (Wired) (Gawker)

- Smartphone owning teens’ mobile dependence (is based on their use of texting, accessing Facebook, and listening to music. With their phones capable of all this and more, it makes it even harder for marketers to cut through the clutter and get their attention on their mobile devices) (MediaPost)

- Kids LiveWell is the latest intiative (to address children’s eating habits. Chain restaurants are getting on board by agreeing to offer healthier menu options — low calorie, low fat, low sodium — for kids. Nearly 20 chain restaurants have voluntarily adopted the initiative, including Burger King, Au Bon Pain, Bonefish Grill, and more; McDonald’s is conspicuously absent, saying they prefer to listen to their customers’ preferences) (Fox News) (International Business Times)

- TV programmers are a little boy crazy this summer (because boys aged 6-11 are more into animated series, toys, and merchandise than are girls. Disney is particularly banking on that with its series “Phineas and Ferb.” In other TV news, it’s official that “Glee” stars Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, and Chris Colfer won’t be back after season 3. We can’t wait to see what paths their characters take knowing they’ll make memorable exits) (WSJ, reg required) (Hollywood Reporter)

- In a bizarre twist of fate, Lady Gaga’s YouTube account (has been suspended for copyright violations. You know that Madonna and every other 80s star who feels their music was “borrowed” by Gaga has to be smiling right now. In other music-meets-fashion news, Kanye West will debut a women’s clothing line at New York Fashion Week this Fall. We hope the prices aren’t as high those of his former employer, Fendi) (MTV) (Billboard)

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