Ypulse Essentials: 'The Simpsons' Gets Renewed, Qwikster Calls It Quitster, VH1 Revamped

The fight between ‘The Simpsons’ cast and Fox is finally over (after a long pay dispute that threatened to cancel the show. Viewers will enjoy two more seasons of the longest-running TV sitcom! Millennials are grateful for this decision — Ypulse research found that 43% of students were sad about the possibility that the show would end after 23 seasons, including 52% of guys) (NY Mag)

- Netflix has reversed its decision (to split its services into two separate companies — one for streaming under its original name and a DVD-by-mail service called Qwikster. However, Netflix has abandoned Qwikster before it even started since it realizes this would make things “more difficult” for users. Clearly the company listened to customers’ numerous complaints! Yet we wonder what Millennials will think of Netflix after it caused so much confusion) (Mashable)

- VH1 is growing up and reshaping itself (as a network for 25-34 year olds, which it refers to as “adultsters.” Hmmm, they might want to rethink that name… To grab this audience, VH1 is unveiling new programming next year such as “Aptitude Test,” which determines what jobs celebrities would have if they weren’t famous, and a reality show about rapper T.I. There’s also “House of Consignment” about selling designer duds on eBay, which is of course relevant in today’s digital-savvy society. But like many networks, VH1 is also using 90s nostalgia to hook its audience, with revamps of “Pop Up Video” and “Behind The Music”) (Adweek) (Marketwatch)

- Millennials always want to have the latest gadgets (so we’re not surprised that over 1 million people pre-ordered the iPhone 4S in 24 hours. It may only be a refresh of the phone, not a complete new one as many hoped for, but clearly nothing can keep customers away from Apple devices. Speaking of…

 
 
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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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