Ypulse Essentials: Alloy's First Digital Slate, American Eagle Opens Kids Chain, 'Britain's Next Top Model'

hollywoodhighschoolAlloy’s first official digital slate (Newly formed digital division Banks & Reed announce three original teen web series coming this summer and fall. This includes an adaptation of YA book Hollywood is like High School with Money [pictured here] Also ‘The Guild’ returns for a fourth season) (Tubefilter) (via Pop Candy)

-YMCA rebrands as ‘The Y’ (to coincide with “efforts to emphasize the impact its programs have on youth, healthy living and communities.” And Jezebel talks to Girl Scouts Senior Brand Manager Sharon Lee after their lukewarm review of the new logo) (New York Times, reg. required)

- American Eagle opens kids stores (expanding on its 77kids line. And in her first post-Hills career move, Audrina Patridge is the new face of surf brand Bongo) (WSJ, reg. required)

- Mashable spotlights Headliner (a cool recommendation exchange to help artists and bands promote each other on MySpace, Twitter and Facebook. Also GodBlock a web filter targeted towards parents and schools who want to prevent “kids from being indoctrinated into any religion before they are of the age to make such decisions”... might be an elaborate hoax) (MSNBC)

- Comic-Con schedule announced (Also Mark Ruffalo to step in for Edward Norton as “The Hulk” in “The Avengers.” And new featurette fuels the hype machine for “Scott Pilgrim Vs The World” (via Pop Candy) (Den of Geek)

- Disney’s ‘Socerer’s Apprentice’ opens midweek (And an untitled Gargoyles movie in the works at Disney is described as Socerer’s ‘spiritual sequel’) (Variety, reg. required) (Cinemablend)

- ‘Britain’s Next Top Model’ slammed (by The Guardian’s arts editor for a lad mag photo shoot—thanks Derek! Meanwhile the Beauty Mirror iPhone app looks to help parents send positive messages to their tween girls )

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“I think we have a tendency to think that the world revolves around us and what we want and having a hard time to live up to the standards of having/living a perfect life.”—Female, 22, WA

A new quiz app’s R-rated categories are capturing teens’ attention. FriendO is rising through the ranks of the app store, but not by following the Play Nice, PG strategy that took tbh viral. FriendO users move up their friends’ rankings boards as they answer questions about each other, proving their friendship. If someone sends the app to three friends, they unlock NSFW categories like MSFK (Marry, Sex, Friend, Kill). But people are worried that none of these categories are barred to young users. (Mashable)

TGI Fridays is adding Instagrammable milkshakes to their menu with “cascading toppings,” “suspiciously” similar to Black Tap’s infamous creations. The “Extreme” milkshakes “take dessert to the next level” with a seasonal option piled high with Christmas cookies, and a s’mores shake topped with marshmallows, Oreos, and graham cracker crumbs. If that’s not enough to get Millennials in the door of chain restaurants that they notoriously avoid, both shakes can be ordered “boozy” (a tactic we’ve seen before). (Grub Street)

Seventeen is creating an LGBTQ community for teens with their new, “social-first” platform, Here. Instagram and Facebook form the main hub of Here, along with a dedicated vertical on Seventeen itself. Launched less than a week ago, content is already popping up on social and the site. Seventeen is appealing to the Genreless Generation, and one editor said Here will be “a resource and a place for teens to express themselves.” (Fashionista)

Rising musician Tallia Storm says her Instagram paid for her debut album. Lauded by Sir Elton John and Nile Rodgers, 19-year-old Storm leveraged The Influencer Effect for her own gain: Her debut album, Teenage Tears, was entirely self-financed via her earnings as a “fashion ‘it girl’” and Instagram influencer with over 300,000 followers. As a result, she had full creative freedom and became a “part of the growing staple of acts who are not repped by a major label.” Oh, and she got to open for Sir Elton John. (PR Newswire)

Kylie Cosmetics, Kylie Jenner’s online-only beauty brand sensation, has teamed up with Topshop to drive young shoppers in-store. Brick-and-mortar is far from dead, with research from TABS Analytics showing 66% of shoppers prefer to purchase new cosmetics in-store—and brands like this one are betting on IRL retail. Kylie Cosmetics is now available at seven Topshop stores across the country for just five weeks, and they’re accruing long lines of fans to test out the coveted lip kits in person. (BuzzFeed)

“…[Rick and Morty] has our generation's sense of nihilism, fear of wasted time, humor in unpredictability, and shy optimism in human relations.”—Female, 17, TX

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