Ypulse Essentials: JoBros Give Back, Gen Y Banking, Teens And Tech

redkettleJoBros and The Salvation Army (team up this holiday season to promote the charity’s new virtual red kettles. Plus Seventeen magazine partners up with Dell to offer readers an exclusive chance to buy a Product RED laptop—partial proceeds go to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS)  (Trendhunter) (Derek Baird: Barking Robot)

- Banking the Gen-Y way (would take place over IM. Also IT doesn’t meet Millennials’ needs) (Ars Technica) (ReadWriteWeb)

- Mixed martial arts (carves a niche at some high schools…as long as they don’t actually hit anyone) (New York Times, reg. required)

- Doing good pays (for college. Tufts program helps grads pay down their debts in exchange for working in public service. In bad news for college students, Tennessee’s new anti-P2P law will cost colleges $13 million) (USA Today) (Ars Technica)

- X-Men meets the OC (the creator of “Gossip Girl” and “The OC” is set to pen “X-Men: First Class,” a reboot of the superhero franchise featuring a new, young cast) (E! Online via Yahoo! News - thanks Derek!)

- National Geographic (launches a video games division that will partner with Sony and Bandai to produce family-targeted games) (Cynopsis Kids)

- Amy Poehler’s ‘Smart Girls’ launches (with a trailer and two bonus videos. Interesting to note it is being “presented by” Barbie)

- New social networking site (called A Stroke of Pink...for teen fashionistas-in-training.) (press release)

- Tracking teens’ taste (in websites. Survey shows not much changes when they get to college. Plus another study breaks down the role tech plays in teens’ lives) (eMarketer)

- The IFC Media Project (is a six-part series hosted by MTV correspondent Gideon Yago that takes a look at what goes into the news. Check out the New York Times, reg. required, coverage here.)

- JuicyCampus banned

 
 

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“I honestly wouldn't like to communicate with brands, unless it is to solve problems their brand is causing.”—Female, 27, MI

Why don’t people seem to care as much about fake followers on Instagram as on other platforms? Because while Facebook and Twitter are bashed for feeds full of fake news, no one holds Instagram to the same standard. The image-centric platform is inherently “a hyperreality,” where no one’s candid shot is truly spontaneous, and photo-shop freely fills feeds. Where does it get tricky? With Influencers, who are expected to garner true engagements for brands. (Real Life)

Influencer marketing faced another tricky situation this week when PopSugar replaced influencers’ affiliate links with their own. RewardStyle and its Instagram product LikeToKnow.it’s network of content creators’ photos and sometimes entire feeds “were copied to the site via “thousands of ‘falsified vanity pages’ containing millions of images belonging to the network’s content creators.” The group is planning on seeking a class-action lawsuit on their intellectual property and for the lost revenue that PopSugar made each time a customer clicked to purchase. (Racked)

Colleges are giving out more merit-based aid to win over top students. Tuition discount rates have risen to a record 49.1% for first-time, full-time freshman attending private universities, up over 10% from ten years prior—according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers. By using data-driven analysis to calculate just how much aid is likely to lure a top student in, colleges are seeing success upping their prestige. However, the practice has also “created a closing of the doors for low-income students,” according to one policy analyst. (WSJ)

Apple is betting that young consumers could bring back magazines via a magazine subscription service. The tech company took a gamble by buying Texture, a subscription service for over 200 titles that’s been dubbed the “Netflix of Magazine Publishing.” The app aggregates articles into a single browsing experience, rather than being separated by title, and pays the included publications. Apple has announced plans to integrate the service into their Apple News app, the latest incarnation of their less-than-successful Newsstand app. (Bloomberg)

Function of Beauty is customizing hair care, blending up shampoo and conditioner for each customer based off a five-question quiz. Beauty companies big and small have hopped on the Customization Nation trend, and Function of Beauty takes that to the next level with their hyper-personalized hair care set. They're customizing everything from the fragrance to the chemical components, and even going so far as to print the purchaser’s name on each product. The founder explains, "Every single person is unique and different...why negate that instead of catering to it?" (Paper)

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