Ypulse Essentials: MTV Will Remake 'Inbetweeners,' College Admissions Get Tougher, 'Glee' Is Streaming On Netflix

Inbetweeners‘Inbetweeners’ becomes the latest British show (to get an MTV remake. The series focuses on four middle class high school boys who aren’t in with the in crowd, but also aren’t quite nerdy. It sounds way less controversial than “Skins,” but we’re sure the PTC will keep a close eye on it, just in case… In other MTV news, the network is promoting national STD Awareness Month and the “Get Yourself Tested” campaign with PSAs, show specials, and a campus tour) (Deadline Hollywood) (Kaiser Family Foundation)

- Are Angry Birds (the next Beanie Babies? The stuffed animals are selling like hot cakes and a TV show is in the works…) (Fast Company)

- Trends in college admissions (are making this the most difficult year ever for American students to get into the college of their choice) (Daily Beast)

- ‘Glee’ is coming (to Neflix. The first season of Fox’s hit show will be available for streaming starting today. In other digital news, GameStop is moving toward online videogame distribution) (CNET) (All Things Digital)

- Even kids should be working for a living (rather than being given allowances — which one author calls “welfare for children” — to stem the sense of entitlement and expectation of pay for doing nothing) (Forbes)

- Facebook streamlined its mobile presence (making it possible for users to access the mobile site, regardless of their device’s platform. Meanwhile, Google takes a tip from Facebook adding a +1 button to search results so people can see what links their friends like) (Mashable) (CNN)

- We wish this were an April Fool’s joke (but it’s probably not. Mark Ecko is offering a mere 20% discount — for life! — to a fan who gets a tattoo of his rhino logo. On the other hand, we approve of Funny or Die’s prank, turning it’s site into Friday or Die…in case you haven’t had…

 
 

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“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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