Ypulse Essentials: Rebecca Black's Moment, 'Hunger Games' Poster Catches Fire, 'Jersey Shore' Season 4

Rebecca Black My MomentRebecca Black is back (with her new single, “My Moment.” Yeah, haters gonna hate — read the comments section if you dare — but we’re charmed by the catchy tune, which has already racked up more than 250,000 views in less than a day. This really is Black’s moment, as she also lands a Teen Choice Award nomination, along with “Pretty Little Liars,” “Switched At Birth,” and “Captain America”) (YouTube) (THR)

- Captain Planet becomes the latest 80s franchise (to get a reboot. Look for the live-action version of the environmental superhero and his Planeteers to grace the big screen soon. Speaking of movies we can’t wait to see, here’s the first digital movie poster for “The Hunger Games.” But watch out — fire is catching!) (Kidscreen) (MTV)

- Check out the trailer for the fourth season of “Jersey Shore” (which starts August 4. From the look of it, Pauly D is right, there’s new drama every single day. Fist pump!) (People)

- Just like “Christmas creep,” back to school shopping season (comes earlier and earlier every year. For kids, it might seem like summer just began, but retailers are already looking like fall is here as they try to lure shoppers who are wary of the economy and hunting for deals) (NY Times, reg required)

- Parents associations in Australia are backing a proposal (that would make courses on online etiquette, privacy, and the long-term effects of posting mandatory for school children in the hopes it would help reduce cyberbullying in the country. In other education news, the Thiel Fellows are blogging about their experiences making it in the world without a college degree over on Fast Company) (AllTwitter)

- Google+ finally launches an iPhone app (but based on the reviews, it sounds like the developers should have waited until they’d perfected it. Still, Google+…

 
 

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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “Master of None represents my generation because it takes the little things (going to a taco place) and expands on how the choices are debilitating.”—Female, 33, MN

We know how many Millennials planned to watch last night’s debates, but how many knew they could watch in virtual reality? VR social network AltspaceVR has created an experience that allows participants to watch live debates virtually, in a VR re-creation of NBC News Democracy Plaza at New York’s Rockefeller Center. At the launch party, attendees, including Al Roker, were represented as avatars and instead of applause, emojis were used to express reactions. AltspaceVR has been working to build a virtual community over the past year and hopes to bring people together during “a bitterly divided campaign” with the new experience. (The Verge

The latest smart toys are getting kids away from screens. Global sales of smart toys are expected to increase from $2.8 billion in 2015 to $11.3 billion by 2020, and according to one expert, synching a toy to a phone or tablet will soon be as common as putting in batteries. To appease parents concerned with screen time, these toys are increasingly about physically interacting with the toy itself, putting apps in the background. One example of the trend is Smarty: an internet-connected personal assistant for kids that answers questions, reminds them to do their homework, streams music and books, and more. (The Guardian

What’s holding back the Millennials from creating more startups? Money. A new study found that 72% of 18-34-year-olds see entrepreneurship as being "essential for new innovation and jobs in our economy," and almost eight in ten see working for a startup “a signal of success”—but only 22% say they would start one of their own. Lack of capital is holding four in ten back from taking the risk—for women and minorities that number is even higher. (Business Insider

Toy brands are constantly competing for kids’ attention, and now that industry drama is coming to the small screen. Amazon is introducing Toy Wars, a drama series based on the rivalry between toy giants Hasbro and Mattel. The show is based on the non-fiction book Toy Wars: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbie, and the Companies that Make Them, which follows a “free spirit” Hasbro executive who was forced to take over the company when his “marketing genius” brother passed away from AIDS. The series will be co-written by Book Of Mormon star Josh Gad and The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz, whose father helped turned Hasbro into a top toy company. (Deadline

Communal housing is a growing Millennial trend, but it also dates back to the Middle Ages. Co-housing groups have been catching on as young people and families look to share household responsibilities, cut costs, and have a deeper sense of community with others. While it might seem strange in modern times, the instinct is ancient: According to A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values, medieval Europe homes were “essentially gathering places for small groups of revolving residents,” where people lived with friends and extended communities. (The Atlantic

Quote of the Day: “Adventure Time is the show that best represents my generation because we like the nostalgic aspect of watching cartoons but we also like off-the-wall plots.” –Male, 21, MI 

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