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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“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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