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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Quote of the Day: “I don’t plan to own a home in the future because it’s financially not possible. Too many student loans to pay back to ever make mortgage payments.” –Female, 21, TX

Teens already have plenty of tools to hide mobile communication from their parents, but now there’s another trick in their arsenal: BEEP is an app with an alert tone that only young people can hear. When users receive a message, the ringtone that sounds is a high frequency that most older people cannot hear and most teens can—which means that they could use their phones in places that they are usually banned. (iDigital)

In the last five years, the top 25 food and beverage companies have lost $18 billion in market share—and experts say Millennials and their desire for transparency are to blame. Lifeway Foods’ CEO explains, “’Millennials are driving a disruption in the food industry…I think we’ll see the food industry turned on its head.’” The trends they’re fueling include an awareness of ingredients, and a switch from low-fat to balanced diets. (Fortune)

In the ongoing online content wars, there are bound to be some struggles. Snapchat is rethinking their original content strategy, shutting down “Snap Channel,” its original video hub. But the decision isn’t necessarily a sign of failure: video content on the Discover feature from participating brands like BuzzFeed and ESPN has become a major source of revenue for the app, and “it’s possible that Snapchat decided it just wasn’t worth competing with the publishers.” (Quartz)

One in four children in the U.S. is underactive, while one in four children globally is malnourished. Now Target & UNICEF have teamed up to create a life saving kids’ wearable to tackle both issues. UNICEF Kid Power is a fitness wristband that allows child users to reach fitness goals. As they complete activities, they “'unlock’ life-saving therapeutic food packets” that UNICEF brings to needy families in developing countries. (Mashable)

Millennial consumers are attracted to innovative new brands, and are redefining luxury—so how does an established high-end brand appeal to them? Diane Von Furstenberg, who relaunched her brand in 1997, has embraced technology and new marketing content to reach a new generation of consumers. The designer tells Adweek, “One thing that is so exciting about this generation…is that all of them feel that they are a brand. So how do you talk to them if you are an established brand? It's all very interesting.” (Adweek)

Quote of the Day: “My current financial priority is saving up money to afford an engagement ring for my girlfriend, the subsequent wedding, and the eventual sperm vials/storage we will need to start a family of our own.” –Female, 27, WI

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