Ypulse Essentials: Young Enterpreneurs, F.C.C. Presents 'Generation Mobile', JWOWW Rewrites 'The Rules'

youngentrepreneursCatering to young entrepreneurs (has become quite a cottage industry… for young entrepreneurs. At least that’s what strikes me in the latest update on recent grads starting their own businesses, which includes quotes from past Ypulse Interviewees Intern Queen Lauren Berger and HerCampus.com founder Stephanie Kaplan) (New York Times, reg. required)

- F.C.C. presents ‘Generation Mobile’ (An upcoming forum on teens and technology where experts will “address risks associated with heavy technology use among young people”  focusing on balance and context over regulation. Definitely curious to hear the thinking that comes out of this) (New York Times, reg. required)

- Chatroulette, Justin Bieber and iPad (were the top Google searches of 2010. And in other year-end ranking news, Ke$ha is named Billboard’s top “hot 100” artist and top “new artist” of the year) (Los Angeles Times)

- Obama to sign Child Nutrition Bill (that would expand free school meals for the needy and give government the power to decide what kinds of foods go into vending machines, cafeterias and fundraisers during school hours) (New York Times, reg. required)

- ‘Chronicles Of Narnia’ tops the box office (with $24.5 million in sales its opening weekend. Though, as MTV notes, given the film’s $155 million production budget, the standing is a slightly bittersweet victory. Plus, more on the social media marketing power Disney is putting behind “Tron”) (MTV News) (Social Times)

- Mr Youth launches Youth4Youth (In lieu of holiday gifts this season, the youth marketing agency is asking for donations towards a special fundraising initiative benefiting youth)

- JWOWW rewrites ‘The Rules’ (in an updated version of the advice book for young women due out next February. Also, Scholastic announces plans to relaunch the first five…

 
 

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“[Anna Victoria is] a good role model to women and is changing the way the world looks at fitness and body image.”—Female, 21, CA

Abercrombie & Fitch is going gender-neutral for their new kids’ clothing line. The “Everybody Collection” features “tops, bottoms, and accessories” for five-14-year-old boys and girls. A&F’s Brand President explained their decision to appeal to The Genreless Generation: "Parents and their kids don’t want to be confined to specific colors and styles, depending on whether shopping for a boy or a girl.'' The line of 25 new styles will be rolling out online and to 70 stores, starting this month. (Today)

Millennials & Gen Z already think the Nintendo Switch is cool, and now the brand is giving them more ways to use it. They’re introducing Nintendo Labo, “cardboard-based, interactive DIY experiences” for the Switch, tapping into the “toys-to-life” trend. The variety kit lets players construct five different “Toy-Con” experiences that include turning the Joy-Con controller into a motorbike handle complete with a throttle that can be twisted to accelerate, and creating a piano that senses which keys are pressed to produce the correct musical note. (Kidscreen)

YouTube is pulling Tide Pod Challenge videos from its platform. Teens started eating Tide pods when memes showcasing their Gusher-like colors went viral. The brand has since issued warnings not to eat the pods, and some stores have even begun locking up the product. YouTube has explained the decision to take down the popular pod-eating videos as a continuation of their policy to “prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm." Some are suggesting that pressure from parent company Procter & Gamble may have also been a factor. (Mashable)

The streaming wars are continuing, but audiences are turning to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime for very different kinds of content. Hub Entertainment Research found original content is winning users' time on Netflix, while over half watch Hulu for its syndicated collection, and movies are most popular on Amazon Prime. The study also found that most Americans overall spend their entertainment time watching TV (40%), but 18-24-year-olds are most likely to engage with gaming and online video, like YouTube. (Quartz)

Outdoor Voices embraced Millennials’ minimal moment to break onto the athleisure scene. The brandless brand goes for a minimalist aesthetic with pops of color, and sees itself as an anti-Nike of sorts. The founder explains that they’re “a recreational Nike” because “With Nike and so many other brands, it’s really about being an expert, being the best. With OV, it’s about how you stay healthy—and happy.” Whatever they’re doing, it’s working: the company has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2013, climbing a startling 800% in 2016 alone. (Vogue)

“I saw some heartbreaking stories in the internet, and decided to look up some international charities and donate to them.”—Male, 20, WA

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