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Losing 'It' on eBay

What ever happened to that horribly awkward first time?in someone’s back seat or even in a dorm room (ideally with the roommate gone)?...

New Entertainment Prez at The WB

It’s David Janollari and advertisers are none too pleased with the shake-up just four weeks after the big Up-Front presentation. AdAge has the scoop. ...

Kings and Queens of the Prom

Today’s Digital Graffiti actually comes from a book called Kings and Queens: Queers at the Prom that has collected writing from the students at...

Is Lindsay Lohan Inspiring Teen Boob Jobs?

Poor Lindsay Lohan. She is on the publicity circuit attempting to dispel the rumors that she had a boob job. She exclaimed “no way...

Michael Hutchence Must Be Rolling in His Grave

Ok I’m going to rant about this. I used to LOVE Michael Hutchence from INXS. Right after Bowie he was my teen idol...

More on Moore

Update: Looks like Michael Moore is fighting to get “Fahrenheit 9/11” a PG-13 rating.

House of Versace's New Princess

The New York Times profiles Donatella Versace’s almost 18-year-old daughter Allegra Versace Beck without actually interviewing Allegra. At the end of the month on...

Dear Nicole

We’re all bracing ourselves for the new adventures of Paris and Nicole (a la Simple Life 2), but are we really ready for Nicole Ritchie’...

The Newsfeed

“It[‘s] only about the music for me, nothing else dictates what I listen to, I either like it or I don't.”—Male, 28, WA

A new app is getting teens’ attention as it rises through the ranks of the new social apps to know, even surpassing Houseparty’s popularity—but the catch is it’s “piggyback[ing]” on Snapchat. Polly allows users to create anonymous surveys that they can send on Snapchat (there's that anonymity allure again), meaning many users may not have actually downloaded the Polly app, so they “could slip away if friends stop posting questions.” For now though, the app amassed 20 million users and 100 million answers last month, proving it’s one to keep an eye on. (TechCrunch)

Designers are taking to social media to “shame” the retailers ripping off their work. When Zoila Darton spotted a Forever 21 shirt eerily similar to the one she helped create to benefit Planned Parenthood, she posted a tweet to let the brand know their copycat didn’t go unnoticed—and quickly gained attention from fashion editors and others. This isn’t the first time pieces have been copied by Forever 21, but designers have a hard time taking legal recourse against the powerful company. Instead, social media posts are often their best bet. (NYTimes)

BeautyCon is continuing to take “Sephora and Coachella and smash it into one thing” to appeal to young consumers. At the latest L.A. event, 20,000 beauty fans came to meet their influencer idols and try out the latest makeup trends, surrounded by empowering slogans and messages—true to the brand’s idea that “beauty can be something beyond a concealer culture.” Of course, brands were there “to win over the new generation”—ChapStick Duo offered cotton candy while Rimmel London’s “slayground” gave attendees a chance to set down their makeup and enjoy a jungle gym and swing set.
(The New Yorker)

It turns out saving money might not be cord cutters’ top reason for switching to streaming. Instead, a recent Magid Associates survey found that “the attractions” of SVOD programming (aka their content) is their top reason for making the move, followed by the overall decline of TV-viewing among 18-24-year-olds. Cable companies are trying to reel The Post-TV Gen back in by offering lower-cost cable bundles (so-called “skinny bundles”), but stepping up their shows might be a better first step to reversing the “accelerating” trend of cutting the cord. (TheStreet)

Pokémon is reaching out to a new generation of trainers with its first app for preschool-aged kids. Pokémon Playhouse follows in the wake of the massively successful augmented reality app, Pokémon Go (which was so popular that we put together an entire infographic on it) but won’t be AR-based. Instead, Playhouse will tap into the collectibles trend by featuring favorite characters like Pikachu for kids to collect by completing activities. There will also be puzzles and more in the app’s “interactive park.” (Kidscreen)

“I'm literally listening to music any time it is socially acceptable.”—Female, 28, MN

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