In the battle of social networks, another plus to joining Google+ is that it just added CityVille (one of Zynga’s most popular games. We doubt Facebook is pleased since it had the game first, but it’s the only ones with FarmVille…at least for now) (TechCrunch)

Converse Sneakers, the Jonas Brothers, and headbands are so out when it comes to Millennial trends (but Sperry’s boat shoes, Big Time Rush, and hair tinsel — as we mentioned in June — are so in. Check out Ad Age’s chart for more info on what’s currently cool and what products and celebs aren’t anymore)

Thanks to its rerelease, ‘The Lion King’ has secured a top spot as one of the most popular animated films of all time (behind “Toy Story 3,” “Ice Age 2: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” and “Finding Nemo,” respectively. Families and young couples alike are flocking to theaters to see the classic flick. Clearly nothing can compete with nostalgia! Speaking of movies, we’re intrigued by SocialSamba, a scripted social network that lets fans interact with fictional film and TV characters by logging into to branded entertainment pages for TV shows and movies. Users receive messages, pictures, and video replies and can share the chats with friends on Facebook and Twitter. The lines between reality and fantasy are getting ever blurrier) (The Hollywood Reporter) (Speakeasy)

Radio may not be Millennials’ favorite medium (but it hasn’t died thanks to the Internet and apps like iHeartRadio which let people tune in wherever they are. To remind young music fans that radio is still cool, Clear Channel Communications hosted an iHeartRadio Music Festival this weekend packed with some of the most popular artists including Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, Nicki Minaj, and Bruno Mars. Talk about a big promotion for an free app! And in other entertainment news, movie streaming companies are going head to head securing partnerships with studios. Netflix just signed a deal with DreamWorks, while Amazon did so with Fox, both of which come after Blockbuster’s recent announcement about its Movie Pass) (Vulture) (NY Times) (LA Times)

It’s no secret that tweens and teens are some of the biggest consumers (but raising a child only with the most basic necessities has become more expensive than ever before. In fact, taking care of a kid from birth to 18 years old — not even college — has increased by 40% in the last decade. Groceries, clothes, health care, transportation, and other everyday costs add up, and parents are struggling. But despite this, brands are pushing to target even younger consumers — infants to 3 year olds! — in hopes of building their businesses. Have advertisers pushed the line too far? Tell us in the comments…) (CNN) (Adweek)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants kids to be safe when walking, biking, taking the bus, or riding in a car (and thus have teamed up with Disney’s program “Chuggington” to create an educational campaign. The initiative called “Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe!,” includes PSAs, school materials, a traffic safety pledge for kids, safety-themed games, and resources for parents to teach these practices to their kids) (Cynopsis)