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TRAVEL
June 2, 2013 | By Jen Leo
This website eliminates foreign-language barriers so you can find travel inspiration even at the hyper-local level. Name: WebFlakes.com What it does: Translates into English fresh, quality content from locals blogging in their native languages. There are currently 60 bloggers in France, Italy, Japan, Argentina, Switzerland and Peru writing on topics such as travel, food and dining, wine, architecture and design. What's hot: I wouldn't have known the posts were translated (by volunteers)
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BUSINESS
May 24, 2013 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Emily Schuman, 30, is the lifestyle maven behind the popular blog Cupcakes and Cashmere, a confectionary collection of stylish outfits, recipes, home decor tips and do-it-yourself projects. Think Martha Stewart meets Carrie Bradshaw. The blog also led to a book deal for the California native. Titled "Cupcakes and Cashmere: A Guide to Defining Your Style, Reinventing Your Space, and Entertaining With Ease," it hit shelves last August and landed on the Publishers Weekly bestseller list.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2013 | David Lazarus
When Google went public in 2004 for $85 a share, I wrote a column questioning such a high valuation for a company built on a math equation. Wasn't it inevitable that someone would come along with a better search algorithm? Google closed Monday at $908.53 a share. So take what I'm about to say with a pinch of cyber-salt. Yahoo is paying $1.1 billion for the blogging service Tumblr, which enjoys a loyal following among millions of young, cool, edgy and influential users, but little, if any, profit.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - To punctuate his company's $1.1-billion purchase by Yahoo Inc., Tumblr co-founder and Chief Executive David Karp let loose in a blog post with a celebratory expletive. It was classic Karp, a 26-year-old high school dropout who built one of the Web's most popular outlets for personal expression. It was also a clever way to send a message to Tumblr users: It may have been bought out - earning Karp about $275 million - but Tumblr was going to stay irreverent.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is attempting a bold - and risky - strategy to turn around the struggling Internet giant with the $1.1-billion acquisition of Tumblr, a trendy social blogging service popular with teens and young adults. Though Yahoo still has a massive online audience, it's losing its grip on young people and how they consume the Internet on mobile devices. Tumblr, a 6-year-old company with 100 million users who share links, photos and blog posts, represents the new guard of the Internet.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Many Tumblr users are already up in arms over worries that their beloved blogging service could lose its hip edge under Yahoo's control. The blogging website was filled with rants after Yahoo announced on Monday it was acquiring Tumblr for $1.1 billion. An online petition to stop Yahoo from buying Tumblr had already been signed by nearly 169,000 people as of late Monday afternoon.  “Yahoo is gonna ruin tumblr and Tumblr is the only reason why the world isn't in chaos rite now tumblr keeps people sane what if it shuts down.
OPINION
April 30, 2013 | By Suzanne Nossel
China employs an army of censors. As many as 50,000 well-trained monitors police the Internet, and 12 government departments are empowered to search and seize information and shut down users and sites. They work fast: A recent study conducted by two American computer scientists found that 30% of banned posts are removed within half an hour of posting, and 90% within 24 hours. International corporations must abide by the censors or forgo doing business in China. Paramount Pictures, for example, agreed in April to cut scenes from a new Brad Pitt movie to remove an unflattering reference to China.
NEWS
April 15, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Most dips, spreads and cheeses taste better on a crusty piece of bread. During Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter, participants shared some serious spreads. And surprisingly, most of them were green. Here are the highlights: Susan Orlins claims her hummus is "the best homemade hummus. " Try her recipe and decide for yourself. There is also a recipe for " black on black " hummus from the blog BananaWonder.com made with black sesame tahini. Orly from the blog Yumivore.com shared a recipe for a vibrant green, spring pea and ricotta spread on crostini.
NEWS
April 5, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
Got a minute? That's just enough time to meet “A Minute Away,” a new video feature at latimes.com/travel that's designed to give you a moment's peace, a brief cleansing of the brain and maybe a travel idea or two. Lots of showing, not so much telling. And not long enough to make you worry about getting caught by the boss. To start, we'll add a new one every Friday. These Minutes (see below the Video spot below the blog) will range widely, starting with Moscow in a snowstorm . Later: a cave in La Jolla; the reading room of the New York Public Library; a Peruvian mountaintop; a waterfall in Oregon.
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