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OPINION
August 16, 2003
In the late '90s, when America Online took off, a momentous change occurred. Suddenly, even geeks could talk to that unattainable babe. No need to work on a swagger or fix a squeaky voice to woo the date beyond your reach -- now only limber fingers for smooth typing were needed. No need to wink or put a twinkle in your eye; mischievous flirting now occurred via emoticon, a la >:-) or ;-).
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BUSINESS
June 7, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A day after some of its users' passwords were compromised by hackers, LinkedIn has said it has not confirmed any account break-ins. The business social network said it had not received "verified reports of unauthorized access" to its users' accounts as a result of an attack by a hacker who posted 8 million passwords online over the last few days. Even so, the company is being targeted by phishing scams trying to steal its users' login and password combinations.  The latest LinkedIn predators are sending the company's users phony emails meant to resemble official messages sent by the company.
MAGAZINE
May 4, 2008 | Amy Albert, Amy Albert is a senior associate editor at Bon Appetit magazine. Contact her at magazine@latimes.com.
I've had friends--and friends of friends--fix me up. I've placed personal ads in the New York Review of Books. I've tried speed dating. I've posted on Match.com, Matchmaker, EHarmony, Yahoo, Salon, JDate, the Right Stuff and Science Connection. Countless inter- views and auditions for emotional compatibility, intellectual sparks and physical chemistry--things that are supposed to happen naturally--make you feel as if you've given a pint of blood. And that's no way to meet someone.
HEALTH
July 30, 2007 | Susan Brink, Times Staff Writer
HER front brain is telling her he's trouble. Look at the facts, it says. He's never made a commitment, he drinks too much, he can't hold down a job. But her middle brain won't listen. Man, it swoons, he looks great in those jeans, his black hair curls onto his forehead so adorably, and when he drags on a cigarette, he's so bad he's good. His front brain is lecturing, too: She's flirting with every guy in the place, and she can drink even you under the table, it says.
NEWS
February 8, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Online dating has come a long way from its less-than-positive association with the personal ad. But is it actually a better way to meet that special someone? In some ways yes -- and in others, maybe not, according to a study on online dating released by the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest. "Romantic relationships can begin anywhere. When Cupid's arrow strikes, you might be at church or at school, playing chess or softball, searching for a partner at a party, or minding your own business on the train," the authors write . "But sometimes Cupid goes on vacation, or takes a long nap, or kicks back for a marathon of Lifetime original movies.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T has announced the Sony Xperia ion Android smartphone will begin selling June 24. The phone will be available to consumers for $99 with a two-year contract. It runs on the AT&T 4G LTE network and will run Android's Gingerbread, which is outdated by two more-recent versions of the operating system. The Xperia ion comes with a 4.6-inch screen that plays HD video at 720p. And it can connect and play its content on HDTVs through an HDMI cable. The phone features a 12-megapixel camera, billed as Fast Capture for its quick 1.5-second launch time and shoots video in 1080p.
SPORTS
October 17, 2009
Dear Frank and Jamie: Would you mind putting off all the ugly accusations, recriminations and posturing by attack-dog attorneys until after our team tries to win the World Series? We'd all appreciate it. Keep in mind who the other children of this divorce are. And, by the way, we don't want to have to go to two Dodger Stadiums when this is over. Dave Stuart, Westlake Village To all of you blue-clad visitors who tried to turn Petco Park into your house, don't expect any sympathy from Padres fans on the impending McCourt divorce.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nvidia, a semiconductor maker, said as many as 400,000 of its users' passwords were stolen by hackers. The company, which makes parts used in Apple and Google products, among others, said attacks this month resulted in hackers compromising its users' encrypted passwords. As a result, the company told the Los Angeles Times, it has suspended five of its websites as it investigates the matter. A spokesman for the company said that despite the passwords being "scrambled using an encrypted algorithim," hackers were still able to steal them, according to a report by the Associated Press . Nvidia told the Los Angeles Times that the accounts belonged to users of the Nvidia Forum, Developer Zone and Research Site, which the company has now suspended.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A hacker Tuesday claimed to have stolen 50 gigabytes of information from 79 banks over the last three months. The hacker, whose Twitter handle is Reckz0r but who also goes by " Jeremy " according to a PasteBin post, posted a text file of his hacks that contained a portion of the data he claimed to have stolen -- enough, he said, to prove he isn't kidding. Within that text file are details from 1,700 individual Visa and MasterCard credit cards accounts, according to ZDNet . The details posted by Reckz0r includes people's names, card types and both their postal and email addresses.
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