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August 8, 2012 | By David Horsey
In our connected world, you can't hide unless you run. On Tuesday, a good friend of mine got an email from the chairman of the Washington state Democratic Party informing her that county records showed her mail-in ballot for the primary election had not yet been received. Clearly, turning out the vote is no longer just a generalized effort of making phone calls or walking door-to-door. Now, each one of us is a virtual GPS point on a political grid and the decision to vote is not a private affair.
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BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
A plunge in once-soaring technology shares sent Nasdaq into a triple-digit decline and yanked the rest of the stock market down with it. Erstwhile darlings such as Netflix Inc. and Facebook Inc., as well as biotechnology highfliers such as Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc., sank Thursday as investors fled many names they had favored just a few weeks ago. The sell-off was less a result of economic developments as it was the hard reality of a...
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NEWS
March 10, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
A study on how people use social networking websites such as Facebook confirms what many of us suspected. Women who post loads of photos of themselves on their sites are conveying some strong personal characteristics, according to new research. These women are more likely to base their self-worth on appearance and use social networking to compete for attention. The study involved 311 men and women with an average age of 23. In order to better understand aspects of social networking behavior, the researchers looked at the amount of time subjects spent managing profiles, the number of photos they shared, the size of their online networks and how promiscuous they were in terms of “friending” behavior.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Hector Becerra and Rosanna Xia
The magnitude 5.1 La Habra earthquake that shook Southern California isn't going into the seismic history books for its modest size and small damage totals. But it was an event on social media, which transmitted stories and images of the quake and its many aftershocks with a speed and breadth that left seismologists and emergency personnel taking notice. The first signs of damage came not from authorities but from residents posting photos on Facebook of broken dishes and fallen cabinets.
SCIENCE
August 14, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Don't press the like button: Facebook is a bummer that makes us feel worse about our lives, according to new research. Facebook users in a study led by the University of Michigan wound up feeling worse about themselves after two weeks, and their moment-to-moment mood darkened the more they browsed the social medium. It didn't seem to matter how big their network was, how supportive they thought their friends were, nor why they went to Facebook in the first place, according to the study published online Wednesday in PLOS One . "We were able to show on a moment-to-moment basis throughout the day how people's mood fluctuated depending on their Facebook usage,” said University of Michigan social psychologist Ethan Kross, lead author of the study.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The National Security Agency has reportedly used automated systems to infect user computers with malware since 2010, according to a Wednesday report. And at times the agency pretended to be Facebook to install its malware. The NSA has been using a program codenamed TURBINE to contaminate computers and networks with malware "implants" capable of spying on users, according to The Intercept , which cited documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Between 85,000 and 100,000 of these implants have been deployed worldwide thus far, the report said.
SCIENCE
May 18, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
With his gaze fixed on a tiny screen, hearing plugged by earbuds and fingers flying, the average teenager may look like a disaster in the making: socially stunted, terminally distracted and looking for trouble. But look beyond the dizzying array of beeping, buzzing devices and the incessant multitasking, say psychologists, and today's digital kids may not be such a disaster after all. Far from hampering adolescents' social skills or putting them in harm's way, as many parents have feared, electronics appear to be the path by which children today develop emotional bonds, their own identities, and an ability to communicate and work with others.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It was kind of creepy, but it also had potential to be useful. But in the end it didn't matter because Facebook has pulled Find Friends Nearby as unceremoniously as it debuted it. After the feature was introduced to the world Sunday by one of the Facebook engineers who created it, Facebook pulled the feature not long after, taking it offline the very next day. Find Friends Nearby was definitely not a polished final product, but the feature...
NATIONAL
February 7, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
When John Berlin scrolled through Facebook this week, he, like almost everyone else, saw auto-generated highlight videos of friends' histories on the site. He kept seeing the name and photo of one person who didn't seem to have a highlight reel of his own: Berlin's son, who died two years ago at age 21. “I got to watch mine and my wife's and my kids', and Jesse's picture would pop up in them,” Berlin said by phone Friday from the family home in Arnold, Mo. “I found myself looking at his friends' videos next.” But Berlin wanted Facebook's take on Jesse's own memorable moments.
NEWS
August 6, 2011 | By Daniela Hernandez, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Facebook is great for reconnecting with old friends from high school and college. But for those still in school, the popular networking site could do more harm than good. That's according to Larry Rosen, a psychologist at Cal State Dominguez Hills who's been studying the effect of technology on people for more than 25 years. Recently, he's done several studies on how the social networking site affects children. He made his case Saturday at the American Psychological Assn.'s annual convention in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
It's long been the stuff of science fiction, the ability to wear a headset and feel as if you're in another world. Creating an affordable virtual reality device for the mass market has been the holy grail of sorts for game developers and futurists. Now Facebook's $2-billion purchase of Oculus may bring that dream one step closer to reality. Virtual reality enthusiasts say they've been waiting for decades for the technology to take off and have been developing headsets and content in the hopes they could soon have mainstream appeal.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - A tiny Irvine company founded by a 21-year-old Cal State Long Beach drop-out may play a leading role in Facebook's next major bet on the future of the Internet: that virtual reality will change the way people experience the Web. Facebook said Tuesday that it was buying Oculus VR, maker of virtual reality headsets for video game players, for $2 billion. The ultimate goal of the acquisition, the giant social network said, is to create an immersive 3-D experience in which users don't just chat online with friends but grab a cup of coffee with them in a virtual cafe or travel with them to distant places, just by putting on a pair of goggles with dark lenses.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Federal Trade Commission and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris say that Facebook is misinterpreting how a children's privacy law applies to teen privacy in a move that could undercut the giant social network in a federal court case in California. Facebook users sued the company for using their images in ads on the service without their consent and later settled the class-action lawsuit in 2012. Children's advocates are challenging the settlement in an effort to require Facebook to get explicit permission from parents before using the personal information - as well as the images, likes and comments - of teens in advertising.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
LOS OSOS, Calif. - He led an active electronic life, so the cyber silence was ominous. No emails. No posts to any of the thousand-plus friends on Facebook. When word finally surfaced, it wasn't from him. "If you have noticed Jim's absence from Facebook, there is a reason. He has been doing poorly for a week or so ... and yesterday they detected a mass in his brain. Having elected to have no extraordinary medical measures, he is at home in Los Osos and we are waiting for hospice to come.
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Anne Colby
It's been so long since Los Angeles suffered a major earthquake -- the magnitude 6.7 Northridge quake was 20 years ago in January -- that it's been easy to put disaster preparedness on a back burner. But Monday's 6:25 a.m. jolt was a strong reminder that earthquakes are not an "if" but a "when" in Southern California. Luckily, there are things you can do to help protect your home and family. Many are easy DIY projects -- relocate heavy mirrors and wall hangings away from sleeping areas, install latches on cupboards where glass and ceramics are stored, anchor valuable keepsakes with adhesive or putty.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network Thursday to say he has called President Obama about the operations taken by the U.S. government. "I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future," Zuckerberg said in a post. "Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform. " Zuckerberg's post comes a few days after a report that alleged the National Security Agency has previously posed as Facebook so that it could infect users' computers with malware.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Mobile start-up Lightbox announced it would be joining Facebook and discontinuing its Android photo sharing app next month. The start-up's team of seven staffers, as reported by several outlets, will join Facebook just days before the social networking giant's IPO. The company made the announcement on its blog Tuesday. "Today, we're happy to announce that the Lightbox team is joining Facebook, where we'll have the opportunity to build amazing products for Facebook's 500+ million mobile users," the mobile app's founders, Thai Tran and Nilesh Patel, wrote in the post.
OPINION
January 6, 2013
Re "I 'like' me, I really 'like' me," Opinion, Jan. 3 Until recently I had been a cynical voyeur on Facebook. I never posted anything, but took pleasure in mocking, as Meghan Daum so accurately describes it, the self-promoting of my "friends. " But then there was that flattering picture of me in Tijuana with my son, the one where I looked pretty young, and so, you know, just for the hell of it.... Well, the "likes" and compliments streamed in, and I responded with predictable self-deprecation: "The lens was blurred, but thanks!"
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Last month, Facebook created "Look Back" videos for its users as way to celebrate 10 years of the social network, and on Thursday, the company said that more than 720 million videos were created. The Menlo Park tech giant released a blog explaining the engineering behind the massive project. Facebook said the "Look Back" videos were a last-second project that staffers volunteered to work on and had less than one month to complete. Each video showed users a recap of their time on the social network.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The National Security Agency has reportedly used automated systems to infect user computers with malware since 2010, according to a Wednesday report. And at times the agency pretended to be Facebook to install its malware. The NSA has been using a program codenamed TURBINE to contaminate computers and networks with malware "implants" capable of spying on users, according to The Intercept , which cited documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Between 85,000 and 100,000 of these implants have been deployed worldwide thus far, the report said.
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