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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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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!"
OPINION
September 9, 2012
Re "Is it art or is it obscene? Facebook takes a stance," Column, Sept. 7 David Lazarus' column about the woman whose photos of her minor daughter were banned from Facebook for possibly being suggestive brings to mind Federico Fellini's short film, "Le Tentazioni del Dottor Antonio. " In it, a billboard that said "drink more milk" - with a photo of Anita Ekberg spilling out of a low-cut dress, and children dancing around it singing the billboard's jingle, "drink more milk" - drives a highly moral elderly man mad, until he has delusions of drowning in her breasts.
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.
NEWS
March 26, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
Social media have become one of the most telling barometers of travel hot spots. And there's nothing hotter than spring break. Using last year's data, Facebook put together the lists below of the most popular spring destinations for college students and families. Among the overlaps: Santa Monica. Meanwhile, several other SoCal beaches made the family-friendly list. These lists show the top 10 most popular beach destinations based on volume and increase in Facebook check-ins, a feature of the site that allows users to check in to a location while updating their status.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
Go to any corner in many a part of this city and you'll find a Hollywood dream. David Harwell's corner is North La Cienega Boulevard and West 3rd Street. There, he dances with a sign that reads, "CHECKS CASHED, MoneyGram, CURRENCY EXCHANGE. " On a nearby lamppost, he bungee-cords another sign, featuring his photo, name and the words, "Like me on Facebook. " So far, 26,000 people have done so . Harwell wants to build a fan base. He's a sign dancer now, but he wants to be an actor.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- The reality of Facebook's $2-billion-plus acquisition of Oculus VR set in on Wall Street on Wednesday, dragging down Facebook shares and the Nasdaq. Facebook fell nearly 7% to $60.38 one day after it announced its second blockbuster acquisition this year. Last month the giant social network made jaws drop when it said it would pay $19 billion for mobile messaging service WhatsApp. The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 1.4% Wednesday to 4,173.58, its lowest close in more than a month.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Oculus may be happy about its $2-billion deal to be acquired by Facebook, but the virtual reality start-up's supporters are definitely not. The Irvine company gained a strong following in the worlds of tech and gaming after taking to Kickstarter in 2012 to raise money for the Rift, a head-mounted device that lets users play video games in virtual reality. But when Oculus announced its agreement to be bought by Facebook in a blog post Tuesday, many of the company's fans left comments voicing their concern and displeasure over the deal.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook said it would buy virtual reality company Oculus VR for about $2 billion in cash and stock. Oculus is the Irvine, Calif., maker of the Rift headset. The company will continue to operate independently within Facebook, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post. With the purchase, the giant social network is focusing on “what platforms will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences,” Zuckerberg said. When you put on the Oculus headset, “you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or a place far away,” Zuckerberg said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2010 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Maintaining privacy in the digital age is no easy feat ? particularly if you are the subject of a movie. And yet Angela Wesselman-Pierce, the woman who holds the key to the mystery at the center of "Catfish," has remained a quiet enigma for more than eight months since the movie became a sensation at the Sundance Film Festival. She's avoided requests for interviews about the film, which is being marketed as a documentary thriller and has taken in more than $1.6 million at the box office since its Sept.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
Is a real-life friendship less meaningful than a Facebook friendship? If a judge discloses that a lawyer who comes before him on a case is a friend, but fails to say that he and the lawyer are Facebook "friends," has the judge hidden important information? What about if the judge makes a single, non-legal comment on the attorney's Facebook page at some point before the conclusion of the case? Does that mean he has lost the ability to be impartial? Yes, say attorneys for Paul Evert's Country RV in Fresno, who have called into question the impartiality of Fresno County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Hamilton, who slapped Paul Evert and two of his employees with a multimillion-dollar defamation judgment.
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.
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