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October 3, 2011 | By Ina Paiva Cordle
Laid off after 23 years in the mortgage lending business, Dede Parise couldn't find a job. So she took a marketing class to reinvent her career, and before long she turned an assignment into a company. Parise invented the Bandee, a headband women wear while playing golf and other sports. She sells her product mostly on the Internet, working from home. Her audience is big, and growing. In a year, using Facebook, she has parlayed her reach into 15,000 fans. For small businesses such as Parise's, social media has become a portal to success.
April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Vitriol toward Clippers owner Donald Sterling surged through social media Saturday as outrage over his alleged racist comments in an audio recording found a home in tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram snapshots. The anger, usually attached to the fast-growing #DonaldSterling and #BoycottClippers hashtags, crossed the nation. It united hard-core basketball fans and sports neophytes, celebrities and everyday people, young and old in their condemnation of the 80-year-old Sterling. They wondered how he could remain owner.
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.
April 23, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Facebook crushed expectations with its first-quarter financial results. The world's biggest social network reported profit of $642 million for the three months ended March 31, nearly three times its profit of $219 million in the year-earlier period. Revenue was up 72%, to $2.5 billion. Excluding one-time items, Facebook's profit was $885 million, or 34 cents a share, compared with $312 million, or 12 cents, in the year-earlier period. Analysts had expected earnings per share of 24 cents on revenue of $2.36 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.
October 10, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Facebook has restricted phone number searches on its mobile site after a security researcher was able to find Facebook users by searching random phone numbers. Facebook says being able to look someone up by searching for their phone number on Facebook is a feature, not a bug. "By default, your privacy settings allow everyone to find you with search and friend finder using the contact info you have provided, such as your email address and phone number," Facebook said in an emailed statement.
August 8, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
William Wells arrived at the emergency room at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach on April 9 mortally wounded. The 60-year-old had been stabbed more than a dozen times by a fellow nursing home resident, his throat slashed so savagely he was almost decapitated. Instead of focusing on treating him, an employee said, St. Mary nurses and other hospital staff did the unthinkable: They snapped photos of the dying man and posted them on Facebook. Four staff members were fired and three disciplined, according to a St. Mary spokeswoman.
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.
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.
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!"
April 9, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Not since Google bought YouTube has an acquisition grabbed the world's attention the way Facebook's $1-billion deal to buy Instagram. And it's bound to get tongues wagging again about startup valuations shooting into the stratosphere. “It's unprecedented on almost any metric you look at,” said Paul Kedrosky, a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. The San Francisco startup has just 13 employees. That works out to be $76 million per employee, Kedrosky pointed out. At the same time, Instagram had no business model, no revenue.
April 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
Talk of Silicon Valley losing steam was put on hold as two technology titans, Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc., tallied better-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenue. Apple's stock climbed more than 7% in after-hours trading after it reported that sales of iPhones blew past Wall Street's projections. Facebook's shares spiked 4% after it said ad revenue rose 82% year over year. Although many tech stocks slid in recent weeks, the robust financial results demonstrated that, at least for now, the underlying businesses of these two leading companies remain strong.
April 23, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
State senators and their aides spent Wednesday discussing ethics, but it wasn't all dry reading from handbooks. Ethics experts came up with several “hypotheticals for discussion.” They include: "Senator publishes Top 10 items on his personal bucket list on Facebook.  Lobbyist Employer's government affairs representative who is a FB friend of the Senator sees the Facebook posting and posts the following FB message, 'We can help you achieve...
April 21, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
A man who allegedly used Facebook to try to recruit a 17-year-old girl for prostitution has been charged with human trafficking, Orange County prosecutors said. Dwight Lamith Garris, 34, allegedly believed he had befriended a minor, but he was actually communicating with an undercover Anaheim police officer, the Orange County district attorney's office said Monday in a statement. Garris, a Palmdale resident, tried to recruit the girl over a period of about eight days in early April to work as a prostitute and to recruit other sex workers for him, according to the statement.
April 16, 2014 | By Andrea Chang and Julie Makinen
The largest tech IPO of the year will come from a company that many Americans have never heard of. Alibaba -- a Chinese e-commerce behemoth that produces more sales and net income than Amazon and EBay combined -- has decided to go public in the U.S. after months of speculation that it would list in Hong Kong. The company could raise up to $15 billion at an estimated valuation of up to $200 billion. “We expect it to be the largest tech IPO ever, the largest IPO of the year, the largest Chinese IPO of the year,” said Max Wolff, chief economist and strategist at Citizen VC. “It's a big number, probably a record-breaker by any metric.” PHOTOS: Top 10 tech acquisitions Alibaba's initial public offering plans are part of a wave of Chinese companies going public in the U.S. this year.
April 14, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has acquired New Mexico-based drone maker Titan Aerospace, the company said on Monday. The Mountain View tech giant did not say how much it paid for the start-up, which specializes in building drones capable of staying in sky for years on end. “Titan Aerospace and Google share a profound optimism about the potential for technology to improve the world," a Google spokesman said. "It's still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation.
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...
July 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook reports its first quarterly earnings since it became a publicly traded company. We're covering it live and will update this post with the numbers as soon as we get them. Live Twitter updates ALSO: Is Facebook still in the game after Zynga loss? Analysts say yes Cheat sheet for Facebook's first report card as a public company Report: Facebook phone to launch next year; new iPhone app delayed Follow Salvador Rodriguez on Facebook , Twitter or Google+
June 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook will make a major announcement Thursday morning about a new addition to its service and viewers will be able to watch the event live on the Web. The event will start at 10 a.m. As with previous press announcements, the company plans to stream the presentation live . PHOTOS: Top music subscription services The latest reports say Facebook may announce the addition of video for Instagram, the company's photo-sharing...
April 10, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
Sydney Contraguerro saw a friend get stabbed in the hallway of Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday. And then she turned to Twitter to figure out what was happening in the halls of her high school. “I was checking Twitter every 15 minutes,” the high school senior said. Twitter has long been a platform for people to share what they've witnessed during major news events: earthquakes, plane crashes, shootings. But in Murrysville, Twitter appeared to be a prime source of communication about who was OK and who was injured in the immediate aftermath of the stabbings.
April 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook began notifying users of its mobile app Wednesday that it will soon disable the app's messaging feature. The Menlo Park, Calif., tech giant is instructing users to download the Facebook Messenger app -- a distinct entity from its main app -- if they wish to continue messaging friends from their smartphones. The Facebook Messenger app has been available for a number of years, and users who have both apps installed already can only message others through the separate app. But soon, all users will be forced to download the second app if they want to be able to message friends.
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