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March 30, 2009 | Katherine Ellison, Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former foreign correspondent. Her latest book, "Hotheads: A Mother, a Son, and a Year of Paying Attention," will be published next year by Hyperion Books.
I'm the mother of a child diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. What this often means is I feel lonely and stigmatized, and turn to the Internet in search of support. In other words, I'm just the kind of mom for whom McNeil Pediatrics, manufacturer of the popular, long-acting stimulant drug Concerta, is offering "practical, credible information" on its ADHD Moms Facebook page, launched last July.
April 11, 2014 | By Jen Kucsak
I hate meeting guys on the Internet. It's weird. It's creepy. It's not safe. But I liked blogger guy. I didn't meet blogger guy on Match, JDate or Tinder. I didn't meet him on Facebook or even on Twitter. He was an avid reader of my blog and often commented on my posts. He too was a twentysomething blogger, and he just seemed to get me. His comments led to emails. His emails led to instant messaging. And the instant messaging led to being Facebook friends. I enjoyed everything he had to say. He seemed so genuine.
January 10, 2010
Dear Amy: In this age of Republican vs. Democrat in almost all phases of government, the stress of relatives being of the other party and attending tea parties, disrupting town halls and marching on Washington has strained family relationships. I know we are all different and have the freedom to choose, but I feel as if these are personal attacks on me, so I have deleted all conservative friends from my Facebook account. There are a lot of people with these feelings in both parties -- any suggestions on how to deal with it?
March 12, 2014 | Monte Morin
Ever feel the rainy-day blues on a bright and sunny afternoon? If so, your Facebook account may be to blame, according to new research. In a paper published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists argued that the hugely popular social networking site exerts an emotional "spillover" effect that may carry significant consequences for an increasingly interconnected world. By analyzing more than a billion Facebook status updates, authors concluded that emotionally positive posts gave rise to more positive posts by friends, while negative posts spawned more negative posts.
June 19, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Need to buy a friend a birthday gift soon? doesn't want you to go at it alone. The online retailer released a new feature this week that allows a group of Facebook friends to collectively buy an gift card. Once logged in, Amazon users are prompted to link their account to their Facebook profile. That pulls up a page that lists all of an individual's friends, sorted by the days left until their birthday. The user picks a friend and can seed the gift card with $1, $5, $10 or $25. Then, the user chooses his or her Facebook friends, inviting them to contribute.
December 28, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
A new study reveals that social-network conversations about a television show can increase viewership. "How Chatter Matters in TV Viewing," Nielsen research conducted for the cable industry association CTAM, shows a powerful connection between Facebook posts and TV viewing.  About 49% of women surveyed (and 43% of men) said they began watching a show because their Facebook friends were taking about it on the social network. Twitter conversations prompted more men (16%) to start tuning in than women (14%)
December 24, 2010 | Bloomberg News
With the rise of the Internet, people began looking for love on websites such as and With the growing popularity of social networks, they're turning to services like The dating application, available on Facebook and Apple Inc.'s iPhone, lets users see beyond the personal details of potential mates to their social circles, including friends and family. is adding more than 50,000 users a day, according to parent company Snap Interactive Inc. Match.
November 18, 2012 | By Jen Leo
This website is a handy tool you can use to build your bucket list from travel photos shared by your Facebook friends, as well as a visual portal into your friends' vacations. Name: What it does: Imports travel photos posted by your Facebook friends and organizes them by city and country. You can keep track of where they have been and where you hope to go. What's hot: The "Dream" mode is the most inspirational. Traverie rolls out a location across your screen with a collage of travel photos taken by your Facebook friends.
April 6, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - All eyes are on Facebook Inc., which is on the verge of a $100-billion initial public stock offering. But the people to watch are an elite group of former company insiders. Already loaded, or soon to be, thanks to the looming Wall Street payday, these Facebook pals are furiously building the next generation of Silicon Valley companies. And they're doing it together. Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, the world's youngest billionaire at 27, has teamed with Facebook alumnus Justin Rosenstein on Asana, which makes online software that helps people work together more effectively.
January 1, 2011 | By Mike Swift
Internet search engines have become such a helpful fixture of everyday life that it's tough to imagine life before them. They gather information at eye-blink speed, can guess a user's intent and present real-time results from Twitter and other social sites. But the experience of searching the Web remains largely solitary, or, as Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg might put it, it's not social. You can share the end result by pasting a link into an e-mail or a tweet, but there's no way to share the cool stuff you brush past in the midst of a search.
February 27, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A Los Angeles woman has sued Sprint Corp., saying that one of its workers browsed through her traded-in phone, found two photographs of her engaged in sex and posted them on her Facebook page. The woman, identified in the lawsuit only as J. Johnson, said the Sprint employee used the Facebook application on her old phone to upload the photographs and make them visible to her family, friends and co-workers. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages for invasion of privacy, infliction of emotional distress and identity theft.
January 26, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Tech entrepreneurs are known to skew young, but at 14 years old, Daniel Singer's ahead of the game. The high school freshman at Harvard-Westlake has created YouTell, a website that enables users to solicit anonymous opinions from friends, and Backchat, an anonymous mobile messaging app. Daniel, who says he was defragmenting his computer's hard drive when he was 4, has been focusing his attention on Backchat, which he created with his father, Uri...
December 4, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
There is no hate on Facebook, only like.  But a new website remedies that. Now you can hate family, co-workers and so-called pals. Signing on to Hate With Friends through Facebook is jarring. All your Facebook friends are lined up with "Hate her" or "Hate him" labels in red. It's so anti-Facebook. And all you need to do is reach out ... and ... click.  (Beware. The temptation may pull at you, even if you have a genuine fondness for these people.) If you hate someone, he or she won't know it until that person hates you back.
September 22, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
What does a son say when his father becomes one of the most reviled criminals in modern American history? If you're Ariel Anthony Castro, who shares a first and last name with the man who kidnapped and kept three young women in captivity for about a decade, you say it's time to look forward, not back. In a guest piece written for the Cleveland Plain Dealer this weekend, the son of Ariel Castro asked, "Now what?" "If my father's life and death can lead to changes in how we deal with sexual predators, domestic violence, mental illness and, yes, prison safety, then we should have those discussions," wrote Ariel Anthony Castro.
July 9, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Don't you just hate it when your favorite shade of lipstick disappears? Now there's good news for those grieving the loss of Tomango, the reddish-orange M.A.C. shade that saw its glory days more than 20 years ago, or Pink Poodle, the fuchsia-pink that came out around the beginning of the millennium. M.A.C. by Request is planning to bring back some classic 1990s lipsticks and eye shadows for a second run. And the company is asking its Facebook friends to help. From now through July 21, you can go to the M.A.C.
June 23, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Stop hiding from your friends. With this website, meet-ups just got easier, whether you're traveling the globe for business or pleasure. Name: What it does: Simplifies the planning process for group meet-ups around the world. What's hot: Enter a city and dates for your next trip. Then MochaMeet pulls data from your Facebook friends to let you know who will be near your destination. You can also add people by email if they're not on Facebook. Click on the friends you want to invite, pick a date or dates if you want to offer a choice, and do the same for location.
May 8, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Researchers at Harvard have gotten to the bottom of why so many of us are compelled to share our every thought, movement, like and want through mediums like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Pinterest. In a series of experiments, the researchers found that the act of disclosing information about oneself activates the same sensation of pleasure in the brain that we get from eating food, getting money or having sex. It's all a matter of degrees of course, (talking about yourself isn't quite as pleasurable as sex for most of us)
March 30, 2011 | By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times
Edward Zuckerberg pulls his iPhone out of his jeans pocket and hits the familiar blue Facebook icon. He's eager to show off his latest effort to market his suburban dental practice. The man known as "Painless Dr. Z" is offering a free teeth bleaching kit to the first 10 patients who use their smartphones to tell their Facebook friends that they've stopped by his office. On the receptionist's desk, a blue sticker exhorts clients to "'Like' us on Facebook. " The effort has paid off. The dental practice has more than 1,100 fans.
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...
June 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With Facebook probably getting ready to announce video features for its Instagram, the creators of Vine are not standing by idle -- they're taking to their social network to tease new features they have in store. Dom Hoffman and Rus Yusopov debuted several six-second Vines on Wednesday to show new features and a possible redesign of some features of the popular Twitter-owned service. Among the features is one that would allow users to create multiple versions of a Vine and let them preview each one before deciding which one to post.
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