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June 5, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is trying to make mobile messaging more conversational with some changes it's been rolling out this past month, but one of those could lead to some awkward moments between you and your friends. Among the new Facebook messaging features that are on its iOS and Android apps are a new, more visible real-time typing indicator and a feature that shows you where your friends are messaging you from, a spokeswoman for the company said. The features, she added, are especially meant to improve group messages.
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NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The MTV Movie Awards is known for its combustible moments and categories honoring such cinematic achievements as “best kiss” and “best gut-wrenching performance.” But when the annual raucousness gets under way Sunday from the Nokia Theatre with Conan O'Brien as host, it will also include a more solemn moment: a tribute to Paul Walker.   The late “Fast & Furious” actor, who died Thanksgiving weekend in a single-car crash, was a fixture at past awards, and the network has decided to honor his memory at this year's event.
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BUSINESS
April 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has begun expanding the free voice calling feature on its Messenger app to Android users. Earlier this year, the company introduced free voice calling for iPhone users, letting them use the Messenger app to call other Facebook members. The app uses smartphones' Internet connections to make the call, either through a Wi-Fi network or over 3G or 4G networks. Now, three months after introducing the feature for iPhone users, Facebook started rolling it out to some U.S. Android users Thursday afternoon and says more users will get the feature throughout Friday.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By James Barragan
Tom Umberg still remembers the Ducks' inaugural game at Honda Center in 1993. The Arrowhead Pond, as it was then called, was packed with more than 17,000 fans, all using their duck calls to accompany a Dixieland band in its rendition of "When the Ducks Go Marching In. " At one point during the pregame show Wild Wing, the team's greater than life-sized duck mascot, flew into the arena from the rafters. Umberg was in awe. So much so that almost 21 years later he remembers the pregame more than the final score.
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...
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The good news is Netflix has built a feature for its service that can detect if users fall asleep while watching a movie. The bad news is that users may never get to try the feature out. The video streaming company held a 24-hour hack day earlier this month during which staffers created numerous features that could potentially be integrated into Netflix's service. Among them was "Sleep Tracker," a feature that capitalizes on the technology of wearable devices to detect if users have fallen into a slumber.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook wants to make it easier and quicker for you to upload photos taken with your smartphone or tablet, and it's now testing a feature that may just do that. Photo syncing, as the feature is called, uploads your phone's pictures instantly after you take them and puts them in a private section of your Facebook account. By having your pictures in Facebook's servers, you can share them very rapidly when you're ready, or you can also keep them private if you don't want to post them.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is partnering with several retailers to test a "Want" button as it continues to experiment with ways to find more streams of revenue. According to Reuters , a select numbers of users will be able to press a Want button to essentially bookmark products they desire and create "wish lists. " "People will be able to engage with these collections and share things they are interested in with their friends. People can click through and buy these items off of Facebook," Facebook said in a statement, according to Reuters.  Freshest Facebook features The wish-list feature is officially called "Collections" and not all users involved in the test will see a Want button.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Facebook is testing a new "threaded comments" feature that allows users to reply to specific comments on busy posts. Currently, comments to a posting are added at the bottom, even if they are specifically about one certain comment another Facebook user wrote. This could be especially handy on extremely busy Facebook pages hosted by celebrities or companies. You might not be able to see the proposed feature in action at this point. Facebook says it's being tested on only 30 pages.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is set to roll out updates for its iPhone and Android apps that will expand its "Nearby" feature and make the social network more of a competitor to location-based services like Yelp and Foursquare. The update is scheduled for release later Monday, and Facebook said the improved Nearby feature will make it easier for users to discover new places that their friends like. To access the feature, tap the top left icon or slide your screen to the right. There, tap the "Nearby" tab, which is under the "Favorites" cluster.
TRAVEL
March 30, 2014 | By Jen Leo
For those who can't plan ahead, here's another app to help you find travel savings. Name: Last Minute Travel Deals Available for: Website ( www.lastminutetravel.com ), Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch What it does: Accesses flights from more than 175 carriers around the world, more than 100,000 hotels in 153 countries, nearly 20,000 vacation homes and about 10,000 activities. Last Minute Travel is able to offer hotel deals at wholesale rates because it buys rooms in bulk and well in advance of your travel.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A loggia with arched openings sets the Moorish Revival-style tone for this 1920s home in the Hollywood Hills. Inside, a two-story foyer opens to a living room with large windows that frame mountain and cityscape vistas. A rooftop terrace further expands the views. Location: 2220 Mountain Oak Drive, Los Angeles 90068 Asking price: $2.65 million Year built: 1924 House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,882 square feet Lot size: 11,590 square feet Features: Beamed ceilings, family room, media room, billiard room, breakfast room, kitchen island, rooftop terrace, detached garage About the area: Last year, 375 single-family homes sold in the 90068 ZIP Code at a median price of $999,000, according to DataQuick.
OPINION
March 27, 2014 | By Jonathan Zimmerman
A few years ago, I found myself sitting on an airplane next to a gentleman from Egypt. Talk quickly turned to the upheaval in his country, where the so-called Arab Spring was in full bloom. "We want a real democracy," he told me, "not like yours. " When I pressed him to elaborate, he shot back with a question of his own. "How many times have you voted," he asked, "when someone named 'Bush' or 'Clinton' wasn't running?" The answer, I sheepishly admitted, was once: in 2008. Before that - going back to 1980, the first year I cast a ballot - every single presidential ticket featured someone from one of those two families.
NEWS
March 26, 2014
As Assistant Managing Editor for Features, Alice Short oversees Health, Food, Home, Travel and Fashion content for the Los Angeles Times.   She has worked at the paper for more than 20 years and has edited a number of Times publications, including the Life & Style daily features section, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Calendar Weekend. She has also worked as Daily Calendar Editor and Assistant Metro Editor. Her current position involves oversight of  five blogs (Daily Dish, All the Rage, Jacket Copy, L.A. at Home and Travel Deals & News)
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Dan Monson, the basketball coach at Long Beach State, will feel like a proud father this weekend in Sacramento as he watches not one, not two, not three, but four high school players he signed to letters of intent last November play for state championships. "I can cheer for every one of them because they're in four different games," he said. Shooting guard Deontae North of Corona Centennial, forward Jack Williams of West Hills Chaminade, point guard Justin Bibbins of Torrance Bishop Montgomery and power forward Temidayo Yussuf of Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame form a recruiting class like few others in 49ers history.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Steppingstones cross a reflecting pool at the entrance to this contemporary home, which evokes a travertine-encased museum. Designed with expanses of walls for art display and an open floor plan for entertaining, the house centers on a 34-foot-high window-topped gallery that runs the length of the roof and brings in natural light. Location: 2251 Linda Flora Drive, Bel-Air 90077 Asking price: $12.5 million Year built: 2013 House size: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 9,372 square feet including guesthouse, breezeways and patios Lot size: 3.2 acres Features: Fourteen-foot-tall ceilings, glass walls, glass-floor library looks down on wine room, upstairs office, deck, guesthouse with kitchen, swimming pool, loggia with fireplace, gated driveway, motor court, three-car garage, canyon views About the area: Last year, 157 single-family homes sold in the 90077 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.945 million, according to DataQuick.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2012
JAZZ Trafficking in a free-flowing blend of jazz, hip-hop and Afrobeat, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble can resemble the world's funkiest marching band one minute, an unhinged New Orleans funeral procession the next. The group's recent collaborators have included Maxwell, Erykah Badu and Gorillaz, but this performance will feature an appearance by the group's patriarch, veteran Chicago trumpeter and Sun Ra collaborator Phil Cohran, who is father to the ensemble's eight brothers. The Exchange, 618 S. Spring St. L.A. 8 p.m. Thu. $30. exchangela.com.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a quick reversal, Twitter has rolled back most of the controversial changes it made to its “block” feature after a sharp outcry from users. The mass protest on Twitter was the first for Twitter as a public company. Executives held an emergency meeting Thursday night to deal with the escalating situation. Twitter users took to the service to protest under the hashtag #RestoreTheBlock. They said the changes to the block feature would encourage online abuse and harassment on the service.
IMAGE
March 22, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Dorothy's pinafore and ruby red slippers, Darth Vader's helmet and cape and Austin Powers' blue velvet suit are just a few of the treasures on display in "Hollywood Costume," the monumental exhibition celebrating 100 years of costume in the movies opening Wednesday at the Phoenix Art Museum, its only stop in the West. Originally organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, where it had a sold-out run in 2012-13, the exhibition is curated by Deborah Landis, the David C. Copley chair and the director of the David C. Copley Center of Costume Design at UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Anne Harnagel
Foodies and flea market enthusiasts can sharpen their respective skills in this 10-day fall tour that combines lessons at a cooking school with visits to markets in Provence and the flea markets of Paris. The first leg includes seven nights in an 18th century farmhouse in St. Remy-de-Provence, two days of cooking instruction (for beginners or experts) with dinner, a visit to the St. Remy market, tours of several hill towns, including Gordes, Les Baux and Arles, and a trip to the L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Sunday market.
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