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March 10, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
On a recent Tuesday night, I met with my blind date for drinks after a weeklong text courtship. Only this time I wasn't set up by my friend or neighbor. My smartphone played the role of matchmaker thanks to Tinder , a new free dating app that, in a twist on the "hot or not" game, matches users with potential partners in their area without the risk of rejection. The Tinder app, created by Los Angeles entrepreneurs Sean Rad, Justin Mateen, Jonathan Badeen and Christopher Gulczunski, was first introduced across college campuses and quickly downloaded by millions of millennials.
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BUSINESS
March 24, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Looking for a home or want to sell one but not yet ready to retain a real estate agent? Homesnap , a Washington, D.C., start-up, has developed an Apple mobile app that provides real estate information for users who are on the hunt or curious about selling -- that can be found just by snapping a photo of a house.  Within seconds, the app will display on the iPhone or iPad the address of the house and other real estate information, including...
BUSINESS
February 8, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Booking appointments is one of life's pesky hassles. Your favorite restaurant never seems to pick up the phone and doesn't use OpenTable, your massage therapist prefers calls but your hair stylist prefers texts, your yoga studio uses its own online scheduler. By the time you finally get through to someone, the appointment time you want isn't even available. Start-up MyTime , which officially launched Thursday in Los Angeles only, is eliminating those various channels by consolidating appointments onto one site.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Pinterest and Instagram, two social networks that gained mainstream popularity in just the last year, are continuing to grow at exponential rates, a new study shows. Weekly visits to Pinterest's website from North American users hit nearly 29 million in July, up from 1.27 million a year earlier, according to Experian Marketing Services. That's an increase of 2,183% for the social network, which has been especially popular among women. Pinterest, which lets users collect and post images the way people do with pinboards in real life, began to see its popularity pick up dramatically early this year.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Leave it to "The Daily Show"host Jon Stewart to express the collective shock over Facebook paying $1 billion for Instagram. “What is Instagram?” Stewart asked. When told it's a mobile app that makes your photos look like they were taken with a Polaroid, he's even more baffled at the blockbuster price tag. “A billion dollars of money? For a thing that kind of ruins your pictures?” he exclaims. “The only Instagram worth a billion dollars would be an app that instantly gets you a gram.” Stewart turns to his senior youth correspondent Jessica Williams to explain yet another technology story that makes absolutely no sense to him. “How in god's name is that worth a billion dollars?
BUSINESS
March 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook revealed its redesigned News Feed and said the new feature will begin rolling out to users Thursday. The redesign emphasizes visual content and will be more in tune with the news feed of the Facebook mobile app. Facebook also said users can use a new switch  at the top right of the screen to toggle among different types of feeds to see different types of content. Among the feeds users will be able to switch among include close friends, games, all friends feed, most recent feed, music feed and following feed.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
In another move to beef up its mobile offering, Facebook has hired the entire staff of Lightbox, a tiny start-up known for its popular photo sharing app for Android smartphones. The hiring of the seven-person team at Lightbox comes as the social network nears what is expected to be the largest ever Internet initial public offering. Investors have been weighing the value of Facebook and have questioned how well it will be able to generate ad revenue from mobile devices. Facebook made more than $3 billion off of ads seen on its laptop and desktop website in 2011 but has not yet figured out how to monetize its 500 million mobile app users.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook is working on a new mobile app that could track a user's location even when the phone isn't being used. The app would allow users to find each other using the GPS capabilities of their devices, a Bloomberg Businessweek reported Monday. Unlike Facebook 's current mobile app, which allows users to let others know where they are by "checking in" at a restaurant or a landmark, the new app would continuously track the user once the app is activated.
NEWS
December 13, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has a little holiday present for you. The New York City mobile app usually costs $5.99, but you can download it free through Thursday. Save it on your iPhone and iPad for your next trip to the Big Apple, and tell your friends. It's like regifting, without have to re-wrap anything. The deal: Start by going to the iTunes store and downloading the free mobile app labeled "Lonely Planet Travel Guides, Phrasebooks and Maps. " Select the New York City guide and download.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Starbucks customers using the company's iPhone app will be able to show some love to their baristas by tipping them through their smartphones starting March 19. The Seattle coffee giant enhanced its mobile app for Apple's iOS system to allow digital tipping at more than 7,000 company-owned stores in the U.S. Customers will be able to tip 50 cents, $1 or a maximum of $2. The company said the service was the upgrade most suggested by its customers...
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