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TRAVEL
January 27, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Looking for a free place to stay or to broaden your community of travel enthusiasts? Name: Couchsurfing.com Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad; Android What it does: This app connects travelers for lodging, meet-ups, conversation and more. Cost: Free What's hot: I always thought staying on someone's couch was only for broke backpackers. Not so. The Couchsurfing network spans all demographics. I value the safety features that let you fine-tune your search results to specify gender, profiles with pictures, and profiles that have been vetted.
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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.
SPORTS
December 28, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have released an official mobile app for both Android and iOS platforms. Partnered with developer Lucid Appeal, the Lakers app provides "news, statistics, schedules, image and video gallery, user profiles, and more," according to a release from the team. "Launching this mobile app is a part of our long term strategy to engage Lakers fans across digital platforms and deliver content to fans in all the ways they want to consume it. We're excited for this launch, but even more so for the long-term road map we have for the mobile app and the dynamic features coming in future versions," said Nick Kioski, director of new media and technology for the Lakers.  To download the free app, navigate to the App Store on an iOS device, or to Google Play on an Android device.
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.
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.
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...
BUSINESS
June 26, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Facebook introduced a new native Messenger app for users' computers. The app lets you "chat with friends without opening Facebook," according to Facebook's message introducing the app. The app is only available to Windows users, but the company has said Mac users will get it soon. It officially launched in March after leaking in December, and it is slowly rolling out to users. ROUNDUP: The freshest Facebook features The app, Facebook's first native desktop app, uses the same branding as Facebook's mobile Messenger app, which received an update on both Android and iOS on Monday.
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
October 12, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris put United Airlines on notice Friday via Twitter. @KamalaHarris rebuked the airline for not displaying a privacy policy on its mobile app. “Fabulous app, @United Airlines, but where is your app's #privacy policy?” she wrote . She also linked to California's Online Privacy Protection Act , which requires commercial websites to conspicuously post a privacy policy if they collect personally identifiable information from Californians.
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