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May 31, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
There's never a shortage of things to gawk at in Venice Beach: oiled-up bodybuilders, a two-headed turtle, over-the-top street performers. Lately, passersby on the main stretch of the boardwalk have also been ogling an eggshell blue house, steps from the sand, unremarkable except for a giant yellow sign out front featuring a cheery cartoon ghost. The ghost is the logo of Snapchat, which has burst onto the tech scene with its mobile app that enables users to send their friends photos that self-destruct seconds after they're viewed.
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May 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter has updated its mobile app to make it quicker for users to tweet pictures and get a preview of what their tweet will look like before they send it out. The social media company updated both its iPhone and Android apps Wednesday so that it takes fewer steps to tweet pictures. Twitter demonstrated how fast pictures can be shared with a demo on Vine, Twitter's new app that lets users post videos of up to six seconds in length. Tweet a photo in under six seconds with our new mobile update!
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May 23, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nextdoor, which wants to be the go-to social network for neighborhoods, is rolling out an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Nextdoor co-founder and Chief Executive Nirav Tolia said he expects the mobile app to fuel growth and increase the amount of activity in neighborhoods. Nextdoor is being used by more than 12,600 neighborhoods in 50 states, he said. Some 30% of visits to the Nextdoor website come from mobile browsers. Nextdoor is like Facebook but for neighbors: a private network to find a baby sitter, borrow a cup of sugar, organize a block party or spread word of a break-in.
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May 11, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - WhatsApp is one of Silicon Valley's most buzzed-about companies, yet it actively avoids the spotlight, operating out of a small office in Mountain View, Calif., with no sign on the building entrance or on the office door. Unlike most start-ups eager for media attention, WhatsApp Inc. says it doesn't want or need it. Its popular mobile messaging app has spread so quickly by word of mouth that in just four years it has amassed hundreds of millions of users who collectively send as many as 18 billion messages a day. WhatsApp belongs to a new generation of messaging services that are revolutionizing 20-year-old text messaging technology and escalating the mobile messaging wars.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Mother's Day is only a couple of days away but -- wouldn't you know it? -- you have no gift, no card and no time! If you're just now scrambling to put something together and trying to make it work, remember, Mom deserves better than that. After all, we love our moms -- and yours too. To improve the gift-giving experience, we have a few “tech-centric” sentimental ideas to help save your Mother's Day. Put your smartphone to work and use it to make Mom feel extra special this Mother's Day. Cards : The first thing every mom needs is a card.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LinkedIn wants to give its mobile app a spark, and the social network is doing so by simplifying and customizing it to individually fit each of its users. The business-focused social network rolled out the major app update late Wednesday night. The updated app features an overhauled design and minimized build that's intended to let users access as many features as possible with as few finger taps as necessary. "We designed with one key core principle in mind: having all the stuff you care about one tap away from you," said Tomer Cohen, a LinkedIn senior product manager and mobile phone lead.
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March 28, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Ever wanted to know what your dog was doing all day without having to set up a complicated video camera system? People Power, a Palo Alto software company, has released a mobile app that can easily turn an old iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a security camera. The company's free app, Presence, makes it possible for users who have Wi-Fi to set up one Apple device as a video camera and another as a monitor. For instance, a dog owner could take an old iPhone, turn it into a camera and then watch the pooch on an iPad at work.
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March 26, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Meet Nick D'Aloisio, the 17-year-old British entrepreneur who just sold his popular news-reading app to Yahoo Inc. for close to $30 million, instantly becoming one of the world's youngest self-made millionaires. It's the classic Silicon Valley success story of a young software prodigy striking it ridiculously and improbably big. But this time the spotlight is shining on the other side of the pond. D'Aloisio, who taught himself to write software at age 12, built the free iPhone app Summly - which automatically summarizes news stories for small screens - in his London bedroom in 2011.
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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...
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March 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter turned 7 Thursday, and to celebrate the occasion, the social network posted a quick video timeline recapping its history from an idea on a notebook to the major tech player it is today. The video starts by showing the sketch for a site called my.stat.us that's drawn out with a big text field laid in the center so users can post their status. That, of course, is the foundation for the Twitter we have now. From there, we see the first tweet ever sent, written by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.
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