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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.
February 8, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Online dating has come a long way from its less-than-positive association with the personal ad. But is it actually a better way to meet that special someone? In some ways yes -- and in others, maybe not, according to a study on online dating released by the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest. "Romantic relationships can begin anywhere. When Cupid's arrow strikes, you might be at church or at school, playing chess or softball, searching for a partner at a party, or minding your own business on the train," the authors write . "But sometimes Cupid goes on vacation, or takes a long nap, or kicks back for a marathon of Lifetime original movies.
March 29, 2014 | By Kevin Amerman
Just weeks after a plea for her birth mother to step forward blazed through media outlets across the globe, Katheryn Deprill stood just one room away from the woman who abandoned her as a newborn 27 years ago in a Burger King bathroom. As she got ready to meet with her birth mother, Deprill entered the lawyer's conference room with a lifetime of questions. Why did she leave me? What does she look like? But before the answers even started, Deprill got something else.
August 22, 2009
The tragic case of Megan Meier, the Missouri teen who committed suicide in 2006 after being bullied on MySpace, is still rippling through the courts and Congress. Meier's tormentors weren't charged locally because Missouri law only barred harassment by mail or phone. Although state legislators have closed that loophole, prosecutors and lawmakers seem determined to even the score by overreacting to noxious behavior online. In the latest example, 40-year-old Elizabeth Thrasher was charged last week with a felony for allegedly creating a salacious personal ad on Craigslist for a 17-year-old girl who had berated her on MySpace.
August 15, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Tips to sustainable apartment living abound online: • Landlords and renters can check out tips and updates at the National Apartment Assn.'s Green Communities website, . • Moving? Find a center to recycle those plastic packing peanuts through . • Rating sites such as and from Consumer Reports can help sift through products that are truly green and the ones that are just "greenwashed.
February 14, 2010 | Whitney Friedlander
Theirs was the stuff of romantic comedy plot devices. After living near each other in several East Coast locations without ever getting together Andrew Jacob, 30, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Baker, 29, met when he was in Santa Monica and she was in Culver City. Well, to be more accurate, they met when they were both online. Chances are none of this sounds avant-garde. Since the first routers connected to the first modems, the Internet has made love (or lust) connections. In July, Piper Jaffray Investment Research predicted that U.S. spending on online dating would reach $1.7 billion annually by 2013 — not hard to fathom, as the study says we spent $1.2 billion on the industry in 2008.
March 7, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Nebraska authorities are investigating whether a 19-year-old Omaha-area man who shot himself while appearing on video in an online chat room committed suicide. Bellevue Police Chief John Stacey told the Los Angeles Times that the shooting was reported by a Florida man who had been viewing the chat on Friday evening. The man did not see the shooting before logging off, but saw people chatting about it when he logged on Saturday. He called police that morning. Stacey declined to identify the man or the chat room, which he said was not a niche group but a place where people gathered to socialize.
September 30, 2009
Not content with more conventional ways of expressing disapproval, an unidentified Facebook user recently posted a poll asking whether President Obama should be assassinated. The poll was outrageous, and Facebook forced its removal even before the Secret Service called. The larger questions raised by the incident, however, are how much control companies should exert over the use of the megaphones they provide online, and how much information social networks expose about the people who use them.
September 4, 2009
"Gamer," an R-rated futuristic thriller, opens in general release today but did not screen for critics. The review will appear online at as soon as it is available.
March 28, 2014 | By George Hobica
As you're planning your summer travels, you may be in for sticker shock: Airfares on some routes are higher than they were four or five years ago. Here are some tips for making your airfare dollars go farther. -- There's no magic time to buy an airfare. The latest myth is to buy exactly 54 days in advance. Others say buy on Tuesday or Wednesday at midnight or when the moon is full (just kidding). But airlines are unpredictable, and anyone who claims he or she knows that airfares will be lower or higher in the coming months or days should trade in their crystal ball.
March 27, 2014
Jimmy Orr was named managing editor, online, of the Los Angeles Times in February 2011. Orr directs the strategy for, supervises the team that produces the site, and oversees the Los Angeles Times Media Group's growing portfolio of digital and mobile properties, including Android, iPad and Windows applications.  Orr joined The Times in August 2010 as deputy editor, online focusing his efforts on improving reader acquisition, retention,...
March 26, 2014 | By Larry Gordon and Daniel Miller
Television news anchor Willow Bay, a veteran of ABC, CNN and Bloomberg TV, will be the next director of USC's School of Journalism, campus officials announced Wednesday. Bay's experience is expected to help the school emphasize online and television journalism. Her two predecessors worked in newspapers. Bay's selection concludes a lengthy search that was marred last year when the previously announced choice, a Northwestern University professor, turned down the USC job two days after accepting it. Bay, 50, is a senior editor at Huffington Post and a special correspondent and host for Bloomberg TV. She has co-anchored ABC's "Good Morning America/Sunday" and CNN's "Moneyline News Hour," and was the lead writer and producer of CNN's weekend news program "Pinnacle.
March 22, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
To keep an eye on his child via his smartphone, Marc Gilbert installed Internet-connected video baby monitors in his home in Houston. One evening, Gilbert heard a stranger's voice bellowing obscenities from the monitor. He disconnected the device after realizing that it had been hacked. "I'm a pretty technical guy, and I thought I knew how all this stuff should be hooked up," said Gilbert, who has written several letters to his congressman and other elected officials, trying to bring the security issue to their attention.
March 21, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Federal Trade Commission and California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris say that Facebook is misinterpreting how a children's privacy law applies to teen privacy in a move that could undercut the giant social network in a federal court case in California. Facebook users sued the company for using their images in ads on the service without their consent and later settled the class-action lawsuit in 2012. Children's advocates are challenging the settlement in an effort to require Facebook to get explicit permission from parents before using the personal information - as well as the images, likes and comments - of teens in advertising.
March 21, 2014 | By Stephanie Blank
Could a cat lover from Pasadena and a dog lover from Mar Vista ever find long-lasting love? I was about to investigate this not-so-proverbial question as I zeroed in on my soon-to-be new love on my computer screen. Freshly divorced and 20 years away from the dating scene, I hesitatingly found myself searching for a match again. I'd heard horror stories from my single friends about online dating, which was an entirely new thing for me, so I did some research. was just too overwhelming, EHarmony too serious, Christian Singles too Christian, JDate too Jewish, Gluten Free Singles too flour-less and VeggieDate too meatless.
April 14, 1996
I was disappointed in the March 31 letter by Craig Morgan of Burbank, criticizing my office for going on the Internet. While I am the first L.A. County supervisor to go "online," I am by no means the first elected official to do so. The president, governor, members of Congress and the Legislature have all led the way. Our venture into cyberspace is an innovative effort to serve and communicate with the public more quickly, efficiently and less expensively...
August 1, 2000
When I received my annual registration papers in the mail, I was pleased to see that the DMV had advanced to using the Internet for online renewals. I thought it would be a convenient and fun way to make the payment. I even logged on and was ready to pay the fees two months before they were due. Then I discovered that for renewing online, DMV charges a "$4 convenience fee." I immediately aborted my plan to pay my renewal online. If DMV officials truly want to encourage motorists to engage in paperless renewals that clearly reduce the work and resources of the DMV, they should, at minimum, eliminate the so-called convenience fee. If it is really serious about streamlining the process and reducing the workload, the DMV should even offer a discount, as opposed to this unnecessary surcharge.
March 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Airbnb, the company that lets users rent their apartments and homes to others, found itself working overtime this weekend to help a New York man whose apartment ended up being used for an adult party. Ari Teman, who identifies himself as a comedian on Twitter, messaged the company through Twitter on Saturday after discovering that the person he had rented his Manhattan apartment to had used it for an "XXX Freak Fest. " As recounted by a blog posted on Tumblr and a report by Gawker , Teman agreed to rent his apartment to a man who has been identified only as "David.
March 16, 2014 | By Jen Leo
From the co-founder of Flickr comes a new travel app that's three parts photo-inspired sticky notes and one part treasure map. Name: Findery Available for: Website and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch What it does: Geo-tags "notes" all over the world connecting people with places, and places with stories. Create your own "notemaps," or list of notes. Even better - discover the world through other travelers' lists. Cost: Free What's hot: Lots of hyper-local travel apps point out brag-worthy hotspots, but Findery delves deeper, encouraging travelers and locals to imprint their memories and stories on a place.
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