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February 3, 2012 | David Lazarus
Welcome to the post-privacy era. What's most striking about Facebook's initial public offering isn't that it values the 8-year-old company at up to $100 billion, or that this will be the biggest-ever IPO for an Internet firm. What's most striking is that Facebook is serving up to investors the prospect of 845 million users (read: consumers) worldwide being a captive market for businesses looking to sell them stuff. And in a twist that would have been unimaginable before social media took the Net by storm, we've become willing partners in the devaluing of our privacy.
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SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
One of the earliest public responses by a Clippers player following racist comments allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling didn't involve a single word. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan posted a picture to his Instagram account Saturday morning that was simply a square black image. Jordan then tweeted the link to his more than 426,000 Twitter followers without adding any commentary. The image seems to be similar to the blacked-out profile image that people used in support of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot to death in Florida by George Zimmerman in 2012.
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SCIENCE
May 18, 2010 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
With his gaze fixed on a tiny screen, hearing plugged by earbuds and fingers flying, the average teenager may look like a disaster in the making: socially stunted, terminally distracted and looking for trouble. But look beyond the dizzying array of beeping, buzzing devices and the incessant multitasking, say psychologists, and today's digital kids may not be such a disaster after all. Far from hampering adolescents' social skills or putting them in harm's way, as many parents have feared, electronics appear to be the path by which children today develop emotional bonds, their own identities, and an ability to communicate and work with others.
NATIONAL
April 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Twitter has some hot new hash tags -- "Sterling," "Sterling racist" and "boycottclippers. " Such is some of the fallout on social media following a report that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made racist remarks during an argument with a friend. The NBA has launched an investigation. On his Twitter account, Magic Johnson called Sterling's comments a “black eye for the NBA,” stating that he would never go to a Clippers game again as long as Sterling is the team's owner.
OPINION
November 16, 2013
Re "Uh, your character is showing," Opinion, Nov. 12 Jonah Goldberg nails it: Teenagers must grapple with their digital identities when trying to stand out in college admissions. But we should consider these same issues regarding future employers and others. How you use social media can be a reflection of who you are. The old way of Googling someone to see what you can dig up ahead of an interview (or a date) has given way to cursory searches and reviews of social feeds. So, what do your last 20 tweets say about you?
OPINION
October 30, 2013
Re "Social media's Roman roots," Opinion, Oct. 27 I recently finished reading James Boswell's "London Journey," a fascinating glimpse into 18th century upper-class life in London. I was impressed with the vast number of letters and notes written and received by Boswell. Evidently this was not a new phenomenon; every Scot (as Boswell was) and English child was expected to write to everyone they knew. This seems to be characteristic of every human society and not confined to the Internet age. The Internet just provides a faster way to communicate, create new ideas and meet one another than any other social media that has existed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Hoover High School junior Christopher Chung learned while scrolling through Facebook that his school was monitoring students' online activities. Christopher saw an article posted by a friend about the Glendale Unified School District hiring a company to screen students' social media posts. The school district had been doing so for about a year. "I heard rumors that GUSD was doing a little bit of monitoring - but nothing as official as this," he said. "The only way students were finding out about it was through social media.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
“Sharknado,” Syfy's latest shlocky made-for-TV guilty pleasure, hit social media Thursday night like, well, a swirling cyclone of bloodthirsty fish. Yet another offering from the minds who brought us “Dinoshark,” “Sharktopus” and “Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus,”  “Sharknado” also benefited from the presence of at least two past-their-prime actors, starlet-turned-party-girl Tara Reid and “Beverly Hills 90210's” resident bro, Ian Zeiring. And, well, it's the summer and there isn't much else on. The combination of an absurd yet self-evident premise, a clumsy portmanteau title, visual effects that would leave Ed Wood embarrassed, and D-list stars proved to be the perfect storm for Twitter snarking, with seemingly everyone -- or at least seemingly everyone related somehow to the media industry -- weighing in on the campy spectacle.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Researchers at Harvard have gotten to the bottom of why so many of us are compelled to share our every thought, movement, like and want through mediums like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Pinterest. In a series of experiments, the researchers found that the act of disclosing information about oneself activates the same sensation of pleasure in the brain that we get from eating food, getting money or having sex. It's all a matter of degrees of course, (talking about yourself isn't quite as pleasurable as sex for most of us)
BUSINESS
May 18, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
On the day Facebook went public other social media stocks have begun to drop like flies. Social media companies such as Zynga, LinkedIn, Groupon and Pandora that went public in the last year began Friday with some poor results, each seeing its stock price drop in the same fashion that Facebook stock began the day. Zynga, the social gaming site that relies on Facebook for the bulk of its users, was the biggest early loser. It saw an all-time low for its shares, at one point hitting $7.10, according to Yahoo Finance.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Vitriol toward Clippers owner Donald Sterling surged through social media Saturday as outrage over his alleged racist comments in an audio recording found a home in tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram snapshots. The anger, usually attached to the fast-growing #DonaldSterling and #BoycottClippers hashtags, crossed the nation. It united hard-core basketball fans and sports neophytes, celebrities and everyday people, young and old in their condemnation of the 80-year-old Sterling. They wondered how he could remain owner.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2014 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The New York Police Department has learned the hard way that Twitter is a two-edged sword with a point that has deeply embedded itself into the department's self-image. The department this week decided to stick a virtual toe into the 21st century by launching a Twitter campaign to allow everyone to post pictures that glorified New York's finest under the hashtag #myNYPD. It didn't exactly work out that way. Instead of the hoped-for pictures of police helpfully aiding citizens and happy cops on bicycles -- staples of the department's official news feed -- it got an outpouring of pictures of apparent police brutality, misconduct and just downright nastiness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Twitter backlash against New York City police has spread to the West Coast with people posting critical comments and photos of the Los Angeles Police Department. The New York Police Department was hit with a barrage of negative publicity after agency officials urged people to post pictures that praised officers under the hashtag #myNYPD. On Wednesday, people were using a #myLAPD hashtag to post critical comments and photos of Los Angeles police officers. One post showed a photo of police officers in riot gear wielding batons.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | Chris Erskine
On scratchy radios they listen to Vin Scully for a mere three innings, salvaging what they can of this aberrant young season, brimming with equal amounts promise and poison. "Come on," insists frustrated Dodgers fan Gary Mandell. "We are talking about a legendary announcer…. It's like taking the brushes away from Rembrandt. " There is the sense that maybe we shouldn't make a fuss at all, that the worst thing to do to this Dodgers front office right now is nothing. What if you blacked out 70% of your TV market in a cable standoff, and no one cared?
WORLD
April 22, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Russia's space for free speech suffered two further blows Tuesday when a Moscow court convicted Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny of slander and a social network founder who provided a platform for dissent was fired and fled abroad. Pavel Durov, founder of the Russian Facebook equivalent VKontakte, said via the social media website that he had run afoul of Russian officials for his refusal to block posts  critical of the Kremlin or to pass on to Russian security services the personal data of Ukrainian VKontakte users under surveillance for their participation in the rebellion that overthrew President Viktor Yanukovich in February.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Keke Palmer legally cannot buy beer. But she can host a daily talk show. The 20-year-old actress who has appeared in "Akeelah and the Bee," "The Longshots" and was featured in the title role of Nickelodeon's "True Jackson, VP," has been signed to host a new daily talk show being produced by BET Networks and Telepictures that is scheduled to debut in July. The series establishes Palmer as the youngest TV talk show host ever. The show, which has the working title of "The Keke Palmer Project," will "target millennials by covering a variety of topics, including fashion, social media, pop culture, sex and more," according to a news release.
NEWS
February 19, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
I enjoy Facebook. Maybe a little too much. Where some see "empowerboasting" and "humblebragging," I see inspiration and interesting ideas in the form of status updates. I even appreciate political views I may not agree with, so long as they're expressed with some common sense and decency. The best part of Facebook: endless links to interesting articles I might  otherwise have missed. (Times senior editorial writer Michael McGough 's Facebook page is one of my news sources. No joke.)
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | Times staff
Want to stay up to date on everything related to the Dodgers this season? Check out the official Dodgers social media links below. Also, be sure to follow L.A. Times Sports on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news on the team. L.A. Times Sports on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/LATimesSports L.A. Times Sports on Twitter: https://twitter.com/latimessports Dodgers on Instagram: http://instagram.com/dodgers Dodgers on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dodgers Dodgers on Vine: https://vine.co/Dodgers Dodgers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dodgers Dodgers on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dodgersbaseball/
BUSINESS
April 20, 2014 | By Emma Jacobs
Feedback is everywhere. Not just in the form of professional performance reviews and unwanted comments from your parents, children and partners. Social media and review sites have unleashed the critic in us all. Eating a meal out? Post what you think of the food and waiters on a review site while still at the table. If you are reading this review online, you can leave a comment below saying just how wrong I am. We may not be able to exert complete control over what someone else thinks of us, but we can certainly do something about what we choose to do with the feedback.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 17-year-old student was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making threats against a charter-school teacher in Point Loma and a middle school in Clairemont via social media. The boy was taken to Juvenile Hall on a possible charge of making a terrorist threat after the postings were discovered by authorities. A search of his family's home found no weapons, the San Diego Police Department said. The nature of the threats was not disclosed. ALSO: Rizzo gets 12 years in prison, must pay $8.8 million in Bell scandal Jay Z, Mayor Eric Garcetti expected to announce music festival Top Centinela official says FBI probing superintendent's high salary tony.perry@latimes.com Twitter: @LATsandiego
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