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November 19, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
George Takei got himself a Tumblr page this weekend, and if you find this information thrilling, you are not alone. The page is titled "Are you talking to Meme?" and the featured post is a giant grinning Takei giving the thumbs up sign with the caption, "I tumbl. for you. " Beneath that is another caption that reads, "My nephew asked why I don't have a Tumblr account, given my love of goofy pics. So here it is! To celebrate, I've paired with Tumblr and Humans of New York to help with their Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser . " With Takei's help, the fundraiser has already doubled its initial goal of $100,000.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The Beverly Center, a popular Westside shopping destination, was evacuated Sunday after a shopper reported a suspicious package to authorities about noon. The shopper told Los Angeles Police Department officials that the package had been placed in his car without his knowledge. As the evacuation got underway, those at the scene tweeted reports of frightened shoppers fleeing the area, following instructions to get out of the mall on foot and leave their cars behind. The shopping center, often patronized by celebrities, has been the site of violence in the past.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
It's warm and sunny here in Los Angeles, but on my computer, a storm has been brewing all day. From my cubicle in downtown Los Angeles I've been nervously anticipating the arrival of Hurricane Sandy since arriving at work this morning - -following along on social media networks as people share news stories, crazy weather photos (both real and  fake ), their fears, and choice quotes from the Twitter feeds of governors of the states that will soon be hit. We don't need to be from New Jersey or watching television to know that Gov. Christie is deeply disappointed in the people who didn't evacuate, and shocked by the images coming out of the Jersey Shore.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
As Colorado reeled from a late-night mass shooting at a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," social media offered glimpses of the chaos as it occurred -- and of the horrific aftermath. Early this morning, a Denver Twitter user named Caitlin (@dingos8myTARDIS) tweeted “Shots fired in the theater.” “It was my theater,” she told a friend. “I'm outside, one of my friends is still inside. No one knows what's going on.” She added, “Oh God, I don't know what to do.” Photos: Scene of the shooting | Hollywood reacts A YouTube video showed the scene outside the doors of the movie in the wake of the shooting; there was no screaming, but moviegoers can be seen filing out of the theater, including one man covered in blood around the 0:50-second mark of the video.
NEWS
February 7, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Social media sites were once again alive with people posting their reactions to the latest in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure saga. On Tuesday, Komen Vice President Karen Handel resigned from her position at the breast cancer foundation after being accused by some of instigating the group's decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood (Komen rescinded the decision late last week). "I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it," Handel's resignation letter read.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
The U.S. Department of Transportation doesn't want you tweeting on Twitter, poking on Facebook, or giving a "thumbs up" to new music on Pandora when you're behind the wheel -- unless your car is parked. And to that end, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on Thursday the "first-ever federally proposed guidelines to encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic devices. " Translated, LaHood and the Transportation Department are calling for an end to distractions caused by our in-car infotainment systems, which are increasingly relying on touch screens to operate and bringing navigation, music and even social networking apps into the cabin of our rides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Samantha Schaefer
Hannah Anderson defended her use of social media in the days following her kidnapping and rescue, saying in her first interview after her rescue that sending and receiving the online postings "just helps me grieve. " The San Diego County 16-year-old's first comments about her ordeal came in an interview with NBC that aired in two parts Thursday morning on the "Today" show. In the second segment, she addressed those who have criticized her recent online activity. "I didn't know people could be so cruel," she said.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2011 | By Robert Channick
The rollout of a new Velveeta dinner kit might not seem like cause for celebration, but spurred by social media and the chance to try the product first, some 5,000 people threw parties recently in honor of Cheesy Skillets. Far from a spontaneous show of affection for the latest incarnation of Kraft Food Inc.'s venerable processed cheese product, the house parties represented a carefully orchestrated national campaign marrying Tupperware kitsch and Twitter cool for a new generation of in-home marketers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This article has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details
It's time now for another media mini-feud! This bout features two media personalities who are no strangers to duking it out in public: CNN host Piers Morgan and Fox News contributor (and former politician) Sarah Palin. This skirmish began when Morgan tweeted a link to an article on the satirical site Daily Currant on Thursday. The story claimed that Palin, during an appearance on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends," talked about the ways in which Jesus Christ celebrated Easter during his lifetime.
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.
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