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December 20, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Rupert Murdoch's publishing company News Corp. has acquired Storyful, a start-up that finds, verifies and distributes news and videos from social media sites, to boost its online and video efforts.  The New York-based News Corp., which owns publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and the Sun, bought the Dublin, Ireland-headquartered Storyful for about $25 million, the company said on Friday.  Storyful, which calls...
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NATIONAL
December 12, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
It was just last week when officials at the state's health insurance exchange, Covered California, gave the green light to Obama impersonator Iman Crosson to come up with a rap song to sell young people on the virtues of Obamacare. The turnaround was going to be quick. The 31-year-old actor began scrolling for beats that might work with President Obama's "flow, his cadence, his pauses," Crosson said - traits he has perfected after performing as Obama for years. With some help from comedy writers, he began writing lyrics against the melody of a Snoop Dogg song; after two hours in the studio, Obama doppelganger "B-Rock O'Beezy" was born, jamming to what might be the first rap song about preexisting conditions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Ben Welsh and Robert J. Lopez
Only hours after halting the Los Angeles Fire Department's public information Twitter feed, city officials reversed course Thursday and announced they would resume publishing details about the department's response to life-and-death emergencies via social media and again release 911 audio recordings and database records that capture its performance. Earlier in the day, fire officials messaged that they were putting the department's social media accounts on "hiatus" and no longer releasing records that show how rescuers respond to calls for help.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
With the new health insurance exchanges now operating more smoothly in many states, officials are looking to amp up Obamacare's flash factor by enlisting celebrities for a new social media campaign that will launch today in Los Angeles. Since this spring, the White House has collaborated with celebrities like Jennifer Hudson and Amy Poehler, as well as the entertainment firm Funny or Die, on projects to engage the elusive 18-to-34-year-olds who must sign up for the program to succeed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
This post has been updated. See note below for details. A mounted snow leopard worth more than $250,000, pieces of armor and designer clothes were among the items recovered by sheriff's detectives investigating a party planned over social media and held, without the owner's knowledge, at a vacant, multimillion-dollar La Habra Heights mansion. [Updated at 7:21 p.m., Dec. 11: Early Wednesday, 16 people were arrested in connection with the vandalism and robbery that occurred at the home in late November, Lt. Arthur Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
BUSINESS
December 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter made headlines Thursday by appointing its first female board member, Marjorie Scardino. But it turns out the former Pearson chief executive had never sent a tweet prior to joining the company. Scardino's first tweet came after the @Twitter account announced her appointment. "@twitter Thank you. There couldn't be a more exciting time in Twitter's history to join!" the new board member tweeted Thursday morning. PHOTOS: Top 10 ways to take advantage of the 'sharing economy' Scardino's lack of tweets might make her seem unqualified for the job, but if anything she's just as qualified as several others on Twitter's board of directors.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The world turned to social media to mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, the statesman who emerged from 27 years in prison to lead South Africa out of apartheid. Mandela's death produced more than 3 million tweets in the first two hours after news outlets around the globe reported that the former South African president had died, according to measurement firm Topsy. Google searches for news about Mandela spiked by 400%, as word spread of Mandela's death at age 95, according to the site's trend data.
NEWS
December 5, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
[ View the story "Nelson Mandela dies at age 95" on Storify ] Nelson Mandela dies at age 95 South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid hero passed away peacefully, South African President Jacob Zuma announced Wednesday. Here is a sampling of the reaction to his death on social media. Storified by Los Angeles Times · Fri, Dec 06 2013 09:45:03 Madiba RIP http://t.co/NP40JO16QgBill Weir RIP Nelson Mandela. A true inspirational figure in an age of pseudo celebrities.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
This is how words are born. In 2002, an Australian man went to his “mate's” 21st birthday party. He got drunk, tripped on some steps and cut his lip. He took a picture of his injuries and shared it with his friends on an online forum. “And sorry about the focus,” he wrote, “it was a selfie.” That was the first recorded use of the word “selfie,” according to the word mavens at the Oxford Dictionaries, who research such things. On Tuesday, the Oxford Dictionaries declared “selfie” the word of the year for 2013, in honor of the relatively young coinage having taken over the world thanks to millions of smartphone self-portraits and the resulting shares in social media.
NEWS
November 18, 2013 | By Luke O'Neil, guest blogger
One unlucky New York couple became the subject of comedian Kyle Ayers's tweets on Saturday night. Using the hashtag #roofbreakup , Ayers spent the hours live-tweeting all of the sordid action, if you can call it that -- the banality of banality might be more appropriate -- and thousands of us plugged into Twitter, riveted as if it were an intense if awkwardly-scripted melodrama. Though it's feasible that it was a stunt cooked up by Ayers, he maintained the premise all weekend long, responding to dozens of rapt readers and retweeting media mentions of the drama.
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