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October 17, 2010 | By Neal Gabler, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With the new television season upon us, here are a few things you are virtually certain to see again and again and again: lots of folks spending the better part of their day surrounded by their friends and family in happy conviviality; folks wandering into the unlocked apartments and homes of friends, family and neighbors at any time of the day or night as if this were the most natural thing in the world; friends and family sitting down and having lots...
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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.
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BUSINESS
May 31, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Looking to become a destination that people visit more regularly, LinkedIn has begun rolling out a new feature that lets individuals and companies post photos, documents and presentations in status updates. "Whether it's a thought provoking presentation about the future of big data or it's a picture of an inspirational quote, or perhaps it's an infographic showing the top trends impacting your industry, the possibilities are endless for what you can share on LinkedIn to add a richer and more visual component to your professional discussions," LinkedIn's Itamar Orgad said in a blog post.
SCIENCE
March 12, 2014 | Monte Morin
Ever feel the rainy-day blues on a bright and sunny afternoon? If so, your Facebook account may be to blame, according to new research. In a paper published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists argued that the hugely popular social networking site exerts an emotional "spillover" effect that may carry significant consequences for an increasingly interconnected world. By analyzing more than a billion Facebook status updates, authors concluded that emotionally positive posts gave rise to more positive posts by friends, while negative posts spawned more negative posts.
HEALTH
September 13, 2010 | By Eric Jaffe, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The old folk concept that our personal health behaviors rub off on those around us has received a staggering amount of scientific support of late. Over the last few years, study after study has shown that weight gain, drug and alcohol use, even loneliness and depression aren't islands unto themselves but are powerfully contagious — capable of spreading within our social networks just as germs scatter after a sneeze. If your friends are smokers, you tend to light up too, studies show.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
A new report from Nielsen examines a fast-evolving segment of the media landscape: viewing on smartphones and tablets. Consumers are taking advantage of their portable devices to watch videos, access news and information, check sports, engage in social networking and shop. The time devoted to social networking dwarfs that of streaming video or accessing sports, Nielsen found in its cross-platform report for June. Smartphone users spent 9 hours and 6 minutes a month on social networks -- say, posting status updates on Facebook, tweeting their thoughts to followers on Twitter or checking-in on Foursquare.  Apple iPad users devoted 3 hours and 41 minutes a month to social networks.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Social networks have found a promising new source of advertising revenue: targeting users with ads for products they browsed online. The latest form of advertising, called "retargeting," is expected to not only get more pervasive but intensify worries over privacy. Tania Mulry, an entrepreneur from Santa Clarita, said she and other people are noticing and talking about the flood of retargeting ads. One of Mulry's students in a mobile app design class at USC was unnerved that a swimsuit she browsed on Nordstrom.com showed up as an ad on her Facebook page.
SCIENCE
January 25, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Long before Facebook made it possible to share photos of your breakfast with hundreds of friends and let them know just how you feel about your latest parking ticket, humans were forming social networks with essentially the same structure people use today. A team of researchers has mapped out the relationships among a remote group of 205 hunter-gatherers in Tanzania who live as humans did about 10,000 years ago and found that their social networks are very much like ours, even in the absence of the complicating factors of megacities, cellphones and the Internet.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2012 | By Laura Huatala
Louisiana lawmakers are trying a new approach to keeping sex offenders and child predators from using social networks to reach new victims. State Rep. Jeff Thompson sponsored a bill -- recently signed into law -- that will require convicted sex offenders and child predators to disclose their crimes on social networks they use. But the measure will have little effect on users of the biggest social network in the U.S, Facebook. The site already prohibits registered sex offenders from using the social network.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
You might just be able to make a federal case out of an employer asking to snoop around your social networking account if a new bill wends its way into becoming law. The Social Networking Online Protection Act, or SNOPA, was introduced late last week by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). If passed, SNOPA would "prohibit current and potential employers for requiring a username, password or other access to online content," according to a news release on Engel's website.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | Salvador Rodriguez
Kevin Sacco isn't a celebrity, but on Instagram he is famous for flaunting his wealth, like the time he took a picture of himself bathing in an outdoor Jacuzzi in his penthouse suite overlooking the French Riviera. Or when the 20-year-old son of a real estate mogul in Italy spent 10,000 euros, or nearly $14,000, with friends at La Maison Blanche in Paris for his most recent birthday. "I'm showing off my parties, my bottles, my clubs, my travels, and people love this," said Sacco, who is known as @PrinceOfItaly on Instagram.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Less than two years ago, disillusioned investors were fleeing Facebook Inc. stock, worried the company would never figure out how to make the leap to mobile devices from personal computers, let alone make money on them. Now, more than half of the giant social network's advertising revenue is coming from ads for its 1.2 billion users on smartphones and tablets. And it's buying WhatsApp after outbidding rival Google Inc. for the most popular mobile app for sending messages on smartphones.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - The $19 billion that Facebook Inc. is paying for a smartphone app, one of the biggest tech deals of all time, made jaws drop even in Silicon Valley, where entrepreneurs tend to have an inflated sense of their own worth. "It's 19 Instagrams," observed serial start-up entrepreneur Adam Rifkin, referring to the $1 billion Facebook paid for the popular photo-sharing app in 2012. But analysts say the purchase of WhatsApp could pay off for Facebook as it takes on Google Inc. and other technology giants in the escalating arms race to be the next big thing in mobile.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's Valentine's Day, and I'm not celebrating. A few weeks ago my fiancee and I broke up. It was a difficult breakup, so I immediately stopped following her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and deleted her name from my iPhone address book. I thought that would be enough to disconnect her from my digital life. But I'm finding out - as many others have in the age of smartphones and social networks - that connecting is easy, but severing ties online is nearly impossible. Take even the basic task of doing an Internet search.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | Michelle Maltais
Think the job market is in the toilet? For some, that's absolutely right. They are looking for a job while doing their business.  This insight comes courtesy of a survey by the Polling Co. on behalf of Jobvite out Thursday highlighting where and how people are looking for work. They asked a sample of 2,135 adults about their approach to job opportunities. Two things that were increasingly becoming go-to tools for job searches, according to the survey: mobile devices and social media. Of those surveyed, 43% used their mobile device to find work.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Imagine Dragons, the Flaming Lips, Cold War Kids and Colbie Caillat are among eight acts confirmed to play a new-generation Human Rights Concert benefiting Amnesty International on Feb. 5 at the Barclays Center in New York. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, the Fray and Cake are also confirmed to be on the Bringing Human Rights Home concert, which is being organized to raise awareness of human rights for young musicians and fans. Tickets go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster. Amnesty International's concerts of the 1980s and 1990s were a key component of the era's pop music with a social conscience, and drew attention around the world with performances by U2, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the Police, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N'Dour and many others.
SPORTS
December 11, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a dramatic rebound from its bungled initial public offering last year, Facebook Inc. will join the Standard & Poor's 500 Index next week, capping its fitful rise to one of the nation's most powerful technology companies. Facebook will replace Teradyne in the S&P 500 at the close of trading Dec. 20, S&P Dow Jones Indices said Wednesday. It will also join the S&P 100 Index, replacing Williams Cos. Being friended by the index is a vote of confidence in the giant social network and means Facebook can now count on a solid base of shareholders from funds that follow the indexes.
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October 5, 2010 | Sandy Banks
I went to see " The Social Network" this weekend as a sort of anthropological mission. I was hunting for something in the story of Facebook's beginnings to help me understand the latest tragedy linked to cyber-bullying: the suicide of a Rutgers University freshman after his roommate used a webcam to secretly capture his sexual encounter with a young man, and broadcast it on the Internet. Some are calling it a prank that went too far; others say it's a hate crime worthy of manslaughter charges.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- After months of secrecy, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has taken the wraps off Jelly , a new question-and-answer app for iOS and Android. The app is designed to give people answers from their social networks and will compete with similar services such as Quora. You can download Jelly by going to the company's website. What distinguishes Jelly: You can ask questions with images. Jelly is focused on images, which Stone says “add depth and context to any question.” You can crop an image, zoom in on something, even draw on the image to ask your question.
SPORTS
December 11, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a dramatic rebound from its bungled initial public offering last year, Facebook Inc. will join the Standard & Poor's 500 Index next week, capping its fitful rise to one of the nation's most powerful technology companies. Facebook will replace Teradyne in the S&P 500 at the close of trading Dec. 20, S&P Dow Jones Indices said Wednesday. It will also join the S&P 100 Index, replacing Williams Cos. Being friended by the index is a vote of confidence in the giant social network and means Facebook can now count on a solid base of shareholders from funds that follow the indexes.
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