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BUSINESS
May 14, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Gene Morphis keeps busy online. He has, it seems, more than 100 friends on Facebook, about 400 connections on LinkedIn and nearly 600 profile views on his personal Blogger site. But one of those sites may have gotten him fired. Morphis was removed from his position as chief financial officer at Francesca's, a growing apparel and accessories retailer that went public last year. The company said Monday that it terminated his employment after finding "that he improperly communicated Company information through social media.
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WORLD
November 20, 2012 | By Andres D'Alessandro and Chris Kraul
BUENOS AIRES -- Strikes called by two Argentine unions pressing for reduced taxes and better social benefits paralyzed Buenos Aires and much of the country, the latest signs of an upswell in opposition to President Cristina Fernandez and her policies.   Truck drivers, garbage collectors, train conductors and airport employees observed the strike called by the General Workers Confederation and Argentinian Workers Central -- unions that combined have about 500,000 members.   An estimated 2,000 trucks blocked bridges and arterial roads in Buenos Aires as well as those leading to provincial capitals, bringing commerce to a halt.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2012 | By Vincent Bevins, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It took Brazil's most important television network two days to take action after social networks exploded in disgust at what may have been one of the most shocking moments in reality television's sordid history. According to some interpretations, a suspected sexual assault was broadcast live from the house of Brazil's "Big Brother" Jan. 15. Though it was ignored on the following night's show, the country became obsessed by the case, and police are now investigating 31-year-old model Daniel Echaniz, who was suspended from the show and has been forced to hand over his passport to prevent him from fleeing the country.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Remember the good old days when all you had to worry about was what potential employers might find in a Google search? Now, some employers are asking for the keys to job applicants' virtual clubhouse so they can click around and get a better look. Reports are resurfacing about public agencies requiring applicants to allow them to log in for full access to their Facebook account. Is this in-depth social network profiling of a potential employee fair -- or legal? “I would argue that it's an invasion of privacy and violation of anti-discrimination law,” said employment attorney Amy Semmel of Kelley Semmel in Los Angeles.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Researchers have some new advice for high school students who want to improve their grades: Become friends with academically oriented classmates. It may sound obvious, but researchers went to considerable effort to prove it. They surveyed all members of the junior class at Maine-Endwell High School in Endwell, N.Y., and asked students to rate each of their classmates as either a “best friend,” a “friend,” an “acquaintance” or someone they didn't know. They got responses from 92% of students and used them to reconstruct the social networks among 158 11th-graders as of Jan. 11, 2011.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Are you jealous of everyone you know? If so, it might be time to take a break from Facebook. Scrolling through photos of other people's vacations, joyful family moments and awesome nights out may be a threat to your sense of personal happiness, say a team of German researchers in a new study titled "Envy on Facebook: A hidden threat to users' life satisfaction?" And if you are the type of person who lurks on Facebook without contributing much yourself, chances are your sense of life satisfaction is even lower, the researchers found.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2012 | By David Sarno
Pinterest may be nipping at the heels of its big brother social networks, Twitter and Facebook, with help from America's heartland. The up-and-coming photo-sharing site has become the third-most-popular social network in the U.S., according to new data from Experian's Digital Marketer report . Pinterest's traffic rose by 50% between January and February of this year, the report said. Its 21.5 million visitors in the last week of January was an audience 30 times the size of what it was six months earlier.
NEWS
November 26, 2009 | Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler, Nicholas A. Christakis of Harvard Medical School and James H. Fowler of UC San Diego are the coauthors of and Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives."
For most people, the holiday season means spending time with friends and family. We invite them to our Thanksgiving table. We send them cards. We kiss them under the stars to usher in the new year. But we also get angry at them, deal with their demands and endure their opinions of one another. Amid all this stress, we may be tempted to abandon some of our friends or disconnect from some of our family. But that would be a mistake. We need our connections, good and bad. Every one of them.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Here's something parents can "Like": Teens who interact with their parents on Facebook are also more likely to feel closer to them in real life. A study released this week by Brigham Young University says parents who connect with their kids on Facebook and other social networks are likely to build a stronger connection with them in real life. These teens also have higher rates of "pro social behavior," meaning they are more generous, kind and helpful to others, according to the study.
SCIENCE
November 26, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
Scientists have uncovered a key property of comatose brains that differentiates them from normal brains and may explain what goes wrong during severe brain injury. The report , published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, utilizes graph theory, which uses data to determine how well connected each part of a network is to every other part of the network. The approach has been used to study social networks like Facebook and circuit engineering for electronics.
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