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NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By John Verive
The smartphone revolution has invaded every facet of modern life, even the sanctity of the saloon. But there are some useful applications that can take your beer-hunting into the digital realm. Apart from the all-purpose apps like Yelp and the social networks, here are a pair of useful options for your iPhone or Android device that can help you find places to drink, discover new beers, and even remember what was in last night's ill-advised flight of imperial stouts. TapHunter is an app that can help you find those elusive brews that you've been hunting.
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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.
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.
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.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Channing Tatum lowers his green eyes and stares at the camera. "Your friend wanted me to tell you that they think you're pretty awesome," the 31-year-old actor says. "And they love hanging with you. " Tatum's performance wasn't from a movie, but a "Sweet Nothings" video that marketers for his new film, "The Vow," posted on Facebook in advance of its opening last weekend. It worked: The romantic tear-jerker blew past expectations to open at No. 1 with $41.2 million in North American ticket sales.
NEWS
December 10, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
Teenagers coping with  chronic health problems like asthma or obesity already have it tough. But a new study says they face another obstacle as well: making friends. Researchers have long known that people who have more friends tend to be healthier. Arizona State University sociologist Steven Haas wondered if the reverse was true as well. Haas and his research partners found that teenagers were less likely to say they are friends with a fellow student if he or she is sick.
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.
NEWS
April 6, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Perhaps anything is possible with social media -- but even so, this story caught me off guard: A man donated his kidney to a stranger after seeing a plea on Facebook. Jeff Kurze's kidneys were failing, according to the story . His wife, Roxy, posted on her wall in desperation: "Wishing a kidney would fall out of the sky so my husband can stop suffering," the 30-year-old Web designer wrote. "So if anyone knows of a live donor with type O blood, PLEASE let me know. " Ricky Cisco, a 25-year-old comedian, saw the post and messaged Roxy, saying he wanted to help.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With the "Breaking Bad" series finale coming this weekend, it's certain that a flurry of spoilers are going to be plastered across Facebook and Twitter. But there is a way to avoid seeing them without having to spend Sunday night under a rock. A free iPhone and iPad app that launched this week called Spoiler Shield claims to be able to block spoilers from "Breaking Bad" while still giving users access to other content on their Facebook and Twitter feeds. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 Besides "Breaking Bad," Spoiler Shield can also block spoilers from about 30 other TV shows as well as NFL and Major League Baseball results.
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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