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BUSINESS
February 7, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- If he were on Facebook, Stuart Smalley would probably update his status: "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!" Turns out that Smalley, played by Al Franken in the "Saturday Night Live" skit, knew a thing or two about human nature. One of the main reasons people turn to Facebook? Daily affirmations of their self-worth. That's according to a new study from University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Catalina Toma and Cornell University professor Jeffrey Hancock.
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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.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
It started with an injured rescue dog, $125 in cash and an old silk screen machine. Inspired by the dog, David, Donny and Darren Hendrickson used the money and the machine to launch an online skateboard and apparel company that donates a chunk of its profit to animal causes. To raise awareness for their endeavor, the 25-year-old brothers - they're triplets - turned to Facebook. Hendrick Boards managed within a year to accrue more than 28,000 "likes" on the social media website and has expanded to dozens of designs on T-shirts, skateboards and accessories.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Jeriel Judah , Kimberly Alison and Claire Printz share the same problem, according to recent Twitter posts: They have too many email accounts. A survey released Tuesday shows the average adult Internet user has 3.1 email accounts, up from 2.6 a year ago. They're also active on a greater number of social media websites, according to the Harris Interactive poll commissioned by MyLife.com . The Los Angeles firm has Web and mobile applications where users can control multiple social media and email profiles at once.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival starts Friday, and that means hundreds of thousands of smartphone users will descend on Indio. And when you get that many people in one location, there's bound to be some connectivity issues. That's why the four major wireless carriers say they're going out of their way to make sure there is enough network capacity for their customers to make calls, send texts and upload photos and videos to their social networks. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint understand that at events such as Coachella -- where as many as 90,000 people may show up on one day -- users see just how good their networks are, and perhaps more important, how well their friends' carriers hold up. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 AT&T, for example, said it will be using all 18 beams of its super multi-beam antenna.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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