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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.
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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.
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
May 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The popular online social hangout Facebook Inc. says it is setting up a new system that will allow its 70 million users to take their personal profiles with them as they surf other websites. Users will be able to automatically copy pictures, personal information and other customized applications established on Facebook to other websites without extra effort once the changes that were announced Friday take effect. The privacy settings attached to a person's Facebook profile will remain in effect at external websites.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Borrowing from Twitter and other social networks, LinkedIn will now let its users follow specific individuals and receive their updates. The professional social network announced Tuesday that users will be able to subscribe to 150 "influential thought leaders" to receive their posts. Previously, LinkedIn users could get updates from companies and industries but not individuals unless those individuals approved the connection. LinkedIn follows other social networks who have this feature including Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram.
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.
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.
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
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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