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August 30, 2013 | Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Even before Facebook begins displaying splashy video ads, it's preparing for a backlash from users like Amy Pittel. The 44-year-old writer and stay-at-home mother from Livermore, Calif., says she's weary of being bombarded by ads on Facebook and the rest of the Internet, most of which she ignores. "I shall continue to do as I always have when an unwanted video ad or commercial comes on: check my email or another Web page until the ad is finished," Pittel said.
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.
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 . The Los Angeles firm has Web and mobile applications where users can control multiple social media and email profiles at once.
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.
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.
May 30, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
LinkedIn's quest to be a vibrant platform for business content and discussions will face a new challenge. News Corp., which owns Dow Jones & Co. and the Wall Street Journal, wants its forthcoming WSJ Profile product to be a home for conversations among those in the financial industry. “You'll be able to load your research, load papers, load information about yourself, show people your job (and have a) nice photograph of yourself,” Dow Jones CEO Lex Fenwick told investors this week.
May 23, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nextdoor, which wants to be the go-to social network for neighborhoods, is rolling out an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Nextdoor co-founder and Chief Executive Nirav Tolia said he expects the mobile app to fuel growth and increase the amount of activity in neighborhoods. Nextdoor is being used by more than 12,600 neighborhoods in 50 states, he said. Some 30% of visits to the Nextdoor website come from mobile browsers. Nextdoor is like Facebook but for neighbors: a private network to find a baby sitter, borrow a cup of sugar, organize a block party or spread word of a break-in.
May 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Tumblr CEO David Karp both took to Tumblr Monday morning to confirm what we all suspected : Yahoo is buying Tumblr. Mayer's Yahoo will be paying $1.1 billion for Tumblr, most of it in cash, but the social network will continue to run independently. Live video chat: Join us at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Both Karp and Mayer used their blogs to assure users that Tumblr will continue to function the same, with Karp staying as CEO and continuing to lead the company.
May 19, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Where My Dogs At is a new social networking app angled at dog lovers and their four-legged friends looking for local dog-friendly places to go and people to meet. Think Facebook for Fido, with a "Yelp for dogs" approach, built around a location-based search and rating of dog-friendly businesses, restaurants, parks and apartments with detailed listings and user reviews. Rather than "checking in," users "mark their territory" at their favorite locations, interact with fellow dog lovers and let their friends know which places and businesses have earned their "paw of approval.
May 14, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Fox and Twitter have entered into a partnership to promote the broadcaster's programs and help advertisers reach TV audiences as they discuss shows on the social network. Twitter Inc., which has established itself as the water cooler where America dissects the latest developments on NBC's "The Voice" or AMC's "Mad Men," is expected to strike more deals with broadcasters. On Tuesday, ESPN and Twitter plan to announce they are expanding their partnership. Last year the sports network, majority owned by Walt Disney Co., incorporated video highlights directly into Twitter feeds related to its coverage of the BCS championship game.
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