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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Matt Stevens
Scott Sterling, the 32-year-old son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, died as a result of a pulmonary embolism and  "narcotic medication intake" in what Los Angeles County coroner's officials classified as an accidental death, authorities said Monday. Sterling was found dead in his apartment on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on New Year's night. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials quickly determined his death did not involve foul play but appeared to involve some type of drug overdose.
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April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Vitriol toward Clippers owner Donald Sterling surged through social media Saturday as outrage over his alleged racist comments in an audio recording found a home in tweets, Facebook posts and Instagram snapshots. The anger, usually attached to the fast-growing #DonaldSterling and #BoycottClippers hashtags, crossed the nation. It united hard-core basketball fans and sports neophytes, celebrities and everyday people, young and old in their condemnation of the 80-year-old Sterling. They wondered how he could remain owner.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Much has been made this spring of the triumph of movies that don't contain much star power over the films that do. This weekend, that will likely happen again as "The Purge," a low-budget ($3 million) futuristic horror pic starring Ethan Hawke and produced by the company behind "Paranormal Activity," is expected to outdraw the far better-funded and more heavily marketed "The Internship" at the box office. Part of the reason for the impending success of the Universal Pictures film, which is set in a world where lawlessness is allowed to reign for one night each year, appears to be social media.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2014 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The New York Police Department has learned the hard way that Twitter is a two-edged sword with a point that has deeply embedded itself into the department's self-image. The department this week decided to stick a virtual toe into the 21st century by launching a Twitter campaign to allow everyone to post pictures that glorified New York's finest under the hashtag #myNYPD. It didn't exactly work out that way. Instead of the hoped-for pictures of police helpfully aiding citizens and happy cops on bicycles -- staples of the department's official news feed -- it got an outpouring of pictures of apparent police brutality, misconduct and just downright nastiness.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Twitter's site has been experiencing outages throughout Thursday morning. The website went down multiple times but would come back up until about 10:30 a.m. PDT, when it finally went down for a longer stretch. I checked if the site was down for most people over at downforeveryoneorjustme.com, and it said that Twitter was in fact down. The issues were also confirmed by the company on one of its pages . As can be seen in the image above, at one point Twitter said it had resolved the outages.
BUSINESS
May 26, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Twitter Inc. is taking over TweetDeck Inc., a popular application that allows users to access the microblogging service and sort posts into customized columns. TweetDeck, based in London, was founded in 2008 and is the second most popular third-party Twitter app behind Pasadena-based UberMedia Inc.'s UberSocial. TweetDeck and Twitter announced the purchase Wednesday after more than a month of speculation that pegged the purchase price at about $40 million to $50 million. Officials at TweetDeck and Twitter were not available Wednesday to comment on the price.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Now that the long-awaited Twitter IPO prospectus has finally landed, the document includes some revealing information about the road ahead for the San Francisco-based social media darling.  And it's clear that there are lots of bumps and potential potholes ahead. Yes, such S-1 filings include boilerplate disclosures about risks that could apply to any company.  PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 But Twitter has some very specific challenges it faces to become a successful, sustainable company: 1. Growth slowing:  The company is not profitable, its losses are getting bigger, and its growth is slowing?
NEWS
July 31, 2012 | By Jon Healey
If a gymnast flubs spectacularly on a routine but sticks the landing, which makes a more lasting impression on the audience: the mistakes or the graceful finish? The former seems more likely, but Twitter is hoping for the latter. The popular microblogging service flubbed spectacularly this week when it suspended the account of Guy Adams, a sharp critic of NBCUniversal's coverage of the Olympic Games. This was unseemly on its face, considering that Twitter had partnered with NBCUniversal on a special "insiders" stream of Olympics-related tweets . On Tuesday, Twitter restored Adams' account and aired its dirty laundry in a welcome display of transparency.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
From a snow-crested corner of Alberta, Canada, Kelly Oxford made her Hollywood screenwriting dream come true. She did it without leaving her close-knit family or giving up her free nationalized healthcare. She did it without toiling in Westside coffee shops or confronting painful rejections. She did it 140 characters at a time. Oxford, a suburban housewife and mother of three, is a Twitter superstar ( @kellyoxford ), with more than 350,000 followers. Oscar winners, late-night talk show hosts, even film critic Roger Ebert follow her on the social media service, eager to read wry observations about daily life and celebrity culture.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Twitter is taking the San Francisco startup Posterous under its wing. On Monday, the two companies announced that Twitter had purchased Posterous for an undisclosed amount of money and that the team that built the Posterous Spaces blogging platform would now be working on Twitter products. Spaces, a popular service in its own right with about 15 million users, won't be going away anytime soon in the takeover, Twitter and Posterous said. "Posterous Spaces will remain up and running without disruption," the two companies said in a statement.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Same clown, new clothes: Is that the main takeaway of McDonald's newest makeover of its brand ambassador Ronald McDonald? On Wednesday, the Oak Brook, Ill., fast-food giant unveiled a new look for the redheaded clown and announced he'd be featured on McDonald's social media accounts. Gone are the lumpy yellow jumpsuit and Where's Waldo-esque sleeves. In its place is something a Weasley twin might wear -- mustard cargo pants and a red-and-white striped rugby shirt. For “special occasions,” there's a bow tie and a red blazer festooned with golden arches and Ron's signature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Twitter backlash against New York City police has spread to the West Coast with people posting critical comments and photos of the Los Angeles Police Department. The New York Police Department was hit with a barrage of negative publicity after agency officials urged people to post pictures that praised officers under the hashtag #myNYPD. On Wednesday, people were using a #myLAPD hashtag to post critical comments and photos of Los Angeles police officers. One post showed a photo of police officers in riot gear wielding batons.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
George Zimmerman's parents are picking a court fight with Roseanne Barr. The entertainer admitted in a court filing this week that she had posted the address of Robert and Gladys Zimmerman on Twitter during the heated controversy over whether their son should have shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin two years ago. The Zimmermans contend that her tweet forced them to flee because media and protesters descended on their neighborhood....
NATIONAL
April 17, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The mayor of Peoria, Ill., might have saved his Police Department and a handful of residents some grief if he had just joined Twitter. Instead, someone set up a phony but official-looking Twitter account in the name of Mayor Jim Ardis and proceeded to tweet about drugs, sexual exploits and even crack-smoking Rob Ford, the disgraced Toronto mayor who's seeking reelection. Although Twitter suspended the account, the fraud was reported to the Peoria Police Department, which launched an investigation because the account impersonated a public official, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, Police Lt. Willie King Jr. told The Times on Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Aaron Guy Leroux caught this shot at the start of the Los Angeles Tough Mudder race in San Bernardino on March 29. He took the photo with a Sony ILCE-7. Follow Samantha Schaefer on  Twitter . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  and on  Instagram  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2014 | By Hannah Kuchler
Biz Stone is the other Twitter founder. Not the one who first came up with the idea, not the one with the original investment, but the founder famous for donning a nutty professor costume to introduce the messaging platform to the world in a comic video. In the torrid tale of Twitter's foundation - complete with betrayals and counter-betrayals - he was neither a back-stabber nor the back-stabbed. His new book from Grand Central Publishing, "Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind," offers a clue about why: He seems to be quite a nice guy. Management books written by nice guys do not abound.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Twitter is a dangerous place for movie stars, famous athletes and other public people. The average person might feel shame after impulsively tweeting a borderline insane rant against an airline after being asked to stop playing Words With Friends during takeoff -- but when a celebrity does it, (Alec Baldwin), it becomes a national news story, and an official, publicist-approved apology must be issued. We've been seeing a lot of those official apologies over the last few months as public people from across the entertainment spectrum have found that despite the 140-character limit, the tweeting of a dumb joke, a thoughtless observation or an impulsive can have a big impact.
NEWS
September 26, 2013 | By Alana Semuels, This post has been updated. See below for details.
New Jersey Senate candidate Cory Booker uses Twitter more than the typical politician. He tweets cheesy maxims; replies publicly to just about everyone who mentions his name, and relentlessly catalogs his schedule of ribbon cuttings, football games and speeches. He also apparently exchanges direct messages with single women, including a tattoo-covered stripper from Oregon who works in a vegan strip club, a detail that's gotten the New York media world excited after a few long weeks during which no local politicians did anything even remotely scandalous.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Lolo Jones has never shied away from expressing her views and opinions. But her latest one was not so well-received. In response to Drake signing on this week to host the 2014 ESPYs, Jones tweeted a shot at Rihanna. It's amazing that Drake is hosting the @Espys but it's gonna be tough for him to hand out all those awards to Rihanna's ex boyfriends - Lolo Jones (@lolojones) April 10, 2014 Jones may have a point considering Rihanna dated Dodgers' outfielder Matt Kemp and was rumored to have been seeing New York Knicks' swingman J.R. Smith.  Only thing is Rihanna has quite a few more fans than Jones, some 34.8 million Twitter followers vs. the Olympian's 400,000.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
Sydney Contraguerro saw a friend get stabbed in the hallway of Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday. And then she turned to Twitter to figure out what was happening in the halls of her high school. “I was checking Twitter every 15 minutes,” the high school senior said. Twitter has long been a platform for people to share what they've witnessed during major news events: earthquakes, plane crashes, shootings. But in Murrysville, Twitter appeared to be a prime source of communication about who was OK and who was injured in the immediate aftermath of the stabbings.
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