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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.
March 31, 2014 | By Hector Becerra and Rosanna Xia
The magnitude 5.1 La Habra earthquake that shook Southern California isn't going into the seismic history books for its modest size and small damage totals. But it was an event on social media, which transmitted stories and images of the quake and its many aftershocks with a speed and breadth that left seismologists and emergency personnel taking notice. The first signs of damage came not from authorities but from residents posting photos on Facebook of broken dishes and fallen cabinets.
February 5, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Twitter reported its first earnings as a publicly traded company on Wednesday afternoon and soundly beat expectations. The San Francisco company reported a loss of $511 million for the fourth quarter. Revenue totaled $243 million, up 116% from $112 million in the same quarter a year earlier. Wall Street had expected revenue of about $218 million. "Twitter finished a great year with our strongest financial quarter to date," Chief Executive Dick Costolo said. "We are the only platform that is public, real-time, conversational and widely distributed and I'm excited by the number of initiatives we have underway to further build upon the Twitter experience.
March 20, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Celebrate #ThrowbackThursday this week by looking up your first tweet, thanks to a new tool by Twitter. The San Francisco microblogging social network this week turns 8 years old, and to celebrate, it launched , a website that makes it easy for users to quickly find their very first tweet.  "Using this Tweet tool, you can look back to find your very first Tweet -- or for that matter, anyone else's," Twitter said in a...
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, 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
March 17, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo is on his first trip to China. Costolo is spending three days meeting with Shanghai government officials and university administrators. He will also participate in a roundtable discussion with students at Fudan University in Shanghai, which sponsored his visa. Costolo will not visit Beijing, a Twitter spokesman said. Twitter, which has been blocked in China since 2009, tamped down speculation that it is eyeing the Chinese market, the world's most populous with 600 million Internet users.
March 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Monday morning began with a thud for many Internet users who have reported problems with Google Hangouts and Google Drive. Users say they are experiencing issues accessing Hangouts and Drive, Google's instant messaging and cloud-based office suite service, respectively. Hangouts, which is commonly referred to by many as "Gchat," has been having problems since at least 9:22 a.m., according to Google . The Mountain View, Calif., company said it is investigating the problems with both services and will offer an update shortly.
March 17, 2014 | By Meredith Blake, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Jenny McCarthy has learned the hard way that Twitter can be a dose of bitter medicine.  On Thursday, "The View" co-host posed a seemingly innocuous question to her 1.1 million followers on Twitter: " What is the most important personality trait you look for in a mate? Reply using #JennyAsks . " The former Playboy model and co-host of the '90s MTV dating show "Singled Out" has been one of the most outspoken celebrity advocates of a  debunked theory linking childhood vaccines with autism.
March 11, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
On Twitter, Amanda Bynes has put a new face forward -- her own. The actress on Monday posted what appears to be a self portrait on her recently cleaned-up account. She has deleted years' worth of tweets and changed her bio to read simply: "Fashion student. " Also recently new: her bio picture, which is now a normal shot of Bynes looking, well, normal. Like the old Amanda. No blue hair, no weird selfies. "New sketch ~ FYI This is my only twitter account, I have no secret twitter accounts.
March 10, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
AUSTIN, Texas - Edward Snowden brought no bombshells when he arrived to an excited round of applause Monday, his stubbled face relaxed as it was beamed in from across the continents for a "virtual conversation" about the vulnerability of personal data. His presence was event enough. Public appearances by the former National Security Agency contractor and U.S. exile are rare, and this one was beamed in from an undisclosed location in Russia via several online proxies for his own security, a bit of technological cloak-and-dagger that could only add to his mystique for the three roomfuls of international tech specialists struggling to hear his words in video that was choppy and often inaudible.
March 7, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Yvonne Villarreal
In Syfy's reality competition "Opposite Worlds," Twitter put unprecedented power in the hands of viewers, supplying them with the ability to reward popular contestants with a luxurious spa day while punishing others with a less savory task: cleaning human excrement. The little blue birdie has fluttered into the writers room on Fox's "Sleepy Hollow," inspiring one episode to address viewers' dismay, voiced loudly on Twitter, over the central character's Revolutionary War era attire.
March 1, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-GilesLos Angeles Times
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is reportedly in talks to buy a stake in Twitter. The investment could be made using money from a $1.2-billion "digital growth fund" that JPMorgan recently disclosed in a regulatory filing, according to multiple news reports ? all citing unnamed sources. A Twitter spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports. Officials at JPMorgan Chase were not available for comment. None of the rumors about the potential deal say whether JPMorgan would invest in Twitter directly or buy shares from current investors.
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.
March 7, 2014 | By Mary McNamara
Four seasons ago a quartet of young women began receiving threatening, and very well informed texts, from the mysterious "A," who they assumed was their former queen bee Alison, presumed dead. So you can imagine their shock. Now, of course, they know Alison is alive and well, as is "Pretty Little Liars. " It quickly became ABC Family's break-out hit and the most tweeted about series in television, setting a template now followed by every other show, including, most recently, the Oscars.
March 4, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON - A top Republican senator sparked reactions from both sides of the aisle after drawing a link between the crisis in Ukraine and President Obama's response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a harsh critic of the Obama administration's foreign policy, posted a string of tweets Tuesday attributing Russian President Vladimir Putin's incursion into Ukraine's Crimea region to "a weak indecisive leader" in Washington:   It started with Benghazi.
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