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August 2, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Twitter Inc. doesn't seem to be in any hurry to offer its shares to the public. Instead it has raised another round of funding from some very deep-pocketed and plugged-in private investors. The San Francisco company acknowledged a "significant" round of funding from preexisting investors and new investor Digital Sky Technologies, the investment engine run by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner. Milner has significant stakes in social networking's hottest companies, including Facebook Inc. People familiar with the funding peg it at $800 million, which would make Twitter worth $8 billion.
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BUSINESS
December 20, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has scooped up a substantial stake in Twitter Inc. The multibillionaire has made a $300-million investment in the popular social media site that activists used during the "Arab Spring" uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East. That's roughly a 3% stake in the San Francisco company. Twitter confirmed the investment, which was announced in a news release from Kingdom Holding Co. that touted Alwaleed's desire to invest in "promising, high-growth businesses with global impact.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
The Federal Trade Commission has agreed on a settlement with Twitter resulting from the site's alleged "serious lapses" in data security that allowed hackers to take over Twitter twice in 2009, accessing users' private information and hijacking accounts to send out phony tweets. According to an FTC statement, the settlement "resolved charges that Twitter deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their personal information. " Twitter, which was about 2 years old at the time of the incidents, was a young site that often struggled under the weight of its fast-growing traffic and server demands.
BUSINESS
November 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter is rolling out new features that should make it easier to find pictures and videos as well as email tweets to people who don't use the social network. The San Francisco microblogging service said that when users search a topic or hashtag, the results page will now display a grid showing images and videos. Twitter also said that its search tool will now help users better understand why they see the tweets they do in their results. Tweets in search results will now show who has retweeted them or have listed them as their favorites, Twitter said in a blog post . Additionally, tweets that link to pictures and news stories will automatically show previews when they come up on search results.
BUSINESS
September 21, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Have something you have to tweet this morning? You might want to stay away from Twitter.com. Thousands of Twitter users are dealing with what seems to be a security flaw that is causing messages and third-party websites to pop up on the page when users "mouse over" posted links on the popular messaging site. The outside content appears even if users don't click on the links. [Updated at 7:21 a.m.: Twitter said it has identified and patched the flaw and is urging users to message @safety in the future with information about problems.
NEWS
April 1, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
The Easter holiday put many of our Twitter #Weekendeats chat participants in the mood for spring. In addition to the baked hams, Peeps and Easter basket candy, spring fruits and vegetables seemed to dominate everyone's holiday tables. Here's a look at the highlights: Gerry from the blog FoodnessGracious.com shared a recipe for a beautiful roasted tomato and goat cheese galette , AZgrabaplate.com shared a recipe for asparagus and asiago frittata and theAdirondackChick.com shared a recipe for spicy chipotle roasted butternut squash with cilantro lime quinoa . Susan Orlins shared 12 recipes for vegetable dishes including a broccoli soup and glazed onions.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
A perspicacious Twitter follower named Jim Lawrence summed it up in a single sentence: “This is the 21st century: the only things in my timeline right now are Chavez and @Nigella_Lawson” So just how Twitter-ific is the star of “The Taste”? Would you believe 27 tweets in the five-hour period surrounding the show's airing (separate times for the coasts)? All told, there were more than 60 tweets from the assorted co-hosts -- and that's with one of them incognito. Among Lawson's pearls of wisdom: “Wearing @lwrenscott Postmistress Dress for @TheTasteABC tonight,” she tweeted at the start of the show.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2009 | David Gelles
Each Internet fad is followed by a wave of books seeking to explain, analyze and capitalize on the trend of the moment. Self-proclaimed experts churn out guides, surveys and instruction manuals for search, e-commerce and blogs. So it was inevitable that Twitter, the messaging service that has exploded in popularity, would receive similar treatment. Several books with Twitter in the title have already appeared; now comes "Twitterville" by Shel Israel. As a self-styled social media expert, Israel might look the type to write meandering assessments of the latest Web craze.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2009 | Scott Collins
Twitter has roughly 6 million users, and probably upward of 99% of their tweets attract absolutely zero attention. But the rules are a little different for the people who make TV shows, as Hart Hanson, creator and executive producer of Fox's forensic comedy-drama "Bones," learned earlier this month. Hanson, an active Twitterer known for his gently ironic on-set updates and affectionate exchanges with the show's hard-core fans, informed readers that his show had shut down production.
NATIONAL
August 30, 2009 | Johanna Neuman, Neuman writes for The Times.
The White House announced with some fanfare this month that its Twitter account had passed the 1-million mark. "A million followers -- nice," the White House tweeted Sunday afternoon. "What would you like to see more of from this feed? Photos? Quotes? Cowbell? Tell us @whitehouse." Big deal. Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Republican who lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 election, passed the 1-million mark six weeks ago. He declared tweeting "a phenomenal way of communicating."
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