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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.
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.
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.
May 13, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Jessica Guynn
Fox and Twitter have entered into a partnership to promote the broadcaster's programs and allow advertisers a way to reach TV audiences as they discuss the shows on the social network. In an announcement Monday timed to coincide with its upfront presentation to advertisers and media buyers in New York City, Fox said it would use Twitter to distribute clips of upcoming TV shows, tout highlights of live events or share video after episodes of various shows have aired.  Brand marketers would use Twitter's advertising platform to promote this network content.  PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 "Social media is a fantastic complement to compelling, live television content," said Toby Byrne, president of advertising for Fox Broadcasting Co. "Not only is it a great marketing tool for us, but it serves as the new water cooler for the most engaged fans ... so that opens up additional ways for us to connect brands with our audience.
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.
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 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.
February 19, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Former baseball slugger and noted critical thinker Jose Canseco (yes, that Jose Canseco) took to Twitter on Tuesday to explain gravity to us, the huddled masses. Canseco said he was giving gravity a lot of serious though in light of the recent meteorite that exploded over Russia, and came up with the following theory, which he unveiled on Twitter. "Ancient gravity was much weaker. "You ever wonder why nothing REALLY big exists today in nature? "Elephants today eight tons.
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 shared a recipe for a beautiful roasted tomato and goat cheese galette , shared a recipe for asparagus and asiago frittata and 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.
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.
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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