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October 30, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook Inc. for the first time on Wednesday acknowledged it may have a challenge in holding the attention of young people. Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman said during the company's third-quarter earnings call that Facebook had seen a decrease in daily usage among younger teens. He also said that usage among U.S. teens overall was “stable” during the second and third quarters. Facebook has consistently said over the years that usage among teens is increasing.
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March 21, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
In case there were any doubts about Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan's slide into authoritarianism, they disappeared in one fell tweet Thursday when the government blocked access to the Twitter social media site. Though in the end, the move may have backfired. The editorial page noted shortly after Erdogan's Justice and Development Party pushed through a change in Turkish law last month granting Erdogan's government the power to block Internet sites that the move threatened democratic free expression and corruption probes.
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May 11, 1998 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Merriam-Webster defines the word "nigger" as, simply, a "black person." Not so, says an ad hoc coalition of civil rights and black activists, who argue that the "N-word" actually is a defamatory slur associated with black people--not a broadly sweeping noun synonymous with them. This sort of etymological debate typically rages within a self-contained community of wordsmiths laboring unseen and little noticed on college campuses or at major publishing houses.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
We may not know how many people have watched "House of Cards" or "Orange Is the New Black," but there's no doubt that Netflix causes a lot of traffic jams on the Web. Netflix accounted for 31.6% of the Internet traffic in North America, according to Sandvine's latest Global Internet Phenomena Report for the second half of 2013, which used data from September.  That means Netflix is still the leader, though its share fell from last year's...
WORLD
February 14, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Daniel Navarrete greets friends with what seems an unlikely term of affection ? he calls them "ox. " Navarrete, a 19-year-old snack vendor, isn't being rude. Go anywhere in Mexico City and you can hear someone calling someone else " guey ," which means "ox" or "slow-witted. " The word, also spelled buey , once was an insult, but it has morphed over years of popular use to become Mexico's version of "dude" or "bro. " A guey ( pronounced "way") can be a spiky-haired boy, a stubbly-chinned jitney driver, a college student with a ring in her nose.
NEWS
October 23, 2001
Regarding "The Science Behind the Song Stuck in Your Head" (Oct. 17): On a recent trip to Germany, I was informed that the German language already has a word to describe what we so awkwardly in English must refer to as "a song stuck in my head." The German word is Ohrwurm . It translates literally as "earworm" and has two meanings: the common name of the earwig, and a colloquial term for a song that gets stuck in your head. Inspired by an old "Ripley's Believe It or Not" from my childhood (about the introduction of the word "quiz" in Boston by its being written on walls all over town)
NEWS
September 5, 1993
Although your article "When Friendship Is the Only Thing That Matters" (Aug. 24) about one man's gay World War II comrade made its anti-discrimination point beautifully, it only made more jarring the use of the word hillbillies , an outdated regional slur in the text that described the soldiers in the unit. Appalachian inhabitants haven't been in vogue as a print-worthy cause since the '60s. Maybe it's time to reassess the sensitivity index and delete the H-word from modern newspaper usage.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2009
I think of the term "actress" without any of the negative connotations that some do. It generally conjures for me talented, admirable women like Gene Tierney, as you pictured her with Sheri Linden's thought-provoking consideration of the word ("From Actor to Actress and Back Again," Jan. 18). Neither have I in my 47 years ever heard anyone try to use it pejoratively. All things considered, I find that with the exception of very obscure history there is little to object in it. Yet it will never apply to me, and I don't presume to sit in final judgment of its usage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1996
I must point out an error in your otherwise good article on our new museum curator, Christine Parker. The Maritime Museum in Channel Islands has the only collection of Marple models in the world. All nine of the models this master builder created are on special display in the museum and are presented daily by a talented group of docents. Also, as a longtime supporter of the museum, I have to take exception to your interpretation of our chairman's tongue-in-cheek usage of the word "dinky."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1995
After reading your article about the renaming of the Stephen S. Wise Community Middle/High School (Sept. 9), I have to ask you the following: Couldn't the person who writes the captions for your photos come up with a more appropriate phrase than "newly christened Milken Community High"? Since this word means to give a name to and dedicate an object in the name of Christ, its usage in this context was most inappropriate. I know The Times tries to cover as many events in our community as possible and for that it is to be commended.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook Inc. for the first time on Wednesday acknowledged it may have a challenge in holding the attention of young people. Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman said during the company's third-quarter earnings call that Facebook had seen a decrease in daily usage among younger teens. He also said that usage among U.S. teens overall was “stable” during the second and third quarters. Facebook has consistently said over the years that usage among teens is increasing.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2012 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
One of the most popular new shows of the fall television season is NBC's "Revolution," a drama about post-apocalyptic America. But the real revolution is how people are watching it. About 9.2 million viewers tuned in to a recent episode, a so-so performance. But that number jumped by nearly 5 million when the Nielsen ratings service added in the people who recorded the show and watched it later or saw it through video on demand or online. Full coverage: Television reviews "Revolution" isn't the only show whose popularity can no longer be measured solely by traditional TV ratings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
The director of a Los Angeles city recreation center is facing felony charges after she allegedly stole up to $15,000 from the facility, including lunch money from children in her care. Carol Brandt, 47, who served as the director of the Montecito Heights Recreation Center northeast of downtown from 2008 to 2011, was charged Tuesday with embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds. She is accused of pocketing more than $10,000 from members of several basketball and soccer teams who paid to use the facility's courts and fields in 2009 and 2010.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Leave it to the country that brought us Ikea to make the most of the Internet.  According to a new report from the World Wide Web Foundation, the people and government of Sweden are the best in the world at optimizing the Web The United States ranked second in the index, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada and Finland. Tunisia and Russia were smack in the middle of the list that ranks 61 countries, taking the the 30 and 31st spots respectively. At the bottom of the list were Zimbabwe and Yemen.
HEALTH
July 7, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
With the cycles, the flat-screen TVs and, of course, the air conditioning, most people who exercise at gyms are working out the electrical grid along with their muscles. But the members of AC4 Fitness in Goleta will be generating power and feeding it back to the grid every time they step on a treadmill or elliptical. When they need a drink, they'll have to bring their own refillable bottle and get water from a hydration station that provides free water filtered with reverse osmosis. And when they stash their belongings, they'll do so in lockers made from recycled plastic.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The number of adults using Twitter every day has doubled since 2011, according to a new survey. Eight percent of adult Internet users said they log on to Twitter every day, up from the 4% who said the same last year, according to the Pew Research Center, which conducted the survey. That number was even higher for young adults. One in five Internet users ages 18 to 24 are using the website each day, and nearly one-third of all users that age are on Twitter. The reason for the increase in daily usage is likely because of the rise of smartphones, the survey suggests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2001
I awoke on Sunday as I have for many mornings worrying about the state of the world. I remembered when the San Fernando Valley was still a place to go horseback riding, when Thousand Oaks still had thousands of oaks, when the beaches didn't need daily sweeping and when a drive to Palm Springs was a ride through the country. And I haven't hit 50 yet. I thought about the thousands of acres of forest being cut down daily so that we can have nice lawn furniture, cheap beef and plentiful toilet paper.
NEWS
November 27, 1986 | BETTYANN KEVLES
Between science and technology, the English language has been put through the mill. There are those who advocate the usage of familiar words for new concepts or gadgets, on the theory that the novelty of the idea will be softened by the familiarity of the term. Not long ago I reported on a "rape" on a Canadian lake of a blue-winged teal. An aggressive male, which was not the mate of the female, had pursued the female.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2012 | By Joe Flint
BOSTON -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said he supports cable and telecommunication companies adopting a usage-based pricing plan for broadband. "Usage-based pricing could be a healthy and beneficial part of the ecosystem," Genachowski said in an appearance at the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn.'s annual convention here. Genachowski, who was interviewed by former FCC Chairman and current NCTA Chief Executive Michael Powell, added that a tiered pricing approach may "increase consumer choice and competition" and "result in lower prices for people who consume less broadband.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Opponents malign it as "toilet to tap. " But a new National Research Council report says that reclaimed water can contribute a growing portion of the nation's drinking water supplies and be as safe as conventional sources. The assessment is especially relevant to Southern California, which has been a pioneer in recharging local aquifers with treated wastewater but still sends most of its runoff and treated water to the Pacific Ocean. A decade ago, public outcry and electoral politics thwarted a Los Angeles plan to partially replenish San Fernando Valley groundwater with recycled supplies.
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