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August 16, 2012
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts launched a new Facebook application that allows users to buy tickets, center officials announced this week. Segerstrom Center Social Tix, available through the center's Facebook page, allows users to also select seating for their events and create events so they can coordinate group attendance. Soon the app will allow customers to see where their friends are sitting, so they can buy their tickets accordingly. "We are very excited to launch Social Tix just before we open our new season," center President Terrence W. Dwyer said in a news release.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | April 19, 2013
As of Thursday, I am no longer just a name to three residents of our coverage area. I am also the man with the stuffed Emily Dickinson. Three years ago, I stayed at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Ore., in which every room is themed after a famous writer and the gift shop offers a slew of literary memorabilia. As a souvenir from my trip, I brought back a stuffed doll of the reclusive poet, which now resides on my bookshelf at home. I explain it away to visitors by saying I bought it for my wife, but let's be honest - no literary young man can truly be inspired without a plush Emily Dickinson by his desk.
NEWS
By Jessica Guynn | March 25, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook said it would buy virtual reality company Oculus VR for about $2 billion in cash and stock. Oculus is the Irvine-based maker of the Rift headset. The company will continue to operate independently within Facebook, Chief Executive  Mark Zuckerberg  said in a blog post. With the purchase, the giant social network is focusing on “what platforms will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences,” Zuckerberg said.
NEWS
By Lisa McLaughlin | August 28, 2010
Thousands of college freshmen leave home this month, and their Facebook walls are on fire. Within hours, they are changing their current cities of residence: Villanova. New Orleans. Dallas. Berkeley. Mobile photos are uploaded, changes to their profiles made. No longer are they high school kids. They are now college students, waving their collegiate banners and colors high. One student's dorm wall proudly showcases a picture of Jim Morrison amid a pink background. I jokingly post on her wall that she should make a college job out of this — advertising her interior decorating skills to other college freshmen.
NEWS
By Geoff West | January 15, 2013
Hello, my name is Geoff, and I'm a Facebook addict. That's how I recently began the process of assessing my participation on Facebook — the most popular social networking site in the world. Some of you know that I've been a regular contributor of commentaries and letters to the editor here for more than a decade and that I've published a blog, A Bubbling Cauldron , that addresses mostly local political issues for more than seven years. I joined Facebook to expand the market awareness of my blog activities by posting links to individual entries.
NEWS
From staff reports | August 3, 2012
We've decided to stop allowing anonymous comments on our websites. Users will need to log into Facebook to sound off on stories in the Daily Pilot , Coastline Pilot and the Huntington Beach Independent . This should put a name and a face to the opinions below our stories. Our hope is that a lack of anonymity will encourage accountability and reduce some of the boorish behavior exhibited on our website pages. In turn, we will stop pre-approving comments before they are published.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | October 29, 2011
A Balboa Fun Zone preservationist has started a Facebook campaign to halt plans for ExplorOcean, the ocean-themed educational center that would essentially replace the 1930s-era amusement park. James Pobog, 60, joins a small and growing group of old-timers who stand in protest of the plans by the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, which owns much of the Fun Zone's waterfront land. Some have bemoaned the loss of the carnival-like atmosphere, even before the museum ended the historic carousel's lease in September.
LOCAL
By Steve Smith | November 23, 2009
Now that we all agree that Corona del Mar High School is a good school that is emerging from a string of bad decisions by some adults in charge, let’s turn our attention to resolving the real issue behind the notorious Facebook video. Three high school male students made a video threatening to rape and kill a fellow student, which was posted on Facebook for a few days. No criminal charges were filed, and the boys were suspended for a few days, not expelled. The lack of appropriate punishment for what any reasonable person would agree is an act worthy of expulsion, shined a light on the district’s disciplinary policies, specifically, what they choose to call “zero tolerance.
NEWS
By John Canalis | March 20, 2010
Those of you who follow us on Facebook may have noticed some inconsistencies in how frequently we update our pages. Some days we update them, some days we don?t. That changes now. We are making social media a priority for the Daily Pilot, the Huntington Beach Independent, the Coastline Pilot and O.C. Now ? a site that aggregates news and sports from those three newspapers, as well as from the Los Angeles Times and our media partner, OCLNN.Com . Thanks to our talented Web editor, Jamie Wetherbe, each of the Times Community Newspapers in Orange County has a new Facebook page.
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By Bradley Zint | April 16, 2014
Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer during Tuesday's council meeting demanded an apology from a local blogger who posted online comments comparing the way he runs the city to Adolf Hitler. Eastside resident Geoff West alluded to the Nazi dictator in an April 11 Facebook posting about the operating structure of the Preserve Our Neighborhoods Task Force. Righeimer recently created the citizens group to examine complex legal issues associated with problematic rehabilitation homes in the city.
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NEWS
By Jessica Guynn | March 25, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook said it would buy virtual reality company Oculus VR for about $2 billion in cash and stock. Oculus is the Irvine-based maker of the Rift headset. The company will continue to operate independently within Facebook, Chief Executive  Mark Zuckerberg  said in a blog post. With the purchase, the giant social network is focusing on “what platforms will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences,” Zuckerberg said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | February 12, 2014
"I Love Newport Beach" was intended as an experiment. The Facebook page so named, which was unveiled in September 2011, was meant to be Newport Beach resident Tony Shaw's social media training. "I wanted to practice on something that nobody would see so I wouldn't embarrass myself in front of people I know," remarked the owner of Seaside Realty and Financial Services, who ultimately wanted to increase his business' online presence. But his plan for a dry run went awry with the site's unexpected popularity.
NEWS
By Robert J. Lopez | January 30, 2014
A former teacher and coach at an Irvine high school was sentenced to 10 years in prison for posing as a teenage girl on Facebook to get nude photos and videos from more than 100 underage boys, authorities said Wednesday. Zachary Reeder, 31, created a Facebook account and pretended to be a blonde high school student to "convince and direct the victims to send sexually explicit photos and videos," the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement. Reeder was charged with targeting his victims between June 1, 2010, and Jan. 14, 2013.
NEWS
December 2, 2013
Over the weekend, our Facebook commenting system went down. It appears to be a problem within Facebook itself, but we are doing all we can to restore comment functionality to readers as soon as possible. In the meantime, feel free to hop on over to our Daily Pilot Facebook page and leave any comments you may have there. Thank you for your patience.  [ Update: 9:36 a.m. Dec. 2: It looks like the comment system is back up, but we will continue monitoring throughout the day.]
NEWS
By Ken Nyquist | November 2, 2013
Having never paid much attention to the comments that follow articles in the Daily Pilot until this past July, I was actually surprised at their number and nature. When I delivered the Pilot back in the mid-'60s, on a very good route in Newport Beach, the newspaper ran letters to the editor and editorials. If you so much as made a derogatory statement, or smeared another person's integrity, there would be zero chance that your letter would make it to publication. No exceptions to that one. The push-button phone was something that you saw at Disneyland, in the Monsanto House of the Future exhibit in Tomorrowland.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan, Lauren Williams and Annie Kim | May 28, 2013
The five teenagers killed in one of the deadliest car crashes in Newport Beach history left behind a sense of "unimaginable loss" in the Irvine Unified School District, where they were all students. Two of the dead were sisters. And some of the five also had siblings in the district, officials said. "There are simply no words to convey the sorrow felt by our staff and our students and our community, and nor are there sufficient answers to explain the loss of these vibrant young teenagers," Irvine Supt.
NEWS
By Annie Kim | May 1, 2013
After more than a year of suffering from Stage 5 kidney failure, Eddie Beatrice decided to look online for a kidney donor. "It was Jan. 1 [2013] and I said, 'Today is the day I'm going to take back control of my life,' " said Beatrice, 51, of North Reading, Mass. Kelly Wright, 44, of Newport Beach, decided it was time to give someone else another chance at life after seeing the Donate Life float at the Rose Parade that same day. "I really wanted to do that for someone," Wright said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | April 25, 2013
Cullen Hoback doesn't know what Mark Zuckerberg thinks of his documentary "Terms and Conditions May Apply. " But he's already made the Facebook leader smile once. Toward the end of the documentary, which screens Friday and May 2 at the Newport Beach Film Festival, Hoback does an ambush interview with Zuckerberg, parking outside his Palo Alto home and intercepting him to ask a few questions about how Facebook and other websites affect users' privacy. After Hoback asks a question or two, his unwilling subject asks him to "please not" record the encounter.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | April 19, 2013
As of Thursday, I am no longer just a name to three residents of our coverage area. I am also the man with the stuffed Emily Dickinson. Three years ago, I stayed at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Ore., in which every room is themed after a famous writer and the gift shop offers a slew of literary memorabilia. As a souvenir from my trip, I brought back a stuffed doll of the reclusive poet, which now resides on my bookshelf at home. I explain it away to visitors by saying I bought it for my wife, but let's be honest - no literary young man can truly be inspired without a plush Emily Dickinson by his desk.
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