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March 6, 2013 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reading her grandmother's diary descriptions on the way to Philadelphia, Susan Gibbs imagined the great ship in its heyday: ladies in their mink stoles, ballroom dancing, indoor pool, champagne, luxurious spa, and pleasant sea breezes. Her grandfather, William Francis Gibbs of Rittenhouse Square, had designed the world's fastest, safest, and most technologically advanced ocean liner - the SS United States - and saw its launch in 1951. His "queen of the seas" represented, for many, America's optimism and can-do spirit after World War II. The 2,000-passenger ship still holds the transatlantic speed record.
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July 2, 2012 | Anastasia Dellaccio grew up in Wynnewood and is a senior outreach associate with the
After months of hard work and planning, I took my seat on a Tuesday morning in the Rio+Social audience, plugged in my computer, my phone, and my other phone, opened up all of my social-media channels, and waited anxiously for the program to begin.   As others took their seats and plugged in, I witnessed firsthand a connection between those in the room and the thousands of tweets that began to stream in with the hashtag #RioPlusSocial. From prominent figures such as Leonardo DiCaprio to concerned global citizens, tweets poured in, creating a global conversation.
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May 19, 2012 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the stock market event of the year, sure to make millions of dollars for venture capitalists, investment banks and other financiers, and billions for Facebook's founders and earliest backers. It was a cultural benchmark - the day when the phenomenon of "social media," a term many consider synonymous with the company Mark Zuckerberg created, finally cashed in on years of massive and growing buzz. But Thursday's initial public offering for Facebook shares - the most ballyhooed IPO since Google, and successful enough to value Facebook at $104 billion - arrived with some large question marks posted on its wall.
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April 15, 2012 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Now that Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign and the race is on between President Obama and Mitt Romney, an unprecedented media war has begun. We've seen big media battles before. But in money, in woman- and man-hours, and in technical and strategic sophistication, this will be the biggest ever. Especially in Pennsylvania and other swing states, you'll see television ads from both camps, and from the semianonymous political action committees that have become the coin of the 2012 realm.
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March 7, 2012 | By Dan Gross
LOCAL TATTOO ARTIST Shane O'Neill is Spike TV's "Ink Master. " O'Neill, 39, won $100,000 and a profile in Inked magazine on the show's finale last night. O'Neill, who operates Infamous Tattoo Co. locations in Willow Grove and in Middletown, Del., told the People's Paper's Lauren McCutcheon that he had a feeling all season that he would win. "I was winning the most challenges. At the very end, I wasn't surprised, but I wasn't expecting it either," O'Neill said.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2012 | By Candice Choi, Associated Press
Consumers are demanding better service in unprecedented ways. In the last several months, public outrage has helped beat back efforts by Bank of America Corp., Netflix Inc., and Verizon Communications Inc. to raise fees or significantly alter services. The victories come at a time when money is tight all around and consumers are tapping into social media to air their frustrations with like-minded individuals. "In the past, people would be angry, but they'd be all over the country talking to their neighbors," said Kit Yarrow, a professor of consumer psychology at Golden Gate University.
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April 6, 2013 | By Sofia Westin, DOWNINGTOWN EAST HIGH SCHOOL
At Downingtown East High School, teacher Amy Tordone has to compete with Twitter and Facebook for students' attention. She also knows that her students must work on skills often missing from a world of 140-character tweets and minute-by-minute status updates. So Tordone has changed her curriculum by reemphasizing basic concepts, ways of thinking, and note-taking in her Advanced Placement Government class. She always has something for students to read, then follows it up with some form of social media.
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July 20, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Red Alert Israel is an app, and it is harrowing. Tied into Israel's early-warning system, it sends an alert to your phone whenever a rocket is fired into Israel. With the current Israel-Hamas conflict, it goes off all the time. Lawrence Husick, senior fellow and codirector of the center for the study of terrorism at the Foreign Research Policy Institute, calls Red Alert Israel "a punch in the gut" that "gives a dramatic sense of what it's like to live in a state of threat. " Welcome to the social-media war-within-the-war.
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May 2, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER, And Daniel Victor, PHILLY.COM
Before President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden was dead, the news already had spread to all corners of the world and a lot of it was pushed out through social media. A computer programmer working late near bin Laden's mansion in Abbottabad, Pakistan, realized - after the fact - that he had inadvertently written the first public account of the military operation on Twitter.com. "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)," tweeted Sohaib Athar at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
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April 6, 2013 | By Kierra Walker-Crafton, CONSTITUTION HIGH SCHOOL
Two years ago, two friends at a Philadelphia high school turned on each other and began a hallway fight sparked by a rumor on Twitter and Facebook. As the fight escalated, onlookers pulled out their smartphones and began recording the action. Shortly thereafter, the "winner" of this school brawl posted the unsettling video on Facebook for all to see. This incident spurred a debate at Constitution High about what role social media have, if any, in conflict resolution. "Social media is funny, in that we can see fights from across the country from somewhere like Los Angeles," said Kathleen Melville, an English teacher at Constitution High.
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July 20, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Red Alert Israel is an app, and it is harrowing. Tied into Israel's early-warning system, it sends an alert to your phone whenever a rocket is fired into Israel. With the current Israel-Hamas conflict, it goes off all the time. Lawrence Husick, senior fellow and codirector of the center for the study of terrorism at the Foreign Research Policy Institute, calls Red Alert Israel "a punch in the gut" that "gives a dramatic sense of what it's like to live in a state of threat. " Welcome to the social-media war-within-the-war.
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July 3, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Going into the U.S.- Belgium soccer game Tuesday, social-media spies sorting tens of millions of Facebook, Twitter, and other posts for SAP AG found that the American team, led by goaltender Tim Howard , was viewed more positively than negatively. Several of the Belgians attracted more social haters than lovers, especially midfielder Marouane Fellaini , even though he scored a goal for Belgium against Algeria. Are American fans less critical? No. U.S. players got negative ratings last week, when Portugal tied the team in the last minutes, says SAP's Evan Welsh . But the American starters won back fans just by surviving the "Group of Death" to advance and face Belgium, said Welsh.
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June 15, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
About a year ago, something was killing the chickens Mike Dugan had roaming his property in the Delair section of Pennsauken. One morning last summer, his girlfriend, Allison Rosenfeld, and a friend spied a mystery critter. "We were like, 'What the heck is that?' " Rosenfeld, 43, said. "It moved like a rat, but larger. It moved like a mean animal. " When it saw them, it turned bushy-tail and ran, she said. Later, an Internet search led them to an animal called a fisher cat. Flash-forward to about a week ago. Word of possible fisher sightings in Pennsauken began circulating on social media.
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June 6, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'I don't care how great of a writer you are," said best-selling Horsham writer Merry Farmer. "It's always good to brush up on your craft. " Farmer, 40, who has published 10 novels, including The Faithful Heart and Tales From Cold Springs , recharges her creative batteries every year at the Philadelphia Writers' Conference, a three-day event featuring workshops, roundtable discussions, and bull sessions for writers of all levels, newbie to...
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May 6, 2014
G UNTER PFAU, 36, of Franklintown, is founder and CEO of Stuzo, a Center City creative-technology firm that pioneered social media, helping major brands connect with millions of consumers. Stuzo was sold in 2010, but Pfau and the original management team reacquired the company in January 2013 with plans to launch a mobile-engagement gateway - or MEG - to make mobile marketing easy for small-to-medium-size businesses. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Stuzo? A: I was a student at Temple, and in 2007 Facebook opened up something called Facebook Platform.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
AS DeSEAN JACKSON visits the Redskins today, with a source close to Jackson saying the Raiders are next in line, I keep thinking about those 40 minutes. I'm talking about the time that elapsed Friday between the posting of NJ.com's story attempting to connect Jackson with the Crips and the Eagles' 25-word announcement releasing their three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver. There is no way Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly conferred, made such a momentous decision, and crafted the announcement in 40 minutes.
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March 30, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE LAST conversation Diedra Counts had with her oldest son wasn't that remarkable. Montrell Freeman Jr., 19, called her to check in Jan. 9 while he waited for a basketball game to start at the Vare Recreation Center in South Philly. Forty-five minutes later, Counts got another call: Freeman had been shot. He died later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, police said. "When this happened, I didn't know which direction to turn," Counts, 42, said last week at her home, a half-mile from where her son was gunned down.
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March 28, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - The question posed to Chip Kelly was simple: "Do you want DeSean on the team?" The answer was complicated, as much has been during DeSean Jackson's murky offseason with the Eagles. "I like DeSean," Kelly said Wednesday at the NFL's annual meetings. "DeSean did a really nice job for us. But we're always going to do what's best for the organization. " The lukewarm endorsement only fueled more speculation about Jackson's future. Kelly was complimentary of Jackson throughout the one-hour roundtable interview, although he never committed to keeping Jackson on the roster despite ample opportunity.
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March 26, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
FEW OF US get out of childhood unscathed. But before the "record everything, forget nothing" Internet, we were free to shove bad memories deep into our past or, if we chose, our best-selling memoirs. How I wish that were the case for the little girl in the viral video of her mother nodding off on a city bus. "Mama," the little girl in an adorable pink coat says as she reaches over to prop her mother's head up. "Mama!" The young mother appeared to have been severely impaired by drugs or alcohol.
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March 17, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Starting next school year, New Jersey public school districts will be called on to teach middle schoolers about responsible use of social media, according to recently passed legislation. Another bill, if signed by Gov. Christie, will require districts to create written policies about electronic communication between students and staff. With both pieces of legislation, the Garden State stands to become more of a part of a conversation - some would say movement - that is gaining momentum nationally.
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