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September 20, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Can tools and insights from the world of social media improve the experience of patients in a hospital or doctor's office? That's the hope of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Yorn, a Philadelphia start-up's plans for changing how companies relate to customers. After a three-month pilot project, Penn was convinced. On Wednesday, it announced a multiyear contract to bring Yorn - which stands for "your opinion, right now" - to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and to its other hospitals and outpatient facilities.
NEWS
September 15, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bashar al-Assad, president of Syria, is embroiled in civil war and accusations of chemical warfare against his own people. So what does he do? He takes the offensive. Instagram and Twitter. To the horror of many, Assad posted pics of himself, calm and in control, at work at his desk, meeting state leaders. Asma, his wife, helps out at a food line, hugs real people. And then there's the odd branding. His Mac is in view. Asma sports a hip aquamarine Jawbone UP wristband pedometer.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Jessica Pasquarello, For The Inquirer
First there was the selfie. Those were the self-shot, self-portraits posted on social media that - inadvertently? - invited the world to dish out the compliments. It was the image of your best self being candid and cute, and it fit nicely with the bazillions of other carefully curated pictures you posted online of you with your good-looking boyfriend, your marathon trainer, your enviable house, your adorable dog, your BFFs. Yet in a what's-your-status world filled with overwhelming pressure to look camera-ready at all times, it can be liberating to drop the facade and laugh at society's obsession with the exterior.
NEWS
September 5, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police in West Virginia believe alcohol was a factor, and they have charged two out-of-state gas workers with murder, but what set off the weekend confrontation that led to the death of a college student from Bucks County remained a mystery Tuesday. The attack occurred early Saturday off the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University as the victim, senior Kevin Figaniak, 21, of Perkasie, and an identified companion were walking home from a bar. "Everybody we have talked to, the one remaining victim and the two men arrested, have not been able to definitely give us what was said, what those words were," said Sgt. Gregg McKenzie of the Wheeling Police Department.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
It was the collective "ewww"; heard around the Twitterverse. Miley Cyrus - a.k.a. former Disney innocent Hannah Montana - shocked even the unshockable during MTV's Music Video Awards Sunday, sending tweeters into overdrive when she bent over in her flesh-colored two piece and rubbed her hiney against Robin Thicke's crotch. Talk about blurred lines. What? Is she serious? Why does she have that big foam finger? And what in the heck is she doing? Twerking, baby. Here is a primer: Twerking can be done alone or with a partner.
NEWS
August 26, 2013 | By Leila Haghighat, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Hey, stud. Busy?" "Not really," Eiren Shuman, 27, coquettishly typed back in response to what he suspected was an automated message. "Sweet. I've been to the gym a lot, and it's made me really horny. " Some idle minutes later came another sext, asking whether Shuman wanted to view a key body part. He played along, just to prove his suspicion right. "Show me! Show me!" This service, called Grindr, is an app that gay and bisexual men use to hook up over the Internet.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
She has a best-actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook , but Jennifer Lawrence sings the success blues in the September issue of Vogue, out next Tuesday. "I'm just really starting to feel like a monkey in a zoo," complains Jen, who turns 23 Thursday. And don't go telling her, Aww, too bad, everybody should have your problem . "I am just not OK with it," she says. "It's as simple as that. I am just a normal girl and a human being. " Well, maybe, but she's been expecting fame since she was a kid in Kentucky.
NEWS
August 7, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
They weathered crises, a horrific smear, a roller-coaster of emotions, and - in the end - heartbreak that still resonates four months later. But what they accomplished, working from a wooden kitchen table, would make any advertising executive envious. And along the way, the family of Sunil "Sunny" Tripathi learned invaluable lessons from an ordeal that bonded them more deeply and led them to redefine their goals and objectives. Sitting at that very same kitchen table in their Center City home last week, Sangeeta and Ravi Tripathi recounted their brother's disappearance, their intensive search, and how those events ended up playing out on a worldwide stage.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since Friday, social-media sites have moderated - in every sense of the word - public reaction to President Obama's semi-off-the-cuff remarks on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin verdict. These tributary media - Facebook, Twitter, and their sibs; the blog world; cable TV - allowed many voices to vent, the measured and the extreme alike. But then the heat diffused - something social media also can do - and by Monday a different tone had emerged, less like war, more like the discussion about race so many say they want.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the end it was, as always, a woman and her child, and the effort to deliver. But, for the circus/playground/peanut gallery of the social media, the labor of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, was an orgy of fact-mongering, speculation, and hijinks of all sorts. And social media used the occasion to play host to a huge, silly world party. Lightning-fast Twitter was a fine place to follow the timeline of events, starting from the announcement about 2 a.m. (Philly time) from Peter Hunt of the BBC that "the Duchess of Cambridge is in labour and has gone to give birth at the private Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London.
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