"Facebook's business model is actually focused on not giving third parties data about its users," said Aviv Ovadya, chief technologist at the Center for Social Media Responsibility. "If it owns the data, and you can only target people through its platform, then you must spend money on its platform. Facebook also wants people to be as comfortable as possible giving them data, so they want to ensure that the data is protected from being used in problematic ways."
STD and HIV cases have increased nationwide and gone up and down California. And Long Beach now has the state's second-highest rate of chlamydia and third-highest rates of gonorrhea and syphilis. No one factor explains the increases, but health officials point to the popularity of online dating apps, casual hookups and evidence that young people who are busy and otherwise healthy often don't bother with condoms or routine checkups.
"Through [Clippers owner] Steve Ballmer's leadership, the Clippers have a clear commitment to diversity and equal opportunity," Gillian Zucker, the Clippers' president of business operations, said in the release. "From our players on the court to our leadership team, we are proud to stand with Bumble and do our part to emphasize that diversity and gender equality in the workplace is essential to organizational excellence. Bumble's message and technology provide a platform for women in new and non-traditional spaces and it's important to the Clippers that we innovate and reach our fans wherever our fans are."
It is a truly excellent week to be an Angeleno -- if not to live here, then to love this town and enjoy the remarkable food scene L.A. has to offer. The Dodgers are going to the World Series (yes, we still love Dodger Dogs, though you can even get poke bowls these days), and this year's edition of Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants list is out. If you carry around the print version in your car, as many of us do, it hits your doorstep in this Sunday's paper. Happy dining, and remember that some restaurants will likely be turning their televisions, if they have them, to the game tomorrow night. Goldbot: You can now talk to Jonathan Gold any time you want -- or at least the robot version of him that lives on Facebook Messenger.
Are you a veteran of L.A.'s current dating scene? Even in the New Los Angeles, with Lyft and Uber giving us cheaper rides and two-thirds of voters passing Measure M, dating without a car is still playing the game with a serious handicap. "I don't mind that you don't drive," a woman I'd been dating for six months told me last year as she drove us to dinner at Broken Spanish for my birthday. L.A. Affairs chronicles the current dating scene in and around Los Angeles.
California politics updates: Legislature rejects drug'injection sites,' weighs new cap-and-trade spending plan This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Lawmakers in Sacramento are in the final hours of the 2017 legislative session, and now considering the final versions of hundreds of bills. On Tuesday, they rejected a plan for "safe injection sites" for drug users, while agreeing to spend money to help "Dreamer" immigrants. Vice President Mike Pence has rescheduled his California fundraising trip for October. Lawmakers in Sacramento are in the final hours of the 2017 legislative session, and now considering the final versions of hundreds of bills.
As an unfulfilled administrative assistant, I tend to go for "artistic" guys onto whom I can project my failed career aspirations. This "type" is also my escape from young-adulthood malaise. The first half of this year consisted of unsuccessful Tinder dates and emotional unavailability from the men I did like. One Saturday, after experiencing some anxiety over my career, I decided to go for a late afternoon urban hike to clear my mind. I took the Metro Red Line to Vermont and Sunset before making my way from Los Feliz to Silver Lake.
A firing this week by a Washington think tank has exposed the deep and often hidden influence of tech companies that are driving key governmental decisions affecting people both on and off the Internet. On Wednesday, the New America Foundation -- a think tank funded by Google as well as one of its cofounders, Eric Schmidt -- ousted members of its Open Markets program, its anti-monopoly research arm, that had openly criticized the Web giant's growing power. Google and New America have said this specific decision was not motivated by the group's remarks. But critics say the episode highlights the tech industry's enormous power to set the terms of public debate in the nation's capital. The funding of think tanks is just one way Silicon Valley is quietly expanding its influence in Washington.
America's Got Talent Laverne Cox ("Orange Is the New Black") serves as a guest judge on the reality series. Rare -- Creatures of the Photo Ark Nature photographer Joel Sartore visits New Zealand, Budapest, Hungary, and Prague, Czech Republic, in his quest to photograph elusive and endangered species in the final installment of this three-part series. Manhunt: Unabomber "A Beautiful Mind's" Paul Bettany portrays Ted Kaczynski -- a.k.a. the "Unabomber" -- and "Avatar's" Sam Worthing plays the real-life FBI profiler tasked with taking him down in this new eight-part docu-series. Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern Your host treks along the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail sampling traditional Appalachian eats in this new episode. World of Dance The competition heats up as the top two acts in each division battle for a spot in next week's final.