Clippers’ Chris Paul and his son star in new Christmas ad for State Farm

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Report: Masahiro Tanaka may be allowed to go to MLB

Twitter Wants You to See Who’s Tweeting Around You

Tech

Twitter is quietly exploring the use of geolocation with a new “Nearby” feature on its mobile app.

This week some users — who allow Twitter to access their location — have spotted the new feature that reveals nearby tweets regardless of whether you follow a user, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

“Nearby”  includes a map on the upper-half of the screen with a blue dot marking the user’s location, while the bottom half reveals a feed of recent local tweets, using icons marking their location on the map.

Twitter declined to comment on the recent testing but the new feature may help with local discovery in real-time, infringing on Foursquare’s domain.

The social media giant has enabled geolocation since 2010, but a user must manually switch on the setting to allow Twitter to access locations. The strategy could also prove to be a boon to advertisers, who could…

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Hunger Is Rising Across U.S., Say City Leaders

U.S.

Hunger is on the rise in major cities across the United States, according to a new survey released Wednesday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

In the survey of mayors in 25 major American cities, 83 percent said requests for emergency food aid had increased over last year while budgets for emergency food purchases increased by less than one percent. Across all 25 cities, 21 percent of those applying for assistance did not receive it.

Causes of hunger cited in the survey were, in order: Unemployment, low wages, poverty and high housing costs. Among people requesting food aid, according to the survey, 43 percent were employed, 58 percent were in families, 21 percent were elderly, and 9 percent were homeless.

The survey comes while Congress mulls cutting SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps, in negotiations over the farm bill.

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Major League Baseball to ban home plate collisions

Video: Chris Paul’s son evicts Griffin from Clippers locker room in Foot Locker spot

Diamondbacks land Mark Trumbo in three-team deal

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