August 16, 2003
In the late '90s, when America Online took off, a momentous change occurred. Suddenly, even geeks could talk to that unattainable babe. No need to work on a swagger or fix a squeaky voice to woo the date beyond your reach -- now only limber fingers for smooth typing were needed. No need to wink or put a twinkle in your eye; mischievous flirting now occurred via emoticon, a la >:-) or ;-).
June 7, 2012 |
A day after some of its users' passwords were compromised by hackers, LinkedIn has said it has not confirmed any account break-ins. The business social network said it had not received "verified reports of unauthorized access" to its users' accounts as a result of an attack by a hacker who posted 8 million passwords online over the last few days. Even so, the company is being targeted by phishing scams trying to steal its users' login and password combinations. The latest LinkedIn predators are sending the company's users phony emails meant to resemble official messages sent by the company.
May 4, 2008 |
I've had friends--and friends of friends--fix me up. I've placed personal ads in the New York Review of Books. I've tried speed dating. I've posted on Match.com, Matchmaker, EHarmony, Yahoo, Salon, JDate, the Right Stuff and Science Connection. Countless inter- views and auditions for emotional compatibility, intellectual sparks and physical chemistry--things that are supposed to happen naturally--make you feel as if you've given a pint of blood. And that's no way to meet someone.
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August 24, 2011 |
Match.com settled a lawsuit brought by a sexual assault victim by agreeing Tuesday to conduct background checks on all members to screen out known sex offenders. Screenwriter Carole Markin proclaimed victory for the millions of singles who make use of online dating services, saying Match.com's commitment to security screening could prevent attacks such as the one she suffered last year on a second date with Alan Paul Wurtzel of Pacific Palisades, who had at least six previous sex offense convictions.
October 17, 2009
Dear Frank and Jamie: Would you mind putting off all the ugly accusations, recriminations and posturing by attack-dog attorneys until after our team tries to win the World Series? We'd all appreciate it. Keep in mind who the other children of this divorce are. And, by the way, we don't want to have to go to two Dodger Stadiums when this is over. Dave Stuart, Westlake Village To all of you blue-clad visitors who tried to turn Petco Park into your house, don't expect any sympathy from Padres fans on the impending McCourt divorce.
June 15, 2012 |
Facebook is currently testing a video "Call" button for its Timeline profiles, giving more prominence to its little known Video Calling feature. The social network confirmed that the button is being tested on a few people's profiles, being placed under cover photos and in between the current "Message" and gear buttons. That location is a familiar spot for the "Call" button since that's where it was previously located after Video Calling was launched by Facebook last summer, as can be seen on Facebook's page for the feature.
June 14, 2012 |
AT&T has announced the Sony Xperia ion Android smartphone will begin selling June 24. The phone will be available to consumers for $99 with a two-year contract. It runs on the AT&T 4G LTE network and will run Android's Gingerbread, which is outdated by two more-recent versions of the operating system. The Xperia ion comes with a 4.6-inch screen that plays HD video at 720p. And it can connect and play its content on HDTVs through an HDMI cable. The phone features a 12-megapixel camera, billed as Fast Capture for its quick 1.5-second launch time and shoots video in 1080p.
June 19, 2012 |
A hacker Tuesday claimed to have stolen 50 gigabytes of information from 79 banks over the last three months. The hacker, whose Twitter handle is Reckz0r but who also goes by " Jeremy " according to a PasteBin post, posted a text file of his hacks that contained a portion of the data he claimed to have stolen -- enough, he said, to prove he isn't kidding. Within that text file are details from 1,700 individual Visa and MasterCard credit cards accounts, according to ZDNet . The details posted by Reckz0r includes people's names, card types and both their postal and email addresses.
December 28, 2008 |
Housing prices are plummeting. Jobs are evaporating. And the economy, as a whole, is in free fall. But despite -- or perhaps because of -- such relentlessly bad news, there's an up side -- for daters, at least. Singles are wading into the online dating pool in record numbers, giving virtual matchmakers their best traffic figures in years -- and users even better odds for finding a snuggle buddy, a fling or the One.