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BUSINESS
January 25, 2009 | times wire reports
A new website from Match.com is letting users search for that special someone -- for free. Match.com, which is owned by Internet conglomerate IAC/InterActiveCorp and also runs dating site Chemistry.com, has launched DownToEarth.com. DownToEarth.com joins other free dating sites such as Plentyoffish.com and OkCupid .com and expects to bring in revenue from ads. It is geared toward those who are new to Web dating, and lets users put up post-rendezvous ratings regarding the truthfulness of others' pictures and profiles.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2008 | David Sarno, Sarno writes the Web Scout column, which appears in daily Calendar.
This year, the Web grew further into its well-chosen name. The boundless net of sticky electronic threads is now ensnaring just about every other form of media. (When NBC chief Ben Silverman joked "Help me!" to Jay Leno, I thought of the line from 1958's classic "The Fly" -- the scene's on YouTube if you need a refresher.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The nation's advertisers pulled back significantly from most print and Internet outlets in the first three quarters of the year, although overall ad spending fell only slightly, partly because of strong demand for television ads during the Olympics and the presidential election. Nielsen Co. reported that ad spending totaled $100.5 billion through September, down 0.6% from the same period in 2007.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2008
Average rates on 30-year fixed mortgages dropped to 5.19% this week, down from the year's previous low of 5.47% set last week, mortgage company Freddie Mac said. The rate is the lowest since Freddie Mac's weekly mortgage rate survey began in April 1971. The average rate on a 15-year fixed mortgage dropped to 4.92% from 5.2%. Five-year adjustable-rate mortgages fell to 5.6% from 5.82% last week, while one-year adjustable-rate mortgages dropped to 4.94% from 5.09%. The nationwide fee for 30-year and 15-year mortgages averaged 0.7 of a point last week.
NATIONAL
December 17, 2008 | JAMES RAINEY
This might go down as the week that they took paper out of the newspaper business. Detroit's two daily newspapers announced Tuesday that they plan to reduce home delivery to just three days a week. And the trade organization for newspaper editors scheduled an April vote on whether to drop "paper" from its name.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2008 | DAVID LAZARUS
Universal Internet access sounds great. But not the way the head of the Federal Communications Commission envisions it. FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin is proposing that free wireless Net access be made available to everyone as part of a sale of public airwaves. At the same time, he wants filters put in place so that no smut slips through to impressionable young Web surfers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2008 | Lisa Fung
While its financial problems get the headlines, the Museum of Contemporary Art has quietly launched its online exhibition archive. The searchable archive at www.moca.org/library/archive /exhibition/, funded by a grant from the Getty, provides curatorial information as well as images for most of the diverse installations from 1984 to 2004.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2008 | Associated Press
A federal judge ruled Friday that evidence of a girl's suicide can be used by prosecutors against a woman charged in an Internet hoax. The ruling came just days before the start of trial for Lori Drew, 49, of O'Fallon, Mo., who has pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing computers without authorization. Prosecutors said Drew helped create a false-identity MySpace account and harassed Megan Meier, her daughter's former friend. Meier, who was being treated for depression, hanged herself after allegedly receiving messages saying the world would be better off without her. Drew's lawyer had argued the suicide evidence would lead jurors to focus on that rather than the question of whether Drew violated the terms of service of MySpace.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2008 | Cecilia Kang, Kang writes for the Washington Post.
President-elect Barack Obama famously made the World Wide Web a pillar of his campaign, so it is not surprising that the man already being called the nation's first "wired" president has championed the idea of an open Internet. And that is what Sprint Nextel Chief Executive Dan Hesse said recently "should scare" the telecom industry the most.
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