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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Orange County prosecutors charged a real estate agent Monday with the rapes of three women, including two he met through a website that claims to be the largest online dating hub for millionaires, authorities said. Joseph Garcia, 47, of Irvine appeared in court, although he did not enter a plea to six counts of forcible sodomy and one count of forcible rape. His arraignment was scheduled for Nov. 3, and bail was set at $1 million.
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BUSINESS
July 27, 2004 | Dawn Wotapka, Times Staff Writer
Barry Diller's Internet empire got a little bigger Monday. InterActiveCorp said it purchased a 30% stake in ELong Inc., a Chinese online travel provider, for $60 million. New York-based InterActiveCorp also acquired securities that, if exercised, would increase its ownership in the Beijing-based company to 51%. The move fits InterActiveCorp's strategy of buying Internet companies that are "competitive on a time-sensitive basis," said Daniel E.
TRAVEL
November 30, 2008 | Jen Leo
Every other new travel website claims to make your trip-planning experience easier and more efficient. TripBase.com, even though it's still in beta, actually makes it more fun. What's hot: TripBase is the Match.com of travel planning. You input what you find desirable in a destination (night life, dining, nature, attractions and shopping) and it returns destinations that you're likely to be infatuated with. Like online dating results, these outcomes may disgust you.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Liberty Media Corp.'s John Malone, a longtime business partner of Barry Diller, moved Monday to oust Diller from the board of the IAC/InterActiveCorp Internet conglomerate. The move was the latest in dueling lawsuits the two sides filed in Delaware courts after IAC said it planned to break itself into five separate companies. Liberty says that would rob the media holding company of its shareholder voting power.
NEWS
May 18, 2001 | ANN MARSH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cherry Norris never got a chance to date online but insists she would have. The native Tennessean suffered through eight nearly date-free years in Los Angeles prior to the advent of the Web. The Internet, she figures, might have spared her from The Question. "People would say, 'You're smart. You're pretty. . .' "--at this point, Norris knew what was coming next--" 'Why aren't you dating?' I couldn't answer," says the dark-blond filmmaker, now 40 and in a committed relationship.
IMAGE
December 28, 2008 | Susan Carpenter
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.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2011 | Bloomberg News
EHarmony Inc. Chief Executive Gregory Waldorf has resigned from the dating website that he's run for almost five years. Waldorf, 42, will be replaced on an interim basis by Greg Steiner, EHarmony's president and chief operating officer, while the board conducts a search for a permanent CEO, the Santa Monica company said Tuesday. "As EHarmony begins its second decade, the time is right for me to step down," Waldorf said in a statement, without providing a reason for leaving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2000 | STEVE HARVEY
Have something to say to the driver in the next lane? "No more shouting through your car window!" says Dana Point-based PlateMatch.com. The Web site enables snoopy vehicle owners to register their license plates in a database for $59.95 per year and exchange e-mail with other members. It's sort of an update of a 1980s group, Huntington Beach-based Freeway Singles, whose members displayed numbered stickers on their cars. In the current version, members receive PlateMatch.com license plate frames.
NEWS
December 7, 1999 | BOOTH MOORE
If anyone can make a pen look sexy, it's Helmut Newton, master of the erotic black-and-white photograph. The artist was recently commissioned by Montblanc to explore the theme of passion and soul . . . and pens. The result is a series of eight steamy shots of a woman writing on the bare skin of another, meant to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Meisterstuck pen.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2009 | Denise Martin
It's going to be a rough week for "The Bachelor's" Jason Mesnick. On Monday night, rampant online rumors concerning the show's twist ending -- one that would potentially brand Mesnick a cad -- were confirmed when he retracted his proposal to Melissa Rycroft, delivered in the last moments of the finale, in favor of the runner-up, Molly Malaney. What's worse for Mesnick -- but good for ABC -- is that more than 17.6 million tuned in to watch Melissa get the shaft on the "After the Final Rose" special, making it the most-watched in the franchise's seven-year history.
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