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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.
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.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2001 | Bloomberg News
AOL Time Warner Inc., which runs the biggest Internet service, agreed to promote Ticketmaster's service, which sells concert, theater and other tickets, to AOL's more than 28 million online subscribers. Terms weren't disclosed, AOL Time Warner spokesman David Theis said.
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
February 8, 2011 | Alex Pham
Concert behemoth Live Nation Entertainment Inc. on Monday said it purchased the remaining shares of Front Line Management Group Inc. that it didn't already own for $116.2 million from Irving Azoff and Madison Square Garden. Founded in 2004, Front Line represents Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett and numerous other musicians. In addition, Azoff, chief executive of Front Line, becomes Live Nation's chairman, consolidating his power at the Beverly Hills entertainment giant, which last year merged with the country's largest ticket seller, Ticketmaster, in a deal worth $889 million.
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.
MAGAZINE
May 4, 2008 | Amy Albert, Amy Albert is a senior associate editor at Bon Appetit magazine. Contact her at magazine@latimes.com.
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.
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.
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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