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November 30, 2008 | Jen Leo
Every other new travel website claims to make your trip-planning experience easier and more efficient., even though it's still in beta, actually makes it more fun. What's hot: TripBase is the 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.
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.
May 19, 2008 | Regina Nuzzo, Special to The Times
Swapping spit: The term takes on a more refined meaning at the new dating site A prerequisite for signing up -- in addition to having a bit of cash to spare -- involves swishing a cotton swab inside your cheek and mailing a juicy sample of skin cells and saliva. What do you get in return for your DNA-laden drool? A chance at genetic and olfactory harmony. ScientificMatch.
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 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 license plate frames.
The last date I went on was in October. The one before that was in May. And the one before that, well, I don't remember. It's been exactly one year since I've been involved in any sort of substantial relationship, and considering the substance of the last one, that's not saying much. I've tried the bar, the gym, the public library and grocery store.
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.
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.
November 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Media mogul Barry Diller said Friday that his Internet conglomerate, IAC/InterActiveCorp, would invest $100 million to expand in China by creating services designed for local users. Diller also said IAC would launch its search engine in China within two years. IAC is looking for opportunities to develop or buy businesses geared to Chinese users, added Diller, IAC's chairman and chief executive. New York-based IAC's 30 Web brands include dating site Match.
September 27, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A former vice president of LendingTree Inc., an Internet-based loan matchmaker, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to the U.S. attorney's office in North Carolina. Brian Paquette faces as many as five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the plea agreement with the federal prosecutor.
February 7, 2003 | Richard Verrier
Media mogul Barry Diller's e-commerce company, USA Interactive, reported a large fourth-quarter profit, primarily from its travel businesses, dating service and an $80-million tax gain. The New York company reported net income of $148.1 million, or 30 cents per share, in the three months ended Dec. 31, versus a loss of $46.4 million, or 15 cents, a year earlier. Revenue increased to $1.34 billion from $948.5 million in 2001.
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