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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.
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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.
WORLD
September 25, 2012 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - Iranian ministers have fretted for years about a "marriage crisis" in the country. The average age when people wed has climbed since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, causing concern among officials, as well as family elders, that Iranians may stray from a traditional pious path by staying single too long. Now a government minister says the country needs to legalize matchmaking websites to nudge Iranians to get hitched at younger ages. Mohammad Abbasi, the country's sports and youth minister, recently said he hoped to come up with rules for what may amount to a sort of Match.com or eHarmony suited for the Islamic Republic.
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.
NEWS
January 24, 2002 | CHRISTINE FREY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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