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AUTOS
January 28, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Attention single guys: do not buy that mail truck. Aside from wonky steering wheel placement and the mistrust of dogs everywhere, no vehicle on the road today is less likely to be driven by an attractive man than a mail truck, according to a recent survey by Insure.com. The online survey polled 2,000 licensed drivers 18 and older, and asked them the reality show-caliber question: What qualities in a vehicle were most likely to be driven by attractive members of the opposite sex?
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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
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.
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.
BUSINESS
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 Ask.com 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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
July 28, 2002 | JIM KRANE, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
Gary Gervitz wanted a girlfriend, but with stipulations. She had to be smart. She had to be politically conservative, but not religious. She had to be a redhead. Gervitz, 30, a busy investment manager, knew it would take a lifetime of scouring bars and college campuses to find such a woman -- especially in the Bible Belt. So, the resident of suburban Dallas fired up his computer and joined an Internet dating service.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2010 | By David B. Wilkerson
Media mogul Barry Diller will step down from his role as chief executive of IAC/InteractiveCorp, the company said Thursday, as he assumes the positions of chairman and senior executive. "It's been clear to me for some time that this company needs a full-time aggressive and aspirational executive in the CEO role," Diller said in a statement. Former Match.com CEO Greg Blatt will become IAC's chief executive. The news came as IAC and John Malone's Liberty Media Corp. announced that Liberty had agreed to exchange its 60% stake in IAC for all of the stock of a wholly owned subsidiary of IAC that holds the Evite and Gifts.
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