John Paczkowski

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Dear Penthouse Letters: I Never Thought It Could Happen to Me …

“The magazine of sex, politics and protest” is now the “The magazine of sex, politics, protest and social networking.”

Penthouse Media Group has acquired Various and its more than 25 “Friendfinder” social-networking sites for a reported $500 million. Among the company’s properties, pop-up purveyor Adultfriendfinder.com (“The World’s Largest Sex & Swinger Personals Community”), Italianfriendfinder.com (“The Italian Way of Love!”) and Bigchurch.com (“Bringing People Together in Love and Faith”).

Taken together, the Various sites have a membership base of more than 260 million, with roughly 1.2 million subscribers who pay up to $50 a month for their services. And the company is rumored to be raking in “hundreds of millions of dollars” in annual revenues. Seems Penthouse got itself quite a deal.


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik