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Penthouse Buys Swinger Social Network Sites

Mag, video company sees sex-related content moving online
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2007 9:10 AM CST
Penthouse Buys Swinger Social Network Sites
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(Newser) – Stung by the blow that free videos have dealt to the sex-related entertainment industry, Penthouse Media Group is investing $500M in social networking sites. Penthouse has acquired Various Inc., whose flagship site, adultfriendfinder, is a self-described personals community for swingers and sex, the New York Times reports.

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With the investment, Penthouse aspires to broaden its sex-related offerings to  18-to-34-year-old males. “The rationale here is, it’s an online world,” said Penthouse CEO Marc H. Bell, who has retooled Penthouse magazine from classic XXX to a lifestyle-focused adult version of Maxim. Various also owns other networking sites, including bigchurch.com, which helps users “meet people who share the same spiritual beliefs as you.” (Read more Penthouse stories.)

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