Technology: Can You Hurry Love?

Here's what you get when you marry online dating and instant messaging

Online romance may have shed its stigma over the past couple of years, but until now the electronic process has been only a little bit faster than its off-line counterpart. Finding out whether your latest suitor is a loser could take days, if not weeks, when you're merely bouncing e-mail back and forth. What if you want to sort the wheat from the chaff right this minute? Isn't the Internet supposed to be about instant gratification?

Enter a new service launched last week by America Online (which, like this magazine, is owned by Time Warner). Not to...

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