In a deal touted as giving lender customers greater access to consumers, Charlotte, N.C.-based LendingTree has announced the completion of its acquisition of former competitor GetSmart.com and the GetSmart brand from Providian Financial Corp.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. LendingTree said it will continue to maintain relationships with more than 100 lenders participating in the GetSmart exchange and will offer the GetSmart platform to the more than 200 lenders currently on the LendingTree exchange. LendingTree was acquired in August 2003 by IAC/InterActiveCorp, formerly USA Interactive. LendingTree facilitates loans to consumers, including home mortgage, home equity, automobile, personal, debt consolidation, and credit cards. IAC/InterActiveCorp consists of LendingTree and businesses such as Expedia Inc., Hotels.com, Ticketmaster, and Citysearch, among others. The companies can be found online at http://www.lendingtree.com, http://www.getsmart.com, and http://www.providian.com.

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