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Spark Networks Reports Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results

MARKET WIRE - Nov 11 - Revenue grew 28% YOY and 6% compared to last quarter, marking our fourth consecutive quarter of revenue growth," said Greg Liberman, Spark's CEO. Revenue for the Q3 was $12.7M. Jewish Networks revenue was $6.7M, a decrease of 1% YOY. Average paying subscribers for Jewish Networks were 88,976, a decrease of 1% YOY. Average paying subscribers for Other Affinity Networks were 113,972, an increase of 84% YOY.

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Hispanics Are 'Fastest Growing Community When It Comes To Infidelity'

HUFFINGTON POST - Nov 11 - According to AshleyMadison.com, the Hispanic community is "the fastest growing community when it comes to infidelity." Since launching the Spanish-language version of their website in 2009, 1.1M Latinos have signed up, accounting for 31% of their total new membership.

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The Love Letter Ghostwriter

FT - Nov 11 - Kelly Hitchcock works as a virtual dating assistant. She is penning profiles and making contact with potential matches on behalf of men and women who are too inept, too strapped for time or simply unwilling to do so themselves. Ms Hitchcock is employed by Scott Valdez, who launched Virtual Dating Assistants in 2009. The US census calculates that of the nation’s 87m singles, 40m have tried online dating. Annual revenues from dating sites are $1.2bn in the US and $3.5bn worldwide, according to Courtland Brooks, an internet dating consultancy. Mark Brooks, a consultant to dating sites, believes virtual dating assistants have a future. “A significant proportion of people don’t have time to filter through online matches. They are cheaper than matchmakers, who typically charge between $5,000 and $50,000”. Virtual Dating Assistants charges $147 for a basic profile, while $600-$700 a month will buy you date selection and correspondence.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... riter.html


eHarmony Won't Settle Down With Just One Business Intelligence Tool

COMPUTERWORLD - Nov 8 - The system that powers eHarmony's matchmaking operation relies on four products: Oracle Corp.'s database, the open-source MySQL database, an open-source data-crunching app called Hadoop, and Netezza Corp. data warehousing appliances. Joseph Essas is VP of engineering and operations at eHarmony. 236 of its 20M members get married every day, the site claims. That's just one of "hundreds of metrics" that we "deeply care about," Essas said. eHarmony uses Oracle's database software to do much of the initial matching. But for hard-core data processing, the company relies on a speedy 50-node Hadoop cluster. Speed is important, because eHarmony updates the scores of its relationship matches whenever new members sign up, as well as when existing members update their profiles.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -tool.html

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DNA Can Help You Find The Perfect Lover

HUFFINGTON POST - Nov 8 - A Swiss company called GenePartner has developed a biological matching system using your human leukocyte antigen, or HLA, genes to find your perfect match. The company works with several dating sites around the world--Sense2love and Eventful Dating to name two--and tests interested people by mail. You get a couple of Q-tips, scrape the inside of your cheek and that of the other party or parties you'd like to have checked, and return it to the company. Later, you receive access to a closed account on the company's website, where you can read at your leisure about how well you supposedly fit together, genetically. The company's total manpower proves to be two women: the director, Joelle Apter, and the head of research, Tamara Brown.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... lover.html


Event: Examination Of The Online Dating Romance Scam

OPW - Nov 3 - Over 200,000 people living in Britain may have fallen victim to the online dating romance scam, according to a recent study. University of Leicester, E.S.R.C (Economic & Social Research Council) and University of Westminster are hosting a seminar on Friday, November 18th in London (The Kinds Fund Building, London, 11-13 Cavendish Square London). This seminar provides an opportunity for interested parties to learn about their year-long project that has examined: the personal characteristics of the victims of this scam, the persuasive techniques used by the scammers, the psychological impact on the victim. In the seminar they'll make recommendations for: online dating companies, law enforcement agencies, policy makers as well as counsellors. Contact Monica Whitty if you are interested in attending the seminar.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -scam.html

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Online Dating Is The Future Of Your Business

BUSINESS INSIDER - Nov 2 - David Teten gave a talk as part of TEDx Silicon Valley on "Online Dating is the Future of Your Business". In his talk he discussed how some of the successful online dating startups are models for new businesses. He mentioned dating sites such as TRUE.com, BeautifulPeople, HowAboutWe, Ignighter, InterracialSingles and AshleyMadison.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/news/page/2/


DateMySchool Expands To 600 Colleges

NYULOCAL - Nov 2 - DateMySchool (DMS) expanded to 600 campuses nationwide. DMS only started last November, and has grown to 55K members.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... leges.html


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