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FriendFinder Networks Reports Q4 Financial Results

MARKETWATCH - Mar 30 - Q4 2011 revenue was $81.7M. The revenue was negatively impacted by a decrease in traffic and a decline in new subscribers and renewal orders primarily in European markets. Net loss was $10.2M. Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2011 was $331.3M. Net loss was $31.1M. Over the past 15 months, FriendFinder Networks has repaid $87.6M in outstanding debt. FriendFinder Networks' COO, Anthony Previte, will take on the additional role of President, effective March 30, 2012 and will became CEO, effective July 1, 2012. Current CEO Marc Bell will continue to dedicate a substantial portion of his time to the Company as Co-Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer.

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Are You Selling Profiles?

BETABEAT - Mar 29 - Online dating is a fast-growing industry, with current revenues estimated to run between $1.5 and $3 billion a year. But every new dating site faces the same problem: finding souls to mate. Recruiting new customers is expensive; industry experts put the customer acquisition price at $1 to $5 per person. SaleDatingProfiles and its competitors BuyProfiles.com and DatingProfilesSale.com offer a shortcut. They sell bulk packages of profiles that seem to include a fair number of actual singles alongside somewhat more questionable Russian beauties, Nigerian bankers and half-empty profiles, which sometimes sell for less than a dime a dozen. SaleDatingProfiles is based in Israel and Russia, a representative told Betabeat over Skype, and operates 150 dating sites of its own, which she declined to name. SaleDatingProfiles says its profiles come from users who signed up for a dating site in its network. Mark Brooks, a consultant who works exclusively with Internet dating companies, said he once fired a client for buying profiles. “When people have a bad experience on any Internet dating site, they just label it ‘Internet dating. ‘Internet dating sucks!’” he told Betabeat. “I don’t work with anybody who’s bad for the industry because in ten years time I won’t be working with anybody, because there won’t be an industry.”

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Circl.es: The Latest Dating Site That Uses Facebook

TECH CRUNCH - Mar 29 - Circl.es users sign up with Facebook. Circles is also attempting to limit overexposure, as users are served Facebook “snapshots” of potential matches, and they can just click “yes,” “no,” or “skip.” If they click “yes,” both users are notified, Circles sends them both emails, and lets them take it from there. If they click no, they won’t see that snapshot again, and that person never sees their profile. Only the people they’re interested in get to view their profile. When they’ve browsed all the profiles, they hit a “You’ve Seen It All Page,” and that’s it. Circles gives people two weeks to meet up with an interest before the match expires, which is plenty of time to start a conversation. Expiring matches also prevent weeks of endless email reminders, notifications, and spam. Other similar new dating sites are theComplete.me and Yoke.

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Grindr Celebrates Its 3rd Birthday With 3.5M Users

PR NEWSWIRE - Mar 26 - In 2009, Grindr started out as a small company with $5K in self-financing and an office headquartered in Founder and CEO Joel Simkhai's living room. Grindr officially launched on March 25, 2009, and within one month, 10K users downloaded the free app. Fast-forward only three years, and Grindr has 10K new users around the world joining up every day. Today, 908K Grindr users log on and send 7M chat messages and 2M photos to one another on a daily basis. The app is most popular in the US, but has seen incredible popularity in the UK, France, Australia and Canada, in addition to an emergent following in far-flung, unexpected spots such as Iran, Moldova, Malawi, Yemen, Albania and Djibouti.

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JRetroMatch.com Launches JMontreal.com

PR WEB - Mar 28 - Jewish Dating service JMontreal.com is launching in March 28th 2012 to benefit Jewish singles in Montreal. The service combines the match technology of JRetroMatch.com with local JMontreal matchmakers, to give the personalized touch.

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

Hacker Group LulzSec Exposes 171K Military Accounts

LA TIMES - Mar 28 - The hacker group known as LulzSec appears to be back, claiming to have exposed the accounts of ~171K members on MilitarySingles.com. The programmers of the website are investigating the attack claimed by LulzSec and are taking measures to increase the site's security. "We have enacted a series of security procedures in response," said Robert Goebel, CEO of ESingles Inc., which owns the site. "Regardless of whether it was a true claim or false claim, we’re treating it as though it’s true just to be safe." But Goebel said he does not think the dating site was actually hacked. He said the website was down for some time over the weekend, but that was due to a scheduled maintenance. He also said he's not sure how the hackers could have dumped so many accounts when the site only has about 140K members.

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Gleeden Comes To America

HUFFINGTON POST - Mar 26 - This month, AshleyMadison.com, America's largest online extramarital dating service, celebrates its 10th anniversary and rapid growth worldwide. Hoping to grab a piece of this digital pie, Gleeden is now stepping up its marketing efforts in the U.S. It was launched in France in 2009 by two French brothers, Teddy and Ravy Truchot, who were approached by several women and fellow employees with marital issues. "The women voiced their need for a place, a playground for adults, where they'll be able to be in control and carry out an extramarital affair with utmost discretion," said Gleeden spokesperson. Gleeden positions itself as the first web site run exclusively by and for women.

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

Kingfish Labs Raises $500,000 To Turn Facebook Profiles Into Dating Profiles

BUSINESS INSIDER - Mar 27 - There are a lot of dating sites and many of them pull in Facebook data. Yoke is Kingfish Lab's first Facebook app. Kingfish Labs is a new company that raised $500K from Lerer Ventures and Softbank Capital to crunch Facebook data and create recommendation apps. Kingfish Labs was founded by Fishman and a fellow Huffington Post employee, Jeff Revesz. Rob Fishman served as Huffington Post's social media editor. Jeff Revesz joined the company in 2010 when his startup, Adaptive Semantics, was acquired. There they met Ken Lerer, Huffington Post's co-founder and an investor in Kingfish Labs. When a user signs up for Yoke, they can say if they're single or in a relationship. If they're in a relationship, they become a matchmaker and can introduce single friends to each other. If they're single, they can send a Yoke or Facebook message to a friend for an introduction to the second degree person.

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