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Cupid Buys Uniform Dating For GBP 7 Million

SCOTSMAN - Sep 14 - Cupid Plc has sealed a deal to buy site Uniform Dating for GBP 7M. Cupid will pay GBP 3.6M up front and a further GBP 3.4M depending on Uniform Dating’s performance. Uniform Dating has recently launched in the US, Canada and Australia. The latest takeover follows July’s L2.9M acquisition of French peer Assistance Genie Logiciel, which operates sites including Last year Cupid snapped up a number of Portuguese-language website operators in Brazil. ... llion.html

Grouper Expands To 10 More Cities

HUFFINGTON POST - Sep 13 - Grouper is an online "social club" that launched more than a year ago in New York City. The site expanded to 10 more cities: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Seattle. Signing up takes about a minute because the site creates a profile for you by pulling information from your Facebook page. Then you send an email inviting two friends to be your wingmen or wingwomen. Lastly, you answer five questions on a sliding scale. Then you wait two to three weeks for an email from Grouper. There's a waiting list because matches are determined by staff members in addition to a computer algorithm, according to the company. The email sets the location for your meeting and offers various times for you and your friends to choose from. Each of the six people must pay $20, which goes to pay for the first round of drinks and the site's fee. Grouper dates are more enjoyable because when you're with your friends, you're going to behave more comfortably and naturally. ... ities.html


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Cupid Media Expands Internationally With DirectTrack

GLOBE NEWSWIRE - Sep 13 - Cupid Media operates interactive dating sites focused in niche markets. With ~ 30M customers around the world, Cupid Media requires a solution that seamlessly handles multiple currencies and languages, and offers unique commission options to pay affiliates based on user engagements beyond the initial user sign-up. The currency conversion feature from DirectTrack allows clients like Cupid Media to gain more control over payments that have fluctuating exchange rates. ... track.html

New Online Dating Startups

TECH CRUNCH - Sep 13 - Michael Cafferata, a firefighter, started VideoDate, a mobile video chat app. The entire experience, including filling out your profile, happens on a mobile device. The app will try to match you with other users, and if you and another person are interested in each other, you can do a video chat. You can’t just do a video call with someone who hasn’t approved you. The app is ad supported, but Cafferata says a paid ad-free version will be released later. Frimper is another video app. But instead of a mobile app, the company has gone with a Facebook app. There are two main components: matching algorithms and an online “speed-dating”. The speed-dating component is the catchy part, but Frimper is investing heavily on the algorithm. Frimper’s matching isn’t based just on what you say about yourself, but also about what other Frimper users you interact with say about you. Dateini solves a different problem entirely: What do you do once you’ve already got a date? The company provides a date-planning application described as a virtual concierge service. ... rtups.html


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Janis Spindel Decides To Sell 2Love Today Online Dating

PR WEB - Sep 13 - 2LoveToday Online Dating, which is Janis Spindel's first online matchmaking site, is ready for sale. She plans to sell 2LoveToday for its development costs of $285K plus 10% revenue for 10 years dropping down to 5% for the next 5 years while leveling off at 1%. This includes a sale, merger, and IPO. ... ating.html

iovation Launches Fraud Force Online Community

US POLITICS - Sep 12 - iovation, the Device Reputation Authority, is launching an online community for its clients called Virtual Crime-Fighting Network. The network provides iovation clients and thousands of fraud professionals a private, virtual community to connect and collaborate in the fight against cybercrime. "Sharing data is baked into iovation's DNA and is essential to combat constantly evolving Internet threats and the devices that are used to conduct them," said Jon Karl, VP of Corporate Development at iovation. ... unity.html


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Jazzed Is Closing Down

OPW - Sep 11 - Jazzed, eHarmony's sister social dating site, is shutting down on Sep 18th. Jazzed launched in August 2010 to compete with less serious dating sites such as, OKCupid and POF and one year later re-launched as a social dating site where people could connect, meet and share content with likeminded people. Jazzed users are offered a special 3-months deal on eHarmony for $9.95/Mo that will automatically renew at the rate of $29.95/Mo. ... -down.html

Grindr CEO: 100% Of My Audience Does Not Have Equality

MASHABLE - Sep 8 - Grindr is hoping to steer its 1,558,031 U.S. users — all of voting age — toward ballot boxes this year, in what’s bound to be an historic election. Joel Simkhai, founder and CEO of the Los Angeles-based company, believes another fundamental difference sets the userbase apart. “We don’t have the same rights as everyone else. 100% of my audience does not have equality.” He believes Grindr has a responsibility to change that. The team launched the Grindr for Equality: Election 2012 campaign for the first time. The end goal is to rally ~1.5M users together to vote for LGBT-friendly initiatives and their congressional supporters in all 50 states. Grindr hopes to educate users about local elections, and advocate for the president, representatives and senators who are supportive of same-sex marriage and gay-friendly initiatives. ... ality.html



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