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Cupid In Legal Fight For French Domain Name
HERALD SCOTLAND - Nov 19 - Cupid has found itself embroiled in a €1M (L800K) legal dispute over the way it has romanced French customers. Cupid has been challenged by continental rival Cupidon over the Scottish company's use of the Cupidon.com domain name it bought 18 months ago for L175,000. The result of the case, which is being heard by the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris, is expected this week. Cupidon, the owner of the Cuipdon.fr, Cupidon.be and Cupidon.net websites, claims its trade mark has been infringed and that Cupid is trading unfairly. Cupidon is seeking €800K in damages over Cupid's use of the Cupidon.com name, €75K on the grounds of unfair competition and €75K for tardiness in responding to Cupidon's request that it stop using the domain as well as assorted costs and daily charges if Cupid does not comply.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -name.html
DinnerDate: Group Dates For Single Foodies
MASHABLE - Nov 14 - DinnerDate is for singles who love trying new foods, interesting conversation and meeting new people. The startup is bringing online daters together in a group setting. DinnerDate reserves tables at the hottest new restaurants. The network’s eligible bachelors and bachelorettes are free to opt into any pre-arranged events listed on the website. At least six people are guaranteed to be at each group date. Most dinner groups range from 8 to 10 eaters, with a maximum of 12. So far 120 dinner group dates have been organized. DinnerDate is only available in San Diego and Orlando. The plan is to expand to San Francisco, Atlanta, Austin, Columbus and New York.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... odies.html
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Wikimatch.com: Hotornot With Matchmaking
Wikimatch logoPR WEB - Nov 13 - Wikimatch.com is a new dating site that launched this week. Software Engineer Jason Barton developed Wikimatch.com to utilize socially collaborative matchmaking, in which people estimate the likelihood of a good match between singles. Barton says that some people compare Wikimatch to Hotornot.com because of the voting aspect. He chose to concentrate on content, leaving the site’s appearance thin on visual appeal.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... aking.html
At OkCupid, Being An Atheist Is A Date-maker
WASHINGTON POST - Nov 14 - In some circles, being an atheist is a strike against you. But at OkCupid, including the word “atheist” in a first message to another user was more likely to garner a reply than any other religious descriptor except Christian. “Mentioning your religion helps you, but, paradoxically, it helps you most if you have no religion,” co-founder Christian Rudder wrote on the site’s blog. OkCupid was founded by Rudder, Sam Yagan, Chris Coyne and Max Krohn. In the 1990s, while still Harvard math majors, they created SparkNotes, a series of study guides that was sold to Barnes and Noble. The four launched OkCupid in 2003, and the site has since attracted ~10M users. Three of the founders describe themselves as nonbelievers in their onsite profiles.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... aker-.html
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Spark Networks Q3 Financial Results
MARKETWIRE - Nov 13 - Revenue increased 25% YOY, to $15.9M, hitting its highest level in nineteen quarters and average paying subscribers grew 29%, to ~266K, setting another all-time high. Christian Networks segment powered that growth, with an 84% increase in revenue, driven by an 89% jump in average paying subscribers. Net loss was $1.7M, or $0.08 per share, compared to a net loss of $238,000 or $0.01 per share, in Q3 2011. During Q1 of 2012, Spark Networks changed its financial reporting to include data on two newly-defined operating segments. The two new segments are Christian Networks and Other Networks. Christian Networks consists of ChristianMingle.com, ChristianMingle.co.uk, ChristianMingle.com.au, Believe.com, ChristianCards.net, ChristianDating.com, DailyBibleVerse.com, and Faith.com. Other Networks consists of Spark.com and related other general market sites.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... sults.html
True Love Former Directors Fined $1.5 Million By NSW Court
AAP - Nov 13 - Three "romance robbers" from True Love Corp must pay ~$1.5M for exploiting vulnerable clients and leaving them dateless and destitute. NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe says True Love's conduct was "despicable" and he hopes "other ruthless operators" in the dating game will take note of the landmark decision against them. Zivko Dimitrijevski, the former director and his wife Helen Dimitrijevski, a former manager of TLC, have been ordered to pay compensation of $1,123,095 and banned from working in the introduction industry. Hollie Veall, a former co-director, was ordered to pay $342,050. In most cases the clients were told to upgrade their memberships, at significant cost, to meet more people and have life coaching and grooming services but didn't get anything and it turned out the prospective partners on the databases were largely nonexistent.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... court.html
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New Social Discovery Startup: Mirror
PR WEB - Nov 12 - Mirror is a new social discovery platform. When users sign up, they create a frame. A frame is a short profile; a snapshot of who that person is. All Mirror users are verified by email and SMS. Mirror Media, Inc. is a privately-held company and is headquartered in New York City.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... rror-.html
Grindr Receives Mixed Reviews
EAST TENNESSEAN - Nov 12 - According to Grindr, since the inception of the app in early 2009, ~1-2K new users have signed up every day. 30% of the app’s users check the app daily, and 44% check their accounts on a weekly basis. The app has caught some flack because some users use it to find short-term relationships or to meet for casual sex. “As a dating tool, its hit or miss,” said one of Grindr's users. “Rarely will you find someone who is looking for Mr. Right rather than Mr. Right Now.” The app announced that it reached 3M users in 192 countries in November 2011. This made Grindr the largest all-male, location-based social network in the world.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... views.html
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