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FriendFinder Seeks Court Approval Of Reorg

BLOOMBERG - Nov 6 - FriendFinder Networks won court approval to seek creditors’ votes on its restructuring plan, which would turn the company over to noteholders. FriendFinder will seek court approval of its reorganization plan to exit bankruptcy at a hearing scheduled for Dec. 16. The company sought bankruptcy protection Sept. 17 listing assets of $465.3M and debt of $661.9M. The restructuring would cut about $300M in debt and reduce annual interest expenses by ~$50M. The reorganization plan is supported by ~78% of the holders. ... reorg.html

Group Dating Is On The Rise

NY TIMES - Nov 10 - “Traditional online dating takes too much time,” said Lauren Kay, 24, a founder of the Dating Ring, a group dating company that started last spring. She requires singles to meet with an in-house matchmaker, before being set up in groups of three single men and women ($20 a date). "Group dating is simply a version of general night life, said Abel Acuna, a founder of Martini, a group-dating service in New York, Paris, London and Seoul, South Korea. These services make fewer claims about arranging romance, promising only the low-stress opportunity of hanging out. ­Grouper bills itself as a social club. “We are more excited about groups that are 12 and higher,” said Sam Yagan, founder of and CEO of ... -rise.html


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Dating Apps Are Getting Creepier

TECH HIVE - Nov 10 - Bang With Friends/Down is by far the most brazen “dating” app on the market, but others have similar features: letting people rate each other’s looks and trade messages to make plans to meet up. Pure app takes an approach like Uber’s to hooking up, where you create the request, and you get a car pretty soon. Shouldn’t finding a date have more human interaction? These apps suck all the fun out of meeting, flirting, and dating. ... epier.html

MeetMe Q3 Financial Results

MEETME CORP - Nov 7 - Q3 revenue was $10.1M. Mobile revenue reached another quarterly record of $2.9M, up 65% YOY and 12% sequentially from the Q2 of 2013. Net loss improved to $1.5M, compared with a net loss of $2.6M in Q3 2012. Monthly active users (MAUs) increased ~37%, averaging 5.34M. Mobile MAUs increased 36% to 2.66M. ... sults.html


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New Location-based Dating App: Catalyst

NEWS OBSERVER - Nov 6 - Catalyst is a new location-based app that allows users to find potential matches nearby without exchanging private contact information. Users who check in can view recent photos of other Catalyst users in the same location and “like” potential matches. Private messages do not occur until both users become friends upon request. ... alyst.html

MeetMe Teams With Sprint’s Pinsight Media+

MEETME CORP - Nov 7 - MeetMe partners with Pinsight Media+, a mobile media company powered by Sprint. Under the agreement, Pinsight Media+ will manage the mobile advertising inventory for MeetMe on iOS and Android through the end of 2014. ... media.html


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Flirt App LOVOO Reached 5 Million Users

TECH FIEBER - Nov 5 - Over 5M singles are now using German flirt app Lovoo. The app sees ~25K new users every day. The app uses GPS technology to locate potential mates nearby. ... users.html

Ancestry And eHarmony Are Using Hadoop

IDG NEWS SERVICE - Nov 5 - is using Hadoop as the cornerstone of a new DNA service that looks for users' relatives. eHarmony uses the service to refine its process of matching. Hadoop has excelled at comparing thousands of variables across millions of different entities. The system first uses algorithms to predict how happy two potential matches would be if they were married. eHarmony must also predict how attracted two potential people would be to one another. Gauging attractiveness between two people is where the use of big-data-styled machine learning comes in. The service keeps track of a wide range of additional variables of its members including distance. The farther apart two people are geographically, the less likely they are to pick one another from a list of candidates. ... adoop.html


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