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Deutsche Telekom Sells 70% Of Scout24

GVA.BE - Nov 21 - Deutsche Telekom sells a stake of 70% in its Internet subsidiary Scout24 to U.S. investment company Hellman & Friedman for ~1.5 billion Eur in cash. Scout24 operates sites such as AutoScout24, FinanceScout24, JobScout24, TravelScout24 and FriendScout24, one of the biggest German dating sites. ... out24.html

Cupid Named New CEO

TELEGRAPH.CO.UK - Nov 25 - Bill Dobbie, Cupid's CEO, is stepping down after a difficult year that has seen the share price collapse following an investigation into its practices. He will be replaced by Phil Gripton. Mr Dobbie, who retains a 21% stake in the company, will remain on the board as a non-executive director. Phil Gripton was previously the managing director of dating services. The company’s shares traded as highly as 200p at the start of this year; they have since fallen to 57.1p. ... w-ceo.html


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_______________________________________________________________________ Faces $1.5 Billion Lawsuit

NY DAILY NEWS - Nov 23 - Yuliana Avalos, is a part-time model who never joined, but says her pictures have been used in ~200 fake profiles. The phony profiles are often created by scammers in other countries. The suit says that looks the other way, because it can tell the bogus profiles are being posted with IP addresses in foreign countries. But the company also creates its own bogus profiles, the federal suit says. has been sued over bogus profiles before, but the suits were tossed because the terms of users agreement doesn’t require it to “police” profiles ... wsuit.html

Tinder Catches On In UK, Brazil And Dubai

FORBES - Nov 22 - Brazil and the UK, have each added ~1M users in the last two months. Both are growing ~2% per day (20K users). Tinder also sees solid adoption in Dubai and Turkey, along with minor traffic from Egypt, Morocco and South Africa. In total, the company says users match with each other 4M times each day, and swipe 350M times. The 18-24 demographic is still by far the company’s largest, with 54% of users. Another 31.6% are between 25 and 34. ... dubai.html


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Jiayuan Q3 Financial Results, Revenue Up 13%

PR NEWSWIRE - Nov 20 - Q3 Revenue was $21M, up 13% YOY. Net income was $17.6M, up 10.7% YOY. The number of average monthly paying users is up 7.6% to 1,368,726. Online services contributed $17.7M, personalized matchmaking services and events contributed $3.2M. ... up-13.html

Tinder 3.0 With Improved Algorithm And New Features

TECH CRUNCH - Nov 22 - Tinder has launched its 3.0 version with a revamp of its relevancy algorithm and add some key new features including a Tinder “lists”. The “lists” feature allows popular users to sort their scads of matches into lists, like “New York friends,” “LA friends,”"Friends who like the color blue,” etc. ... tures.html


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No Investor Love For Spark Networks

LA BUSINESS JOURNAL - Nov 20 - Shares of Spark Networks dropped ~17 % after Great Hill Partners, the company's largest shareholder, said it would sell its entire stake (19.7%) in the company. Great Hill priced the offering of ~4M shares at $6 each. ... works.html

Hack Of Cupid Media Sites Exposes 42M Passwords

ARS TECHNICA - Nov 20 - A hack on niche online dating service Cupid Media earlier this year has exposed names, emails and plain-text passwords for 42M accounts. This could set off chain of account hijackings on other sites. Andrew Bolton, co-founder of Cupid Media adds: "The accounts affected included many old, inactive and deleted accounts. The number of active members affected was considerably less than the number quoted. We do not store any credit card information and that no customer’s credit card data was compromised." ... words.html


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