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MIDEASTTIME - Feb 15 - 402 Capital Llc acquired 73,588 shares of Spark Networks stock. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $5.65 per share, for a total transaction of $416K. ... ares-.html

JDate Launches "Get Chosen" Campaign To Mark Its Rebrand

MARKETWIRED - Feb 15 - is launching a new marketing campaign that further emphasizes the "J" in JDate. The rebranding initiative, titled "Get Chosen," represents the first major rebrand for JDate since its launch in 1997. The multi-platform campaign will roll out across various channels, including print, digital and social. In addition to adding the tagline "Get Chosen" to the logo, JDate revealed a new homepage design to reinforce the brand's position as the go-to community for Jewish singles. ... rand-.html


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VCs' Are Positive About Online Dating Turning Into Attractive Investment

UNQUOTE - Feb 14 - Europe's online dating market has not enjoyed a satisfying relationship with venture capital. Venture firms initially poured capital into basic dating sites before moving towards more social media-based offerings, such as 360 Capital Partners' €2M investment in Smartdate, a Facebook-integrated dating platform, in 2010. Now the sector has expanded into dating apps. "The winner will be freemium and mobile", says Pavel Bogdanov, a partner at Almaz Capital, a backer of Estonia-based social dating site Flirtic. Europe's venture firms may already be testing the waters. Paua Ventures, Astutia Ventures and IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft has invested in German social discovery and dating app mbrace. "In five years, dating could be changed again by the popularity of wearables", says Bogdanov. ... tment.html

Flirtsee Is A New Card Based Dating Site

DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - Feb 14 - Flirtsee is a card system. When people sign up, they get a batch of cards with a unique ID number on and can dish them out to anyone they like the look of. The recipient can then log on to the site, enter the card's ID number, view the person's profile and start chatting to them if they like what they see. Five cards cost Ł9.99 and grant members a month of access. It's free for those who've been granted a card ... site-.html


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Tinder Is Serious About Expanding Beyond Dating

TECH CRUNCH - Feb 12 - Right now, Tinder's focus is on international growth. The app has added 1M new users in the UK in the past two months, with solid growth in Brazil as well. Tinder has also seen more diversity in terms of age. Early on, ~90% of Tinder’s user base was 18-24, but today that age bracket makes up ~50% of the app’s users. CEO Sean Rad believes Tinder could be used for more than just dating. It could be used to set up a job interview in the future. ... ating.html

'Between' Pairs Up With Japanese Mobile Giant DeNA

TECH CRUNCH - Feb 10 - DeNa, one of Japan's top mobile Internet company, has invested in Korean startup VCNC to turn its couples app Between into an open platform for third-party developers. The amount of the deal was not disclosed. VCNC has raised $4M so far and Between has been downloaded 5M times. With this investments, couples will see more features to plan activities together and communicate better. ... -dena.html


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Glimpse Is New Instagram Dating App

MASHABLE - Feb 12 - Pictures say a lot more about people than online dating profiles. That's the thinking behind a new dating app Glimpse. Glimpse taps into Instagram accounts. Singles can browse through profiles in the app and view a collection of pictures that show how other singles spend their time and view the world. Glimpse is currently available by invitation. ... g-app.html

Flirty Chinese Chat App Momo Passes 100M Users

TECHINASIA - Feb 10 - Of that group, 40M use the social discovery app on a monthly basis, and 15M on a daily basis. Momo has doubled its userbase since July. Momo uses location to connect people who are nearby. Users can join hobby and activity groups. The app monetizes by selling stickers and games. The company launched its third game title one month ago, which has since been activated by 1.4M accounts and has generated $1.9M in revenue. ... users.html


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