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AshleyMadison Has An Ambitious Plan To Conquer China
THE ATLANTIC - June 1 - Last year, Ashley Madison, which launched in 2002 and now has 26M members, began its East Asia expansion, entering Japan in June, Hong Kong in Aug, and Taiwan in Nov. With Singapore and South Korea blocking the site, mainland China remains the last market to be conquered in the region. Ashley Madison is blocked in China. According to a 2012 study by Chinese and Western researchers, Chinese women are far more likely to cheat than women elsewhere. Another phenomenon associated with infidelity in China involves women married to partners whose income is modest. Women who are not happy with their marriages are looking for a better deal rather than trying to enjoy themselves. According to Biderman, ~55% of the “travelers” who visit Ashley Madison Hong Kong are from mainland China, having set up their accounts through VPNs.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... china.html
Zoosk Moves Beyond Virtual Gifting To Real Gift Delivery
FORT MILL TIMES - May 29 - Zoosk announced a limited release delivery service, beginning today in most U.S. states, which allows users to deliver flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears to potential matches. A new “ship a gift” button notifies the recipient, who can accept the gift and provide a shipping address, or decline. Zoosk has 27M+ members in over 80 countries.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ivery.html
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New Matchmaking Sites Cater To India's Modern Matrimonial Landscape
THE HINDU - May 29 - TrulyMadly.com has launched as an alternative to traditional matrimonial sites. Young people in India are deciding who they want to marry, with parents coming in later for approval. Urban Tryst is a newly launched matchmaking site that sets up users on dates and throws in surprise ice-breakers. iBluebottle caters to young professionals and has a very stringent verification process. MatchMeCupid focuses less on horoscopes matching and more needs and values.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... cape-.html
Stitch Offers Tinder-style Dating For Elderly
BETABEAT - May 30 - When it launches, Stitch will offer Tindy-style dating for those age 50 and older. The app does not have a chat feature, as baby boomers would rather speak on the phone. The number of 65-74 year olds accessing the web with a tablet increased from 5% to 17% between 2012 and 2013.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... derly.html
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Internet Penetration Slows, Mobile Data Traffic Accelerates
TECH2 - May 29 - Mary Meeker's annual Internet Trends report shows that Internet user growth has slowed down below 10%, while mobile data traffic is growing at a rate of 81% YoY, including ~20% video content. Mobile accounts for 20% of time spent, but claims only 4% of ad spending. Mobile advertising has grown by 47% this year, compared to 16% for Internet advertising globally.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ates-.html
JDate Launches Upgraded Mobile Site, Adds Secret Admirer
MARKETWIRED - May 29 - JDate has launched an upgraded mobile website, adding the Secret Admirer function from its desktop site, along with a redesign of its user interface. The “Yes-No-Maybe” model of Secret Admirer is licensed to a number of other apps.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... mirer.html
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eHarmony Hires Metro Comms Manager
PR WEEK - May 27 - eHarmony has hired Metro communications manager, Jemima Wade, as a PR manager, reporting to UK managing director Romain Bertrand. The company is increasing efforts to increase its share of the L2bn-a-year UK online dating market.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... nager.html
Dating App happn Launches In London
LONDONIST - May 25 - happn has launched in London, offering the shy or busy a way to connect. The app uses hyper-locality and immediate proximity to find potential matches among other users that are encountered throughout the day. A mutual like will initiate a chat. User location remains private, but the place users crossed paths is saved. happn is available on iOS and Android for free.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ondon.html
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