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Spark Networks CEO Leaving
OPW - Aug 11 - Spark Networks published their Q2 results earlier today: Revenue of $15.75M (-10.4% Y/Y) and a net loss of $1.1M, or -$0.05 per share. The company has also announced that Greg Liberman will be leaving his position of CEO, effective today. Chairman Michael McConnell will take over the role of executive chairman while Spark looks for a new CEO.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... aving.html
China's Momo Adds Location-based Ads For Businesses
TECH IN ASIA - Aug 15 - A new update to the app for iOS heralds the arrival of the startup’s mobile advertising platform. It brings ads and promos for nearby stores into the location-based listings, mixed in with the men or women trying to mingle. The app has over 150M registered users (52M monthly active users). Momo added in special interest groups and Foursquare-style check-ins in 2013, so the flirty app has already evolved into a broader social network revolving around what’s happening nearby. Momo was under pressure earlier this year over the number of prostitutes allegedly using the app.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... esses.html
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Ashley Madison Spied On Users
TIME - Aug 16 - In a study to be presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco on Saturday Aug. 16, Eric Anderson, a professor at the University of Winchester in England claims that women who seek extra-marital affairs usually still love their husbands and are cheating instead of divorcing, because they need more passion. “It is very clear that our model of having sex and love with just one other person for life has failed— and it has failed massively,” says Anderson. This information was gathered after the company secretly analyzed more than 4K private conversations that 100 women were having on the site, a practice users agree to by accepting the terms and conditions upon registration.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... users.html
Meld: New App For Black Professionals
EBONY - Aug 14 - It may look like Tinder, and work like Tinder, but Meld founders Raissa Tona and Wale Ayeni want to be clear that their new dating app is not the Black Tinder. “We are more than a hookup site,” explains Ayeni. “It is a platform for people looking to date and find somebody special.” Unlike Tinder, members must be vetted through their LinkedIn profiles, have a bachelor’s degree, and be Black. Instead of users explaining who they are, Meld shares their current job title from LinkedIn. Though the platform uses Facebook and LinkedIn info, it never shares activity with those platforms, so discretion is maintained.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... onals.html
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BBB Tells eHarmony To Nix Best-Marriage Boasts
ONLINE MEDIA DAILY - Aug 13 - BBB's National Advertising Division said the site should stop advertising that it has been responsible for more happy marriages than other dating sites. The decision came in response to Match.com's challenge to an ad campaign touting eHarmony as the No. 1 site for marriages. The ad campaign drew on a 2013 study commissioned by eHarmony. Match.com said that the study doesn't support eHarmony's claims, as study participants who said they met on Match (24.34%) was almost identical to those on eHarmony (25.04%), and 7.21% met on Yahoo, a co-branded version of Match.com for part of the time period covered by the study. eHarmony said it will take the recommendation into account.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... oasts.html
15winks: Tinder With A Twist
CULTURE MAP - Aug 14 - Rather than sizing up romantic potential based on static profiles with a few pics, 15winks users upload 15-second videos to show who they really are. According to founder and chief strategy officer Sam Mendez, 15winks solves some of the major problems inherent in current dating apps and sites because it prevents users from duping one another. 15winks is currently available in the Apple App Store, with the Android version coming soon to the Play Store. After making itself known in the dating scene in Dallas, the app will be introduced to nearby cities.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... twist.html
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Grindr Fights Claims In New Jersey Federal Court
NEW JERSEY LAW JOURNAL- Aug 12 - Grindr is battling a suit brought by a man who alleges the site’s lax age restrictions led him to have a liaison with an underage boy, for which he now faces criminal charges. According to the suit, the 13-year-old was allowed to become a paying member of Grindr even though the site restricts access for persons under age 18. The suit alleges Grindr was negligent for failing to ensure that its members are over the age of majority and for negligently training its employees, agents and representatives. Grindr has filed a motion to dismiss based on the Communications Decency Act that immunizes providers of interactive computer services against liability for information provided by other parties.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ourt-.html
SNAP Interactive Q2 2014 Highlights
PR NEWSWIRE - Aug 12 - Snap Interactive reports higher revenues (up 9% to $3.5 million over comparable 2013 period, and by 5% on a sequential basis), reduced net loss (~$260 thousand, an improvement of ~$1.2 million YOY, and $0.7 million sequentially), and positive adjusted EBITDA ( ~ $62K, an improvement of ~ $1.2 million YOY, and $0.8M sequentially) for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ights.html
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