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Dating App The League Raises $2.1M
TECH CRUNCH - Jan 22 - Investors in the round include IDG Ventures, Structure.vc and Sherpa Ventures along with angel investors, including Allen DeBevoise, Naomi Gleit, Mark Leslie, Russ Siegelmann, and Peter Kelly. One additional undisclosed venture fund and an undisclosed angel investor also participated. The cash will be used to double its two-person engineering team and continue its very methodical rollout strategy.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... s-21m.html
Crowd Mobile Buys Hong Kong Start-up Kiss Hugs
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Jan 22 - Kiss Hugs, a mobile dating app, was launched in November 2013 and Hong Kong-based angel investor Bigcolors took a 12.5% stake in the company a month later, providing most of its seed capital. With the sale of Kiss Hugs, Bigcolors has made a return of 5.6 times on its investment in the space of a year. Crowd Mobile notes that Asia is an attractive market for its high level of smartphone usage and significant growth in in-app spending.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -hugs.html
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Tinder Founder Is Still CEO
NY POST - Jan 21 - Nearly four months after his very public ouster from the mobile matchmaking app, the Tinder co-founder still sits in the IAC-controlled company’s chief executive seat, the company said Wednesday.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... l-ceo.html
21Pictures: Find THE ONE Based On Just 21 Snaps
DAILY MAIL - Jan 23 - A new dating website is aiming to match people with just that - encouraging them to pick their matches simply on raw intuition and the help of a few snaps. Matches will be hand-picked after users have answered 21 short questions about basic core values and worldviews.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... snaps.html
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Topeka Capital Sees Ad Potential In Tinder Mobile App
INVESTING - Jan 18 - Topeka Capital analyst Victor Anthony maintained a Buy rating on IAC with a price target of $87 on January 16th citing the ad potential on Tinder that could lead to increased monetization. Anthony sees “more opportunity overtime with the paid user transactions model,” he believes “advertising could be meaningfully incremental if done correctly.”http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... e-app.html
Manjam Brings Freedom Of Expression To Gay Dating Apps
PR WEB - Jan 20 - Manjam users can now connect using any mobile device without having to download an app from tightly controlled and censored app stores. The team at Manjam.com believe it is essential for companies to offer alternative ways for people to express themselves, without large tech companies editing what they can and can't say. Users can now break from app store restrictions by accessing the Manjam dating app directly from their device’s web browser.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -apps.html
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Ashley Madison Lawsuit Dismissed
CTV NEWS - Jan 18 - The legal battle between the Canadian dating site and a former employee who claimed she was injured typing up fake profiles of women has come to an end. The parties agreed to the move after the court threatened to dismiss the suits with costs, noting the cases still hadn't been placed on a trial list more than two years after the initial lawsuit was filed.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... issed.html
Etisalat UAE Blocks Tinder App
TELECOMPAPER - Jan 20 - When accessing the website GoTinder.com via an Etisalat connection, the webpage is redirected to a blocked page message. It says the site falls under the Prohibited Content Categories of the UAE's Internet Access Management Policy. Internet dating is banned for contradicting the ethics and morals of the UAE. Du subscribers do not appear to have the same problem.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... r-app.html
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