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Shaadi.com Takes 25% In Thrill
ECONOMIC TIMES - Jan 26 - People Group has bought about 25% stake in dating applications maker Thrill in a cash and stock deal valued at close to $1 million. As a part of the transaction, Mumbai-based People Group has also merged its dating platform Fropper with Delhi-based Thrill Applications.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... hrill.html
Topface Dating Site Pays Hacker Who Stole 20 Million Accounts
BLOOMBERG - Jan 29 - Russian online-dating service Topface said it paid a hacker an undisclosed sum, preventing the person from selling or leaking 20M user addresses. The theft raises concerns about data security in Russia, where two biggest Internet companies, Yandex NV and Mail.ru Group Ltd, reported leaks of millions of accounts last year. Topface has 90M registered accounts, according to its website.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ounts.html
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Antidate: The Dating App Where Women Are Invisible
TELEGRAPH.CO.UK - Jan 27 - Antidate is a new dating app that puts men in the passive position. Antidate was launched by Hatty Kingsley-Miller and Mo Saha. "Girls can see the guys on a map, but guys can't see the girls at all unless they are approached via a 'tap'. The girls have to make the first move." It's still early days for Antidate but the signs are positive. “We're relying on word of mouth, especially Twitter," says Kingsley-Miller. "We have ~600 users, but the feedback has been really positive".http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... sible.html
Bumble Has Better Initial Traction Than Tinder, Witney Wolfe Says
BUSINESS INSIDER - Jan 28 - In August, Whitney Wolfe was in the middle of a very-public sexual harassment lawsuit with Tinder, which is now valued at ~ $750M. She says she came up with the name and initially promoted it on college campuses. She was given a cofounder title. One person who reached out to Wolfe after the lawsuit was Andrey Andreev, the co-founder of Badoo. Now he’s partnered with her on a new dating app that resembles Tinder, Bumble. They recruited another Tinder co-founder who departed, Chris Gulzcynski, and Tinder’s former VP of Design, Sarah Mick. Bumble, like Tinder, uses profile swiping to match single people in the same town. But on Bumble, women are forced to make the first move. Wolfe says the initial traction is even better than Tinder’s was, with ~100K downloads in a little over one month and high user engagement.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -says.html
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Whim Dating App Sets Up Dates Quickly
LA TIMES - Jan 28 - Eve Peters, the former product lead at OKCupid Labs, launched Whim, a dating app that takes people offline as soon as possible. If two people are interested in each other (both swipe right), they're going on a date. They tell the app when they're available, and it'll tell them when and where they're meeting. Whim will launch as a subscription service priced from $12 to $30 a month. Clover, another dating app, recently added On-Demand Dating, similar to what Whim has planned.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ickly.html
Starbucks And Match.com Are Teaming Up
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Jan 29 - Starbucks and Match.com are teaming up to create "the world’s largest Starbucks date" on Feb. 13. Match has already rolled out the product feature, called “Meet at Starbucks,” which enables users to invite others for a cup of coffee at Starbucks and find the best mutual location with the click of a button.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ng-up.html
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'Invisible Boyfriend' The World's Saddest Dating App
TECH TIMES - Jan 21 - "Invisible Girlfriend and Invisible Boyfriend" are the result of one man's frustration, and a little bit of desperation. Co-founder Matt Homann was newly divorced and tired of feeling pressured to jump into something new. Subscribers can choose a name, personality, age, race, hairstyle and photo for their new virtual companion - or, can have the app build one for them. Features include having fake texting conversations, fake phone calls and receiving fake handwritten letters, all in a bid to fool family and friends into thinking you're not as lonely as they think.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... g-app.html
Risk Factors For Cheating: Age, Gender And Relationship Satisfaction
WSJ - Jan 26 - People are more likely to cheat on a partner in the year before a milestone birthday, according to researchers who worked with Ashley Madison. This suggests that there is roughly a 10-year cycle for heightened risk of infidelity. Here are the risk categories. People who engage in infidelity typically fall into more than one. 1. Gender - Men are more likely to cheat, 2. Age - Not only 9-enders are at heightened risk of cheating. People 35 - 50 tend to be focused on careers and kids. So people younger or older have a greater chance of cheating, 3. Opportunity - Researchers call this “environmental” risk. For example: traveling frequently without a spouse put people at a heightened risk for infidelity, 4. Relationship Dissatisfactionhttp://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ction.html
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