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Baihe To Buy Chinese Dating Site Jiayuan

WSJ - Dec 7 - International, the largest online dating platform in China, agreed to be bought by Baihe for $7.56 per share in a deal that values the company at ~$250M. The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2016. Jiayuan executive Linguang Wu will become co-executive of the new company, which will be changing its name. ... ayuan.html

Tagged Founder Greg Tseng Tags Out After 11 Years As CEO

TECH CRUNCH - Dec 2 - Greg Tseng is stepping down from the CEO role after 11 years running its dating social network Tagged and game studio hi5. He'll remain a board member. The company's new CEO will be its COO Dash Gopinath, who was formerly the Chief Product Officer of Tagged competitor Badoo. Tagged still have a team of ~100 people and 2015 will be its 8th consecutive profitable year. The company raised $12M. ... s-ceo.html


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METRO.CO.UK - Dec 1 - is a new dating site that matches people based on the subreddits they subscribe to. Users sign up using their Reddit login, subscribe to a few subreddits, and then start 'upvoting' (Reddit-speak for liking) anyone they fancy. ... eddit.html

1 in 10 Young Aussie Singles Use Tinder

ROYMORGAN - Dec 2 - ~5M Australians 14+ identify as single. Of them, ~263K (5.1%) used 'dating' app Tinder. 8.8% of single 18-24 used Tinder in the last month. Outside these age groups, Tinder usage is minimal: 1.5% of singles aged 35+ and 1.6% of those 14-17 reported using the app in the last four weeks. ... inder.html


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Grindr CEO: Grindr Will Become More Of A Lifestyle Brand

GAYSTARNEWS - Dec 1 - Grindr founder, Joel Simkhai, has suggested that the app is set to morphs into a LGBT-focused lifestyle brand. Grindr was founded in 2009 with $5K of self-funding. The company now has 2M DAU. 25% of its revenue comes from ads. The rest comes from premium subscribers. To be another LGBT lifestyle brand, Grindr may gain increased sales from corporate advertisers, but it could also risk losing the brand essence that attracted such a large audience in the first place - guys connecting to meet for sex. ... brand.html

Dating Site Allows Users To Share STD Status

KHOU 11 NEWS - Dec 1 - allows people to register their STD test results directly from a clinic. The data is kept private and encrypted. Users need a pin code to see someone's results. Right now, MateSafe is a mobile-ready web site with an app coming in January. ... tatus.html


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Happn Can't Be Used For Stalking, Says The Dating App's CEO

BUSINESS INSIDER - Dec 1 - Mobile dating app Happn can't be used to stalk people, according to the company's CEO Didier Rappaport, despite what some reports have suggested. "You can cross paths with people who are around you but it is not really precise because it's in a circle of 250m," he said. Happn has 700K users in the UK, with 450K of those in London. Globally, Happn is used by 8M people. Rappaport said he expects Happn to have ~30M users worldwide by the end of 2016 and just as many users as Tinder by 2017. ... s-ceo.html

Irish Redheads Flock To Redhead Dating Site

IRISHCENTRAL - Dec 1 - "Redheads are now much more confident about their hair color," says John Bird, MD of a dating site for redheads - The UK-based site has proved a particular hit in Ireland, from where it has drawn one-third of its 100k-strong membership. "We've had close to 30,000 sign up in Ireland now," he added. ... escom.html


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