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FriendFinder Networks Sold Its Penthouse Subsidiary
BUSINESS WIRE - Feb 24 - FriendFinder Networks have sold all of the shares of the companies comprising FFN's Penthouse enterprise to Penthouse Global Media. I asked FFN's CEO for comment. Here's the inside track. "We decided that given our intense focus on dating and cams, we weren't in the best position to give Penthouse the undivided attention it deserves, and Kelly Holland is really passionate about giving it this undivided attention and raised the money to do a management buy-out. We're going to be continuing with live caming of Penthouse models so this arrangement was really a win-win for both parties."http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... diary.html
Momo Receives A Commitment From Alibaba To Go Private
SEEKING ALPHA - Feb 24 - Momo named Alibaba's vice chairman Joseph Tsai to its board. This move represents a commitment from the Chinese giant to help Momo's management to take it private. Last summer, executives at Momo proposed to acquire all of the American shares they don't already own for $18.90 each in cash. The management of Momo currently owns about 48% of the company's outstanding shares and has 84% of the voting power. Momo is known to be a Chinese version of Tinder.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ivate.html
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Person.com Relaunched With New Features
PRWEB - Feb 25 - Person.com a global online relationship building site, has just relaunched, adding new features such as Discover, Impressions and enhanced Chat. The relaunch of Person.com took Emerge Media, the parent company, one year and a half.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... tures.html
Match Group IPO Raises Questions About Privacy
HUFFINGTON POST - Feb 23 - Despite its success, Match's IPO was not without controversy. Questions were raised by IAC's decision to include two educational companies (The Princeton Review and Tutor) along with the dating sites in the newly-formed Match Group. By mingling two educational companies that feature large student populations with dating sites, does Match intend for a student's personal information to be accessed by those dating sites? According to the policy user's information can be shared "with vendors and other third parties" - sites like Tinder and Match.com.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ivacy.html
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Fierce Competition Between Dating Apps In Asia
SEA GLOBE - Feb 24 - Southeast Asian users have caught on to the mobile dating trend, with local dating apps – such as Thailand-based Noonswoon, Peekawoo in the Philippines, Indonesia's Wavoo and Singapore's LunchClick. Paktor is one of Asian's biggest dating apps, boasting 6M users in six key Asian markets. Competition is fierce. Paktor is the only dating app out of 13 that entered the Southeast Asian market at the same time that is still standing. Capturing market share in Southeast Asia involves understanding the social norms of each country. While most of Paktor's advertising in Singapore appears online, regional marketing director Shn Juay says the company adopted a different tack in Indonesia. "We go into university campuses and identify people who could be influencers. We let them try the app, and then share it through word of mouth."http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -asia.html
Tinder Now Ranks Users By Their 'Desirability'
UNIVERSITY OBSERVER - Feb 23 - Tinder is now ranking its users based on a 'desirability' algorithm. Tinder has not explained how exactly the 'desirability' number is calculated but said 'desirability' is not necessarily a synonym for 'attractiveness'. The algorithm also factors in users' level of engagement.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... lity-.html
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Luxy: A New Dating App For The Super Rich
MARIE CLAIRE - Feb 20 - Dubbed "Tinder without the poor people", the Luxy app filters users based on affluence and attractiveness. Luxy is part of the growing trend for wealth- and looks-assessed dating apps such as The League and the UK's Inner Circle. To join the Luxy, users are asked to disclose income (at least $200K), along with tax returns for proof. If they're poor but super-hot, they're welcome too.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -rich.html
Match.com Aims To Stay Relevant
DMAGAZINE - Feb 22 - North American CEO Mandy Ginsberg is back at Match.com. She was the CEO of Match US back in 2008 and held the post until switching over to the company's tutoring affiliate in 2013. Match Group owns ~45 different dating brands, and claims to have created 10M relationships in the US. There are 59M MAU across its sites, and 4.7M paid subscribers. In the coming year, Ginsberg plans to work to keep Match relevant - and to figure out how to manage so many different businesses under one brand. The year will be about looking at the U.S. market as a whole.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... evant.html
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