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The Meet Group Announces Selected Preliminary Q4 And Full Year 2017 Financial Results
BUSINESSWIRE - Dec 19 - Revenue to be at or above the high end of its prior outlook of $36.5M to $38M; and adjusted EBITDA to be near or above the high end of its prior outlook of $7.5M to $9.5M. The full year revenue is expected to be $121.6M. "We are pleased to deliver strong preliminary results for the fourth quarter," said Geoff Cook, CEO of The Meet Group. "While still a small component of total revenue, monetization of our video product has been accelerating. In the past five weeks, average revenue per daily active user for MeetMe Live users in the US doubled to 20 cents, up from 10 cents just five weeks ago. We believe this has been largely driven by the initial success of our new video gifting product on our MeetMe app."
Match Group Partners With Univision Communications To Launch Free Dating App For Latino Singles
PR NEWSWIRE - Dec 19 - Match Group and Univision Communications (Leading media company serving Hispanic America) are launching Chispa, a new free dating app to match, chat and meet Latino singles. The Chispa dating app will incorporate an easy-to-use, swipe functionality giving users a simple way to connect with potential matches that peak their interest. The app allows for Facebook and SMS sign on for a simple and easy registration process.
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Dating App Hinge Rolls Out A New Feature To Reduce 'Ghosting'
TECH CRUNCH - Dec 20 - Dating app Hinge is introducing its own take on how conversations on dating apps should be handled with a new feature calling "Your Turn." "Your Turn" lets users decide – regardless of gender – who makes the first move, and then reminds users when it's their turn to respond. Hinge says it tested the feature last week in London and Washington, D.C. and found that it decreased the number of matches that don't lead to a conversation by 25%.
Grindr's Magazine INTO Partners With The Tenth Magazine
LGBT WEEKLY - Dec 20 - The Tenth Magazine, a biannual publication that engages the world's most talented LGBTQ artists and intellectuals has partnered with INTO, Grindr's newly minted queer magazine. As a part of the collaboration, The Tenth will release their latest issue - THE ROMANTICS, Jan. 27, 2018 and host one article from it on INTOmore.com as a preview starting today. The event marks the first time The Tenth, which has purposefully maintained only a print edition, has published content online and is exemplary of how INTO supports the work of other queer artists and publications. The Tenth Magazine and INTO will also host "THE ROMANTICS EXHIBITION," a photography show and cocktail party at New York State's oldest theater, Hudson Opera Hall Feb. 3 from 4-7pm.
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Dating Site Sentimente.com Launches Personalized Dashboard Using WallY
PR NEWSWIRE - Dec 20 - Sentimente.com, one of the players on the online dating market in South-Eastern Europe, has launched a new version of the platform with the help of Artificial Intelligence. WallY - the new star feature - generates a personalized dashboard for every user based on the user's profile and his/her behavior on the site (people he/she interacts with, likes he/she gives, profiles watched etc.). In this way, Sentimente.com gives its users the chance to start a conversation based on real-time data.
Coffee Meets Bagel Opens Seattle Office
GEEKWIRE - Dec 19 - San Francisco-based startup Coffee Meets Bagel, is opening a new Seattle office. The office is the company's first location outside the Bay Area and will house three employees for the time being. Coffee Meets Bagel sends up to six curated matches to women on the platform each day and up to 21 curated matches to men.
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OkCupid App Developer Talks About New Messaging System
DAILY VOICE - Dec 16 - Glen Rock's Joe Acosta is an app developer at OkCupid. He played an integral part in rolling out the company's new, experimental open messaging system. "Our old system was a completely open messaging system," said Acosta. "Anyone could send multiple messages to anyone and the messages would go straight to the recipient's Messages Screen." With the new OkCupid messaging system, users will only see messages if they choose to go to the sender's profile, after noticing that the person has messaged them. If the receiver decides that they're not interested in that person, they can pass on reading the message. The change came after many OkCupid users reported that they were so inundated with messages that sifting through them became an unimaginably stressful task.
Ashley Madison Threatens To Sue 'Tinder For One Night Stands' - CasualX
METRO.CO.UK - Dec 14 - The infidelity app Ashley Madison has threatened to sue a rival sex app after accusing it of copying its trademarks. It has ordered a hook-up app called CasualX to immediately change its branding and slogan or face legal action. CasualX, which markets itself as 'the Tinder for casual sex', advertises its services with the words 'Life is boring. Desire a fling?' Ashley Madison feels this is too similar to its own slogan: 'Life is short. Have an affair.' It also called on CasualX to stop using a picture showing a masked woman pressing a finger to her lips, which is allegedly similar to an image used by Ashley Madison.
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