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Match.com Launches OurTime In UK

NETIMPERATIVE - June 19 - OurTime is a dating service exclusively for those aged 50 years and over. The site also has a dating bot, named Julia. This follows the launch of Lara Bot for Match UK earlier this year. The bot uses Artificial Intelligence technology to engage in a casual and personalised conversation with users. Match enlisted Buzzman to create a TV ad campaign to promote the UK launch.

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Tantan's Plans On Using Its Recent $70M Funding

TECHNODE - June 21 - Tantan, Chinese top dating app, has raised $70M worth in a Series D, raising the startup's total fund raised to $120M. Founded in 2014, Tantan is a location-based app that facilitates communication between mutually interested users. The Chinese app almost identical to Tinder. Wang Yu, CEO of Tantan hopes to release VIP membership service in Q3 of this year. Tantan will also explore artificial intelligence and expand to new markets. Tantan now claims 90M registered users.

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Momo Partners With Four Music Labels

SCMP - June 19 - Momo is partnering with four music labels to turn its broadcasters into professional singers. The company will invest ~10M yuan ($1.5M) to establish a Momo Music Plan programme. BMG will produce albums for the shortlisted broadcasters, while Taihe Music Group, Beijing Haiyi Brothers Music - a unit of one of China's largest private movie production studios - and Yue Hua Entertainment provide professional training sessions, marketing and promotional plans.

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Match.com To Launch Video Feature - Match Stories

MASHABLE - June 21 - Match Stories will launch this summer. The tool will let users stitch together short profile videos. These stories will be limited to 60 seconds, and it could be a combination of photos and videos. Users can also throw a voiceover on top of that, to talk through what's happening. "Hearing someone talk about their photo is far better than just seeing the photo. Seeing a video and hearing their voice is the holy grail in terms of figuring out your attraction," says Match CEO Mandy Ginsberg.

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Dating.ai Searches Dating Apps For Any Face

FORBES - June 24 - Dating.ai is a new app which uses facial recognition AI to scour dating platforms for profiles that match a user's specified 'type' - or even belong to a specific person. In its premium version ($7.99/month), users can choose to tailor their search for the perfect face by gender, age and zip code. "Users are finding people who look just like their exes, and like celebrities; so far, it's working really well," said Heath Ahrens, the app's founder.

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OKCupid Partners With The Skin Deep For A Mini "First Date" Series

HUFFINGTON POST - June 21 - OKCupid has recently joined forces with acclaimed documentary team The Skin Deep, to create a docuseries that explores the various ways people interact with one another on a first date. The series, {The AND} #FirstDate will peek into couples' first dates. "We're trying to figure out if OKCupid's questions can really facilitate a deeper, introspective look into relationships" said Hans Lueders, a producer at The Skin Deep. Eight #FirstDate videos have been released on YouTube.

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Venntro Media Group Eyes Growth After Restructure

INSIDER MEDIA - June 19 - Venntro Media Group is the company behind White Label Dating platform, which powers ~10k websites and allows brands and individuals to launch their own fully-branded online dating sites. The company posted a pre-tax loss of ~Ł1M for the financial year to 31 August 2016, down compared with a profit of Ł937,241 a year earlier. Turnover fell from Ł35.2M to Ł30.2M. The group said the 12-month period was a transitional one.

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How Has Brexit Affected The Dating Scene

FINANCIAL TIMES - June 20 - The consequences of Britain's departure from the EU remain a hotly debated topic. For some couples it has highlighted a lack of shared values and this has in turn placed tension on their relationship. Immediately after the referendum, two heartbroken voters launched Remainder, "the dating and social app for the 48%" of the population who opted to stay in the bloc. Mark Brooks, a US-based consultant to the dating industry, says politics is one of the most important criteria used on dating site profiles and in the algorithms such services use. "When people look through profiles they review them in an 'eliminatory style'," he says.
"They're looking to find reasons to not go on a date with people [and] politics is a biggie these days, bigger than before the [Trump] election for sure." Brooks says, the fact that politics has moved higher up the agenda for those seeking a match means it is viable to create "niche" dating sites based on political beliefs, like TrumpSingles.com. He also says services should be explicitly posing the question: "Do you support Trump?" to their clients.

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