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Dating Tycoon Makes Ł5 Million From Websites For Love Cheats

SUNDAY MAIL - Mar 25 - Cupid was named Scotland’s fastest-growing technology firm by accountants Deloitte in October last year and the 19th fastest-growing in Britain. It has grown by 1317% over the past five years, drivenby an aggressive international expansion strategy. The firm, headed by founder and CEO Dobbie, say they are world leaders in singles dating. Cupid are also linked to BeDiscreet.com and shagaholic.com through site UpForItNetworks.com, a web marketing company who create and maintain "adult and casual dating sites". But one source said Dobbie's role in building and maintaining the websites could have made him Ł5M. Dobbie this month netted Ł11M after selling 6M shares in the company he founded in 2005 with Ukrainian business partner Max Polyakov, who cashed in the same amount. Cupid have revealed that during last year they doubled their cash intake to Ł53.6M and saw pre-tax profits rise 67% to Ł7M.

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Global Personals Launches Mobile Dating Platform

PRESS RELEASE - Mar 23 - GlobalPersonals.co.uk is to fully launch the WhiteLabelDating.com mobile platform later this summer. WhiteLabelDating.com provides a platform for brands and individuals to power their own dating sites and will now also offer partners the software and services to take their sites mobile. The launch follows a successful beta period, which saw a 133% increase in the number of members taking up full membership subscriptions.

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Arranged Marriage For Chinese Babies

ROCKET NEWS 24 - Mar 23 - The infant matchmaking service was started by Chinese childcare site Baby Tree and reflects a growing trend in the country of parents looking online to find playmates and partners for their children. Using the website, parents create a profile, complete with a picture and the option to throw an online “wedding” once they think they’ve found the perfect match for their child. Baby Tree reports that ~200 families joined the site within the first week and already 40 pairs of oblivious toddlers have been made couples.

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400K Brits Logging On Each Week To Have An Affair

DAILY MAIL - Mar 20 - Bored housewives are behind a surge that has seen more than one million Brits signing up to extramarital dating websites to have an affair. Figures show up to 400K unique users are logging on each week in the hope of committing adultery. One of the largest websites MaritalAffair.co.uk claims to have ~600K members. AshleyMadison.com said it received a new British member every 45 seconds. ~150K Britons use the site each week. The company said it acquired ~10K new users the day after Valentine's Day, and most of them were married women.

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Three Major Online Dating Sites Agree To Screen For Predators

MASHABLE - Mar 21 - The state attorney general’s office will work with Match.com, eHarmony.com and Spark Networks to screen for sexual predators, identity thieves and scammers. A joint statement issued Monday notes the prevalence of online dating and says the companies’ main objective is to keep users safe. A Match.com spokesperson told Mashable the site is already taking the precautions outlined in the agreement, and an eHarmony spokesperson said existing screening mechanisms have helped keep sex offenders off the service in the past.

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Zoosk Integrates Gamification

VENTURE BEAT - Mar 20 - Founded five years ago, Zoosk started to make a name for itself in online dating through Facebook and other social networks. Last year, it generated revenue of more than $90M and was named in the top 50 venture-backed companies by the Wall Street Journal. Now the company is working to integrate gamification into its online dating platform.

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Dating Factory Launches In U.S.

XBIZ.COM - Mar 19 - Dating Factory announced the launch of its U.S. operations today along with the appointment of Moreno “MO” Aguiari as its head. Aguirai is being tasked with building the European company's white label dating site domestic business.

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BeNaughty.com Becomes A Top Free Lifestyle App In The US

PR NEWSWIRE - Mar 19 - Now with ~2M downloads, BeNaughty.com's free lifestyle App has hit the first spot in the US, Canada, UK and Australia and is the only dating App in the top 100, ahead of popular horoscope, games and shopping Apps.

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