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The People Behind TRUE Launch Free Dating Site, SinglesBee
(Interview with Ruben Bell, President of TRUE) ... esbee.html


Spark Networks Reports Q1 2012 Financial Results

MARKET WIRE - May 11 - Spark Networks reported the total revenue growth of 33% YOY ($14.6M). The number of subscribers increased 36% to 241K. Spark Networks now includes two newly-defined segments: Christian Networks and Other Networks. Christian Networks consists of,, and Other Networks consists of and related other General Market sites. ... sults.html Labeled As No. 1 Prosti-Travel Site

THE DAILY BEAST - May 11 - links ‘generous’ men with pretty women who wish to travel the world for free. Since its launch three weeks ago, the site has accumulated ~40K users, as well as a wealth of controversy. Gawker labeled it “the #1 prosti-travel website,” alleging it’s no more than a front for prostitution, while sites like Jezebel have questioned the safety in traveling to the other side of the world with a complete stranger. “There’s a big difference between running a dating site and being a pimp,” says's founder Brandon Wade. “I don’t make money from the money that the women get from the Sugar Daddies, nor am I promoting prostitution in any way. I’d like to think of myself as a telecommunications service provider more than enabling a specific lifestyle.” Regarding the safety issues, the site relies on member feedback for vetting potential psychos, and will, according to Wade, introduce a background check/criminal history option over the next month for a fee. ... -site.html


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Tastebuds New Spotify App Matches People Based On Music

HUFFINGTON POST - May 10 - What would the future of online dating look like if we were able to meet people online without having to describe ourselves in 100 words? Perhaps like music site & Spotify's app. The app integrates with Spotify, scanning users most frequently played music showing them people nearby who have similar music tastes. They can browse prospective dates, listen to their matches' favourite music and send them messages. & Spotify have found that 43% of first messages get a reply. ... music.html

UK Global Personals Acquires

WLD - May 10 - Global Personals acquires Smooch, the 7th largest dating site in UK (Experian Hitwise), alongside its parent company WooWise. The acquisition also includes, which will help Global Personals grow its gay dating division. Martin Bysh and Marcus Hamilton will remain as advisors to the business. The financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed. ... chcom.html Is Top Dating Site In Brazil

PR NEWSWIRE - May 10 - “ is the top site in Brazil after entering the market in September 2011”, says Markus Frind, POF founder and CEO. reports that ~80K members are actively using POF in Brazil each day, and an increase of 64% in site visits since January 2012. 5.6M Brazilians visit online dating sites each month, and that number is on the rise, according to comScore. ... razil.html


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Top 4 German Dating Sites Agreed To Follow A Code To Protect It's Customers

PRESS RELEASE - May 10 - eDarling, FriendScout24, and Parship voluntarily committed to comply with rules (SPIN Kodex) that Federal Association of the Digital Economy (BVDW) put together to protect their customers. The "SPIN Kodex" defines clear rules related to cancellations policy, recurring payments and privacy issues. All parties must take all necessary measures to prevent fraudulent or criminal misuse of their platforms by third parties. ... omers.html, Jewish Dating Site, Launches In Boston

PR WEB - May 9 - There are 25K Jewish singles ages 20-39 in Boston. JBoston will be different from a typical dating site. It combines online profiles with the personalized touch of a matchmaker who gives phone consultations to their members to understand their dating needs. JBoston partners with, for the use of their matching technology. ... oston.html

eLove Matchmaking Expands To Canada

SB WIRE - May 7 - eLove Matchmaking is opening offices in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary and has acquired Real Connections, with its offices in Calgary and Edmonton. Professional matchmakers do the recruiting, marketing and interviewing for their members to ensure their privacy and safety. eLove conducts a mandatory background check for the safety of each single they match. ... anada.html



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