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theComplete.me And Mirror.co Take The Anonymity Out Of Online Dating

NY POST - Oct 27 – theComplete.me and Mirror.co are two new online dating companies that launched in March which mandate transparency. Mirror.co requires a phone number, which is used in a double-blind text messaging system and also has a vouching system. TheComplete.me uses verified Facebook accounts to mimic the way singles meet in traditional ways.

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Online Dating Is A GBP 2bn Industry

HUFFINGTON POST - Oct 26 – The online dating industry is estimated to be worth more than GBP 2bn world-wide. The industry's growth has continued despite the recession in the global economy. Huffington Post interviewed a number of industry executives including Matthew Pitt, operations director at Global Personals, who believes the market is difficult to get into unless you have a “very deep pockets and a differentiated dating offering”.

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Cupid Implements Scamalytics On Its Most Popular Networks

PRESS RELEASE - Oct 28 – Cupid has partnered with RecSys to implement new Scamalytics anti-scammer technology on its most popular online dating networks – Cupid.com, BeNaughty.com, GirlsDateForFree.com, Flirt.com, and BlackMatch.com. Cupid's new measures aim to catch scammers 35% faster and increase detection rates by 10%. The company currently blocks 20,000 scammers each month.

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Coffee Meets Bagel To Launch In San Francisco

FORBES - Oct 25 - Coffee Meets Bagel, a dating site aimed at young people. At noon every day all the single ladies/gentlemen are sent one match based off of their Facebook connections. Then they have 24 hours to choose to go on a date or pass and wait for who will be sent tomorrow. The site is launching in the San Francisco area using $600K in funding from Lightbank (started by the Groupon founders) and Peng Ong of Match.com. In fact the entire Coffee Meets Bagel team set up a new headquarters in SF. The site first launched in New York and Boston but already has ~1K users in SF. After the SF launch CMB is looking to expand to Chicago, Seattle and LA.

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Cupid's Finance Director Ditches Shares Post-exercise

SHARECAST - Oct 25 - Mark Doughty, the Finance Director of Cupid, pocketed a significant sum of money on Tuesday after trading in 610,228 shares. The shares were sold at 202.08p, earning him a total of L1.2m. Mark Doughty now holds 24,650 ordinary shares, equal to 0.03% of the issued share capital of the company and holds a further 777,667 share options in the company.

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Meetic Q3 Results

PRESS RELEASE - Oct 24 - Meetic revenue for the first 9 months of 2012 totalled 122.8M Eur, reflecting a 4% decrease in the number of subscribers, which totalled 767,803 at 30th September. The third quarter revenue remained stable compared to the previous quarter (40.8M Eur). Net profit for the first 9 months of 2012 came to 16.9M Eur giving a net profit of 13.8%, compared to 9.0% over the same period of 2011. As a consequence of the marketing expense leverage, profitability improved significantly, with EBITDA coming to 27.6M at 30th September 2012 compared to 19.2M at 30th September 2011. The EBITDA margin was thus 22.5% at 30th September 2012.

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China’s Dating App Momo To Go International

TECH IN ASIA - Oct 24 - The Beijing-based startup behind the flirty hook-up app Momo is preparing to take it international, with an English version of its iPhone app submitted to Apple last week. The dating app has been picking up users at an incredible rate; it was 500K last December, 2M by this March, and 10M by August, and now 16M users. ~10% are international users. Momo attracted $40M in series B funding this summer.

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IAC Announces Management Changes At Its Match Segment

PR NEWSWIRE - Oct 23 - Sam Yagan, co-founder and CEO of OkCupid, has been named CEO of Match, making him responsible for IAC's Match segment, which comprises all of IAC's online dating and related operations, domestically and internationally. Mandy Ginsberg, President of Match.com, has been named CEO of Match.com, with responsibility for the segment's "Core" businesses: Match.com U.S., Chemistry and People Media. Josh Meyers, CEO of People Media, will leave the segment to focus on new initiatives at IAC, specially DailyBurn.

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