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Investors Fall Out Of Love With Cupid.com

TELEGRAPH.CO.UK - Feb 8 - Investors have fallen out of love with Cupid.com after a BBC radio show started investigating the company as part of a programme about the online dating world. Cupid was forced to tell the stock market it was under scrutiny after shares crashed by as much as 13pc in morning trading. The radio programme will air on BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday. Cupid would not disclose details of the investigation. However, it is thought to focus on the issue of scammers who set up fake profiles on dating sites, and ask whether online dating businesses do enough to protect their customers.

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SpeedDate.com Sold To IAC

OPW - Feb 7 - SpeedDate.com, the online webcam enhanced speed dating service that launched in 2007, has been sold to IAC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. We will update this post with more information later.

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Tinder: New Dating App

WSJ - Feb 7 - Tinder, a dating app, launched in September by cofounders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen and is quickly picking up traction. Users connect to their Facebook profile, and it grabs four photos to use as their profile photos on Tinder. It then shows them photos of other members, and tehy swipe left to say they don’t like them, or right to say they like them. If both members say they like each other, it’ll open up a chat prompt. According to AppData, the app has ~100K users connected through Facebook. The company said it grew by 700% last month.

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eHarmony CEO: What ‘Really Damaged Our Company’

CNBC - Feb 6 - Neil Clark Warren is a Christian theologian who worked as a clinical psychologist for 35 years, counseling married couples. He formulated a set of 29 characteristics that he said define successful relationships. He called them the “Dimensions of Compatibility.” In 2000, he founded eHarmony with his son-in-law Greg Forgatch. Warren attributes some of the company’s success to advertising. eHarmony has been the target of numerous lawsuits for its refusal to match same-sex couples. In 2008, eHarmony reached a settlement and agreed to launch a new website that would cater to same-sex couples. "It has really damaged our company. I have said that eHarmony really ought to put up $10M and ask other companies to put up money and do a really first class job of figuring out homosexuality. At the very best, it's been a painful way for a lot of people to have to live. But at this point, at this age, I want America to start drawing together. I want it to be more harmonious.”

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Meetic Annual Results

4TRADERS - Feb 6 - Meetic 2012 consolidated annual revenue totalled Eu 164.8M, down 7.5% YOY. Revenue for the Q4 2012 came to Eur 42.0M. The Group had 768,572 subscribers at 31st Dec 2012, versus 762,099 a year ago. 2012 marketing expense totalled Eur 77.6M or 47.1% of revenue, compared to Eur 92.5Mand 52.0% of revenue in 2011. Profitability significantly improved in 2012, with EBITDA Eur 36.8M.

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Match.com Survey: What Singles Want

USA TODAY - Feb 5 - According to a survey conducted by MarketTools for Match.com 42% of respondents would not date a virgin, 65% would not date someone with credit card debt greater than $5K. 49% would consider getting into a committed relationship with someone who lived at home with parents. Among the "must haves," women want respect and men want someone in whom to trust and confide; both rate a sense of humor as key qualities for a partner. When judging a potential date, both men and women rate teeth at the top, followed by grammar. 28% say they've dated someone they met online, 48% of gay men and lesbian women have dated someone they met online.

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Jetstar Airlines Partners With RSVP For Love Flight

THE AUSTRALIAN - Feb 5 - A plane with a group of 28 selected single passengers will fly from Sydney to the Gold Coast on Feb 14 in their search for romance. The group have been selected for the flight via an application process hosted on RSVP site. There will be speed dating over champagne and breakfast, group activities and a three-course lunch at SkyPoint on the Gold Coast. Jestar isn't the first airline to play mile-high matchmaker. Last year KLM launched its "meet and greet" service. It links passengers' Facebook and LinkedIn profiles to their check-in information, allowing them to select their neighbor based on similar interests or looks.

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Pair Buys UK’s Cupple And Rebrands As Couple

TECH CRUNCH - Feb 3 - Tenthbit, the mobile app studio behind the couples app Pair, has bought Cupple, a UK-based rival mobile app for two people only, and has rebranded itself as Couple. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tenthbit raised a seed round of $4.2M in May 2012. Cupple will, for now, remain as a standalone app, but users will have the ability to migrate their data to Couple from Cupple if they choose. Cupple did not disclose current usage figures, downloads or geographical reach. Pair meanwhile notes 1.25M messages sent every day, 160m messages between couples to date and 800K downloads.

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