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Jiayuan Attracts Giants Tencent And Alibaba

TRADING FLOOR - July 18 -The rumours are that Jiayuan is being eyed up for acquisition by both Tencent and the soon-to-IPO Alibaba. Jiayuan’s current market cap is $150M. Considering Alibaba had profits of $669M in Q1 2013, snapping up Jiayuan would hardly be noticeable. Tencent is in an equally strong financial position so a 20% increase might be warranted. A trend in China is for some listed companies to snap up smaller businesses in front of the nose of PE firms by offering much higher multiples than these investors are willing to do.

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Dating Scams Add To 27% Increase In Fraud

INDEPENDENT.CO.UK - July 18 - "Dating scams" have contributed to a 27% increase in the number of frauds reported. 229K frauds were recorded in the last year. Of these, online dating scams accounted for 1,212 crimes.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... raud-.html

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Coffee Meets Bagel Launching In Dallas

WHATEVER BLOG - July 17 - Users in Dallas now receive one exclusive match per day via e-mail and have 24 hours to like or pass on their “bagel.” If two users both “like” the other’s picture and details, they can text for seven days on a private line to shield their phone numbers. After the seven days, the line expires, forcing them to meet up for a date or exchange contact information to pursue a relationship. CoffeeMeetsBagel is available in Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Austin and Dallas.

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Alexandre Lubot Named CEO of Meetic

BOURSORAMA - July 17 - Meetic has appointed Alexandre Lubot (previously CMO of Meetic since 2011) as its CEO. Former CEO Philippe Chainieux decided to focus on a new career path but will remain a member of the Board of Directors.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... etic-.html

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Harmonic Convergence At Home

THE DEAL - July 16 - Londoners Julian Keenaghan and Alex Parish met in a band, got into Web development and started Tastebuds in 2010. Tastebuds is a music-oriented dating site, where individuals connect through rankings of up to eight favorite bands or artists. The site has ~100K users in 100 countries, although it has yet to launch officially in the U.S. Tastebuds Media raised $600K. "This is loosely in-between social networks and Internet dating," explains Mark Brooks, who runs Online Personals Watch. Of all shared interests, music is one of the most defining. "If you're interested in Anthrax, that suggests a whole batch of characteristics or lifestyle," Brooks says. Brooks estimates the market worldwide is ~$4 billion. Match.com boasts ~25% market share in the United States followed by Zoosk ($40M revenue) and eHarmony ($250M rev.) Movies give music a run for its money. "Film is very similar to music, and hard-core movie fans compare to hard-core music fans," said Dana Loberg, co-founder of MovieLaLa.com, a social discovery site centered on the movies. MovieLaLa.com's revenue model is based on generating data that, Loberg believes, studios will pay for. That data will enable distributors to market movies more effectively.

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Tinder Officially Arrives On Android

TECH CRUNCH - July 15 - Tinder mobile dating app is going multi-platform. Several weeks ago, the company created a landing page for the new app, saying that they would only make Tinder for Android available once they had received one million requests. They haven’t quite made it to 1M requests,but with over 800K already logged, the founders decided to pull the trigger anyway. Tinder has also begun to focus on international markets. 15% of its users are outside the U.S. The startup has begun focusing its international efforts on the UK, Canada, Australia, Latin America (Brazil and Mexico), Germany, France and Japan.

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Cupid Sells Casual Dating Sites For GBP 43 Million

INDEPENDENT - July 15 - Cupid sold its BeNaughty.com, Flirt.com and other casual dating sites to Grendall Investment for GBP 43.1M (€50M). The company would retain Cupid.com, LoveAgain.com and UniformDating.com. It also signed a software licensing agreement with Grendall that would generate GBP 2M of revenue over four years. Grendall Investment is managed by Max Polyakov, co-founder of Cupid, who also holds a 15% stake in the company.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... llion.html


'Match.com Nights' New UK Campaign

MARKETING WEEK - July 12 - Match.com is launching a new ad campaign in UK that will promote its offline events called "Match.com nights". The new campaign is featuring Susie and Franz who meet on a match.com night. The new free-to-attend events will take place at selected bars across the UK with members allowed to invite up to three singles who are not Match.com subscribers.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... aign-.html

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