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HotOrNot Relaunch: It Shows Users Attractive People Near Them

BUSINESS INSIDER - June 1 - HotOrNot, the dating site that was sold to Badoo for $20M, uses location-based data to show users the most attractive people around them. Badoo has hired Justine Sacco, the former communications director for IAC. Sacco was fired last year after posting a controversial tweet before a trip to Africa. Sacco is reportedly helping with HotOrNot's promotion and relaunch. ... -them.html

Skout Launches Group Messaging App

Skout fuse appTECH CRUNCH - June 20 - Skout, an app backed by Andreessen Horowitz that helps strangers meet locally, is branching out with a new group messaging app called Fuse. Once someone starts a ‘Fuse,’ everyone else has 3-10 minutes to respond. Once the timer ends, all of the content disappears. There’s also a Ghost mode, so people can respond anonymously. Skout CEO Christian Wiklund said they broke out the app separately because they didn’t want to bog down the core Skout experience with too many extra features. That’s a similar decision to what Facebook has done with Paper and Messenger. ... -app-.html


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Lesbian Dating App Dattch Is Launching In NYC

NY POST - June 19 - Although it launched last September in London, Dattch has only opened for business in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Florida. Now it will officially open to Big Apple residents. The app, whose name is a combination of “date” and “catch”, screens its members to ensure men don’t sneak past. ... -nyc-.html

Tinder & Meetup Has A New Competition In iHookup Social App

WALLST CHEATSHEET - June 19 - Founded by brothers Robert and Dean Rositano, iHookup Social app helps get people together. The publicly traded company has a market cap of $3M according to CEO Robert Rositano, and it recently passed the 200K user mark. An upcoming release of the app which will allow users to browse local venues and then suggest other users that might be interested in going. The app makes money mainly from subscriptions but to compete with Tinder, the company has plans to expand the functionality for free users moving forward. ... l-app.html


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Momo Is Shutting Its English Service

THE NEXT WEB - June 19 - Momo, the popular Chinese flirting app valued at $2B, will discontinue the English version of its service on July 1. The app is hugely popular in China and boasts ~100M downloads. Back October 2012, it launched its English version but it seems that the move didn’t go according to plan, even though the company claims users in 150 countries. ... rvice.html

Dating Sites In India Work On Online-offline Hybrid Model

NDTV - June 19 - Varsha Agnihotri started "Footloose No More" four years ago. The site screens all applications, and then hosts a curated meet-up for new members. Users can't use the site just to meet people online - if they miss three Footloose events in a row, then their membership is revoked. Another Indian dating site is Truly Madly which is like eHarmony. Most dating sites has to be tailored to meet the needs of the Indian market. Simply bringing international ideas to India has not been very successful. These sites brand themselves as working on a "relationship management model" which is about getting to know a client on a personal level. ... model.html


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"Hitch" Dating App Lets Users Set Up Their Friends

OPW - June 15 - Hitch is a new dating app that lets users set up their Facebook friends. Friends can only see each other’s gender and age. They don’t know who they are talking to, but they know it’s a friend of a friend. If the two like each other, they can choose to reveal their identities. ... iends.html

Japan Is AshleyMadison's Fastest Growing Market

MOTHERBOARD - June 16 - AshleyMadison's profit was $40M last year with revenue of $125M, up from $100M the previous year. AshleyMadison's fasted growing market is Japan. Japan broke 1M members in 8 months. 84% of Japanese women and 61% of Japanese men considered their extramarital liaisons beneficial to their marriages. The divorce rate in Japan is ~27%, about half the rate in the US. The number one reason for seeking out an affair is “not enough sex” in their relationships, according to AM survey. ... arket.html


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