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The OPW/iDate Weekly News Summary.

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- Mobile news app: http://idate2014.com/idate-industry-app.php

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:~ TOP ONLINE PERSONALS WATCH NEWS ITEMS AND INTERVIEW ~:


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http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... eysen.html
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Mail.ru To Sell Stake In Mamba

TELECOMPAPER - Jan 13 - Mail.ru owns a 31.19% stake in the dating service, and Russian company Finam owns the rest and is considered a potential buyer. Experts estimate Mamba is worth RUB 4-5 billion.

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


Zoosk Lays Off 15% Of Staff

TECH CRUNCH - Jan 15 - The move was made as part of a larger effort to lower expenses in many areas. News of the layoffs follows the exit of Zoosk’s founders from their leadership roles last month, and confirmation that the company was indefinitely delaying its IPO plans.

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

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Cupid Name Change Is Official

HERALD SCOTLAND - Jan 15 - Cupid has been officially renamed as Castle Street Investments at Companies House. The change, which received shareholder on December 23, reflects its transformation from an online dating firm to an investment company.

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


Tinder Acquires Ephemeral Messenger Tappy

TECH CRUNCH - Jan 12 - Tinder has just closed its first acquisition and purchased Chill, creators of Tappy, as part of a strategic acquihire. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tappy, which received more than $10M in funding and pivoted out of Chill, will be shut down. Tens of thousands of users on the platform will have to find a new favorite chat app. But at Tinder, there won’t be any competition over energy or resources between two separate products.

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

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Coffee Meets Bagel: Worth More Than $30M?

JOBS & HIRE - Jan 10 - The site has risen quickly since its launch 2 years ago to become one of the most talked about dating sites around. On Tuesday, Coffee Meets Bagel officially launched its Android mobile app, and on Friday, the Kang sisters appeared on ABC's Shark Tank to gather investment for their venture. The sisters were offering a 5% stake in their company for $500K, and turned down a $30M offer for the company from panelist Mark Cuban. Reports indicate that they have generated more than $2M since embarking on a fund raising drive to support the expansion.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... n-30m.html


How Grindr Makes It Easy To Stalk 5M Gay Men

ARS TECHNICA - Jan 15 - Geographic locations of Grindr users in the US and most other places can be tracked down to the very park bench they happen to be having lunch or bar where they're drinking and monitored almost continuously, according to research scheduled to be presented Saturday at the Shmoocon security conference in Washington, DC that shows Synack researchers we able to set up a free account and track the detailed movements of several fellow users who volunteered to participate in the experiment.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... y-men.html

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Snap Interactive Announces Business Highlights

PR NEWSWIRE - Jan 14 - Q4 revenues Increased 12% YOY to approximately $3.37M. Cash and cash equivalents totaled approximately $1.1M, reflecting $0.2M of positive cash flow from operations in the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Total revenues increased 8% to $13.6 million; AYI.com had approximately 30% growth in subscribers. New subscription transactions increased 30% as compared to the year ended 2013.

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


Your App Might Be Affected By Changes To Facebook's API

OPW - Jan 15 - As of April 2015, apps will no longer be able to access info on users' Facebook friends. Any permission that involves “friends” will no longer be available to apps. The impact to this change to online dating will vary depending upon the app. Dating apps often connect users to friends (or friends-of-friends) because there is already a connection there, and an element of trust. Most apps want to grow “virally” and encourage recommending the app to friends, or give other incentives to get friends involved in the app. This will no longer be possible without the friend connections. Dating apps that perform wholesale data “harvesting” of extended profile data in order to support marketing activities will be stopped cold. Dating apps will have to show exactly what they are doing with the data they are collecting. Collecting user data for “invisible” analytic purposes is expressly forbidden by Facebook.

http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... s-api.html

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Conference Organiser, Marc Lesnick, info@idate2014.com, 212-722-1744

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