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HowAboutWe Launches New Dating App "Tonight"

METRO.US - Apr 16 - Tonight is a new dating app from HowAboutWe. “We’re bringing an entirely new experience to HowAboutwe,” said CEO and co-founder Brian Schecter. “The idea is that someone can say, ‘I want to go out tonight,’ and they can see users who also want to go out tonight.” Users get a “look book” of 20 people to like or not like, similar to Tinder or Hinge. Then, Tonight sets up the user with a “match” after both users like each other, but Tonight will only set users up with one match. Schecter is also relaunching HowAboutWe to be free for mutual matches. Users who like and like each other back will be able to message each other free of charge – a change from HowAboutWe’s old model, in which users had to pay to communicate. ... night.html Seeks IPO In London

BOSTON GLOBE - Apr 15 - wants to pursue an IPO in London this year. Avid Life Media, the site’s parent company, which failed with a previous IPO attempt in Canada, said it is looking to raise ~ $200M. The company wants the new funds for marketing and international expansion. AshleyMadison has 36M members in 46 countries. While the US accounts for ~50% of its business, Europe is the only region where the company has a real chance of doing an IPO because of its more liberal attitude towards adultery. The company has also set a target that 50 - 60% of its sales will come from Asia by 2020, including Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. ... ondon.html


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Marijuana Dating App "High There!" Approved By Apple And Google

SILICONANGLE - Apr 15 - Apple and Google have approved "High There" dating app for marijuana lovers for worldwide downloads. High There creator Todd Mitchem explains that his app is not about encouraging drug use. “We are a social network. If you are someone interested in the movement and want to meet nice, chill people, that’s what it’s about", he says. The app does not permit photos of marijuana consumption or any illegal activities. ... oogle.html

Tinder Integrates Instagram

TECH CRUNCH - Apr 15 - Tinder released an update today that integrates directly with Instagram, letting users scroll through the Instagram profiles of their potential matches within the app itself. With Instagram inside Tinder, users can click into a user’s Instagram profile and see the most recent 34 pictures, with the ability to click directly into their profile. The updated Tinder also adds common connection information into the mix. Tinder has also included all Facebook interests on users' profile. ... agram.html


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eHarmony Available On SmartWatches

BUSINESS WIRE - Apr 14 - eHarmony has introduced its mobile app with smartwatch support for Android Wear and Samsung Gear S devices. The smartwatches will display enhanced notifications that are synced with the users’ phone. ... tches.html

Momo Ordered To Clean Up Its Reputation By Chinese Government

SEEKING ALPHA - Apr 14 - Momo's IPO did quite well by rising 26% on its first trading day last December. But since then the stock has sagged and mostly traded ~30% below its IPO price of $13.50. The stock fell ~4% in the latest trading session. The shares could take a hit as Beijing pressures it to clean up its reputation as a "one night stand" app. The Ministry of Culture has warned the company to clean up its act. Failure to take action could result in fines for Momo, or could even result in limitations or a suspension of some services. ... nment.html


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Rendeevoo Dating App Cuts Straight To Cocktails

TECH CRUNCH - Apr 13 - UK startup Rendeevoo cuts to the chase by cutting out the chat element. Users browse profiles and when they like someone they can place "an order" by selecting when and where they want the date to take place, and then pay for it. They are paying for one cocktail at one of the East London bars that Rendeevoo has partnered with. Both parties have to confirm before the transactions are processed. Users can cancel the date up to 30 minutes before without being penalized. The app soft launched in April 2014 and raised ~$150K over the past 10 months, with ~$50K pulled in from crowdfunding via Seedrs. ... tails.html

Siren: Dating App Created By Women To Filter Out Creepy Guys

THE SEATTLE TIMES - Apr 12 - Susie Lee, a Seattle-based visual artist turned tech entrepreneur, created Siren, a dating app designed to protect women from creepy messages from guys. The free app, allows women to peruse men's pictures and their answers to the "Question of the Day". If a woman is suitably impressed by a man's answers, she can make herself visible to him. Only then can he see what she looks like. The biggest hurdle Siren faces is getting enough money and users to go viral. ... -guys.html


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