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Baihe Seeks RMB 1.5B Funding In Preparation For IPO
MARBRIDGE CONSULTING - Apr 21 - Shengda Mining and Dahu Aquaculture each issued statements disclosing capital investments of RMB 80M ($13M) and RMB 25M ($4M), respectively, in Baihe Online, operator of Beijing-based dating site Baihe. According to information in the Dahu Aquaculture report, Baihe is attempting to raise RMB 1.5B as a possible preparation for a domestic IPO.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... r-ipo.html
Jack'd - First Gay App On The Apple Watch
NEWNOWNEXT - Apr 23 - Online Buddies, Jack'd's parent company, has launched the Apple Watch app extension. The new Jack'd Apple Watch app features default responses and emojis for quick responses, bookmarked favorites, and full profile options with multiple public and private photos. Online Buddies also owns Manhunt, and a new dating app - Dandy.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... watch.html
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Mixology Acquired By AgapeMatch
PRESS RELEASE - Apr 22 - Agape Match, the NYC based matchmaking service, bought Mixology, a LGBT matchmaking service. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... match.html
Jiayuan: The Market Expects A Higher Take-Private Offer
SEEKING ALPHA - Apr 21 - Jiayuan shares recently closed above Vast Profit's offer of $5.37 per share to $5.51. A big reason for the rally is activist shareholder Heng Ren's proposal for a higher acquisition price. Vast Profit proposed the deal on March 3. They will likely have to raise its price beyond $6 to get the deal done.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... offer.html
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MARKETWATCH - Apr 23 - Avid Life Media, the parent company of Ashley Madison, hopes to raise $200M in an IPO in London later this year. Ashley Madison makes up ~70% of Avid's $150M annual revenue, says Noel Biderman, CEO of the site. AM alone has ~33M members worldwide with 2.3M active users. The IPO plans may be mere flirtation with the media or a way to attract a suitor keen to invest. AM has little direct competition. "The entire business is built on the premise that few will follow," says Mark Brooks, a dating-industry analyst and the editor of Online Personals Watch. "It's simultaneously brilliant and despicable. It gets people talking, which is also good for business."http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... dison.html
Indonesian Online Dating Market
WSJ - Apr 20 - For Singapore-based Paktor, Indonesia accounts for half its 1M active monthly users. Paktor, a Tinder-like app, is spread across Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia, and it is doubling its numbers each quarter. Local online dating apps such as Yogrt and Wavoo, as well as mix-matching website Setipe.com, are also seeing a windfall in Indonesia. Cultural stigmas about casual dating still pose challenges, said Razi Thalib, co-founder of Setipe, which currently has ~300K members. Setipe is matching users for long term relationships. Yogrt app includes a game that users can play with their matches, while Wavoo has an augmented reality feature that allows users to see other nearby users from a map of their neighborhood.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... arket.html
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The Grade Surpasses 10M Swipe Milestone
ACCESSWIRE - Apr 20 - The Grade, an iPhone dating app from Snap Interactive, has surpassed 10M swipes. The app holds users accountable for their behavior through the assignment of grades. Users with a grade of "D" or "F" receive a warning and instructions on how to improve their grade, while users who maintain an "F" grade are expelled.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... stone.html
Match.com's Security Flaw Puts Millions Of Passwords At Risk
ITPROPORTAL - Apr 17 - The flaw was discovered in early March, but is still active, according to Ars Technica. Match.com does not use HTTPS security – it uses the older HTTP standard instead. This means that the login info can be stolen by anyone on the same Wi-Fi.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -risk.html
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