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Japan's Eureka, Developer Of Dating And Couple Apps, Acquired By Match Group

THE BRIDGE - May 27 - Since its launch in 2008, Tokyo-based startup Eureka has developed Pairs and Couples, mobile apps for dating and couples. The company has been wholly acquired by The Match Group. Details of the acquisition price has not been disclosed. Pairs is a Facebook-based dating and marriage hunting app launched in 2012 and has acquired ~1.5M users in Japan and 800K users in Taiwan to date. Couples is a memory-sharing and messaging app for couples, and has acquired ~2.2M users. ... group.html Offers Free Of Charge Commutation For Members

PR NEWSWIRE - May 27 - members are now able to communicate with other members free of charge instead of paying membership fees.’s initiative will overturn the current business mode and trigger an industry reshuffle. Mr. Tian Fanjiang, CEO of, said the company aims to increase online market share to ~61.8% via the new initiative to become a leading online dating site in China. ... mbers.html


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Online Dating Site Launched By Iranian Government

BBC NEWS - May 28 - With a high rate of divorce, authorities in Iran have launched a state-run online dating site. ~22% of marriages among Iranians end in divorce. The vast majority occur between couples under 30. The new site is called and is run by the Islamic Development Organisation, an institution under the supervision of the Supreme Leader that promotes the Islamic lifestyle. ... nment.html

AdultFriendFinder's Profiles For Sale For $17K

THEHILL - May 26 - According to multiple reports, the giant database of user data stolen from AdultFriendFinder is going for 70 bitcoins ($17K) on the dark Web. It would be easy for hackers to user the leaked information to identify people in real life through Facebook. This could put users at risk of extortion and blackmail. The hacker is also offering to break into any company or website for ~$170K worth of bitcoin. ... r-17k.html


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THEHINDUBUSINESSLINE - May 25 - Shaadi, the Mumbai-based site, a part of People Group, is exploring opportunities in the South-East Asian markets like Vietnam and Malaysia, besides developed and unorthodox markets like the US. "We are looking to make at least 2-3 acquisitions overseas in the next few years," said Anupam Mittal, Founder and CEO of People Group. He also added that the company has set aside ?60-70 crore for these acquisitions. ... lobal.html

SparkLabs Global Invests In Dating LATAM

MARKETWIRED - May 26 - SparkLabs Global Ventures, a global seed-stage fund, invested in Latin American dating startup - Dating LATAM. The startup's site currently has ~300K registered users. It started originally in Peru and is now in Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. ... latam.html


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New Dating Apps Are Killing Monogamy

WASHINGTON POST - May 26 - OpenMinded is a new non-monogamous dating site. The site's founder, Brandon Wade, expects swingers, polysexuals and experimental 20-somethings to use his site. "If you look at marriage, it developed as a survival strategy and a means of raising kids," Wade said. "But relationships are no longer a necessary component of life." There's a long history of married men sleeping around, says Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist and one of the world’s leading relationship researchers. "What is new is that women are now also being more adulterous - and so people are beginning to be more open about it." ... ogamy.html

Dating App Coffee Meets Bagel Launches In Sydney

NEWS.COM.AU - May 25 - Coffee Meets Bagel, the dating app that turned down a $30M offer from Mark Cuban on the US TV series Shark Tank, is launching in Australia. Coffee Meets Bagel introduces users to one match every day and they have 24 hours to pass or like their counterpart. ... ydney.html


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