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Spark Networks Q2 Results: Subscribers Up, Revenue $12M, $95K Loss
MARKETWIRED - Aug 6 - Q2 Revenue was $12.3M, down 22% YOY, and down 9% from the prior quarter due to the decrease of subscribers. Direct marketing expenses were $5.3M, a decrease of 33% YOY. "By the end of the quarter we began to see real improvements in a number of our subscriber acquisition. In July, our Jewish Network subscriber numbers were up for the first time in a year and our Christian Network subscriber numbers were flat against the end of Q2," said CEO Michael Egan. Net loss was $95K.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -loss.html
Forbes Partners With Tinder To Build Business Networking App
TECH CRUNCH - Aug 5 - Forbes is building a social networking app exclusively for those who made Forbes' 30 Under 30 list. It will offer a directory of members, a feed where they can post stories or polls, and the option to message each other. Forbes also worked with Tinder and its co-founder Sean Rad to build a speed networking feature where members can swipe through profiles.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... g-app.html
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IAC Names New CEO, Joey Levin
VCPOST - Aug 3 - Joey Levin, the former CEO of IAC's search and applications business, has been named as IAC's new CEO and has joined its Board of Directors. Also, IAC's CFO Jeff Kip is leaving the company. http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... w-ceo.html
Match.com's Children Compete For Scholarship Again
PRNEWSWIRE - Aug 3 - Match.com announced its second annual MatchMade Scholarship Contest, a $50K program open to kids (5-20 years old) of parents who met on Match. "MatchMade kids account for 5% of all births in the U.S." said Sam Yagan, CEO of Match. To enter, students must submit a short, 1-2 minute video at www.MatchMade.com
retelling their parents' Match love story in a creative way. In September, the public will choose the winner by voting for their favorite video.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... again.html
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JSwipe Attempts Crowdfunding Campaign To Save Itself From JDate
OBSERVER - Aug 5 - David Yarus, founder of JSwipe, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $180K to protect itself against a suit by Spark Networks, the parent company of JDate. Supporters have committed $12K so far. JDate claims that JSwipe has violated its trademark, using the letter J. It also claims that JSwipe has violated its patent on an “apparatus for detection of &^%$#$^ interests or feelings and subsequent notification.” JSwipe is a ten month-old startup, similar to Tinder. "Our case against JSwipe is about their theft of our technology and their brazen attempt to build a business on the back of JDate,” said Michael Egan, CEO of Spark Networks.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... date-.html
Dating Apps Aren't Obliged To Protect Underage Users
WASHINGTON POST - Aug 6 - Dating apps usually require that their users be above 18 or 21. But Hot Or Not welcomes anyone over 13, the absolute minimum age set by a 1998 law that governs children’s online privacy. Tinder also openly welcomes underage users. 7% of Tinder users are between 13 and 17. Most of these apps do claim to segregate the over-18s from the under-18s. Tinder only shows adult users to other adults. But it is easy to falsely register as a 14-year-old looking to hook up. COPPA, the federal statute that governs how Internet companies interact with kids, only applies to children younger than 14. And under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a site operator can’t be held responsible for the misdeeds of its users. Skout also allows users under 18 but it moderates them relentlessly.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... users.html
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India Has Lifted Its Porn Ban, AdultFriendFinder Is Up Again
TIMES OF INDIA - Aug 6 - Within four days of banning 857 websites deemed to be pornographic, the government reversed the order on Tuesday, making an exception only for sites engaged in child pornography.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... again.html
A Lawsuit Claims eHarmony Discriminates The Blind
NEWSWEEK - Aug 6 - A new class-action lawsuit has been filled, claiming eHarmony discriminates against blind people because it’s incompatible with technology that allows them to navigate websites. Blind users of eHarmony require assistance to use it. This violates state and federal law mandating that public entities make goods, services and facilities accessible to people with disabilities “by making reasonable accommodations,” the lawsuit states.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... blind.html
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