BUSINESS WIRE - Jan 12 - BlackPeopleMeet.com, the online dating site devoted to African-American singles, has launched BlackPeopleMeet.com Magazine, which is free and requires no membership. It is filled with insightful advice and perspectives to help single African-Americans navigate through the world of dating, love and relationships. FULL ARTICLE @ EARTH TIMES
NEWSWIRE TODAY - Jan 12 - MyCupid, a new matrimony site, launched in India by Oxigen, an IT-enabled multi- services platform, and World Dating Partners. A user can create a profile, update information, upload pictures and videos, chat and selectively allow others to browse their profiles. The payment for these services can be made through Oxicash, hence you don’t need a Bank account or a credit Card to use the "paid for" services. FULL ARTICLE @ NEWSWIRE TODAY
PRESS RELEASE - Jan 12 - Iris Robinson, wife of First Minister Peter Robinson, admitted that she engaged in an extramarital affair with a 19-year old lover. Noel Biderman, CEO of AshleyMadison.com, says this is just another example of the evolution of traditional marriage in our society. AshleyMadison.com was created to provide those seeking extramarital affairs a place to meet people who share their situations and desires. Additionally, Noel Biderman has written a book entitled “Cheaters Prosper: How Infidelity Will Save the Modern Marriage”.
PR NEWSWIRE - Jan 11 - It's been reported that on a typical day, anywhere from eight to ten thousand people sign up to AshleyMadison.com, infidelity dating site. Last Thursday, over 25,000 new members signed up. That's someone new joining the infidelity service every 3 seconds, making it AshleyMadison.com's most profitable day ever. FULL ARTICLE @ IT NEWS ONLINE
NATIONAL POST - Jan 11 - Justin and Annabelle Parfitt are the stars of Love Incorporated, a new reality TV series airing on the Slice network. Justin and Annabelle own FastLife, a speed dating company that operates in Canada, Australia, US, UK and China. The couple lives a semi-nomadic existence, bouncing between desks in existing offices and meetings in developing markets. The 13-episode series focuses on the couple's relationship and their business, zeroing in on some of FastLife's 150-200 monthly events.
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MAIL ONLINE - Jan 11 - DNA matching offers the chance to pick a partner with the widest possible variety of genes and therefore the best immune system for any potential children,’ explains Eric Holzle, a former engineer-turned-matchmaker who runs ScientificMatch. DNA testing can ascertain whether or not you will have ‘a more satisfying sex life with less chance of cheating’. Both ScientificMatch and Swiss company, GenePartner.com, which provides a DNA matching service for a variety of dating sites in Europe and the U.S., cite the infamous 1995 ‘sweaty T-shirt’ experiment in which women were asked to sniff the T-shirts of similarly aged men and rate their body odours as proof that DNA matching works. ScientificMatch offers life membership site for ~£1,200. Meanwhile, GenePartner’s tests start at ~£60. FULL ARTICLE @ DAILYMAIL.CO.UK
REUTERS - Jan 10 - FriendFinder set the terms of its initial public offering on Friday, cutting its size by more than half. FriendFinder's properties range from AdultFriendFinder.com to BigChurch.com and SeniorFriendFinder.com. It also publishes pictures and video, and the magazine Penthouse. FriendFinder plans to sell 20M shares for $10 to $12, each. At the midpoint that would raise $220M. The company filed for an IPO in December 2008 of up to $460M, but did not disclose details. FULL ARTICLE @ REUTERS
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MIAMI NEW TIMES - Jan 8 - After posting their holiday pictures on BeautifulPeople.com, 5,000 so-called fatties were shuffled once more into the ratings system for re-approval. Only a few hundred were allowed back. Mark Brooks, an analyst and consultant for the online dating industry, says it's normal for online networks to exclude people, but only as a matter of certain obvious preferences, like sexual orientation. "I think the BeautifulPeople tactic is rather amusing," he remarked. "We've been accustomed to magazine cover culture for over 50 years now," he said. "We need to break away from that. People have been aspiring to unnatural extremes of physical beauty." Paul A. Falzone, CEO of International Dating Ventures, which owns eLove, also believes that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but clearly he shines a different light. "We think everyone is beautiful, and frankly, were disturbed to hear about the way that these people were treated," said Falzone in a statement. eLove is coming to the rescue, opening its doors to all the rejects from BeautifulPeople. FULL ARTICLE @ MIAMI NEW TIMES
PRESS RELEASE - Jan 7 - CityDate has launched a dating site, SensualityDating.com, which caters to women seeking romantic experiences without commitment. SensualityDating features a virtual dating app which allows people to get to know each other in a virtual coffee shop or a restaurant, flirt and explore their chemistry. SensualityDating is “100% Free for Life” for every member that signs up before March, 31st 2010.
OPW - Jan 8 - Jan 5 - Dianne Sweeney wrote a book about online dating Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace. Her memoir takes the readers on a hilarious, often poignant journey of 83 online dates, dumps, and disasters. You can order your autographed copy here.