NY TIMES - July 11 - Jennifer Davis Tarr is to be married today to Christopher Roger Coyne. Roger is working on the development of OkCupid.com, an Internet dating service, of which he is the president. He was a founder in 1999 of TheSpark.com, a humor Web site, and of SparkNotes, a series of condensed versions of classic literature, world history, math, economics and philosophy study guides. He also graduated from Harvard. Jennifer's father, when he was at Harvard in the 1960's, was a founder of the first computer dating service, called Operation Match, for which applicants would send in a paper form, which would be turned into punch cards and six weeks later they would get a list of names and phone numbers.' FULL ARTICLE @ NY TIMES
Mark Brooks: Coincidences or fate? This is old news from 2004, but interesting news.
SALONGK.SE - Oct 30 - Victoria Milan is the new site for attached people who are looking for affairs. There is a great need for this type of dating. We see a great potential. 30% of those who are dating online are already in a relationship and are just looking for a flirt, says Sigurd Vedal, MD of Victoria Milan. Infidelity does exist and anyone who is happy in their relationship will refrain from using our services", he added.
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PR WEB - Oct 5 - BrainiacDating.com is a dating site that enables matching based on reading tastes. Members list their favorite authors, titles and genres, and are then matched with other singles. The site is under two years old, and has already attracted ~22,000 members. Premium memberships range from $5 for three days, to $50 per year. FULL ARTICLE @ PR WEB
THAINDIAN NEWS - Oct 29 - TheUglyBugBall.com, a dating sites for people who are not too attractive, has now got its first engaged couple. Tom Clifford and Janine Walker met a few weeks ago and have only gone out four times but realized that they share so much things in common such as love for fatty foods as well as TV dinners and decided to get married. Tom revealed that he always thought he was the ugliest guy on the world until she got in touch with Janine. FULL ARTICLE @ THAINDIAN NEWS
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PRESS RELEASE - Oct 29 - Flirtomatic, a social mobile service used by 18–30 year olds, has achieved 70% conversion rate using GetJar’s Pay-Per-Download (PPD) solution. Flirtomatic had one million downloads and the growth has been impressive for Flirtomatic's new Android app, which was launched in June of 2010. During that month, GetJar managed 12% of all downloads for the Android app and in July, GetJar generated 19% of all downloads. The Pay-Per-Download (PPD) in-store advertising platform lets publishers bid for premium catalogue placement per download in GetJar’s store and distribution channels, to set their own maximum daily budgets, and insures they pay only when consumers successfully download the advertised app.
REALTID.SE - Oct 29 - Sigurd Vedal from Norway is launching a new infidelity dating site VictoriaMilan. The site will launch simultaneously in Sweden (victoriamilan.se), Norway and Denmark. "At Victoria Milan, we feel it is best if you can play with open cards. There is no shame in seeking new adventures in life and our members do not need to lie about their relationship status", says Vedal in their press release. First 10 000 members will get a free membership. Sigurd Vedal states that he himself has been married for ten years with a woman he was dating for ten years. Today he is 39 years old, and he has thus been living with the same woman since he was 19.
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PR NEWSWIRE - Oct 28 - FriendFinder Networks announced the completion of its $551,235,000 financing. FriendFinder Networks has 125M unique monthly visitors. The Company owns ~30,000 websites with ~405M registrants in 185 countries and offers a wide variety of online services. FULL ARTICLE @ PR NEWSWIRE
Mark Brooks: 29500 landing pages? Who financed them?
TERRA NOTICIAS - Oct 28 - According to the National Statistics Institute, there are ~10M singles in Spain. Half of them are using dating sites and this figure increases by 7% each year. Meetic has more than 6.5M registered users in Spain.
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PR.COM - Oct 28 - In a recent survey of users, be2 found nearly a quarter of respondents were happy to give out their phone number after exchanging only one or two messages online and well over half after about two or three messages. Men proved more likely to want to exchange phone numbers early in an online relationship. In the survey 67.5% of male respondents said they gave out their number after about two or three messages or less. This contrasts with women, the majority of whom said they would wait considerably longer.
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BC LOCAL NEWS - Oct 27 - A 66-year-old Delta man should serve five years and three months for running 240 fake dating sites that siphoned ~$650,000 U.S. from more than 1,000 people in Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain. Barrie Turner has been held in jail since his arrest in March. Customers paid $997 U.S. and more for membership in Turner dating sites that promised high-quality matches. Rather than dates, clients would get brush-offs when they emailed some suggested matches. The people who supposedly sent those messages were fake, created by Turner to string clients along by making them think they were simply unlucky at love when they were actually victims of fraud.
The full article was originally published at BC Local News, but is no longer available.
GO.TV - Oct 28 - Are you married or in a stable relationship, and spice up your everyday life? You can now date online without lying about your status. Victoriamilan.dk, primarily targeted at people in relationship in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. "There is a significant market for people who are looking for an affair. According to Sigurd Vedal studies 30% of those who use online dating, actually are in a stable relationship, and many of them are lying on their dating profile. Sigurd believes that people who are happy in their relationships will not use his dating site. "It's not us that creates adultery. Those who want to cheat will find a way to do it", he says. FULL ARTICLE @ GO.TV
NEWSWIRE - Oct 27 - iDate 2011 Miami is the largest industry event of the year, attracting CEO's and owners from online personals, dating and matchmaking companies from all over the world. This year's event also includes M&A sessions, domain auction and Awards ceremony. The conference will be on January 19-21, 2011 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Two pre-event sessions are scheduled for January 19, 2011; an Introduction to the Online Dating Industry for entrepreneurs and a special event for Matchmakers. January 19 will also have a special closed door session for mergers and acquisitions of both dating and social networking businesses. FULL ARTICLE @ NEWSWIRE
PROACTIVE INVESTORS - Oct 27 - IAC revenue increased 25% in the Q3 to $421.7M. Match.com posted a 31% increase in its sales to $106.2M, fueled primarily by organic growth at Match US and People Media, as well as by the acquisition of Singlesnet and the company's venture with Meetic in Latin America. IAC reported a profit of $17.5M, down from $21.6M a year earlier. On a per-share basis, earnings were flat at 16c as shares outstanding were 21% lower. FULL ARTICLE @ PROACTIVE INVESTORS