Showing posts with label Dating Apps. Show all posts
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November 8, 2014

ALIBABA!!! China’s New GAY Dating App Momo is Taking Over US Wall St. 
Momo Inc., the holding company for Beijing Momo Technology Co., said in a filing Friday that it intends to use proceeds for general corporate purposes like research and development and technology infrastructure.
The company may pursue acquisitions but currently has no commitments or agreements for any deals.
After Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. filed for a U.S. IPO, bankers expected other Chinese companies to follow. Alibaba went public in a record $25 billion debut on the New York Stock Exchange in September. Alibaba owns a 21% stake in Momo.
The Wall Street Journal reported in May that Momo was working on a plan for an IPO this year, and that the company had completed a fundraising round that valued it at around $2 billion.
Underwriters include Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan and China Renaissance Securities. The company said it plans to sell up to $300 million of American depositary shares, but that is a placeholder amount used in deciding registration fees and will likely change. 
Momo has grown rapidly since its 2011 launch. It began as an online dating application, but it has pushed to become a platform to help people with shared interests connect in locales across China. 
Monthly active users reached 60.2 million in September, more than doubling from a year earlier.
The company said membership subscription fees provided more than 63% of its revenue in the first half of 2014.
Total revenue in the first half of the year was $13.9 million, up from $3.1 million in the comparable 2013 period. Net loss was $8.3 million, compared with a $9.3 million loss in the first half of 2013.  
—Telis Demos contributed to this article.

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February 22, 2014 Scammers Busted Scammers Busted for Fleecing DatesSEXPAND
Six British ne’er-do-wells have been charged with scamming users in the U.K., because people are much more gullible than we could ever imagine.

Here’s how the set-up probably went down: woman logs onto and, surprise, she meets a handsome man on the dating site. Brilliant! They go out and it's awesome times at the pub and then the cinema that night. They go out a couple more times and he still rocks. Then suddenly he shares a heartbreaking story that requires her to part with a “significant” amount of money. Instead of saying no, she says yes and probably never sees said Mr. Handsome again ... until she watches the evening news on the BBC and realizes that her man of the hour was just arrested for fraud.
Detective Constable Darrin Carey, reports the Guardian, says most of the victims are from the "Basingstoke area, across Hampshire and England" and if anyone has any more information that could help catch the rest of the frauds, call him at "101."
The suspects charged with conspiracy to commit fraud are Emmanuel Oko, 29, of Waverley Grove, Southsea, Hampshire; Brooke Boston, 28, of Chelsea Road, Southsea; Monty Emu, 28, of Frencham Road, Southsea; Eberechi Ekpo, 26, of Adair Road, Southsea; Chukwuka Ugwu, 28, of Somers Road, Southsea, and Adewunmi Nusi, 26, of Bomford Close, Hermitage, Berkshire.
I’m not sure how someone would be able to justify lending more than 20 quid to a stranger they’ve just started dating — I don’t even do that in real life. Still, the crew of five men and women are now facing fraud charges following a lengthy investigation by the Detective Constable and are slated to appear in the Basingstoke magistrates court soon. So what was's response? Treat the web like a sketchy Camden pub and trust no one.
"While the authorities and dating sites work closely together to ensure a safe environment on the internet, we encourage everyone to apply the same caution when meeting people online as they would meeting through friends or in a bar. Never give money to anyone just as you would never give money to someone you recently met in a pub or cafe. Don't share personal contact details off the site. If in doubt, use the highly visible 'report a concern' button which flags issues to our care team."
Is anyone online portal sacred? Probably porn, but that’s besides the point.
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December 16, 2013

Apple’s New App For Gays, Something You Can Bring Home to Mom

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(Credit: Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)
Do you feel that the gay community is all too often symbolized by shiny torsos with a body fat percentage below 3?
Do you sense that when you think of gay apps, the first that comes to mind is Grindr?
But what about gay taste? What about the gay sense of style?
This isn't the stuff of mere legend. The fine urban studies theorist Richard Florida has offered that cities thrive when they attract a dynamic gay population.
Some very clever Harvard types (are there any other kind?) believe that, when it comes to apps, the gay community hasn't offered the full bloom of its most tasteful side.
So they've created This, they claim, is "the only gay social app approved by theiTunes store for 12-year-olds and older."
Before you mount your high, sweaty horse and exert a moral gallop over the idea, might I say that this app doesn't have sex at its core?
Instead, and I'm quoting the company now, "uses real-time collective knowledge to connect trendsetting crowds and travelers to the places and people that best reflect their distinct interests."
Implicit in this rococo marketing speak is the notion that gay people know where it's at before, you know, other sorts of people do.
How do I know this? Well, I can read press releases.
Here's an extract: "With an emphasis on good taste, is sleekly designed to easily lead users to the right event, restaurant, party, or vacation spot for the moment or upcoming calendar, where their friends are or plan to go soon."
Just as Google tells you there are "right" ads and "wrong" ones, so here you can have access to the "right" events, rather than quiz night at your local Uzbek potato vodka bar.
In the iTunes store, has a charming way of describing itself: "Finally, an LGBT app that you can bring home to Mom!"
"Mom, look! Here's how I found out where the very crunchiest baguettes are at!"
Indeed, describes itself as "clean, social, and fun."
CEO Michael Belkin told me that this is very different from, say, Grindr: "If you go on Grindr, people change their headline sometimes to 'Visiting tonight, does anyone know the best place to go out?'"
Belkin says he's launching because he became "disgusted by the tasteless torsos and imagery on gay social sites and apps."
He wants "the good-taste part of the gay stereotype to gain traction with advertisers and cross the mainstream divide."

  In this, he has some very famous and tasteful investors -- old PayPal pals Peter Thiel and Keith Rabois, to name but two.

Taste and art are often intertwined like long-lost lovers, one of whom has flown in from the Andes and the other from Boise. The art here is that claims it has a proprietary algorithm that ranks places and events for "hotness."
I suspect that you and I (and the hamsters pushing the algorithmic wheel at already have our own idea of hotness. Sometimes, though, we're at a loss as to where to find it.
Please remember, we're talking Harvard people here. So don't be surprised that they claim this is "the only app that combines social networking, event ticketing, attendee visibility, location-based services, and hot-spot locating with predictability and in real time."
That's the lovely thing about techies. They do adore predictability.
After all this information, you're probably feeling a need for hotness coming on. What is surely cool, however, about this initiative is that it promises to be your "well-connected, in-the-know, VIP gay friend."
We all need one of those, don't we? Otherwise, we’d all still be eating at Outback.

December 13, 2013

Husband is Suing His Husband’s Thief but Also The Site that Got Them Together

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A Charlotte man blames the breakup of his marriage not only on the other guy, but also on the online infidelity service that he says made it happen.
“Life is short,” the Ashley Madison website coos. “Have an affair.”
Robert Schindler of Charlotte says his ex-wife did just that.
So, Schindler is suing her alleged partner in the tryst, along with Ashley Madison and its Canadian corporate parent, Avid Dating Life Inc.
At play here is a legal clash between the old and the new. North Carolina remains one of only a half-dozen states that still awards punitive damages when a marriage fails and someone other than the husband and wife is to blame.
The so-called alienation of affection/criminal conversation laws have survived numerous efforts by judges, lawyers and some legislators to repeal them, and in recent years they have led to million-dollar judgments for wronged spouses.
The Schindler case attempts to apply the centuries-old marriage statutes to a company marketing the new-age phenomenon of online cheating. Ashley Madison, which claims clients worldwide in the tens of millions, bills itself as “the most recognized name in infidelity.”
Schindler’s 2012 complaint, which was back in Mecklenburg Superior Court last week for a preliminary hearing, accuses the company and Eleazar “Chay” Montemayor of Charlotte with working together to seduce Schindler’s wife, ruining his 13-year marriage.
According to the lawsuit, Montemayor and Schindler’s wife began their affair in 2007 after meeting on Montemayor also was married at the time. They became husband and wife in October 2012.
In his lawsuit, Schindler claims that the love and affection he and his wife shared “was alienated and destroyed by the defendants.”
He asks for damages of more than $10,000 under two claims: alienation of affections and criminal conversation, which is legal shorthand for extramarital sex.
Schindler’s former wife did not return calls for comment this week. Citing the lawsuit, Eleazar Montemayor declined to discuss the case Wednesday.
His co-defendant – and the founder of Ashley Madison – told the Observer in an email this week that holding his company liable for the breakup of a marriage “defies most people’s common sense test.”
“Would the courts also hold a hotel room accountable? A cellphone operator if his wife called her lover on it? The car she drove?” asked Noel Biderman, a former lawyer and sports agent who started Ashley Madison in 2002.
While Ashley Madison allows its clients to communicate with each other, “we in no way participate in any ‘offline’ encounters,” Biderman said.
“I think it would be an incredibly slippery slope to attempt to espouse blame to all the technology and inanimate objects that were utilized in an affair.”
Schindler’s attorney, Chris Johnson of Wilmington, says Biderman’s argument misses the point.
“You can use a car to drive to school. You can use a car to drive to work. You can also use a car to have an affair. But that’s not the car’s sole purpose,” Johnson said.
“That’s the difference in this website. It’s very specific. It promotes affairs. Sadly, it’s bad enough that it happened to Robert Schindler. But it happens to many others, too.”
Cheat and pay
Despite steps taken by the legislature in 2009 to narrow the alienation law, the monetary penalties for messing around with someone else’s marriage have grown exponentially in the past three years.
In 2010, a Guilford County jury awarded a wife a $9 million judgment against her husband’s mistress.
That same year, a Chapel Hill physician won almost $6 million from her former best friend, whom she had invited to visit and help her get ready for her first child and who had an affair with the physician’s husband.
In 2011, a Wake County judge handed down the largest alienation award in the state’s history – $30 million – after the former wife of a Raleigh business owner sued the current one.
Normally, alienation cases boil down to illicit sex, but they don’t have to. Wake Forest law professor Suzanne Reynolds said one of the earliest cases in state history involved a husband accusing his in-laws of urging his wife to leave the marriage.
That kind of case gave rise to a nickname: “mother-in-lawsuits.”
‘Monogamy fails’
Research indicates that up to 40 percent of heterosexual married men will have an affair; for married women, the figure is closer to 25 percent.
Cue Ashley Madison.
“Monogamy in my opinion is a failed experiment,” Biderman, a husband and the father of two, said in 2011.
Today, Avid Life operates a series of online “dating” sites based out of Toronto.
“CougarLife” tries to pair “sexy, successful older women and the vibrant, ambitious, younger men who want to date them.”
“Established Men” caters to older, financially successful clients and “sexy sugar babies with a taste for the finer things in life.”
There’s a site for gay men and also one for swingers.
But of the six social portals, Ashley Madison is clearly Biderman’s sugar baby.
Today, the infidelity site has 23 million members in 35 countries, said Paul Keable, Avid Life’s vice president of communication.
Keable declined this week to share any financial information. However, according to a 2011 profile in Bloomberg Businessweek, Avid Life predicted $60 million in revenue that year with $20 million in profits. Membership in Ashley Madison has since tripled, according to company figures, as has the number of countries in which the site claims to operate.
While its 19th century authors could not have envisioned a business dedicated to cheating, North Carolina’s alienation of affection law continues to survive efforts by the family court judges and lawyers to “rein it in,” said Reynolds, who specializes in family law at Wake Forest.
Because so many affairs begin at work, the North Carolina legislature in 2009 cordoned off employers from being sued. The law now requires that alienation claims be filed only against “a natural person.”
That would seem to set up the legal irony of a state law designed to punish infidelity protecting a company that profits from the very act.
Johnson begs to differ. He said because the affair that broke up the Schindlers’ marriage began in 2007, the old law applies.
That, Johnson said, makes Ashley Madison a legal – and deserving – target.
“That agency is pretty vile in my opinion,” he said. “I can’t really see a whole lot of positives that they create for the world, other than to make money.
“Hopefully, we’ll find a way to punish them.”

Gordon: 704-358-5095
 The Charlotte Observer.

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September 25, 2013

Savagely Beaten Gay Man Who Met His Almost Murderer on a Net App for Dating

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18-year-old Brice Johnson is accused of savagely beating 24-year-old Aaron Keahey, leaving him with broken facial bones and suffered nerve damage, after the two men met on a social networking mobile app.
Keahey, said his first contact with the 18-year-old suspect was on a phone app called MeetMe.
0923_hate_crime01(Brice Johnson, 18, has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the injuries sustained by 24-year-old Arron Keahey. )
San Antonio’s KENS5 reports:
Keahey is gay, and said he went to the teen’s house in Springtown thinking he was either gay or bisexual. He said the ambush happened immediately.
“He started getting all frustrated and talking all angrily,” Keahey said. “I don’t remember anything after that.”
Police said they received a 911 call from 18-year-old Brice Johnson, who told officers he found Keahey outside his house in the trunk of a car. Johnson said he drove Keahey to get medical help.
Police later arrested Johnson and charged him with aggravated assault, causing serious bodily injury.
“I’ve been up here altogether 10 years, and this is the first hate crime or possible hate crime that I’ve investigated,” said Springtown police Lt. Curtis Stone.
The victim showed us photos of the marks left on his neck and wrists. But he and the suspect say they both remember little about the actual attack.

“Unfortunately, with him not being able to recall anything that happened, and the suspect claiming that he doesn’t recall, I don’t have any answers why those are there,” Lt. Stone said.
Police are treating the incident as a possible hate crime. Keahey is convinced it was just that.
“Why would they have you under the belief that they’re gay or bisexual or whatever they say you are, and have them show up and do what they did?” Keahey asked.
The 18-year-old suspect spent the summer with his friend’s family at the same house where the attack happened. Darcel Cummings said his family often provides shelter for troubled teens.
“I haven’t seen him be violent or upset towards anybody — not enough to do something like that,” Cummings said. “And then Brice is a little bitty guy.”
Keahey said he has learned a painful lesson. “Just don’t meet anybody online,” he said. “Don’t trust them.”

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Arron Keahey, 24, said he was physically assaulted because he is gay. Police in Springtown are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.

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