WSJ – Apr 20 – For Singapore-based Paktor, Indonesia accounts for half its 1M active monthly users. Paktor, a Tinder-like app, is spread across Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia, and it is doubling its numbers each quarter. Local online dating apps such as Yogrt and Wavoo, as well as mix-matching website Setipe.com, are also seeing a windfall in Indonesia. Cultural stigmas about casual dating still pose challenges, said Razi Thalib, co-founder of Setipe, which currently has ~300K members. Setipe is matching users for long term relationships. Yogrt app includes a game that users can play with their matches, while Wavoo has an augmented reality feature that allows users to see other nearby users from a map of their neighborhood.
by Resty Woro Yuniar
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WASHINGTON POST – Apr 20 – David Messerschmitt, the intellectual-property lawyer, was found stabbed to death inside a room at a hotel in Washington after he had posted on Craigslist seeking sex with men. Craigslist grew to be one of the largest players in online dating for men. The secrecy meshed well for men in the closet or those seeking immediate sex. “That was exciting. That was discovering. That was also very dangerous,” said Mark Brooks, a longtime online dating consultant and president of the Internet Dating Executive Alliance. Although Craigslist’s anonymity can make it a draw for predators, Jonathan Crutchley, a founder of Manhunt, said all online dating sites have deceptive users looking to commit crimes. “It’s the dark side of the business, but it’s the truth.”
by Dan Morse & Mary Pat Flaherty
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PR WEB – Apr 20 – According to Elena Petrova, owner of Elena’s Models, women and men in Ukraine are being employed by local operators to pose as „brides“ in online chats, send messages and letters from accounts of beautiful model-looking girls. She published a report about hidden practices of pay per letter (PPL). Usually, letters, chats, phone calls, and sharing of photos evoke charges starting from $3 and onward. While PPL dating sites insist that payments are required for translations, the report reveals that in many cases the communication is produced by substitutes without any input from the females male customers believe to be dating. Marriage agency employees whose job is to sit through the nights chatting with men claim earnings up to $1000/month, with some authors claiming to be doing this job for years with stable monthly income of $300-$500.
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ITPROPORTAL – Apr 17 – The flaw was discovered in early March, but is still active, according to Ars Technica. Match.com does not use HTTPS security – it uses the older HTTP standard instead. This means that the login info can be stolen by anyone on the same Wi-Fi.
by Sead Fadilpašić
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METRO.US – Apr 16 – Tonight is a new dating app from HowAboutWe. “We’re bringing an entirely new experience to HowAboutwe,” said CEO and co-founder Brian Schecter. “The idea is that someone can say, ‘I want to go out tonight,‘ and they can see users who also want to go out tonight.” Users get a “look book” of 20 people to like or not like, similar to Tinder or Hinge. Then, Tonight sets up the user with a “match” after both users like each other, but Tonight will only set users up with one match. Schecter is also relaunching HowAboutWe to be free for mutual matches. Users who like and like each other back will be able to message each other free of charge – a change from HowAboutWe’s old model, in which users had to pay to communicate.
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