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eHarmony: Pay $5K, Get Matched by a Human

Company VP admits some things are 'too hard for a computer'

(Newser) - eHarmony is pretty serious about about pairing "deeply compatible singles," but if its 29 Dimensions® of Compatibility can't find you your perfect mate, the dating site will soon offer a Plan B: Pay $5,000 for eH+ , which lands you your very own personal counselor for a... More »

35% of Marriages Now Begin Online

Controversial eHarmony study says over a third met through the Internet

(Newser) - Things have come so far since Meg Ryan falling in love with Tom Hanks over AOL was considered a novel enough concept to make a film about it. Now more than a third of marriages in the US start out online, according to a survey of 19,000 people who... More »

eHarmony Looks to Match Bosses, Workers

Dating website to use approach to romance to connect people with jobs

(Newser) - EHarmony is moving from the business of love to the business of, well, business. The dating website is developing a job service that aims to cut through what one eHarmony exec calls the "artificial and weird interaction" of the job interview in much the same way it does the... More »

Unimaginative eHarmony Passwords Hacked, Too

At least 1.5M are compromised: Ars Technica

(Newser) - LinkedIn isn't the only password hacking victim this week. Add eHarmony to the list. About 1.5 million encrypted passwords were posted online by a hacker, along with the 6.5 million from the business networking site, reports Ars Technica . The dating site has confirmed a breach, but it... More »

3 Dating Sites Will Screen for Predators, eHarmony, Spark Networks agree to make sites safer

(Newser) - Three of the biggest online dating services are moving to make the billion-dollar industry a safer one for users., eHarmony, and Spark Networks have signed an agreement to screen prospective clients for histories of sexual assault, violence, and identity theft, the Los Angeles Times reports. The companies have... More »

Scientists Spot Trouble With Online Dating

'Supermarkets of love' no better than bars for meeting people: Study

(Newser) - Online dating could help you find your perfect match—but your chances aren't any better than they'd be at a bar, a study suggests. You can't tell much about the people listed on sites like Browsing such lists "overloads people and they end up... More »

7 Startup Ideas That've Been Beaten to Death

Sick of Groupon knockoffs yet?

(Newser) - Sure, maybe the little kid down the block just happened to think of setting up a, um, limeade stand right after you started hawking lemonade, but in the real-life world of startups the consequences are somewhat more serious—and annoying. Business Insider runs down the seven moldiest startup trends out... More »

Recession, Free Dating Sites Are Match Made in Heaven

Paid online dating sites see customers flooding to free upstarts

(Newser) - Traffic on free online dating sites has spiked, a trend fueled by the recession and by daters’ realization that finding love for free beats paying, reports BusinessWeek. “If it’s free, why would I go to Match?” asks a Florida woman who met her fiancé on, which... More »

EHarmony to Start Gay Dating Site

Settles NJ discrimination lawsuit

(Newser) - Online matchmaker eHarmony has agreed to launch a gay dating service as part of a settlement of a discrimination lawsuit with the state of New Jersey. The service, to be called Compatible Partners, will be launched next spring and will be available through the main eHarmony website, reports the Philadelphia ... More »

SWM No. 9,999,999 Seeks...

Writers gives advice on how to stand out from the e-dating crowd

(Newser) - In the crowded world of online dating, a love of beaches and sunsets isn’t enough anymore. To help Internet Romeos snag an e-date, experts offer tips for the perfect online profile, reports Reuters. No. 1: Ditch the old photos (the Saturday Night Fever getup gives you away) in favor... More »

Online Dating Sites Seek Love's Secret Algorithm

Peer review of jealously guarded formulas proves impossible

(Newser) - Online matchmakers eHarmony and have staked millions on the idea that they, not you, can best find your perfect match, thanks to their secret algorithms. So do they work? Lots of academics want to know, the New York Times reports, but while the companies yearn for scientific, peer-reviewed... More »

Dating Site Blasts Rival in Ads slams eHarmony over lack of gay matching services

(Newser) - Dating site is again blasting rival eHarmony in an ad campaign, this time for its lack of gay matching services and links to evangelical Christian values, the New York Times reports. The ads show “eHarmony is out of sync with what is happening in America,” Chemistry.... More »

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