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'Craziest OkCupid Date Ever' Will Be a Movie

Forget coffee on the first date; this couple traveled to 8 countries in 21 days

(Newser) - When a reclusive writer and gregarious professor planned their first date via OkCupid, they decided to take an unorthodox route. Instead of meeting for coffee, they spent a total of 10 minutes between them packing a few items (the professor using only his pockets, the writer filling a small purse)... More »

OkCupid Experimented on Users

Dating site 'brags about messing with emotions'

(Newser) - Online dating firm OkCupid has admitted using its members as guinea pigs—and, as its blog post title "We Experiment on Human Beings!" signals, it isn't exactly sorry about it. The company says it has played around with people's profiles, removing text and photos in some... More »

OKCupid Blocks Firefox in Gay Rights Stand

New Mozilla CEO was gay marriage opponent

(Newser) - New Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich's support of California's Proposition 8 against gay marriage has come back to haunt him. Dating site OKCupid is trying to steer Firefox users to other browsers, calling Eich "an opponent of equal rights for gay couples" for donating $1,000 to the... More »

Duped Dater Sues OkCupid After Losing $70K

He sent money via wire transfers to con man

(Newser) - An online dater who thought it was a good idea to shell out more than $70,000 to a suitor he had never met in person is now suing OkCupid over the scam, reports the Daily News . Queens resident Michael Picciano, 65, says the site should do a better job... More »

Mathematician Cracks OkCupid, Finds Wife

Though it still took 88 actual first dates

(Newser) - First, there was boy meets girl. Then, boy meets girl online. And now, boy meets girl online after manipulating the algorithms of his Internet dating site. As Wired explains, it helps to be a mathematician. Christopher McKinlay was a 30-something looking for love on OkCupid and not having much luck.... More »

Police Use Fake Dating Site Profile to Nab Suspect

'Sasha' turns out to be a Richmond police lieutenant

(Newser) - Virginia police get points for creativity in rounding up a court no-show. A lieutenant created a fake profile of "Sasha" on the online dating site OKCupid, then set about wooing 24-year-old Ryan Covington, who had been accused of breaking into a car but never appeared in court, reports NBC12... More »

Match.com Hooks Up With OkCupid

Match.com pays $50M for its free-service rival

(Newser) - Match.com has bought rival OkCupid for $50 million, consolidating its hold on the online dating market, Mashable reports. The acquisition provides Match.com—a high-end service that charges its 5.8 million users—with access to lots of new customers. OkCupid is a mostly free site with 3.5... More »

Behold, a Pre-WikiLeaks Assange's Online Dating Profile

'Harry Harrison' boasted that he has 'asian teengirl stalkers'

(Newser) - Before he was the polarizing head of an organization bent on releasing classified documents, Julian Assange was just a single 36-year-old man calling himself “Harry Harrison” and looking for a “siren for love affair, children and occasional criminal conspiracy.” That is, if this OKCupid dating profile is... 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 PlentyofFish.com, which... More »

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