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New Dating Site Blurs the Line Between Capitalism and Prostitution

Somewhere near the intersection of online dating and unabashed prostitution is where you can find WhatsYourPrice.com -- a new dating site where cash trumps compatibility. Site founder Brandon Wade compares WhatsYourPrice.com to eBay. "When you see a hot single you want to date, just make an offer and buy the first date," Wade explains, in a press release. But that's where the similarities...

UChicago Student Launches Hookup Site, World Freaks Out

Full disclosure before we move forward with this one: I went to the University of Chicago. For days I have been fielding IMs and staring at Facebook posts about this hookup site brouhaha. If I had my way, I'd perform a partial lobotomy to expunge any knowledge of UChicagoHookups.com. UChicago's unofficial tagline is "where fun comes to die." The site's is "where fun comes to thrive." Even...

Embrace Your Inner Furry: Microsoft Patents 'Fringe Interests' Dating Service

An ingenious idea: Let those with "incongruous" dating appetites admit their kinks and quirks quietly, and, when no one is looking, have a match service pair them with potentially like-minded weirdos mates. Microsoft filed a patent in 2009 -- but made public last week -- for its own online dating service, with an algorithm into which users can secretly enter "private affinities," thus matching up...

Read This: Ashley Madison, Infidelity Dating Site, Gets Bullied by Bing and Facebook

"People think that if they eradicate Ashley Madison, they'll eradicate infidelity," Biderman says. "Companies like Google and Microsoft are playing Big Brother and they're not telling you what you're doing. It's almost like, if Noel touched it, they censor it." Founder of affair-enabling website AshleyMadison.com Noel Biderman laments the difficulty he's had advertising on major sites...

PlentyOfFish.com Pays Britney, Gaga For Plenty of Play

PlentyOfFish.com is the new dating site du jour, or so it is for Britney Spears, who used the site to browse for dates in her most recent video. Along with the site's random (and not very attractive) appearance in Lady Gaga's 'Telephone' video, the site arrived again in Britney's 'Hold It Against Me' premiere last night. (The song, we believe, is based on a pick-up line often flung by sexually...

The Magic of OKCupid: Algorithms and Sex Appeal Attract the Hipsters

For all intents and purposes, Evan (name changed) is what would be called, in present-day Brooklyn, a catch. He is handsome, fit, quick to smile and incredibly polite. He also plays several instruments and runs a gallery, making art in his free time. In the time that I've known him, Evan has never been short on dates. Over coffee recently, I asked how he met his new girlfriend -- who actually...

Senior Citizens Now Using Online Dating Services to Find Romance

First, your grandma got an e-mail account. Then, she joined Facebook. And now, she may even be using the Web to find romance. For proof, look no further than SeniorPeopleMeet.com, an online dating forum devoted exclusively to helping the elderly hook up. The service, which describes itself as 'The Senior People Network,' reportedly attracts 1,000 new members every day, thanks in large part to...

Date Detectives Screen Your Online Matches for You

Some analysts believe that 20 million amorous Americans, including celebrities and sports icons, now subscribe to Internet matchmaking services. Universities even offer courses in online flirting, niche sites offer specific matchmaking services, and "online dating assistants" perform partner trolling for busy -- or lazy -- singles. But, despite the progress and success of online dating, the...

Tastebuds Dating Service Hooks Up Kindred Musical Spirits

If you ask us, there isn't a whole lot of rhyme or reason to what sets a body's heart aflutter. That being said, people with common interests do tend to get along fairly well, so we steer clear of condemning the Web's myriad dating sites. Tastebuds, a new such service, focuses solely on common musical tastes, striving to unite early R.E.M. fans the world over. While it's nice to think of an...

Grouspawn: New Dating Site Offers $60K for Groupon Babies

Deal-hunting baby-makers, listen up! The wacky and incrementally expanding discount site Groupon has just launched a new dating service called Grouspawn, with an insane marketing ploy. If you can prove that you used a Groupon coupon on your first date, and that said date eventually resulted in a child, you could get a $60,000 grant for the little one's college tuition. Groupon CEO Andrew Mason...

Lady Java Sings of Pop Program Language, The State of 'Net Dating According to Science

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. The marketers behind JavaZone 2010 (also known for this trailer), the Scandinavian expo for software developers, just released some kind of parody video that mashes up...

More Americans Finding Their Mates Online

Share It used to be that, if you wanted to meet that special someone, you had to chat up people at bars or go on dates set up by friends and family. Sure, there have always been personal ads and dating services, but they were generally considered the realm of the desperate. But now, social networks have turned the Internet into one giant repository of personal ads, and much of the stigma...

University Course Teaches E-mail Flirtation to Over 400 Pitiful Souls

In the saddest news we've heard today (which means it's been a relatively good day), 440 people have enrolled in a master's course, held at Potsdam University in Germany, that instructs students in how to be flirtatious via text message and e-mail, how to impress acquaintances and how to deal with that girl who will inevitably text back, "uhhh NO, perv." The course's instructor, Philip von...

23-Year-Old Tries to Crowdsource His Dating Life

Crowd-sourcing your dating life as a last means hope of finding that special someone is, well, desperate. But who are we to criticize a chosen path to love? Earlier this week, a 23-year-old New Yorker named Brian became a hit on the Web because he let the Internet pick his partner. Part of his internship at advertising agency BBH required him to "make something, anything famous," his tweet to...

Cupidtino Dating Site Lets Apple Fans 'Mac' on Each Other

A few week's ago, as ridiculous as it sounds, we told you about a place on the Web for Apple fanboys and girls to find love. According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), Cupidtino, a dating site created solely for Mac users, recently moved into open beta testing for the public. Now anybody that owns an Apple product can visit the site, create a profile (which includes adding photos and a list...