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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 en...

New Dating Site Matches You With Your Doppelgänger

FindYourFacemate.com is a new dating site that is sure to raise some eyebrows when it launches later this month. After you upload a picture of yourself, the site uses facial recognition software to analyze your visage and find you a mate based on how similar you look. The software tracks key points on the face (eyes, nose, mouth, etc.) and finds individuals with similar placement and spacing. C...

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 pr...

Hacker Targets eHarmony, Accesses User Screen Names, Passwords

Security researcher Brian Krebs is reporting that eHarmony's user database has been compromised, giving a rogue hacker access to information on thousands of the dating site's clients. According to Krebs, it appears that the breach was orchestrated by Chris Russo -- the Argentinian hacker who pulled off a similar heist on dating site Plentyoffish a few weeks ago. Russo, who prefers to call himse...

Gay Hookup App Grindr Targeting Straight Women Next

The popular gay hookup app Grindr is getting ready to go straight. The stripped-down social network uses geolocation to connect gay men near each other, who might be interested in meeting. The company's founder, Joel Simkhai, told the Guardian that he had received "tens of thousands" of requests from women to create a heterosexual, female-friendly version of the service. The codenamed Project X i...

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 was...

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 s...

Man Poses as Dead War Hero to Meet Girls on Facebook

If you're a spectacularly average guy looking for love on Facebook, you could spend some time meticulously crafting your profile with Photoshopped self-shots, or quirky interests, in an attempt to make yourself seem more handsome and/or interesting than you really are. Or, if you have absolutely no soul whatsoever, you could just pretend that you're a dead soldier, and use someone else's heroism a...

Argument Over Facebook Page Turns Into Stabbing for Indiana Couple

An Indianapolis couple has proven (yet again) that Facebook is nothing but trouble. After Maurice Davenport refused to let his girlfriend, Shemicka McVey, see his Facebook profile last Sunday night, an argument erupted. Taking the argument downstairs, and away from their two-year-old child's bedroom, McVey and Davenport continued to argue, while, at some point, McVey picked up a kitchen knife. It ...

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 Oi...

British 'Smart' Beer Coasters Deliver Corny Pickup Lines for You

If you find it hard to strike up a conversation with a stranger at a bar, a team of Newcastle University students have developed "smart" beer coasters and an interactive bar top that will break the ice for you. According to the Guardian, the coasters light up blue for men and pink for women when touched by a glass. All you have to do is slide the coaster within about two feet of that guy or gal w...

Rescu.me Texts Fake Emergencies, Helps You Get out of Awkward Dates

Why go through the hassle of being honest with a bad date, when you can just fabricate a mysterious excuse and hit the road? A new service called Rescu.me is designed to help us do just that. As MakeUseOf explains, the free SMS and voice application sends disgruntled date goers timely "emergency" text messages, giving them a believable reason to jump ship. All you have to do is text 'SMS' to a...

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 associat...

iPhone Users Have More Sex Partners, OKCupid Survey Finds

We all know that iPhone users struggle to place or receive calls on their smartphones -- except, apparently, when said calls are of the 'booty' variety. According to a recent survey from OKCupid, iPhone owners, on average, have more sex partners than either Android or BlackBerry owners. In a survey of 9,785 smartphone users, OKCupid's team of statisticians found that the typical male iPhone keep...

Marriage Proposal a Success, Thanks to Twitter, Foursquare and Qik

Where many men have disappointed their girlfriends by offering casual, lackluster proposals, Digg's Matt Van Horn secured a definite "yes" from his girlfriend, Lauren, on Saturday by streaming his surprise proposal online so that their friends and family could watch. Fearing that Lauren would expect the proposal if he took her to their favorite spot overlooking San Francisco, Van Horn arran...