Monday, June 20, 2011

Photoshopping Your Dating Profile Pictures Is Always a Bad Idea [Photoshop]

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Two weeks ago I learnt that some people hire professional writers to create their online dating profiles. Why do that? That would be almost like having your pictures photoshopped: Completely stupid. Unless you live in Russia, like these women. More »

Monday, June 6, 2011

Still Trying To Get It Up. FriendFinder Reports $3.7 Million Loss After IPO

FriendFinder Networks, which bills itself as an social networking and video sharing technology company but is basically a porn and dating site network operator, has just reported its first results for the quarter since it’s (not so hot) May IPO, which raised $50 million.

It’s a mixed bag. Income increased nearly 52 percent year-over-year to $19.7 million, while adjusted EBITDA increased a decent 33 percent to $27.2 million in the same time span.

Revenue for Q1 2011 was $83.5 million, but the company is still in the red overall: net loss for the first quarter of 2011 amounted to $3.7 million, admittedly down 55 percent from the $8.3 million net less FriendFinder booked in the first quarter of 2011.

FriendFinder went public last May, raising $50 million in its initial public offering.

However, the net proceeds of the IPO were mostly used to repay a portion of its existing debt, which is considerable in size.

As of March 31, 2011, FriendFinder had an outstanding debt load of $543.5 million, which was reduced to nearly $500 million after the company went public on NASDAQ.

The company, which operates such websites as,, and, in 2010 offered to buy Playboy Enterprises for $210 million. However, in early January this year, Playboy Enterprises said it has agreed to a $6.15 per share offer by its founder Hugh Hefner to take the company private.

FriendFinder originally filed a registration statement with the SEC in December 2008, hoping to raise $460 million in at the time (this was later adjusted to $220 million).

It cancelled subsequent IPO plans in February 2010, citing poor market conditions.

Friday, June 3, 2011

You're Statistically Most Likely to Get Laid on Wednesday Night [Factoid]

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Nate Silver, stats wiz and predictor-extraordinaire, has set his mathematical mind on something a little sexier than the electoral college: sex. His findings? If you want to do that (sex), go out on a Wednesday. Why? Data explains! More »

Thursday, June 2, 2011

How to Survive the Modern Day Breakup [Etiquette]

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Breaking up is painful and most of the time it sucks. It's complicated, and makes you listen to sad music and watch melancolic movies. And technology—Facebook, texting, email—only makes things more complicated. So how do you navigate 21st-century heartbreak?

Gizmodo talked to some experts to find out. More »