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U.S. singles turn to specialty dating sites to find Valentines

By Alicia C. Powell NEW YORK (Reuters) - Traditional online dating sites attract many people looking for love, but niche sites for book fans, pet lovers and even prisoners are helping Cupid's arrow hit the right target. For taller-than-average people, there is tallfriends.com, and if pets are important, datemypet.com may help. Foodies who prefer not to eat meat can try VeggieDate, and fans of Apple products can turn to Cupidtino to find their perfect match.

New twists for love in age of big data

It is the ultimate test for big data -- finding the secret algorithm of love. Online dating companies say they have the know-how and scientists have been studying the question for years. The answers, alas, are not clear-cut for the lovelorn who scour the Internet looking for the perfect mate. A 2012 study by researchers led by Northwestern University psychologist Eli Finkel concluded there was no algorithm that could predict a successful match, notwithstanding the claims of online dating firms.

'Speed-dating' inspires NYC women entrepreneurs

They are bloggers, engineers and chefs -- American women entrepreneurs who dream of emulating the success of Facebook number two Sheryl Sandberg or General Motors CEO Mary Barra. And to smash through that glass ceiling, they have found a new weapon: speed-dating style networking events. No men allowed. To shouts of "one, two, three -- change!" and "one, two, three -- switch!" ladies mingle at the first event organized at the annual women entrepreneurs festival run by the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University.

Americans warm to online dating, survey shows

Americans are growing more comfortable with online dating, and many are finding a spouse or partner in cyberspace, a survey showed Monday. The Pew Research Center found 11 percent of Internet users -- or some nine percent of all American adults -- said they have personally used an online dating site. That is a sharp increase from 2008, when just three percent of American adults had used online dating sites, Pew said. The survey found 66 percent of those who use online sites or apps have gone on a date with someone they met through one of these services.

Pakistan axes 'immoral' cell phone love chat

Pakistan has cracked down on "immoral" love chat services offered by mobile phone companies, stifling hopes of illicit romance in the conservative Muslim country where dating is frowned upon. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said the ban was enforced last month due to protests from parents and lawmakers, but critics warn it is the latest attempt at creeping censorship. The PTA first pulled the plug on dirt-cheap chat rates and late-night discounts in November, but operators simply started offering the services under different names.

Most men wish women would help pay date tab

Two out of three men think women should help pay for a date, although most feel guilty about accepting their money, a US study out Saturday suggests. Of the 64 percent wanting to split the bill, 44 percent said they'd even ditch a love interest who never doled out any dollars. That said, 76 percent of men felt bad about pocketing payments from possible partners. The findings are based on research led by psychologist David Frederick of Chapman University in California.

Dating site for broody singles launches in Denmark

A dating site targeting singles looking for a partner to have children with launched this week in Denmark, attracting slightly more men than women, its founder said on Tuesday. "Babyklar.nu" (baby-ready dot now) was the brain child of Emmanuel Limal, a French actor, playwright and engineer who came up with the idea after seeing a woman on another dating site apologise for stating in her profile that she wanted to have a baby.

Atlanta ranked as best U.S. city to find love online

NEW YORK, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Singles looking to find love online might want to head to Atlanta, which was ranked on Thursday as the best U.S. city to connect on the web, while Laredo, in Texas, was considered the worst. The southern metropolis scored best in the ranking compiled by Men's Health magazine, which looked at the number of members of six popular online dating sites in each city and the percentage of households using online dating services.
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