July 22, 2012 |
The gig: Jeremy Verba, 49, became chief executive of online dating site EHarmony Inc. in August 2011, replacing Greg Waldorf. The Santa Monica company matches singles looking for long-term relationships; 34 million people have used the service since it was launched in 2000. The company uses "relationship science" to predict compatible matches and says that on average, 542 people marry every day in the United States as a result of being matched on EHarmony. Education: Received a bachelor's degree in architecture from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
June 6, 2012 |
EHarmony, the popular online dating site, was the target of a password hacking attack that resulted in 1.5 million stolen passwords, most of which have been cracked. The attack is believed to be by the same hacker who stole 6.5 million passwords from LinkedIn, the career-oriented social network. The hacker posted two lists containing the 8 million passwords on the website insidepro.com, on which the user goes by the name of "dwdm. " The larger list contained some passwords LinkedIn has now confirmed as belonging to its social network. and a significant number of the passwords on the smaller list contained the words "eHarmony" or "harmony," according to Ars Technica . EHarmony has confirmed that some of its passwords were stolen.
March 23, 2012 |
California cracked down this week on online dating sites - and it's about time. Now federal authorities should recognize that running a website doesn't entitle you to be an absentee landlord and that the EBays and Craigslists of the cyber world are ultimately responsible for whatever skulks into their domains. State Atty. Gen.Kamala D. Harris announced an agreement stemming from a lawsuit filed last year by a Match.com user who was attacked on a date with a man who turned out to be a repeat sex offender.
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March 21, 2012 |
Match.com, eHarmony and Spark Networks agreed Tuesday to screen their prospective online dating clients for histories of sexual assault, violence and identify theft, California Atty. Gen.Kamala D. Harris announced. The agreement stemmed from a lawsuit brought last year by a Match.com client who was raped on a date with a repeat sex offender to whom she had been matched by the dating service. The companies also promised to improve safe-dating advice offered online and to educate clients about the risks of being targeted in financial scams.
May 18, 2011 |
Sitting in the stands at Dodger Stadium, Steve Bergmann began checking out nearby women he might hit on. But his eyes weren't scanning the seats — they were fixed on his smartphone. Bergmann tapped into an app that uses GPS to locate prospective dates in the vicinity. He scrolled through photos and profiles till one young woman caught his eye, then shot her an instant message. Half an hour later, Bergmann and Meg Riely, both 25, were sipping beers together at a concession stand.
January 19, 2011 |
EHarmony Inc. Chief Executive Gregory Waldorf has resigned from the dating website that he's run for almost five years. Waldorf, 42, will be replaced on an interim basis by Greg Steiner, EHarmony's president and chief operating officer, while the board conducts a search for a permanent CEO, the Santa Monica company said Tuesday. "As EHarmony begins its second decade, the time is right for me to step down," Waldorf said in a statement, without providing a reason for leaving.