Updated: Has Dating Site Badoo Found A Love Match In The Form Of Hot or Not?

Maybe even dating sites deserve to find a special someone at one point in their lives... it looks like Badoo, the UK-based dating site, has joined forces with rival Hot or Not. The two have yet to

Two Companies That Said No To Social Media Scams

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HotOrNot Apparently Very Hot: Acquired For $20 Million

San Francisco based HotOrNot, founded by James Hong and Jim Young in October 2000, has been acquired, we’ve heard from multiple sources. The buyers are investors connected with Avid Life Media,

Should HotorNot Become Just a Facebook App?

Ever since HotorNot abandoned it’s experiment with going totally free last month, the traffic to its destination site,, has predictably leveled off. Meanwhile, its application on Fa

Piczo Zone: Better User Profiling Through Viral UGC

Social network Piczo has released a new feature into private beta: Piczo Zone. It’s being tested by a small group of users now and will be released generally in a few weeks. What is it? Product

Hot Or Not Abandons Free Model

Hot or Not have abandoned their much publicized move to a free model. According to an email from Hot or Not’s founders, since moving to a free model the site had become inundated by spam: You al

Crunchyroll Pushes the Envelope On Video Copyright

Crunchyroll is a San Francisco based startup that is a sort of YouTube for anime and other mostly Asian video content. The three founders, who asked to remain anonymous, are all employees of HotOrNot

Get A Little Bling At HotOrNot

San Francisco based HotOrNot, a popular online dating site which has broken most of the de-facto rules of running a silicon valley startup, is shaking things up again. For the last several months they

HotorNot Founder James Hong Talks About Past, Future

Read this excellent post by James Hong, co-founder of the nearly seven year-old startup HotorNot. He talks about the history of the startup, and touches on where it might be going in the future. A lot

Hot or Not Tears Itself Apart, Reinvents

When James Hong and Jim Young founded HotorNot in October, 2000, they had no real plans for the service to be anything other than a fun site for a few friends. They turned a free low end computer they