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Five-year-old ‘slow dating’ app Once has been acquired by the Dating Group , one of the largest companies in the dating world, for $18 million in cash and stock. Dating Group has 73 million registered users across a range of portfolio fatting apps including Clémentine Lalande , co-founder and CEO of Once, will continue leading the company under a 2-year agreement. Fellow Co-founder Jean Meyer retained a stake in the company after departing two years ago. Once has 9 million users on its platform, while the startup also garnered a further one million from a spin-out app it later launched called Pickable. Once is as a dating app that uses matching algorithms to deliver just one m... Full story

22 January