Paltalk, The World's Most Popular Online Video Chat Service, Hosts Launch Event with Arianna Huffington, Opie & Anthony, Samantha Daniels and Grammy® Award Winning Capitol Records Artists

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Launch announces release of next generation of popular software Paltalk 9.0 and re-launch of Web-based video conferencing service HearMe. Chats to feature Well-Known Value Investor Whitney Tilson, Nationally Syndicated Columnist Flo Anthony, Grammy® Winning Singer LeToya Luckett, Grammy® Nominated Saxophonist Dave Koz, Michael Richards' Seinfeld Character Inspiration Kenny Kramer.

Our online launch for Paltalk 9.0 and HearMe is the biggest event in our company's history and we feel privileged that so many influential personalities from such diverse fields are coming together to celebrate Paltalk

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Paltalk, the world's largest online video chat community with more than four million active members, today announced it will be hosting a series of celebrity chats on December 6 and 7, 2006 to celebrate the release of the next generation of its popular communication software Paltalk 9.0 and the HearMe conference service. The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, XM Satellite Radio shock jock Anthony of Opie & Anthony, professional matchmaker, relationship guru and author Samantha Daniels, well-known value investor Whitney Tilson and syndicated gossip columnist Flo Anthony will be hosting live chats free to the public. Capitol Records will be the launch's exclusive provider of music celebrities including former Destiny's Child member and Grammy® Award winner LeToya Luckett and popular saxophonist Dave Koz.    

Paltalk uses patented technology to allow users to communicate through video, voice and text in chat rooms they create and can hold thousands of people. The program has become one of the most popular online services with more than 50 million downloads accounting for eight billion voice minutes per year. Paltalk answers the demands of users who crave a way to communicate beyond the text and one-to-one discussions offered on most online communication programs. For an overview of the launch event, including a full list of participants, visit

"Our online launch for Paltalk 9.0 and HearMe is the biggest event in our company's history and we feel privileged that so many influential personalities from such diverse fields are coming together to celebrate Paltalk," said Joel Smernoff, President and COO, Paltalk. "Paltalk's user base of more than 4 million people is a testament to the popularity of our program and how it is helping people all over the world change the way they communicate online."

New York-based Paltalk was founded over 8 years ago and survived the first Internet bubble, becoming a profitable company by offering quality communication products for personal and professional use. Paltalk was the first company to launch an Instant Messenger with video and voice capability combined with an online buddy list.    

Paltalk Launch Event

With more than four million active members around the world, people are using the Paltalk Messenger to socialize, talk politics, pick stocks, learn languages and even sing karaoke. Everyone from CBS' Big Brother reality series to best-selling author Dan Burstein have used Paltalk to hold group discussions online. For the launch event on December 6th and 7th Paltalk has assembled some of the most influential personalities in the fields of politics, entertainment, finance, radio and more. Chat participants include:

  •     Arianna Huffington - founder of popular political blog The Huffington Post
  •     Anthony Cumia of Opie & Anthony - radio shock jock who appears on XM Satellite Radio and CBS Radio
  •     Whitney Tilson - well known value investor who founded and co-manages the T2 Partners hedge fund and Tilson Mutual Funds
  •     Samantha Daniels - professional matchmaker, relationship guru and author of Matchbook: The Diary of a Modern Day Matchmaker
  •     LeToya Luckett - Grammy® Award winning singer and former member of Destiny's Child
  •     Flo Anthony - nationally syndicated, urban entertainment gossip columnist
  •     Rod Murray - host of Voice of America Hip-Hop Connection program which reaches 30 million listeners worldwide
  •     Dave Koz - popular Grammy® nominated jazz saxophonist
  •     J. Holiday - up and coming soul singer who will be performing his hit Rodney Jerkins-produced single "Be With Me" live
  •     Curtis Sliwa - founder of the Guardian Angels
  •     Kenny Kramer - the real life inspiration for Michael Richards' character Cosmo Kramer on the hit series Seinfeld

The launch chats are free and open to the public. Users simply have to visit beginning December 6th to download Paltalk 9.0 and go to the "Paltalk 9.0 Launch Event" room to join in and talk to the guests live.

Paltalk and HearMe

Paltalk's features gives users the ability to be seen and heard through live, real-time video in chat rooms that use patented technology to allow thousands of people to hold simultaneous discussions. Users create their own chat rooms on topics they choose where room members not only communicate with the host but with each other as well. Paltalk 9.0 includes new features such as Super IMTM, a patented function that allows users to pull in up to nine friends from around the world into one Instant Messenger window for a live video and voice chat session. Paltalk 9.0 also features enhanced video streaming to near broadcast-level quality, full duplex audio, multi-player gaming and music provided through a special partnership with Real Rhapsody. The Paltalk community takes great care in keeping a safe, "clean and well-lit" environment with more than 250 trained volunteer moderators.

Paltalk is also re-launching the popular HearMe service, the next generation of browser based video conferencing. Geared towards small businesses looking to cut down costs, HearMe allows users to hold online meetings at a low price and eliminates expensive travel and long distance phone charges. An easy to use web-based application, with no program needed to download, it allows people to communicate in real time through video, voice and text directly from their computer and share their documents or their entire desktop. HearMe meetings are held in a safe and secure web environment with CD-quality sound and live, TV-quality video.

About Paltalk

Paltalk ( is the largest video chat community on the Internet with over four million active members participating in live voice- and video-enabled chat rooms. Our patented technology allows thousands of simultaneous users to communicate via video and audio all in the same chat room. The Paltalk Messenger is compatible with leading instant messaging (IM) services, allowing users to transfer existing buddy lists, combine all their contacts, and talk to friends who use other IM programs. Founded in 1998, Paltalk is a privately held company based in New York. Paltalk also owns and operates HearMe (, a B2B Web conferencing service. Paltalk was the first company to launch video and voice combined with an online buddy list in one package.

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