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Online Buddies Bought Gay App Dandy

WINDY CITY TIMES - Sep 10 - Online Buddies, parent company of gay dating site and social-dating app Jack'd, announced the acquisition of the gay mobile app Dandy. ... dandy.html

Dating Algorithms Is A Virgin Science

MARKETWATCH - Sep 13 - "Dating algorithms match two sets for data,” says Amy Webb, author of “Data, a Love Story: How I Gamed Dating to Meet My Match. “That doesn’t mean that the algorithms helps us find the perfect mate. In order to match people based on more than preferences, you’d need more sophisticated machine learning,” she says. "Making sense of dating algorithms is a virgin science and is still more miss than hit, says Mark Brooks, a dating-industry analyst and the editor of Online Personals Watch. "When people do find somebody they like, sites don’t often know why or how they’ve been successful, he says. “So we don’t really know when the algorithm has worked. That will change soon, with the rise of mobile and wearable computing. We’ll be able to survey singles when they leave dates to know just how well it went. That’s critical for us.” Dating sites are more likely to work if people are who they say they are. 54% of users say dates have “seriously misrepresented” themselves in their profiles, according to a 2013 study by Pew Research Center. ... ience.html

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Tinder Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit With Former Exec

CNET NEWS - Sep 8 - Whitney Wolfe, who served as a VP of marketing and described herself as a Tinder co-founder, filed the lawsuit in June, accusing the company's chief marketing officer, Justin Mateen, of repeatedly calling her disparaging names and harassing her. Wolfe also accused the company's management of allowing the behavior that ultimately forced her out of the company. IAC confirmed the settlement but declined to discuss the details. ... -exec.html

The Fast Rise Of Mobile Dating Apps

THE WASHINGTON POST - Sep 12 - Americans now use dating apps more than online dating sites, according to Flurry Analytics. In June, Julie Spira, an author and cyber-dating expert, organized a first-of-its-kind mobile dating boot camp during the iDate mobile dating conference. Six participants tried two online dating apps for two weeks and provided honest feedback to the online dating industry executives. The perception about mobile apps, which is not totally inaccurate, is that they're meant for casual dating. A new wave of apps such as Coffee Meets Bagel and Yoke focus on common friends and use Facebook profile information to match people. "You can judge a person by the company that they keep," said Mark Brooks, analyst and consultant to the Internet dating industry. There is no secret formula for an app to succeed, said Brooks. But "the more you can model the real world, the better you'll do," he said. ... -apps.html


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Grindr Limits Proximity Settings Because Of Gay Arrests

VOCATIV - Sep 9 - A setting allowing users to show the distance between one another had been disabled in several countries with anti-gay legislation. Egyptian authorities were using it to locate and arrest homosexuals. The proximity feature of the app allows users to detect other users’ location to within approximately 100 feet. ... rests.html

iHookup To Adapt New App Release For iWatch

ETELIGIS - Sep 10 - iHookup Social, a mobile social dating app, is going to release an iWatch compatible version of its iHookup app. Apple Watch is due to ship in early 2015. ... watch.html


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It's Just Lunch! To Face Another Lawsuit

ENTERTAINMENT LAW DIGEST - Sep 12 - Lead plaintiff Sarah Dunphy sued It’s Just Lunch!, along with its corporate parent Riverside Partners and director Loren Schlachet. Dunphy claims she paid $2,7K for the service, only to be provided with men who were married, unemployed and otherwise unsuitable. Dunphy says the company makes many other misrepresentations about its service. She seeks class certification and damages for fraud and unjust enrichment. ... suit-.html Launches 'Adopt An Ugly Person' Campaign

IBTIMES - Sep 10 - Dating site has launched a controversial "Adopt an Ugly Person" campaign aimed at helping less attractive people improve their chances of a date. Managing director Greg Hodge defended the campaign as "a way to help people be accepted". ~500 people have applied for the mentoring program. The mentoring service, which is now free of charge, might be monetized in the future. ... paign.html

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