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Match Hits Record High As Tinder Subscription Service Rolls Out
INVESTORS.COM - Aug 31 - Tinder announced in June it was testing Tinder Gold, a premium feature at $5 per month, designed to enhance the user experience. It was initially tested in Argentina, Australia, Canada and Mexico and now is being rolled out in the U.S., initially to iPhone users. Match stock jumped 7.3% to close at 21.21 yesterday, hitting a record high. The company came public in November 2015, pricing shares at 12.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -out-.html
Cupid Has Enhanced Its Services And Opened Its iPhone App For Free
PR WEB - Aug 31 - Well-known online dating brand Cupid has launched a new iOS app with freemium access and a new sleek design. The new Cupid design reflects the new essence of the brand. The use of lively colors and an intuitive interface makes using the app pleasant and simple.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... phone.html
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Krush Technologies To Focus On Media Business, Lays Off Some Digital Unit Workers
DAYTON BUSINESS JOURNAL - Aug 29 - Krush Technologies is laying off some of its employees as it refocuses on the growing Krush Media unit. While it did not say exactly how many employees would be let go, the company had previously said it had ~70 employees. The employees being let go are part of Krush Technologies' digital business, the part of the company behind its social apps like the ooVoo chat platform, matchmaking app Heystax, social game Flinch and VR simulator Moveo. Earlier this month, the company's ownership group set up a separate business, Krush Media as a full-service digital advertising and media company which is wholly owned by Krush Technologies.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... rkers.html
Vice Debuts A Snapchat Dating Show Sponsored By Match
ADWEEK - Aug 30 - Vice, with launch partner Match.com, has created a weekly, 8-episode show featuring couples going on dates that were designed by Action Bronson himself. Bronson, a rap artist, already hosts a food-related show on Viceland called F*ck, That's Delicious. On Hungry Hearts, viewers watch couples go on Bronson-curated dates, featuring plenty of delicious food. Match is the presenting sponsor of the Snapchat original series from Vice.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... match.html
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New Dating App Taffy Won't Show Users' Face Right Away
MASHABLE - Aug 30 - Taffy is a new dating and friendship app that operates on the premise that getting to know someone through text can sometimes be better than judging solely on how they look. Users won't be able to see their potential match's photos at first. Instead, they see is a catchy headline on top of a blurred out picture. They have to start a chat with them first and hope it pays off. John Schenk, the app's founder, said that the goal of this approach is "to put personality on a level playing field with physical appearances." Schenk says it currently takes ~10 messages back and forth before the image is fully revealed.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -away.html
Bumble's CEO Takes Aim At LinkedIn
FAST COMPANY - Aug 29 - Bumble, the feminist dating app, is adding ~50k new users per day, and is on track to take in ~$150M in revenue in 2018. (~10% of its active users pay ~$9.99 per month for premium features). Whitney Wolfe, Bumble's CEO, is launching BumbleBizz in early October. On BumbleBizz, users can look for work, find a business partner, or hire new talent. The original dating service will be rebranded as Bumble Honey. This fall, Bumble is launching a targeted national ad campaign, geared toward women and men of varying ages, that will promote the idea that just one connection can transform your professional life. Bizz will debut with verified brand partners such as Postmates and Outdoor Voices.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... kedin.html
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Spark Networks Prevails In Patent Infringement Case
ACCESSWIRE - Aug 24 - The United States District Court for the District of Delaware ruled to dismiss all claims against Spark Networks brought by Jedi Technologies, Inc. alleging patent infringement on the part of Spark Networks and certain affiliates.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... case-.html
New App Hopes To Make Dating Accessible For All
RYE CITY REVIEW - Aug 27 - After experiencing discrimination for being blind while using online dating services, Andrew Kranichfeld decided to create his own dating app - Love is Blind, LIB. In 2008, the World Wide Web Consortium, W3C released its updated version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, which said that web developers should include alternatives to text by offering things like content in video form, video captions and sign language interpretations. Yet, most of the dating sites out there offer any of the above. Working with Kranichfeld on the dating app is Jaime Urteaga, founder and CEO of Digital Chair, a marketing, web design and video production company. Kranichfeld hopes to launch his app by April 2018.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... r-all.html
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