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Matchmaking App Inclov Raises Pre-Series A Funding
VCCIRCLE - Sep 26 - Inclov, the matchmaking agency for disabled people, has raised an undisclosed amount in its pre-Series A funding round from a clutch of investors. The investors who participated in this round include Rajan Anandan, managing director and India head, Google; Jamil Khatri and Ravi Iyer, angel investors; Debjani Ghosh, former MD of Intel South Asia; and existing investor Raghav Bahl, founder of Network 18 and Quintillion Media. The company had previously raised Rs 1 crore (~$149k) in a seed round of funding.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... nding.html
Hinge's CEO Says A Good Dating App Doesn't Rely On Algorithms
WASHINGTON POST - Sep 30 - In 2012, Justin McLeod founded Hinge. Initially, the app was very similar to Tinder except that it aimed to pair users with friends of Facebook friends. In 2015, after Nancy Jo Sales's story in Vanity Fair about how Tinder had created a "dating apocalypse" went viral, Hinge nixed its Tinder-like swiping interface and relaunched, calling itself "the relationship app." Part of Hinge's re-branding involved adding profile questions that would allow users to highlight their more authentic selves. "We found that most people don't think some super-special algorithms would be able to find their right person. I don't think we're there yet", he said.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... ithms.html
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BharatMatrimony Launches Web App
THE HINDU BUSINESS LINE - Sep 26 - BharatMatrimony launched the Progressive Web App (PWA) that offers an app-like experience on smart phones with low bandwidth. The app loads instantly even in patchy networks, offers better user experience and reduced data consumption for users.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... b-app.html
Zhenai.com: Money Still Driver In Politically Incorrect Matchmaking World
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Sep 24 - When it comes to dating, Chinese men are most interested in what women look like, while women want to know about a man's income. Primary-school teachers and nurses are in high demand among men, while women favour men in IT or finance. That's according to Dr Song Li, founder of Zhenai.com, one of China's biggest matchmaking sites. Zhenai.com says it has 120M registered users, and ~50K new users join the dating every day. Zhenai.com offers two services: a "self-service dating service" where members pay 400 yuan ($60) a year to browse members' profiles, chat and arrange dates; the other is a more exclusive offline, face-to-face matchmaking service that costs 4K yuan for six months. Zhenai has 50 matchmaking centres in 37 cities across China, and Li says he expects the company to generate 1.5B yuan in revenue and 200M yuan in net profit this year.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... world.html
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Dating App TrueView Flags-up Explicit Language
VOICE ONLINE - Sep 30 - A research from dating app TrueView finds that people are 66% more likely to receive a response if their message uses polite language. The app has introduced a word detection system on their app. If one of their members tries to use a 'naughty' word when compiling a message to a potential date, their system flags-up the word and encourages the user to write something else instead.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... guage.html
Chrome Plugin Exploited Tinder Privacy Bug
THE NEXT WEB - Sep 28 - Tinder Social got in trouble for outing its users to their Facebook friends. It turns out that, in addition to this, Social had another privacy issue that made it possible for Tinder users to track their Facebook friends – and see their exact location. Tinder made Social an opt-in feature to further protect the privacy of its users, but it clarified that anybody who activates Social will be vulnerable to this loophole. Since then, it has killed off Social altogether.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -bug-.html
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Match.com Leaves The Visually Impaired In The Dark: Suit
NY POST - Oct 1 - Match.com is blind to the needs of the visually impaired lovelorn, says a Virginia man in a Manhattan federal lawsuit. Blind users can't even create a profile for themselves. The company is looking into the matter, a Match.com spokeswoman said.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -suit.html
Peekawoo Is Like Tinder For Shy Filipinas
ABS CBN NEWS - Sep 29 - Valenice Balace quit her job in a telecommunications company to build a dating app for conservative Filipinas. Peekawoo allows users to strike up conversations within the app on a variety of topics, unlike Tinder, which matches users based solely on whether or not they like each other. The company has earned $100K and grew its workforce to 50 from 4 in 5 years, Balace said.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... pinas.html
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