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Match Group Is Suing Bumble For Patent Infringement
RECODE.NET - Mar 16 - Match Group is suing Bumble for infringing on two of its patents, including a design patent for Tinder's now-famous swipe-to-connect feature, according to the suit. Match also claims that early Bumble executives Chris Gulczynski and Sarah Mick, who both previously worked at Tinder, stole "confidential information related to proposed Tinder features," including the idea for a feature that lets users go back if they accidentally skip someone, according to the suit. Tinder and Bumble have a long and interesting history. Most recently, Match made an offer to buy Bumble last summer for $450M, according to TechCrunch. One source tells Recode that Match is still interested in acquiring Bumble, which means this lawsuit may very well be a bargaining chip - albeit an unfriendly one. Badoo is Bumble's majority owner, with a 79% stake.
Tinder's Feed Is Now Rolling Out To Users Worldwide
THE VERGE - Mar 14 - Tinder's new chronological Feed of recent match activity is rolling out to all users worldwide. It shows recent matches, their latest photos, and new Spotify "anthem" choices added to their profiles. Everything is listed in order beginning with the most recent changes to a profile. Users are able to comment on individual items in the feed, giving swipers an easier way of firing off a first message. When it was testing the Feeds feature in December, Tinder also included recent Instagram uploads in the timeline. But that part has seemingly been removed from the proper global worldwide.
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Russian Biggest Social Network "VKontakte" Launched Tinder Clone
LIFE.RU - Mar 16 - VKontakte added an inside app called "Znakomstva" ("dating" in Russian) into its social network platform. The app is similar to Tinder. Users swipe of profiles and if there is a mutual interest, the system will connect them and offer a chat.
Zoosk Introduces Its Own "HQ Trivia" With Lively
ADWEEK - Mar 12 - The company behind dating site and app Zoosk is putting its own spin on the HQ Trivia imitation trend with the restarting of its Lively app. Zoosk Labs debuted Lively in July 2016 as a dating app that enabled users to search for potential matches by browsing story collages made up of their videos and photos; it evolved into a group video-chatting app geared toward millennials. However, the developer said there was one missing element: Users didn't know how to initiate conversations with other users. So they incorporated several of the features that made HQ Trivia soar in popularity. In the revamped app, there are two half-hour sessions at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET. Players can join at any time during the session, and they will automatically be placed into teams of two through four players who compete as a team. Players can also add Snapchat-like face filters. Games last 12 questions, and teams learn their overall ranking when they're finished competing. Players can continue chatting after the game ends and will be prompted to add each other as friends.
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Lawsuit Against Grindr Dismissed
LEXOLOGY - Mar 16 - The lawsuit was dismissed under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which continues to act as one of the strongest legal protections for social media companies. The case involved a dispute between Grindr and an individual who was maliciously targeted through the platform by his former lover. Plaintiff Herrick alleged that his ex-boyfriend set up several fake profiles on Grindr that claimed to be him. Over a thousand users responded to the impersonating profiles. Herrick's ex-boyfriend, pretending to be Herrick, would then direct the men to Herrick's work-place and home and telling them that he had certain rape fantasies. The impersonating profiles were reported to Grindr (the app's operator), but Herrick claimed that Grindr did not respond, other than to send an automated message. When Congress enacted Section 230 of the CDA in 1996, it sought to provide protections that would permit online services to thrive without the threat of crippling civil liability for the bad acts of its users. Over 20 years since its passage, the Act has indisputably served that purpose.
Blockchain Technology And The Dating Industry
NASDAQ - Mar 14 - Now, with the blockchain technology, the dating game has changed. The growth could accelerate because the technology is offering to eliminate the key challenges such as identity verification. Blockchain technology provides a foolproof mechanism for verifying every user's account. Another challenge is personal data safety. Dating sites have always been a top target for hackers. With blockchain technology, online dating firms and users have a guarantee of top-level personal data safety. Hicky, for example, is an Ethereum-based platform that allows user verification through face scanning and voice identification while ensuring data safety by storing it in an immutable public ledger. Viola.AI, another dating platform driven by artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain technology, aims to increase transparency in online dating through a "real ID" verification system. The system applies face recognition technology to identify the authenticity of photos used in online dating accounts. Once the information is confirmed, it is stored in a decentralized public ledger where it cannot be stolen by hackers.
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Waving - A New App With Voice Profiles
BUSINESS INSIDER - Mar 13 - Instead of showing profile pictures and text, Waving plays people's voice. After telling the app what a user is looking for in a potential date, it will show him/her the pictureless profiles of possible matches and lets him/her listen to the recordings they've made. Users can record themselves saying whatever they like and can title each recording as they wish, such as "Hello," "Hobbies," or "Things I Like." For now, Waving isn't policing what people say in their recordings or how they label them. Unfortunately, Waving abandons voice messages as soon as users match and then they start text messaging just like on most other dating apps.
Tinder Takes Age Discrimination Case To Calif. High Court
LAW360 - Mar 13 - Tinder filed an appeal to the California Supreme Court this week following a ruling in January that the app discriminated against people older than 30 by charging them higher prices. In a petition to the state high court, Tinder said the Jan. 29 ruling "sharply diverges" from decades of case law that says "benign and widely accepted age-related business practices" do not flout California discrimination law.
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