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Hinge To Measure Real World Success
TECH CRUNCH - Oct 16 - Hinge is launching a new feature to improve its recommendations, based on whether or not matches had successful real-world dates. With a new feature called "We Met," Hinge will ask users a few days after they shared their phone numbers if they went on a date, and, if so, if they'd want to see that person again. This data will be used as a signal to inform Hinge's algorithms and improve matches, if the user later returns to the app. During beta trials, Hinge says that 90% of members said their first dates were great, and 72% said they wanted to go on a second. Hinge says We Met will launch today, October 16, on iOS first. Android will soon follow.
SparkNetworks Ordered To Pay $500K In Fines For Auto-Payments
PATCH.COM - Oct 15 - Spark Networks USA, LLC, the parent company of niche dating sites Jdate and Christian Mingle, will pay $500K in penalties and up to $985K in restitution to customers whose subscriptions automatically renewed or whose refunds were denied when they requested them. Spark's dating sites were automatically renewing customer payments, without their express prior consent as required by federal and state law, among other alleged violations of law.
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Online Dating Could Be Worth $12 Billion
BUSINESS INSIDER - Oct 13 - Wall Street thinks online dating could be the next hot sector, and the latest estimate sees the market growing to $12 billion by 2020. It all comes down to peoples' increasing willingness to try out online dating, said Mark Kelley, an analyst with Nomura Instinet. "Roughly half of Internet users are single, and we estimate 20% of them will be willing to use online dating products by 2020 (up from 15% in 2015), which equates to ~310M people globally (excluding China)," Kelly said. Match will remain the clear leader. Even Facebook shouldn't be a concern.
Parship's Parents Company ProSieben Wants To Double Its Market Value In 5 Years
REUTERS - Oct 14 - The CEO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media wants to double the market value of the German broadcaster in the next three to five years. Max Conze said he sees ProSieben's portfolio of Internet investments in companies such as online dating agency Parship or online beauty retailer Flaconi as the main lever for a higher market capitalisation. "That was nothing five years ago, today it is worth 2B euros ($2.31B) and should double in five years," he said.
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Fuckr Developer Backs Down In Fear Of Grindr Copyright Lawsuit
TORRENT FREAK - Oct 16 - The creator of controversial third-party Grindr app 'Fuckr' has withdrawn his opposition to a Grindr copyright complaint. Grindr filed a DMCA takedown notice with Github in September, stating that Fuckr infringes Grindr's intellectual property rights. However, after initially filing a counter-notice to have his software reinstated, Fuckr's creator has now backed away, fearing a prolonged copyright battle. Released back in 2015, the Fuckr desktop app provides controversial enhanced access to Grindr. Fuckr also gives Grindr users the ability to precisely locate hundreds of other users while revealing usually hidden information such as photos, HIV status, and even preferred sexual positions.
Donald Daters, A Dating App For Trump Supporters, Leaked Its Users' Data
TECH CRUNCH - Oct 16 - A new dating app for Trump supporters has leaked its entire database of users - on the day of its launch. The app, called "Donald Daters," is connecting Trump supporters. On its launch day alone, the app had 1,600 users. Elliot Alderson, a French security researcher, could download the entire user database which included user's names, profile pictures, device type, their private messages - and access tokens, which can be used to take over accounts. The data was accessible from a public and exposed Firebase data repository, which was hardcoded in the app.
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Pickable Dating App Lets Women Browse Anonymously
GOTHAMIST - Oct 18 - For women, Pickable requires no photo, no name, no age and no profile - they don't even need to sign up. Men upload a picture, set themselves as "Pickable" for a certain timeframe, receive real-time updates of the women currently browsing their photos, and chat requests from women in proximity who want to meet them. No swiping involved.
Grindr And MOSAIC Release Middle East And North Africa GBTQ Survey Report
GLOBENEWSWIRE - Oct 19 - Grindr in partnership with the MENA Organization for Services, Advocacy, Integration & Capacity (MOSAIC), released the results of a new survey report "The Regional Livelihood of GBTQ Using Grindr," which captures the experiences of gay, bi, trans and queer (GBTQ) Grindr users living in the Middle East and North Africa. 71% reported that their parents and/or relatives do not know at all about their sexual orientation. 13% of respondents said their parents and/or relatives know about their SOGI; however, only 6% said their family is supportive. 64% of respondents said they either did not know or are unsure of what their legal rights are within their own local community.
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