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Kunlun Group Completes Acquisition Of Grindr; Announces Interim CEO, New CFO And CTO
PR NEWSWIRE - Jan 5 - Kunlun, one of the largest mobile gaming companies in the world, now has full ownership of Grindr. Joel Simkhai, the CEO and founder of Grindr, will exit the company, and Yahui Zhou, the chairman of the board of Grindr, will serve as the interim CEO. Additionally, Grindr's current vice-chairman Wei Zhou has been named as executive vice-chairman and CFO, and former Facebook and Instagram veteran Scott Chen will join Grindr as CTO.
Dating Factory Partners With ExoClick
EXOCLICK - Jan 4 - ExoClick, the ad company, signed a deal with Dating Factory. The deal allows ExoClick to give its advertisers access to Dating Factory's global network of membership traffic. Dating Factory is the international white label dating provider.
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Gay Dating App Hornet Opens A New Office In New York City
HORNET BLOG - Jan 4 - Hornet Media officially opened its new U.S. headquarters, a home to the newly expanded Sales and Marketing team.
Chinese Dating Apps Closed After Women Revealed To Be Robots
BBC.COM - Jan 8 - A number of Chinese mobile apps have been shut down after it was revealed women on their platforms were robots. The police has closed down mobile apps associated with 21 companies and arrested ~600 suspects operating across 13 provinces.
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Watchdog Bans Advert's Claim eHarmony Is 'Scientifically Proven'
THE GUARDIAN - Jan 4 - UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) says eHarmony's billboard ad is misleading because the dating site cannot prove it provides a greater chance of finding lasting love. The offending advertisement said: "Step aside, fate. It’s time science had a go at love." It went on: "eHarmony's scientifically proven matching system decodes the mystery of compatibility and chemistry so you don't have to." "Phrases like 'scientifically proven' should be confined to claims that are just that, not used in crude puffery designed to lure in those longing for love," said Lord Lipsey, a former lay member of the ASA's council. eHarmony submitted copies of two published studies that reported higher levels of marital satisfaction for couples who met through eHarmony than any other offline or online methods. But the ASA found that the results of the studies did not justify using the words that were the subject of the complaint.
Gay Dating App Chappy Is Fighting Racist Body-Shamers
ADVOCATE - Jan 4 - Ollie Locke and Jack Rogers, the cofounders of Chappy, saw a disturbing trend in hookup and dating apps. Things like "no fats, no fems, and no Asians" were visible on dating profiles. "Our incredibly progressive community is pulled backwards in time by anonymous platforms that provide spaces for actions and language that would never be deemed acceptable in real life", said Ollie Locke. Chappy created "The Pledge", a declaration that every user must accept before creating their profile. They promise that they will be courteous about others' feelings and refrain from bias and isolating behavior.
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Founder Of Coffee Meets Bagel Talks About Hurdles She Faced
MONEYISH - Jan 2 - Dawoon Kang, founder of dating app Coffee Meets Bagel, explains why women need 'more representation' in Silicon Valley. The 34-year-old entrepreneur created the dating app for women with her two sisters back in 2012, using just $40K of their money. As a woman in the California tech vortex, Kang faced tough competition. Just about 2% of the $60B in venture capital funding that was appropriated in 2016 went to women, according to an NPR report citing data from Pitchfork. However, Kang managed to raise $7.8M in venture capital from from three firms to fund their expansion, and introducing a freemium model that charges users for certain upgraded features.
OkCupid Gives New Meaning To The Phrase DTF In Its New Campaign
THE DRUM - Jan 2 - OkCupid wants singles to know that its users are DTF, but not in the way you might think. OkCupid is unveiling its first-ever marketing push this week with a slew of out-of-home posters and digital posts that give new meaning to the acronym. Instead of "down to &^%$#$^," OkCupid is replacing the F with terms like "fifty-five-hour binge," "filter out the far right" and "forget our baggage." The campaign is part of OkCupid's effort to position the app as one that can help users find a relationship, not just a hookup.
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