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Blockchain Dating App Hicky Launches ICO
PRESS RELEASE - Feb 14 - Having raised ~2M, hicky.io – blockchain based dating service, is launching an ICO on the Valentine's day. With Hicky, all users are "real" as they require a form of biometric verification using voice recognition and face scan technology. This data is then encrypted and stored using in a decentralised database. This means that the uploaded information can only be accessed and shared by the user. Hicky has strong partners including NAGA Group AG, a German stock market listed company as well as a former Tinder executive in the advisory board. They will be releasing the first version of the app in the coming weeks.
Targets Of Online Dating Scams Lost $1B Over Last 3 Years, BBB Says
OMAHA WORLD HERALD - Feb 13 - An investigation by the BBB found that victims in the US and Canada have reported losing ~$1B over the last three years alone as a result of such scams. The BBB estimates that number is low, since many people are too embarrassed to report it. The common denominator among the victims: They believe they have found true love and will do anything to keep it. The FBI Internet Fraud Complaint Center estimates that, besides investment fraud, romance scams cause the greatest dollar loss of any fraud or scam affecting individuals.
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CoffeeMeetsBagel To Host Camp Meets Bagel, A Sleepaway Camp For Adults
DIGITAL TRENDS - Feb 14 - Coffee Meets Bagel is launching CMB Experiences to help users connect in the real world. These Experiences promise to be "unique, real-world events and spaces where people can go offline and engage in a fun, novel, delightful experience together." And it's all going to start with a sleepaway camp. It's called Camp Meets Bagel, and it's an "all-inclusive sleepaway camp for adults" that will take place from Thursday, May 10 to Sunday, May 13. In total, CMB expects ~300 people at Camp Southwoods. The app partnered with Camp No Counselors, the camp for adults, in order to put on the programming. Tickets are on sale for $675 per person and include all the activities for the weekend as well as complimentary transportation to Camp Southwood from New York City.
Harmonica: First Egypt's Dating App
NEW STATESMAN - Feb 13 - A 2016 study found that while Badoo and Tinder dominate the Spanish and English-speaking worlds respectively, countries in the Middle East tended to use localised apps, if at all. Harmonica is Egypt's first mobile-dating app. The idea behind Harmonica is to approach dating in line with local cultural norms. During the initial match, users don't see much. Female users have the option to hide their photos until they've approved another user to view them. Harmonica's users are given two or three matches a day at most, all selected by the app's algorithm based on a mandatory 30-question survey, and users can only pick one with whom to chat. They're then given a seven-day period, before choosing to progress with their partner further or return to the matching stage.
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Grindr Launches Explore
MILEHIGHGAYGUY - Feb 12 - Grindr has released its new "Explore" feature that lets users browse and connect with people anywhere in the world. Grindr users can use Explore to see who's out there, but contacting, tapping or favoriting people elsewhere will require a subscription to Grindr XTRA, the app's paid service.
Andrey Andreev: Badoo Not For Sale
GQ MAGAZINE - Feb 12 - The Russian multimillionaire Andrey Andreev claims to have revolutionized online dating and changed the world a bit. Andrey Andreev created Badoo in 2006. The app has ~370M registered users, 7 times more than Tinder. His fortune is estimated at Ł700M. Whitney Wolfe has teamed up with Andrey Andreev to launch Bumble, a dating app that lets women initiate the first contact, which is 79% owned by Badoo. "We've been the first in all areas - localization, swipes. We were the first to introduce a messaging service," Andreev explains the success of Badoo which took advantage of the arrival of the first iPhone. "Each month we introduce a striking innovation. We have not realized even 1% of the ideas that we can potentially put in place." CNBC has reported about Andrey's intention to sell Badoo, which could be valued at $1.5B. No, he does not intend to sell.
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Users Of Luxy Can Now Pay With Cryptocurrency
PR NEWSWIRE - Feb 13 - Luxy, the millionaire matching app, is accepting Bitcoin as a method for payment across its dating app.
Chappy's Ollie Locke On The New Rules Of Gay Dating
METRO.CO.UK - Feb 13 - A game-changing gay dating app that launched last year and is now available in London, New York City and LA, Chappy has a lot in common with Bumble so much so that Bumble's founder Whitney Wolfe is one of its backers. Chappy gives users a choice between relationships or hook ups. They've put rules in place so that users' face has to be on every picture, and keywords get flagged whether it be drugs or violence. "Immediately on Grindr and other apps you can send a pic of your &^%$#$^ immediately without speaking – that's not happening on Chappy. First you have to make a match. To be clear we are not against &^%$#$^ pics – we are against unsolicited dic picks," said Locke.
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