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Bumble Is Launching Bumble Bizz
THEBEEHIVE - Oct 2 - Bumble Bizz is launching in the USA, Canada, the UK, France, and Germany today. Just like Bumble, only women can make the first move. Bumble Bizz will also use the same photo verification tool to ensure people are who they say they are.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -bizz.html
Tinder Is Launching 'Reactions'
TECH CRUNCH - Oct 4 - Following in the footsteps of Facebook and iMessage, Tinder has introduced "Reactions," letting Tinder users send each other custom animated responses. These reactions include Hearts, Eye Roll, Round of Applause, Martini Throw, etc. In January of last year, Tinder introduced photo messaging, Giphy support, and bigger emojis. Actress and comedian Whitney Cummings is helping Tinder launch Reactions in a video series called "The Menprovement Initiative," directed by J.J. Adler. The video shows real female employees at Tinder interacting with Whitney Cummings to improve men. Tinder Reactions might make conversation easier between Tinder parties, but it doesn't seem to fit in well with the so-called Menprovement Initiative.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... tions.html
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Shares Of Match Are Up 31% Since The Tinder Gold Launch
BARRON'S NEXT - Oct 5 - About a month ago, Tinder finally gave users a chance to pre-sort their potential matches. With Tinder Gold, users only see people who've already liked them. That little paid feature has lit a fire under parent company Match Group's stock. Shares of Match have soared 31% since the Gold launch, and Match's shares are up 9% this week alone, as Tinder continues to place highly in the App Store's rankings of top-grossing apps.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... aunch.html
Pia Poppenreiter Buys Her Ohlala App Back
GRUENDERSZENE - Oct 5 - Pia Poppenreiter has repurchased all shares of her 'escort' dating app Ohlala from all shareholders. Ohlala is a German dating app that allows users being paid (100 - 200Eur) for going on a date. The app was founded by Pia Poppenreiter and Torsten Stüber, and raised 1.7M Eur in 2015 to expand into USA and other cities in Germany. However the app failed to monetize and an argument broke out among Ohlala's angel investors, who paralyzed the startup for almost a year. Pia Poppenreiter says she is currently not focusing on investing new capital from investors. She wants to focus on the future and build a new team for Ohlala.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... -back.html
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AIM, The Original Dating App, Is Going Offline Forever
MENSHEALTH - Oct 7 - In the early days of the internet, AIM AOL Instant Messenger, was a text messaging service, talk forum, and dating site before any of those things really existed in popular culture. It will shut down for good in December after 20 years.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... rever.html
Spark Networks To Hold Meeting Of Stockholders To Approve Merger With EliteSingles
ACCESSWIRE - Oct 2 - The special stockholder meeting is scheduled for Nov 2, 2017 at Spark's offices. Spark and EliteSingles have entered into a definitive agreement under which Spark and Elite Singles will combine in a stock-for-stock transaction that is expected to result in EliteSingles stockholders owning ~75% of New Spark and Spark stockholders owning ~25%. The merger is subject to approval by Spark stockholders and is expected to close in the Q4 of 2017.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... gles-.html
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AyoPoligami Is A New Tinder-style Dating App For Polygamists
MIRROR.CO.UK - Oct 2 - AyoPoligami is an Indonesian dating app that helps married men find another wife. Polygamy is legal in Indonesia, where a man is allowed to be married to up to four women at a time. The app's developer Lindu Pranayama, who met his first - and currently only - wife on the app, started his company in 2016 after realizing regular dating sites weren't catering to married men looking for a second, third or fourth wife. Women's rights activists are calling it "upsetting and shocking". In order to enter a polygamous marriage, men in Indonesia are required to gain their first wife's consent and pass a religious court investigation, which will look to confirm that she is incapable of fulfilling her duties as a wife.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... mists.html
FlirtAR - A New App That Uses AR To Help People Find Dates
MASHABLE - Oct 3 - FlirtAR, pronounced "flirter," is launching for iOS. (It'll be available for Android at the end of this month.) It uses AR to help users find potential matches who are nearby. It uses geolocation to find people close by. Another feature lets users move themselves on the map to a different location and view potential matches there, though people can see that they're not actually there and are just scoping out the scene. The app is planning to introduce a premium tier of services in the coming months.http://www.onlinepersonalswatch.com/new ... dates.html
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