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Bumble Web Is Live
THE BEEHIVE - Oct 5 - Dating app Bumble has created a desktop version of its app. Users can login into their existing account through Bumble.com. New users are still required to create the account via the app but this will be available on desktop soon. Bumble Web is only available for Bumble Date for now.
Eatability Founders To Invest $2M Into Dating App That Rates Safety
THE AGE - Oct 2 - Celeste and Hui Ong are investing $2M into their new dating app Pair. They are using funds from the $6M sale of their Eatability website to Optus in 2012. Eatability was one of the earliest restaurant review sites with an Australian focus. Pair, which launched in the App store last week, is focused on user feedback, verification and a virtual "matching assistant".
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The League Launches In Vancouver
VANCOUVER SUN - Oct 7 - Already live in 34 American cities and London, Paris and Toronto, The League is launching in Vancouver. The exclusive dating app bills itself as "a dating app catering to the intelligent, educated and ambitious". It was founded by Amanda Bradford in 2014, after the entrepreneur had an epiphany: Tinder can help you sidestep the unattractive, but it does nothing to protect you from the indigent, and under-employed. Already boasting a wait-list of 3K, The League plans to launch with 500 selected users. "We authenticate with LinkedIn," said the app's spokeswoman Meredith Davis.
Facebook Marks LGBTQ Advertisements As Political, Blocking Them Again
ADVOCATE - Oct 8 - Facebook is again receiving criticism for taking action against LGBTQ advertising, with ads for a comedy show CabarGAY and social groups, among others, being blocked on the site. Facebook said the blocking of ads for being political came as a result of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In Facebook's public database for advertisements you can found that many ads with LGBTQ content had been banned on the grounds of having "political" material. Facebook spokeswoman Devon Kearns said the blocking was unintentional. "The ones that were incorrectly labeled have been removed from the archive and we apologize for the error," she said. "We do not consider all ads that relate to LGBT under this policy, but rather only those that advocate for various policies or political positions, which several of these ads do." While Facebook maintains that the blocking of LGBTQ ads was accidental, the social media site has a history of failing to stop anti-LGBTQ hate speech, while managing to keep LGBTQ-themed ads from users.
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Adultery Decriminalized In India
INDIA TIMES - Oct 2 - Buoyed by recent Supreme Court judgements that decriminalized adultery and consensual same sex relations, extramarital dating apps are now betting big on the India growth story. Extramarital dating app Gleeden, Grindr, and matchmaking app Wingman expect significant growth in the country. Gleeden already has ~340K users in the country, up from 120K last year. Its three biggest markets are Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru with Mumbai alone having 85K users.
Tinder: "No Evidence" Accounts Were Accessed After Facebook Breach
AXIOS - Oct 3 - Tinder said it had found "no evidence to suggest accounts have been accessed based on the limited information Facebook has provided" about a breach that gave hackers access to 50M accounts of the social network's users. The company also said it would be "very helpful" if Facebook shared a list of users affected by the breach.
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Match Investors Should Worry About Bumble, Not Facebook
BLOOMBERG - Oct 2 - Match investors appear to have gotten over their Facebook fears. When the social media giant announced plans in May to launch an in-app dating feature, Match Group Inc. shares fell 22%. That, however, appears to have been just a blip. The stock is up more than 50 % since May 1 and has gained 81% for the year. But CEO Mandy Ginsberg isn't sitting still. "We'll have to see what happens and keep an eye on it," she said. Jefferies analyst Brent Thill is among those defending Match. He upgraded the stock to buy from hold in June. He doesn't see Facebook as a threat, at least not in the short term. Perhaps Match investors should be more worried about what's going on with Bumble, another millennial-focused dating app, said Thill.
Grindr Will Now Have To Sue Fuckr To Keep Controversial Tool Down
TORRENTFREAK - Sep 30 - Grindr recently filed a DMCA notice to have the allegedly-infringing Fuckr desktop application taken down from Github. The creator of Fuckr has contested Grindr's copyright claim, meaning that Grindr will now have to sue to stop it reappearing. Released back in 2015, the desktop application provides enhanced access to Grindr. However, the extra features offered by the software are controversial. It gives users the ability to precisely locate hundreds of Grindr users to an accuracy of just a few feet. In addition, Fuckr offers access to a trove of information about Grindr users not freely available, including photos, HIV status, and even their preferred sexual position. Early September, following an exposé by Queer Europe, Grindr decided to end Fuckr's party. The company filed a DMCA notice with Github, where the application's code was hosted. This resulted in Fuckr being taken down. But Grindr is still battling availability of the software.
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