The OPW/iDate Weekly News Summary.
- 15th annual Internet Dating Conference in Florida January 24-26 2018http://idate2018.com
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IDEA Has A New Name, And More Purpose
OPW - Jan 16 - For the last ten years I've run mixers at iDate events for small groups of the most senior owners, CXOs and leaders of dating and matchmaking apps and services. It's been fun, and has helped people open up new relationships in the industry. Now its time to do more. Yesterday we changed the name of Internet Dating Executive Alliance to Internet Dating Excellence Association. It's a small name change, but a big change of scope. In short, we want to do more to help the iDating industry learn and share and grow. I'll explain more at the Internet Dating Conference next week, and then follow up on Online Personals Watch on Feb 1st.
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Northsight Capital Closes Acquisition Of Crush Mobile App
GLOBE NEWSWIRE - Jan 11 - Northsight Capital has completed its acquisition of Crush Mobile. Crush Mobile, which claims ~900K users, has developed a group of dating sites with a presence in the Latino, Israeli and African American communities. Northsight Capital has a portfolio of online marijuana-related sites. Northsight is currently seeking additional acquisitions in the Cannabis Media space.
Snap Interactive Announces Open-Platform Blockchain Development Initiative
GLOBE NEWSWIRE - Jan 11 - Snap Interactive, a provider of live video social networking apps building on blockchain, is developing an open source, multi-media delivery platform that combines STVI's live streaming video, voice and data routing capabilities with the enhanced security, scalability and cost effectiveness of blockchain technology. "We are excited to announce this platform initiative as the core of our blockchain strategy," said Alex Harrington, STVI's Chief Executive Officer. "We can now partner with a large network of developers to create a live video and messaging ecosystem on blockchain. By creating an open source environment by which third parties can build upon, we not only position ourselves at the leading edge of this emergent technology but also enable partnerships and additional value creation opportunities."
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eHarmony Pays $2.2M To Settle Auto-renewal Lawsuit
MERCURY NEWS - Jan 10 - eHarmony agreed to pay $1.28M to settle a consumer-protection lawsuit filed by four California counties - Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Napa, and Shasta - along with the city of Santa Monica over its automatic-charging practices. eHarmony will also pay $1M in separate restitution to customers who were unknowingly enrolled into a subscription between March 10, 2012 and Dec. 16, 2016. Eligible recipients will be sent notices of any monetary recovery, which will average about $30 for each affected customer.
Bumble Is Hiring An Editorial Director To Build Out Its Media Brand
TECH CRUNCH - Jan 10 - Bumble is hiring Clare O'Connor as its first Editorial Director, who will work directly with CEO Wolfe Herd and Bumble's content team to develop editorial content for their new arm called Bumble Media. O'Connor most recently was a staff writer at Forbes where she covered woman entrepreneurs, workplace equality, and diversity in tech and Silicon Valley. Outside of written editorial content Bumble will also invest in original video content spanning a range of format and genres. This video effort will be led by TV producers Erin and Sara Foster, who together are Bumble's Heads of Creative. The video below made by Bumble is a good example of what this may look like.
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Tinder And Instagram Blacklisted In Appthority Q4 Enterprise Mobile Security Pulse Report
BUSINESSWIRE - Jan 9 - Appthority, the global leader in enterprise mobile threat protection, released its Enterprise Mobile Security Pulse Report for Q4 2017, which details the apps most frequently blacklisted. For iOS devices, Tinder made the list of most blacklisted apps, joining WhatsApp Messenger and Pokémon GO, which topped the list for the second consecutive quarter. For Android, the top blacklisted apps were WhatsApp Messenger, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, all new to the list from the previous quarter. Enterprises blacklist apps for a range of security concerns, including security policy compliance and concerns about data handling.
Dating App Jaumo Add Live Video Feature
NETZ.DE - Jan 10 - Jaumo, German free chat & dating app, is launching a new feature to its app - live video. Users can see who is currently live and can start chatting live with the person. Everybody can watch the videos whether "matched" or not. There is also no time limit for the videos. The app claims 25M members worldwide with 2M being in Germany.
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TheSugarBook Attracted 20K New Users In Singapore In A Year
TODAY ONLINE - Jan 10 - Malaysia-based "Sugar Daddy" dating site TheSugarBook has attracted ~20K signups within a year of its launch, and is looking to recruit even more "sugar babies" in Singapore through promotions targeting undergraduates. The site markets itself as a link-up between "well established wealthy individuals" who "wish to pamper sugar babies with financial support in return for love and companionship" and those who "appreciate the glamorous life indulging in the luxuries that life has to offer". Sugar daddies have to pay $49.95 monthly, $128.85 for a three-month subscription, or $215.70 for a six-month subscription. Sugar babies pay $9.95 monthly.
Chinese Government Might Now Get Access To Grindr's Users Data
WASHINGTON POST - Jan 11 - China experts and former intelligence officials are raising concerns about user data privacy following the acquisition of Grindr by a Chinese technology firm. The Chinese government could be in a position to demand sensitive details on the lives of millions of non-Chinese citizens. More and more, the U.S. government is worried about the acquisition of American technology companies by Chinese firms, which are subject to undue influence and control by Beijing. Only last week, the U.S. government rejected a huge Chinese acquisition. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US blocked Ant Financial, the investment arm of Alibaba Group, from buying Moneygram, the second-largest financial remittance firm in the US. Congress had raised concerns that allowing a Chinese company to own all the data of Americans sending each other money represented a national security issue for the US. The Trump administration agreed and killed the deal. Grindr's VP of marketing, Peter Sloterdyk said Grindr has never disclosed any user data to the Chinese government nor does it intend to do so. Grindr remains a U.S. company governed and protected by the laws of the US, he said.
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