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Snap Announces $1M Capital Investment To Accelerate Blockchain Initiative
ACCESSWIRE - Dec 20 - Snap Interactive, a provider of live video social networking apps building on blockchain, has completed a private placement of 200k shares of common stock to Hershey Strategic Capital, LP at a price of $5/per share. Adam Hershey, Managing Member of Hershey Strategic Capital, has agreed to advise the company on capital markets strategy. SNAP intends to use the net proceeds for the blockchain product initiatives.
Blockchain Dating App Viola.ai Is Targeting $17M In The ICO
INVEZZ.COM - Dec 28 - Viola.ai uses the blockchain and artificial intelligence to support the dating process and the evolving relationship status. They're targeting $17M in the ICO. Viola.ai was created by Lunch Actually Group. The upcoming ICO is scheduled for February 2018. The ICO pre-sale is unfolding now. Viola.ai believes that artificial intelligence (AI) is the future of dating. Think of Viola, which the company refers to as a "she," as a dating adviser that can provide users with an analysis of their personality and compatibility, which they say can improve relationships, as well as real ID verification of users on the platform.
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OKCupid's Users Rebel Over New 'Real Name' Policy
TECH CRUNCH - Dec 30 - OKCupid's users are angry. Just ahead of the new year, the company made a radical change to its policies, and now requires people to use real names instead of an OKCupid username, as before. Since the update, announced last week, OKCupid's app has been slammed with bad reviews on the App Store. To make matters worse, OKCupid locked some people out of the app until they complied with the new policy, rather than offering a grace period. There is at least one caveat to OKC's new policy – you don't have to use your legal name, the company notes at the bottom of its announcement. It says, you can use the name you'd like your date "to call you" instead. OKCupid provided the following statement: To remove usernames is a part of our mission to add more substance and depth to dating. We get many of messages from folks who say they are offended by some of the usernames people make.
Lesly Is The New Grindr For Lesbian And Bisexual Women
DAILYTELESCOPE - Dec 28 - Statistics show that there are more lesbian and bisexual women than gay and bisexual men. Researchers suggest that this is probably because women are more open-minded. A major study in the UK shows that women in lesbian relationships are happier than women in traditional relationships with men. The main reason is women understand each other, whereas men and women come from different planets. Dating app Lesly has invited a team of experts to contribute to the design of this app.
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Christian Online Dating Doubles Leading Up To New Year
PREMIER.ORG - Dec 28 - ChristianConnection.com, the UK's largest Christian dating site, said it had a 50% increase in membership last season and expects the same this time around with a peak in the beginning of January. Earlier this year, 3rd January was the busiest day for Match.com. It said the average dating app user will scroll through 43 different profiles on the date, with activity increasing by 37%.
Luna: New Bitcoin Powered Dating App
WIRED DE - Dec 23 - Frustrated with online dating, a young American Andre Ornish is developing his own dating app - Luna. Ornish believes that one of Tinder's biggest issues is the uneven distribution of attention: "Either you're overrun or ignored." The Luna developers want to prevent it by charging a fee on sending messages using the app's own currency. Luna's startup capital comes from the Ethereum Project, the platform behind the digital currency ether. The blockchain technology of Luna is therefore not directly based on Bitcoin, but on the alternative Ethereum. The app is expecting to launch at the end of January 2018.
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Badoo Makes It Easier To Find Club Crush
MIXMAG - Dec 21 - With 366M registered users, Badoo is the world's biggest dating app and also the one with the most in-depth features. Badoo's People Nearby function shows a list of everyone else around. Users can also see who they bumped into the night before and spark up a conversation the next day. Other features include 'Lookalikes', which matches users with their celebrity crush, video chat functionality and verified profiles and photos that confirm users are legit.
Dating App Reveal Only Allows Women To Browse Through Profiles
DAILYMAIL.CO.UK - Dec 25 - Reveal, a new dating app has launched in the UK that aims to put women in complete control by allowing only them to browse and swipe – anonymously. This guarantees genuine matches by preventing men from liking every profile to 'play a numbers game' – which research suggests as many as a third do. Reveal's layout is similar to the likes of Tinder and Bumble. The woman browses photos and if she's interested, she swipes right - if not, she swipes left. It is free to use and its inventors plan to make money from advertising.
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