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Scruff Acquires Jack'd for an Undisclosed Sum
SYS-CON - July 10 - Perry Street Software, a New York-based gay mobile software developer and the parent company of Scruff, has acquired gay dating app Jack'd. Jack'd will continue to operate as a stand-alone app. Since its launch in 2010, Jack'd has grown to ~5M members worldwide. Perry Street will invest significant resources to upgrade the technology and reliability of the Jack'd app. In the coming months, Jack'd members can expect to see the removal of all programmatic advertising, enhanced controls over privacy and security, and new features such as improved messaging, redesigned Match, richer search, and the ability to include video as part of member private albums or in chat.
The Meet Group Updates Its Flagship App With Industry-First Safety Practices
BUSINESSWIRE - July 11 - "Today we unveiled a number of safety-related features on MeetMe," said CEO Geoff Cook, "including the Report Abuse button we have seen in any major livestreaming app. When a user taps this button, a screengrab will be sent to our 200+ person moderation team for rapid review of both the screengrab and the active livestream."
Tinder Lite to Launch in Vietnam
THE VERGE - July 10 - Tinder Lite app is 25 times smaller than the main app, and while it maintains the core functionality, like swiping, it nixes more data-heavy ones, like the Feed. The idea is that Tinder Lite is faster, requires less battery life, and reduces data usage. For now, Tinder Lite users can't upgrade to a Tinder Plus or Gold subscription within the app, but the company says it plans to do so over time. The app will be available through Google Play in Vietnam in the "coming weeks" and will subsequently come to other areas in Southeast Asia and South America.
Blued Launches LGTBQ Anti Cyber Bullying Campaign in India
MENAFN - July 11 - The campaign focuses on making people aware about being bullied or mocked online as well as the threats an individual faces when one encounters someone who isn't what they claim to be. Blued, has partnered with Queerythm and Ya.All, community based organizations that provides support groups for the LGBTQI community, and launched helpline numbers to report such incidents. These helplines will also work toward counselling people who have been a victim to cyber bullying or physical abuse. In a recent survey report, 42% of the LGBTQ members have been a victim of virtual harassment and the numbers of incident have swiftly been rising. Launched in 2012, Blued is the largest gay dating social media app with ~40M users globally.
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Badoo and Gay Times Partner in Allyship Campaign Targetting Non-LGBTQ+ People
GAY TIMES - July 8 - Badoo and Gay Times have announced a new campaign, which aims to educate the 430M users of the dating app on how to better be an LGBTQ ally. The campaign is aimed at non-LGBTQ users of the app, and has been called The Allyship Partnership. As part of the campaign, Badoo will donate Ł1 to Amplifund for every 'swipe of support' and will also include educational in-app cards.
Bumble Owner Launches Independent Investigation Into Its Workplace Culture
BUSINESS INSIDER - July 10 - Badoo founder, Andrey Andreev, is launching an independent investigation into his workplace culture after an explosive report by Forbes. Forbes spoke to 13 former employees who described naked cocaine-fueled parties, software updates named after porn stars, and inappropriate remarks made by Andreev. Andreev said he has was "shocked and saddened" by the allegations and has brought in HR firm Peninsula Group to conduct an investigation.
Lumen, Dating App for People 50+ Has a Game-Changing Feature
YAHOO LIFESTYLE - July 12 - On Lumen, only those who are 50 or older are allowed to join. It also requires users to upload a selfie in order to verify their identity - a unique feature that reduces the risk of catfishing. Users have to upload at least three photos. There's also a minimum character length for the messages and a limit to how many matches users can contact, so people can't just spam hundreds of users without reading their profiles. They only have 72 hours to respond to someone's message.
Parship 2018 Financial Results
DEUTCHE STARTUPS - July 8 - Hamburg-based dating company Parship has generated ~125M euros in revenue in 2018. 93% of sales are attributable to the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). The profit was 32.4M Eur, up from 18.6M in 2017.
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