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Andrey Andreev Has Invested Ł3.5M In Dating App Lumen
UKTN - Sep 7 - Andrey Andreev, the man behind Badoo, Bumble and Chappy, has invested Ł3.5M in Lumen, a new dating app specifically for single over 50s. Launching in the UK, Lumen was co-founded by Antoine Argouges and Charly Lester. Lumen will be free, available to download on iOS and Android. All users will be required to upload a selfie and verify their identity.
Four Tinder Plaintiffs Drop Out Of Lawsuit
THE VERGE - Aug 31 - Rosette Pambakian, Joshua Metz, Jonathan Badeen, and James Kim are voluntarily withdrawing from their Match Group / IAC lawsuit today, claiming the company covertly tried to enact an arbitration agreement during their employment. All four plaintiffs worked at Tinder, which Match Group owns, up until they filed the lawsuit. At that point, Match / IAC placed them on administrative leave. They all seemingly signed the arbitration agreement. An arbitration agreement is a contract clause that prevents employees from taking legal concerns to court. Instead, they have to settle them privately with their employer. It's unclear why these plaintiffs would voluntarily sign an arbitration agreement, especially if they had been planning a lawsuit. Most likely, the plaintiffs didn't read their new contract closely or even realize what it said.
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For India's LGBTQ Community, Scrapping Section 377 Is Only The First Step
QUARTZ - Sep 6 - On Sep 6, the supreme court delivered a historic verdict, striking down the section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalised homosexual activity. "Any discrimination on basis of sexual orientation amounts to a violation of fundamental rights," chief justice Dipak Misra said in his judgment. Though the verdict marks a win, the fight is still on inside and outside the courtroom as the LGBTQ community seeks acceptance in terms of marriage laws, adoption laws, and more.
Tinder Hires Jenny Campbell As Chief Marketing Officer
PR NEWSWIRE - Sep 6 - Jenny joins Tinder from 72andSunny, where she served as Managing Director, of the Los Angeles office and worked with leading international brands, including: Adidas, Uber, Activision, Starbucks, eBay, UGG and Stubhub among others. Prior to 72andSunny, Jenny was a Global Brand Director at Nike for various areas including Nike+ Member Services, NikeFuelband and Nike+ Running.
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Bumble CEO Admits Dating Apps Can Be Bad For Mental Health
THE TELEGRAPH - Sep 7 - Dating apps can be harmful for mental health because they contribute to "smartphone addiction," according to Whitney Wolfe, the founder of Bumble. Ms Wolfe said Bumble will now add a new "Snooze" function, which freezes the app for a certain time.
The Story Behind Lunch Actually
SOUTH ASIA GLOBE - Sep 6 - During a stint in the financial sector, Violet Lim spotted a trend in the industry: successful singles with no avenue for meeting potential partners. Most of her friends had found their partners in university, after which meeting new people became increasingly difficult. "The concept of lunch dating really resonated with me because I saw my colleagues taking a midday lunch breaks." She ran the idea past her then-boyfriend-now-husband, Jamie, and in 2004, the two decided to launch their own business - Lunch Actually, a dating service that connected busy professionals with lunch partners using traditional matchmaking consultations. The membership package would start at ~$2K. Right off the bat, Violet and Jamie landed $110K investment. Fourteen years on, Lunch Actually's platforms have expanded to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Japan, and acquired four competitors. It staffs of ~120 consultants and other professionals, has arranged 125K successful dates and has become a multimillion-dollar company.
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Comedian Norm MacDonald Launches Video Dating App - LOKO
USA TODAY - Sep 7 - Comedian Norm MacDonald just co-created a new video dating app, LOKO. The LOKO app came out of a corporate gig, where he met Canadian entrepreneur Vivek Jain, who complained about his lack of success finding dates. The two decided to combine forces and come up with an app that would eliminate the awkwardness of a first date. It's the first video-only app, in that the only way to communicate with people is with video. After downloading the app, users register and record an 8-second video intro. Once approved other users can see it and respond.
Scruff's Latest Update: Fighting Gay App Racism
ADVOCATE - Sep 3 - Gay dating app Scruff has removed all programmatic advertising; it also no longer requires users to list their race or ethnicity. The first change means that Scruff will not display third-party ads from companies like Google's AdMob and Twitter's MoPub. These ads are automated by targeting specific demographics like the gay community, using data provided by the app. Instead, Scruff's advertising will focus on partnerships with LGBTQ nonprofits, health, and advocacy groups, as well as lifestyle and travel companies. In terms of the second change, Scruff will now only require users to share their name, email, and birthday - ethnicity and all other profile fields are optional.
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