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Bumble Responds To Match Group's Patent Infringement Lawsuit
TECH CRUNCH - Sep 27 - Bumble is continuing to go on the offensive against Match Group by serving Match Group with papers. Bumble is taking Match Group to court for fraudulently obtaining trade secrets during acquisition talks. Today, Bumble is also officially responding to Match Group's suit against it, which claims patent infringement and misuse of intellectual property. "Bumble has today formally responded to Match's lawsuit from March 2018 alleging patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets. We believe all of the claims are baseless, and are seeking to have several claims dismissed immediately, given their lack of merit." Bumble says Match Group filed its original lawsuit against it to make it less attractive to other potential acquirers. The claims Match Group makes around patent infringement involve Bumble's use of a stack of profile cards, mutual opt-in, and its swiped-based gestures.
Match Makes A Move On Bumble In Tinder IP Dispute
WIPR - Sep 27 - Match has asked a court to remove a state lawsuit filed by competitor Bumble against Match's brand Tinder, as the allegations in it should instead have been addressed by counterclaims in the parties' federal IP dispute. The dispute between the dating apps started in March, when Match filed a complaint for patent, trademark and trade dress infringement, and trade secrets violation. Its lawsuit accused Bumble of infringing IP relating to Tinder's look and functionality. Bumble subsequently filed complaints against Match in a Texas state court, alleging that Match Group tortuously interfered in attempts to sell Bumble. Match Group said that these claims should have been filed in federal court as counterclaims to the initial suit against Bumble, but Bumble instead sued Match in a Texas state court. Match asked the court to remove Bumble's state court action to enable all issues raised by both parties to be heard and adjudicated in one forum.
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Tinder In India Launches 'My Move', A Bumble-like Feature Where Women Chat First
TECH CRUNCH - Sep 25 - "My Move," is similar to the core feature in rival dating app Bumble, which is currently enmeshed in multiple lawsuits with Tinder parent Match Group. Tinder has been quietly testing "My Move" in India for several months, and intends to roll out it out worldwide if all goes well. To use the feature, women go into the app's settings to enable it with a toggle switch. Once turned on, only they can start a conversation with their matches. Previously, anyone could start the chat after a match.
The Inner Circle Launches In Australia And Singapore
PRESS RELEASE - Sep 27 - The Inner Circle, the selective dating app, launched in Sydney last night with a big party at the Argyle. The app claims 32K members on its waiting list, 12K singles have been approved. Inner Circle also launched in Singapore last week with a big party. Since its launch in 2012 in Amsterdam, The Inner Circle expanded to ~30 major cosmopolitan cities around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris. The community has grown to ~1.2M members worldwide.
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Why Facebook Debuted Its New Dating Service In Colombia
FINANCE COLOMBIA - Sep 25 - Facebook launched the pilot of its new dating service last week in Colombia. With ~50M people living in Colombia, the country is capable of providing a lot of data quite quickly, and a lot of mingling will be possible in a short time. Facebook also says it chose Colombia due to the fact that its people are tech-savvy and highly social. Some 30M people in the country visit Facebook each month, and the company's WhatsApp messaging app is similarly widespread.
This Chinese App Is Like Tinder Without Texting
ABACUS NEWS - Sep 24 - A number of social apps in China are based on voice rather than texting. Users can take part in a variety of chat rooms. Some resemble amateur radio shows where the hosts play songs and tell jokes. Others are more like group dates. If there's a match, the couple leaves the group and retires to a private one-on-one chat room to talk further. One of them is is called YuWan (which means "voice play" in Chinese). It's rated 4.3 stars and ranks among the top 100 social networking apps on Apple's App Store in China.
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MeetPositives Is A Newly Launched Dating Site For Positive Singles
DIGITAL JOURNAL - Sep 21 - MeetPositives is designed to help singles who are STD positive avoid the embarrassment and possible rejection because of their condition. All personal information remains private until that particular person decides to share it with someone else.
China Shuts Down 4,000 Websites
BBC - Sep 25 - China has shut down thousands of websites and online accounts following a three-month campaign against "harmful" content, the state news agency Xinhua has announced. The content, on 4K sites, included infringements of copyright and material spreading "improper values, vulgarity or obscenity", it said.
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