Match Group is still in talks to acquire Bumble with a valuation over $1B

 In August we reported from our sources that Match Group made an offer to acquire Bumble for $450M. Bumble declined the offer, and at the time a source close to the company suggested to TechCrunch that Bumble was actually valued at $1 billion. Now we’ve learned that these talks are still ongoing, with recent discussions centered around a valuation of “well over” $1B.  The… Read More

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Tonight is a new dating app optimized for real dates

Eve Peters When Whim launched two years ago, it was based on a straightforward idea: What if a dating app was focused on enabling real dates, rather than chatting? Of course, plenty of actual dates happen as a result of Tinder and its imitators, but it can take a lot of awkward messaging to get there. Whim gets rid of those preliminaries. Founder and CEO Eve Peters said the idea appealed to users, but… Read More

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The League is making everyone’s first profile picture black and white

 Exclusive dating app The League is going monochrome. Starting today, everyone’s first profile picture will be displayed in black and white.
To be clear, this isn’t a filter – everyone’s first photo will be automatically displayed to potential matches in black and white, with no option to opt out. You’ll still be able to swipe through and see the rest of a… Read More

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Hily dating app uses AI and identification to improve safety and potential matches

 Dating through apps has several ongoing problems. The glaring privacy breaches seem to mount up day by day. For instance, cyber-security researchers realized that hackers could create a creepy Chrome plugin allowing a Tinder user to find the precise location of their Facebook friends who were also on Tinder. A journalist asked Tinder for the data it had on her and got back 800 pages of… Read More

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NearGroup chatbot startup lands $1.6m Seed round led by OpenOcean

 In Arabic, Indian or Eastern cultures where people can’t really have an open dating profile, the traditional Tinder/Happn/Bumble/Badoo etc dating apps don’t work too well as they are based on images. It turns out chat bots may be the way forward in these markets if a recent VC investment is anything to go by. NearGroup, a chatbot allowing users to connect with like-minded people… Read More

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Bumble’s business networking feature launches today

 About a year ago we reported that Bumble would soon launch BumbleBizz – a swipe-based networking tool that is designed to help people make professional connections. And now the feature is finally rolling out today to users in the US, UK, Germany, France and Canada. Essentially BumbleBizz will use the same types of parameters that regular Bumble does – your location, network,… Read More

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