Facebook should actually be Tinder too

 There’s beauty in the double-blind opt-in. That’s the way you match with someone on Tinder. You like them, they like you, you both find out and get connected. But to date the feature’s largely been trapped in dating apps that match you with randos or that not everyone wants to be on. That means this anti-loneliness technology is leaving some people out. Facebook, meanwhile, is… Read More

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Bumble is hiring an Editorial Director to build out its media brand

 Bumble, the female-led dating app founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd in 2014, is diving head first into content. The company is hiring Clare O’Connor as its first Editorial Director, who will work directly with Wolfe Herd and and Bumble’s content team to develop editorial content for their millions of users via a new arm called Bumble Media. O’Connor most recently was a staff… Read More

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Dating app Hinge rolls out a new feature to reduce ‘ghosting’

Most dating apps match users then leave it up to them to initiate their chat. When Bumble launched, however, it broke new ground by having women make the first move. Today, Hinge is introducing its own take on how conversations on dating apps should be handled with a new feature it’s calling “Your Turn.” The idea with “Your Turn” is that it lets users decide… Read More

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Plenty of Fish adds new conversation features to differentiate itself from Tinder

 Match Group, which houses a large portfolio of dating app brands – including most notably, Tinder, Match, and OKCupid – is prepping a notable upgrade to one of its older brands: Plenty of Fish. The dating service, often dubbed ‘POF’ by its users, was founded in 2003 then sold to Match Group in 2015 for $575 million. But it has since remained fairly quiet, in terms of… Read More

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Tinder is testing a feed of real-time updates from your matches, including posts from Instagram and Spotify

 Tinder announced today it’s beginning a test of a new feature called “Feed” designed to help users learn more about their matches. The Feed, which will appear as a tab on the Messages screen, will include real-time updates from those you’ve already matched with, including things like recently added Tinder photos, plus Instagram posts and your Top Artists and Anthems… Read More

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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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