Last week brought us a usual influx of online dating news, alas, one had to be extra vigilant to avoid all the fake articles released in time for the April Fools.
– Tinder acquires San Francisco contact management startup Humin to merge vast disparate data into one contact app (article at TechCrunch). The goal of the online dating giant is to break out of the purely matchmaking concept into a wider niche, allowing people to mingle in real life. It is understood that Mark Zuckerberg’s sister Arielle left Humin last December prior to Tinder acquisition.
– eHarmony’s new job portal venture will start generating revenue by the end of the year (article at Reuters). The online dating company is looking at joining career and employment service providers LinkedIn and Monster, by providing the familiar ‘matching’ opportunities for job seekers and employees.
– Los Angeles startup app Burner is set to improve online dating privacy (article at Business Insider). The idea behind the app is to give every user several disposable phone numbers, which can be used for a variety of activities, including online dating, and will never be traced to the original owner. In case the relationship is a bust, the user can simply ‘burn’ the number and never worry about unneeded attention.
– Singapore mobile dating app market booms (article at The Straits Times). The ease of access to dating apps not only makes the online romance a quickly growing favorite activity, it impacts the app scene itself. At present, the Singapore market alone features over 10 dating apps with millions of local users.
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