IBTIMES.CO.UK – Feb 26 – Nimbuzz, a popular messaging app with 150M users in 200 countries worldwide, has launched Masque, a new anonymous dating app. The app matches users based on their age, gender and location, and users can flirt anonymously with new matches through messaging. „I’d much rather be anonymous on a dating site. You have a chance to reveal your identity later once you’ve found out more about that person,“ said Nimbuzz CEO Vikas Saxena. Nimbuzz’s biggest markets are currently in India, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. According to Unicef, arranged marriages still make up 90% of all marriages in India, and many people are nervous about posting public profiles in case their friends and families disapprove.
by Mary-Ann Russon
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GLOBALNEWS – Feb 26 – 30-year-old CEO Justin McLeod said Hinge is more like meeting people at a “friend’s house party” than the random matching that goes on in many other apps in the marketplace. Hinge shows a list of about 20 potential dates once a day that’s curated from friends of friends. Toronto is the first Canadian city where Hinge launched on today.
by Erika Tucker
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BUSINESS INSIDER – Feb 26 – The League is a new dating app that uses its own algorithm to judge whether members are cool and ambitious enough to join. Right now it’s in beta stage, so not everyone can get into it. Current members have all been carefully selected by creator Amanda Bradford’s team using the code. It’s predominantly populated by doctors, lawyers, and tech execs. What sets The League apart from its counterparts is its reliance on LinkedIn to determine user credentials. The League just raised $2.1M in funding. It’s soon to expand to New York and there are plans to move to London too.
by Joshua Barrie
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FORTUNE – Feb 26 – Robyn Exton wanted to help a gay girlfriend who had gone through a break-up get back on the market. She created Her, a free app for women looking to date other women. The idea is to create a community for lesbians looking to make friends, chat, and date. Dating apps specifically for gay women are limited. The most prominent is Brenda, an app similar to Grindr that was created by a man. Exton herself is gay, and says her San Francisco-based team is made up of four queer women and two straight guys. Exton originally named the service Dattch, a blend of the words “date” and “catch.”
by Shalene Gupta
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ACCC.GOV – Feb 25 – The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has joined an international initiative to protect consumers by sweeping dating sites for misleading offers, unclear pricing policies or consumer contracts with unfair terms. The ACCC also looked at what measures dating sites have in place to protect consumers against scammers. Here is the latest Online dating industry report.
- 61% of websites had some form of scam warning while 39% had no information at all.
- 66% of dating sites operate an automatic subscription renewal policy and continue to charge users for their subscription until they cancel. However, many of them use free trials that are subject to terms and conditions that are only detailed in the fine print agreement.
- 89% of sites allow members to cancel online
- Less than 2% of websites provided specific information about the costs of the service before becoming a member.
- 46% of sites state in their terms and conditions that profile information may be used for advertising and referral to third party affiliates.