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Snack, where TikTok meets dating, gets $3.5 million in funding

After online dating’s tremendous 2020 growth that culminated in last week’s epic Bumble IPO, a new entrant has tossed its hat into the dating app ring. Snack, founded by Kimberly Kaplan, looks to merge the popularity and format of TikTok with the dating world. Kaplan hails from Plenty of Fish, where she was one of the earliest employees at the dating site. She led product, marketing and revenue and was on the executive team that eventually sold PoF to Match Group for $575 million in 2015. Kaplan...
Tags: Social, TC, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Snack, Match Group, Kaplan, Kindred Ventures, Bumble IPO, Kimberly Kaplan, Golden Ventures Garage Capital Panache Ventures


Twitter explored buying India’s ShareChat and turning Moj into a global TikTok rival

Twitter recently held talks to acquire Indian social media startup ShareChat as the company explored ways to expand its presence in the world’s second largest internet market and build a global rival to TikTok, three sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The American firm, which is already an , offered to buy the Indian startup for $1.1 billion and had committed an additional investment of $900 million, two of the sources said. The talks are no longer ongoing, two sources said, requ...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder, India, Tech, Match, MoJ, Match Group, Blume Ventures, Appannie, Snap


As dating apps try to pivot to virtual events, some users are trying to get people to violate social distancing rules

Dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge have reported increased use amid the coronavirus pandemic, while touting virtual dating alternatives for users instead of meeting up in person. Swaths of users are still encouraging matches to break quarantine to have sex and go on dates, despite social distancing guidelines and fines to comply with them. An illustrator on Instagram has been collecting screenshots of these situations, and told Business Insider that users will brand themselves as "bada...
Tags: Instagram, Washington, Trends, World Health Organization, Grimes, Bumble, Facetime, Grindr, Steve, Match Group, Business Insider, Rothenberg, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Samantha Rothenberg, Business Insider Women, Tinder Hinge Plenty of Fish


Happn's CEO took a shot at Facebook for using its new dating service to distract from its data disaster

Happn is the latest dating service to pile onto Facebook after the company decided it would get into dating. Happn CEO Didier Rappaport said it was curious that Facebook had announced the news only weeks after the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. He said it might be a way to make the bad news disappear. Rappaport's comments came after Facebook's announcement sent the stock price for Match, which owns Tinder, plummeting. The CEO of dating app Happn thinks Facebook has an ulterior motive f...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, IAC, Happn, Match Group, US Russia, Rappaport, Cambridge Analytica, Didier Rappaport, Joey Levin, Nonetheless Match Group, Bumble Rappaport


Everything Facebook launched at F8 and Why

Day 1 of Facebook’s F8 conference was packed with announcements and updates. Here are 10 big takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote on Day 1. You can find full coverage and analysis of F8 here.  1. FaceDate Facebook is launching a dating feature where you can volunteer to make a profile that’s only visible to non-friends who’ve also opted in to looking for love. Facebook will match you based on all its data, and messaging will happen in a dedicated inbox rather than Messenger. Why: If Faceb...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, Instagram, US, Samsung, Tech, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Netflix, Oculus, Hulu


10 things in tech you need to know today (FB, AAPL, GOOG)

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Monday. 1. Facebook is under huge pressure from politicians in the US and UK after The Guardian reported Cambridge Analytica, a Trump-linked research firm, accessed personal information of 50 million people via a Facebook app. Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform for violation of its terms of service. 2. Facebook has banned the whistleblower behind the Cambridge Analytica revelations, Christoper Wylie. Wylie is unable...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, California, US, Trends, Tech, Eu, Bloomberg, Peter Thiel, The Guardian, SEC, Silicon Valley, Bumble


Today's Tech-Savvy Kids Are Tomorrow's Investors

"Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century." Although this statement by President Kennedy in his inaugural address was made more than 50 years ago, its message is especially relevant today, as the first generation of the 21st century comes of age, known as Generation Z (those born after the year 1995). This generation will be handed down the torch from those that have come before...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, News, Instagram, Huffington Post, Kennedy, Match Group, Uber and Lyft



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