10 Stories Not To Miss On GDI This Week

  1. Two Weeks To Go Until GDI London Dating Conference – Tinder, The Meet Group, The League, Paktor, Facebook, Microsoft & App Annie are all speaking at the dating industry event.
  2. SNAP Interactive Acquired By Live Music Business LiveXLiveMedia In $34m Merger – After the deal is completed, LXL Video will continue as the surviving corporation.
  3. Stanford Researchers Defend Sexuality-Predicting Algorithm From Fierce Backlash – The study has faced backlash from researchers and sociologists, as well as advocacy organisation GLAAD.
  4. WePhone Founder’s Dating Scam Suicide Causes Controversy Across China – He was reportedly married to Zhai Xinxin for a month after meeting her through Jiayuan.com’s VIP service.
  5. Dating & Relationship Manager Evolve Has Been Acquired By HubSpot – Speaking about the acquisition, HubSpot’s Chief Strategy Officer Brad Coffey said: “HubSpot added Evolve for its perspective and world class development team.
  6. Dating App Taffy Wants To Put Personality First By Slowly Revealing Your Profile Picture – The profile photos  are blurred so users are initially unable to see who they are speaking to.
  7. Hornet Wants Users To Become Ambassadors, Translators, Moderators & Writers With New Community Feature – It allows users to become “community contributors” for Hornet with a variety of different roles.
  8. Teenagers Are Dating Less Because Of More Time Spent On Mobile Phones, New Book Argues – The professor’s research brings together data from both surveys of 11m young people and in-depth interviews.
  9. After $40m Funding, Paktor Owner M17 Entertainment Expands Into Japan – The dating and livestreaming business has appointed Hirofumi Ono as the CEO of 17 Media Japan.
  10. Bumble Served Catfish Dishes From Food Truck To Promote New Photo-Verification Feature – Bumble teamed up with Texas creative company Preacher to hire a yellow food truck called Great Catch.
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