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Siri, Get Me A Date

The team of engineers that created Siri, Apple's voice-driven intelligent assistant, are creating a an advanced form of AI which "will be able to teach itself, giving it almost limitless capabilities. The stealth startup, Viv Labs, has been working on the new service, called Viv, for two years. In time, they assert, their creation will be able to use your personal preferences … [Read more...]

Can Dating Sites Make Us More Civil?

Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes on YouTube or Tinder quickly understands that thought-impaired people spewing invectives using terrible grammar make up the majority of commenters and right-swipers. Thankfully we now we have apps like Tinderliker to do the swiping for us. Nudging uses technology to push people gently towards a specific outcome. When you pay your … [Read more...]

Skalfa Releases SkaDate X Dating Software

Over the years I've helped launch countless sites on dating site platforms like SkaDate and Boonex. Boonex moved into the social networking market, and SkaDate I hadn't heard much about in recent memory. It turns out that SkaDate has been busy building a new platform. Snip... We finally launched the new version  of our flagship product, SkaDate X. Note that this is not an … [Read more...]

Authentic Dating Profiles With Bitcoin

Lately I've been reading about the many different uses for Bitcoin that people have been dreaming up. The founder of Angel List, where many dating startups are listed for funding purposes, wrote an article, The Fifth Protocol, which caught my attention. I knew I was on to something when the article started out: “Wait a minute… Make up your mind. This Snow Crash thing—is … [Read more...]

Matching Algorithms, A work in Progress

A while back I wrote IBM Deciphers Personality Types From 200 Tweets. I’ve had countless email discussions with everyone from psychologists to dating site matching algorithm experts and others about the industry’s take on matching systems. While I’m no psychological expert, I have a fair grasp on how the industry thinks and operates. First, dating sites are simply … [Read more...]

Scamalytics Hires VP of Sales

This is great news. Scamalytics, based in London UK, maintain the largest shared anti-fraud blacklists specifically dedicated to the online dating industry. Scamalytics has hired Dave Wiseman as VP of Sales. Wiseman has extensive experience selling fraud solutions into the online dating industry, having previously run European sales for Iovation. Dan Winchester, Scamalytics … [Read more...]

SingldOut Offers Genetic Matchmaking

Looks like DNA-based matching could be a thing again. SingldOut "is an exclusive dating site connecting single professionals via LinkedIn." The company has partnered with Instant Chemistry to provide, "The first offering matches based on your DNA." Only problem is this is absolutely untrue. The company is testing two "markers" — the serotonin uptake transporter, involved in … [Read more...]

Cupid Media Hack Exposed 42M Passwords

An intrusion at online dating service Cupid Media earlier this year exposed more than 42 million consumer records, including names, email addresses, unencrypted passwords and birthdays, according to information obtained by KrebsOnSecurity. It drives me absolutely crazy to read things like this. Storing plaintext passwords, what is this, 2002? Inexcusable lack of … [Read more...]

Scamalytics Launches Free Scammer Health Check for Online Dating Sites

Back from Peru, what an incredible trip. It's amazing what a few weeks in the jungle, seeing Machu Picchu and visiting ruins at 13,000 feet will do for one's health and perspective on life. Lost 10 pounds and I'm the calmest I've ever been in my life. Dad and I had many memorable experiences that I'll never forget. Before leaving, I unsubscribed from 50 marketing/social … [Read more...]

Inside OKCupid: The Math Of Online Dating

Here’s How OkCupid Uses Math to Find Your Match. http://youtu.be/m9PiPlRuy6E … [Read more...]