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  • Tinder’s Sean Rad Swipes Right On Disrupt NY

    Tinder’s Sean Rad Swipes Right On Disrupt NY

    Tinder cofounder Sean Rad has been interviewed at Disrupt Europe in 2013, at Disrupt San Francisco in 2014, and this year, he’ll be hitting up the Disrupt NY stage. Tinder has had a wild year. The company started off 2014 with a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by former VP of marketing Whitney Wolfe after a relationship between her and cofounder and CMO Justin Mateen ended badly. Read More

  • Twitter Latest To Face Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

    Twitter Latest To Face Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

    A former Twitter engineer has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against her ex-employer, alleging that promotion opportunities are denied to women because of arbitrary promotion policies within Twitter that unlawfully favor men. Read More

  • Former eBay Exec Chris Payne Is A Match For New Tinder CEO

    Former eBay Exec Chris Payne Is A Match For New Tinder CEO

    After an announcement months ago that Tinder founder Sean Rad would be stepping out of the CEO role and into a more presidential position, the decision has finally been made on a new CEO for the growing dating app. Christopher Payne, most recently head of eBay North America and formerly of Microsoft and Amazon, will be taking over as CEO. Read More

  • Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

    Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

    Next week at its F8 developer conference, Facebook will announce new ways for third parties to offer experiences through its Messenger app, according to multiple sources. Facebook hopes to make Messenger more useful, after seeing Asia’s chat apps WeChat and Line succeed as platforms that go beyond just texting with friends. Read More

  • Instagram Star @Tunameltsmyheart | SXSW 2015

    I Tried To Interview This Celebrity Dog At SXSW

    Well, okay, I didn’t actually try to interview a dog, because that would be silly. But while attending a pet adoption event at South by Southwest event, I did talk to Courtney Dasher, owner of Instagram star Tuna Melts My Heart. And yes, he’s a dog with an intense overbite. What I wanted to know was: What’s like to own a social media celebrity? (Seriously, Tuna’s got… Read More

  • ¿Qué Es? Sentisis’ NLP SaaS Platform For Spanish Pulls In $1.3M

    ¿Qué Es? Sentisis’ NLP SaaS Platform For Spanish Pulls In $1.3M

    Three-year-old Sentisis is a natural language processing (NLP) startup whose founder spotted an opportunity to do technology-powered sentiment analysis of Spanish language conversations on social media, given the prevailing focus on data-mining online English had left Spanish speech relatively overlooked. Read More

  • Sosh Brings Concierge, The Uber Of Restaurant Dining, To New York

    Sosh Brings Concierge, The Uber Of Restaurant Dining, To New York

    Sosh has today launched Concierge, the Uber equivalent for dining, in New York city. Concierge essentially reserves tasting menu inventory for the Sosh community, allowing users to reserve a table at a hot restaurant and pay for their prix fixe meal all through the app. This means the user simply arrives at the restaurant, eats, and bounces out of there, Uber-style. In fact, Concierge even… Read More

  • With $1 Million In New Funding, Dattch Lesbian Dating App Rebrands To Her

    With $1 Million In New Funding, Dattch Lesbian Dating App Rebrands To Her

    Dattch, the Pinterest-inspired dating app for queer women, has today re-launched with a new name (Her) as well as $1 million in new funding from investors such as Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian, YC’s Garry Tan and Michael Birch. Founder Robyn Exton said that people too often thought Dattch stood for some combination of ‘dyke’ or ‘butch’ or ‘snatch’… Read More

  • Ustream’s New Live-Broadcasting SDK Lets You Build Your Own Meerkat

    Ustream’s New Live-Broadcasting SDK Lets You Build Your Own Meerkat

    Call it a sign of the times: hot on the heels of Meerkat’s sudden boom in popularity among techies and Twitter’s kneecapping of the service as SXSW began, live-streaming startup Ustream is opening its internal API to the public so that anyone can build their own Meerkat-like broadcasting app. Read More

  • HaikuJam Is Not A Poem App

    HaikuJam Is Not A Poem App

    HaikuJam v2, officially exiting beta and launching now on iOS and Android, adds collaborative social photo-sharing to its erstwhile haiku-writing proposition — to loudly proclaim that a picture is worth more than a few syllables, however pretty. Read More

  • Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages

    Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages

    When you chat with friends about settling debts or splitting the bill, Facebook doesn’t want you to have to open another app like PayPal or Venmo to send them money. So today it unveiled a new payments feature for Facebook Messenger that lets you connect your Visa or Mastercard debit card and tap a “$” button to send friends money on iOS, Android, and desktop with zero fees. Read More