Dating News :: July 23, 2019 : Grindr, Tinder, Google/Apple, The Meet Group/Meetme

Dating News :: July 23, 2019 : Grindr, Tinder, Google/Apple, The Meet Group/Meetme


I’m Mark Brooks and this is the 2 minute
Tuesday top news summary. Popular gay dating app Grindr and its new
president Scott Chen have been scrutinized in the press in recent weeks. You might recall
the Chinese game developer Kunlun Tech fully bought Grindr 2 years ago. Since then the
app has faced a federal investigation, layoffs, and a failed IPO. Ryan Mac, a reporter from
BuzzFeed News spoke with former Grindr employees who helped him outline the company’s demise
since the acquisition. Grindr’s downfall can be traced back to two key decisions. Firstly,
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai and Kunlun Tech failed to submit the sale of the app to a
voluntary review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, known as
CFIUS. Secondly, Grindr’s downfall can be attributed to the company’s decision to
relocate its headquarters to Beijing. Because of the CFIUS intervention, Grindr has been
directed to, and has now agreed to sell the app to an American company by June of 2020. Barely a week goes by without Tinder news
of course, but this is hot news! Tinder is now bypassing the Play Store on Android to
avoid Google’s 30% cut. Apple and Google launched their app stores in 2008, and they
soon grew into powerful marketplaces that distribute apps from independent developers
to billions of smartphone users. They take 30% of revenue as we all know. Now, Spotify
filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission earlier this year, claiming the
cut Apple takes amounts to a tax on competitors. Netflix has recently stopped letting Apple
users subscribe through the App Store. What’s more, Epic Games said last year it wouldn’t
distribute its popular video game, Fortnite, through Google Play. What will happen next?
Well, Match Group will now encourage users to enter credit card details directly into
Tinder’s systems. A picture is worth a thousand words. But not
when it comes to dating. This is where the video steps in. The Meet Group, a live-streaming
provider, is launching one-on-one video chat on its MeetMe app. This new feature lets users
get to know each other safely without exchanging their phone numbers. They can simply tap on
the video chat icon to start the video call, but only with people they’ve already communicated
with. This week we also interviewed an Aerospace
engineer, David Minns, who started a dating company. So check that out. For the full interview
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