Bill Gates and Travis Kalanick invest in A.I. chip start-up using light to move data


Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick's 10100 fund and current Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi have invested in Luminous, a small start-up building an artificial intelligence chip. The investment shows key figures in the technology industry believe there is still an opportunity for a new standard to emerge when it comes to hardware for AI, which can be incorporated into a variety of software applications. In all, the company raised $9 million in this seed round. Several start-ups have been working on next-generation hardware in recent years as AI has become trendy. Intel bought one, called Nervana, in 2016.

Tinder now lets users select up to three different sexual orientations

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tinder is giving users more tools to express their sexuality. The dating app announced on Tuesday that users can now select up to three terms that they most identify with from a list of nine options. Tinder is giving users more tools to express their sexuality. Users can choose from nine orientations, including straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, demisexual, pansexual, queer and questioning. From there, they can decide whether they want that information to show up on their public-facing profile.

Russia orders Tinder dating app to share user data on demand

The Japan Times

MOSCOW - Russia said on Monday it had added the popular dating app Tinder to a list of entities obliged to hand over user data and messages to law enforcement agencies on demand, including the main successor agency to the Soviet-era KGB. Roskomnadzor, Russia's telecoms and media regulator, said in a statement that Tinder had been added to its special register at the end of last month after providing the requisite information to allow itself to be added. The move, part of a wider Russian drive to regulate the internet, means that Tinder will be obliged to store users' metadata on servers inside Russia for at least six months as well as their text, audio or video messages. Russia's law enforcement agencies such as the FSB security service, which took over most of the KGB's functions, can require companies on the register to hand over data on demand. The Russian state's increased regulation of the internet has drawn criticism from some opposition politicians and sparked protests from campaigners who are concerned about what they say is creeping Chinese-style control of the online world.

People using Tinder and other dating apps are 'more likely to use steroids'

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People who use dating apps such as Tinder may be up to 27 times as likely to use drastic or unhealthy techniques to try and stay slim. Deliberately vomiting, taking laxatives and even using anabolic steroids is more common among dating app users, a study found. Researchers found'unrealistic' desires to look like celebrities on television and social media are driving people to damaging behaviour. And with an estimated 50million people around the world signed up to Tinder the scientists warned experts must better understand its damaging effects. Researchers said social media and TV shows reinforce'ideal' body images which drive men to try and become more muscly and women slimmer, which may drive them to drastic weight loss measures (Pictured: Love Island contestants Anton Danyluk and Amber Gill – the show is well-known for displaying young people with extremely honed bodies.

How Dating Apps Evolved Through Data Hub & Spoken Ep. 27


In this episode, we talk to Nick Saretzky, Senior Director of Project Management at Tinder, about how dating apps started out with data, most recently with Tinder data. We discuss the benefits of driving change through data insights, and what user data Tinder has at its disposal. We also talk about the impact of dating apps on how people interact, and on the changing approach to modern relationships. Listen to this episode on Spotify, iTunes, and Stitcher. You can also catch up on the previous episode of the Hub & Spoken podcast, in which Jason spoke to Kerry Dawes, Director of Digital Customer Experience at The Rank Group, on the impact of data on the digital customer experience in gambling.

Match app offers free dating coaches to help send messages, get over breakups, and find love

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Match is becoming the first major dating app to provide its premium users with personally-tailored advice through a free human coach. The company announced today that it is beginning to roll out a new service called AskMatch which allows its paid users to chat on the phone with one of the company's dating hired'experts.' According to a report from TechCrunch, Match members can pick their coach's brains on a variety of topics that include how to set up a good dating profile, getting over a break up, or more general advice on dating. In multiple phone interviews, Match CEO, Hesam Hosseini said that the service will help to push the online dating platform, which has been in existence since 1995, into the future. 'Match's mission has always been around relationships and bringing people together.

Apple and Google pull dating apps after they allowed CHILDREN as young as 12 to create profiles

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Following warnings from the FTC, both Apple and Google have removed several dating apps from their platforms that they say allowed children to join. According to a letter sent by the FTC to Ukraine-based Wildec LLC, which owns FastMeet, Meet24 and Meet4U, the trio of dating apps allowed children as young as 12 to participate in the service and communicate with adults. In an FTC investigation of the app, the organization says they were also able to identify and confirm multiple children within the service using a built-in age filter that allows users to search by age. A trio of dating apps was removed by Google and Apple for allowing children under 13-years-old to participate. The FTC says the apps have already been used by sexual predators.

Will Facebook's Secret Crush end the unbearable pain of unrequited love?

The Guardian

Mark Zuckerberg seems to have landed on a solution to turn around his untrustworthy and "not quite human" public image: playing Cupid. Harking back to its humble beginnings as a tool for ranking strangers' attractiveness, Facebook has announced a new feature called Secret Crush, wherein users select the friends for whom they carry a torch. If your crush adds you to their list – and with up to nine picks allowed, your odds aren't bad – Facebook will reveal you to each other and love will assuredly bloom. But if the feeling is not reciprocated, they need never know your identity – just that one of their friends has added them as "a secret crush". It is, for sure, a more welcome notification than "It is [former colleague]'s birthday today.

How to spy on Google and Facebook's spying

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An online tool allows users to see exactly what kind of detail Facebook, Google, and Instagram are keeping about the digital online activities of users. Popular dating site Tinder, for example, knows the time, date and number of exchanges you have online. The findings show that apps can even ignore'Do not track' requests from mobile devices, and these include Netflix and online dating apps Hinge and Happn. A new site allows users to see exactly what kind of detail social media sites like Facebook, Google, and Instagram keep about your online activity. Facebook can tell if its emails to user's email accounts have been opened, and a wealth of information about the status of the device and signal being used to access the app.

Bumble will use AI to detect unwanted nudes


Artificial intelligence will soon weed out any NSFW photos a match sends to you on Bumble. The dating app that requires women to make the first contact said it is launching a "private detector" to warn users about lewd images. Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd and Andrey Andreev, CEO of the dating app parent company that includes Bumble, Badoo, Chappy and Lumen, made the announcement Wednesday in a press release. Beginning in June, all images sent on Bumble and the other apps will be screened by the AI-assisted "private detector." If a photo is suspected to be lewd or inappropriate, users will have the option to view, block or report the image to moderators before they open it.