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Tinder + AI: A Perfect Matchmaking?


Tinder is a mobile dating app that can help you find singles in the local area. "Swipe right if you like her, Swipe left if you don't" is a linchpin to the company's success, and the format has been duplicated by numerous contemporaries. Tinder was first launched as a location-based dating app in 2012 within incubator Hatch Labs and join a venture between IAC and Xtreme Labs and now it's one of the most popular dating apps in the US with about 1.7 Billion swipes per day. Tinder has employed the freemium business model to earn revenue. It went from a "location-based" dating app to a global dating app that is present in 190 countries in less than 8 years.

Mozilla wants to understand your weird YouTube recommendations


From cute cat videos to sourdough bread recipes: sometimes, it feels like the algorithm behind YouTube's "Up Next" section knows the user better than the user knows themselves. Often, that same algorithm leads the viewer down a rabbit hole. How many times have you spent countless hours clicking through the next suggested video, each time promising yourself that this one would be the last one? The scenario gets thorny when the system somehow steers the user towards conspiracy theory videos and other forms of extreme content, as some have complained. To get an idea of how often this happens and how, the non-profit Mozilla Foundation has launched a new browser extension that lets users take action when they are recommended videos on YouTube that they then wish they hadn't ended up watching.

Pet dating site 'Pinder' helps animals find love, friendship

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Pets need companions too, and now there's a website to help them. Pinder, a pet website styled after human dating app Tinder, allows owners to find pals for their pets, the New York Post reported. "We're just taking the effective format of Tinder and applying it to the pet community," Kevin Botero, the founder of Pinder, told the Post. The website shows only pet profiles – the profile setup page says "no humans allowed" – and currently all pets have to be in costume for the website's Halloween costume contest. According to the Post, the contest is a way to kick off the website's launch.

YouTube viewers to help uncover how users are sent to harmful videos

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YouTube viewers are being asked to become "watchdogs" and record their use of the site to help uncover the ways in which its recommendation algorithm can lead to online radicalisation. Mozilla, the non-profit behind the Firefox web browser, has produced a new browser extension, called RegretsReporter, which will allow YouTube users to record and upload information about harmful videos recommended by the site, as well as the route they took to get there. "For years, people have raised the alarm about YouTube recommending conspiracy theories, misinformation, and other harmful content," said Ashley Boyd, Mozilla's head of engagement and advocacy. "One of YouTube's most consistent responses is to say that they are making progress on this and have reduced harmful recommendations by 70%. But there is no way to verify those claims or understand where YouTube still has work to do. "That's why we're recruiting YouTube users to become YouTube watchdogs.

OkCupid to launch 'VILF' campaign to encourage voting

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on OkCupid is encouraging its users to vote, and it's doing so with a provocative saying. The online dating platform is launching a VILF badge, which is a play on popular suggestive terms like MILF or DILF. However, in this case, OkCupid users can tack VILF badges onto their profiles to let all their potential dates know that they are voters and have a risqué sense of humor.

Match launches Dates, a feature to help navigate dating during the pandemic


We can't necessarily call these times "unprecedented" anymore, given that the coronavirus pandemic has been a fixture in our lives for over six months now. That doesn't mean, though, that we've figured out how to do...well, anything, that we did in the Before Times. This is especially true with dating during the pandemic. Thanks to dating apps we're able to connect and chat with a seemingly endless amount of people, but rules about when and where and how to actually meet up remain frustratingly nebulous. One person you meet on an app may be eschewing social distancing best practices entirely while another may not have left their house since March.

Leaky server exposes users of dating site network


Everyone needs a password manager. It's the only way to maintain unique, hard-to-guess credentials for every secure site you and your team access daily. An online database left exposed online without a password has leaked the personal details of hundreds of thousands of users who signed up for online dating sites. The leaky database, an Elasticsearch server, was discovered at the end of August by security researchers from vpnMentor. The database was taken offline on September 3 after vpnMentor tracked down its owner in Mailfire, a company that provides online marketing tools.

Privacy alert: Your iPhone is tracking everywhere you go. Here's how to find the setting

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At this point, digital privacy is long gone. There's always another device, feature or service tracking what we say, what we look at online and the places we go. Some devices are more intrusive than others, and you may be feeding digital assistants more information than you realize. Tap or click here to stop all the smart tech in your home from listening. Social media is another big offender. Tap or click for my answers to your most-asked social media privacy questions.

An open letter to the most disappointing algorithms in my life


Mashable's series Algorithms explores the mysterious lines of code that increasingly control our lives -- and our futures. In the digital age, personalized algorithms are our constant companions. We see them, or rather, they decide what we see, more than we see our families. Loathe them or don't know much about them, they're steering your brain -- from your morning "quick glance at Facebook" to your afternoon YouTube break to your evening Netflix to your "quick glance at Facebook" before bed. When algorithms work for us, they're invisible.

Tinder launches apocalyptic Swipe Night experience in the UK and around the world


Trying to find love as the world ends? That premise is central to Tinder's interactive Swipe Night event, which launches in the UK and around the world on Sept. 12 at 10am. If you're unfamiliar with Swipe Night, then here's a lil catch up: Swipe Night is a first-person choose-your-own-adventure style event where Tinder users can swipe at key moments to determine the direction of the story within the app. Swiping doesn't just affect how the story ends -- it also has a bearing on who users match with and what they end up chatting about. As for the storyline, well, it couldn't be more pertinent to the times we're living in.