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Gay dating app Grindr changes its policy of sharing users' HIV status with outside vendors

Los Angeles Times

Grindr was confronted with questions about security flaws as recently as last week after NBC reported private information about users, including unread messages, deleted photos and location data, were being collected by a property management startup through a website that Grindr built. Grindr says it has since fixed the flaw and shut down the website, which allowed users to see who blocked them on the app.


Exploiting Facebook data to influence voters? That's a feature, not a bug, of the social network

Los Angeles Times

"Facebook's business model is actually focused on not giving third parties data about its users," said Aviv Ovadya, chief technologist at the Center for Social Media Responsibility. "If it owns the data, and you can only target people through its platform, then you must spend money on its platform. Facebook also wants people to be as comfortable as possible giving them data, so they want to ensure that the data is protected from being used in problematic ways."


To create a campaign to combat record STD rates, Long Beach turns to art students

Los Angeles Times

STD and HIV cases have increased nationwide and gone up and down California. And Long Beach now has the state's second-highest rate of chlamydia and third-highest rates of gonorrhea and syphilis. No one factor explains the increases, but health officials point to the popularity of online dating apps, casual hookups and evidence that young people who are busy and otherwise healthy often don't bother with condoms or routine checkups.


Clippers strike a deal with Bumble to wear the dating app's logo on their jerseys

Los Angeles Times

"Through [Clippers owner] Steve Ballmer's leadership, the Clippers have a clear commitment to diversity and equal opportunity," Gillian Zucker, the Clippers' president of business operations, said in the release. "From our players on the court to our leadership team, we are proud to stand with Bumble and do our part to emphasize that diversity and gender equality in the workplace is essential to organizational excellence. Bumble's message and technology provide a platform for women in new and non-traditional spaces and it's important to the Clippers that we innovate and reach our fans wherever our fans are."


Obscure start-ups -- not tech's biggest names -- are taking advantage of CES

Los Angeles Times

On any given day during the year, tech news is typically dominated by the Apples, Amazons, Facebooks and Googles of the world.



The 101 is here! Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants, 2017 edition, is out this week

Los Angeles Times

It is a truly excellent week to be an Angeleno -- if not to live here, then to love this town and enjoy the remarkable food scene L.A. has to offer. The Dodgers are going to the World Series (yes, we still love Dodger Dogs, though you can even get poke bowls these days), and this year's edition of Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants list is out. If you carry around the print version in your car, as many of us do, it hits your doorstep in this Sunday's paper. Happy dining, and remember that some restaurants will likely be turning their televisions, if they have them, to the game tomorrow night. Goldbot: You can now talk to Jonathan Gold any time you want -- or at least the robot version of him that lives on Facebook Messenger.


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Los Angeles Times

Are you a veteran of L.A.'s current dating scene? Even in the New Los Angeles, with Lyft and Uber giving us cheaper rides and two-thirds of voters passing Measure M, dating without a car is still playing the game with a serious handicap. "I don't mind that you don't drive," a woman I'd been dating for six months told me last year as she drove us to dinner at Broken Spanish for my birthday. L.A. Affairs chronicles the current dating scene in and around Los Angeles.


Bill to set requirements for online dating service contracts heads to governor's desk

Los Angeles Times

California politics updates: Legislature rejects drug'injection sites,' weighs new cap-and-trade spending plan This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Lawmakers in Sacramento are in the final hours of the 2017 legislative session, and now considering the final versions of hundreds of bills. On Tuesday, they rejected a plan for "safe injection sites" for drug users, while agreeing to spend money to help "Dreamer" immigrants. Vice President Mike Pence has rescheduled his California fundraising trip for October. Lawmakers in Sacramento are in the final hours of the 2017 legislative session, and now considering the final versions of hundreds of bills.


No, I will not let you photograph my sweaty feet.

Los Angeles Times

As an unfulfilled administrative assistant, I tend to go for "artistic" guys onto whom I can project my failed career aspirations. This "type" is also my escape from young-adulthood malaise. The first half of this year consisted of unsuccessful Tinder dates and emotional unavailability from the men I did like. One Saturday, after experiencing some anxiety over my career, I decided to go for a late afternoon urban hike to clear my mind. I took the Metro Red Line to Vermont and Sunset before making my way from Los Feliz to Silver Lake.