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Submission + - Tinder Forecasts Rise in Paid Subscribers, Ad Revenue (adage.com)

digitalmar99 writes:


Tinder expects its paid subscribers to double by the end of the year, according to a new note from Cowen and Company analysts led by John Blackledge.

While the matchmaking app is free to use, last year the company launched a subscription model with a monthly fee for premium features such as "super liking" (a super-charged way of flagging up one's amorous intentions) or "rewinding," a feature that allows you to go back and like someone that you accidentally rejected, or "swiped left on." The firm hosted a chat with Gary Swidler, chief financial officer of Tinder's parent company, Match Group, where the executive described efforts to monetize the dating app as being "ahead of schedule."

With a la carte revenue from new features performing better-than-expected through the first quarter of 2016, management has space "to 'take some swings' by tweaking or adding to the product, which hasn't changed substantively since the rollout of the 'Super-likes' last November," according to the analysts.


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Submission + - Trump-supporters attacked — Mayor blames Trump (washingtonpost.com) 1

mi writes: Protesters jumped on cars, pelted Trump supporters with eggs and water balloons, snatched signs and stole “Make America Great” hats off supporters’ heads before burning the hats and snapping selfies with the charred remains. Several people were caught on camera punching Trump supporters.

Haters gonna hate? Certainly so, when one of the haters is the Mayor of the city himself: “At some point Donald Trump needs to take responsibility for the irresponsible behavior of his campaign,” — Mayor Sam Liccardo told the Associated Press. See, they were asking for it.

Calls to 911 during the attack were unanswered, according to the article.

Comment Re: 23 down, 77 to go (Score 1) 866

Regarding the atrocities committed in the name of fervor (of which religion is a subset) ... there's no defending the indefensible. But let's not lose sight of a bigger picture. How many institutions of education, healing and social reform were born from religious motivation? Just one example of millions: William Wilberforce didn't tirelessly champion the abolition of slavery due to a strong agnosticism or atheism. He did what he did precisely because he compelled by his fervent faith ... and I'm not talking about a weekend of making posters or organizing a few fund raisers, but roughly forty years of fighting the system ... and we're all better off for it. Fervor isn't intrinsically bad. Like so many other things, it's not that you have it, but what you do with it.

Comment Re:The diet is unimportant... (Score 1) 588

When people exercise only without eating cleanly, they might lose "x" amount of weight. When people eat cleanly and workout rigorously, they lose "4x" amount of weight (depends on level of exercise). When people eat cleanly without exercising, they lose "3x" amount of weight. When it comes to weight loss, exercise is important, but eating right is much more important. I'm a long distance runner, and the saying "you can't outrun the fork" is truth.

Comment Re:calories consumed = calories needed (Score 2) 461

I'll second the value of using myfitnespal. It's cross-platform and much of the data is contributed. Very powerful software that works surprisingly well. Don't have a source, but I've heard that people who journal their food intake are twice as likely to lose weight over those who do not journal. For many, just keeping a record of how much you consume helps keep it under control. Adding light to moderate exercise on top of it, and that's 90% of everything you need to know to effectively lose weight.

Comment Re:we need a litmus test (Score 1) 1113

If you are religious, you should be prohibited from serving in public office. Further, you should have a guardian assigned to look after your affairs, since obviously you are very weak intellectually.

Probably bring about end of war, famine, disease, poverty, and all evil in the world, if we could just keep the religious from having influence.

/. was founded by two Christian college students, right?

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Submission + - Google Doodle - A Turing Machine Puzzle (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: The Google Doodle is often a masterpiece of design but this time it is a masterpiece of computer science. The doodle is a complete Turing Machine that you can interact with in an attempt to solve a puzzle. You have to select which logical elements are needed to convert one number on the tape into a target number. The article explains the increasingly difficult steps of the puzzle but then lets you solve it — but there is a YouTube video that simply gives you the answers if you really get stuck.
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Submission + - Wet Hot Microsoft Summer 2

theodp writes: If you're on a budget, GeekWire notes that Microsoft is offering free Summer Camps for kids aged 8-13 at multiple Microsoft Stores across the country. The 2-hours-a-day, week-long mini-camps include Digital Movie Madness, Digital Art Smarts, Game Masters, and Office Unleashed. Tickets appear to be going fast (Microsoft World Wide Events site is currently down for maintenance).

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