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Jordyn Taylor

Dating: The Final Frontier

Silicon Valley Techies Are Signing Up to Be Sugar Daddies

Ms. Kross is the new president of ArrangementFinders.com. (Getty)

Arrangement Finders is a dating site catering to a very specific clientele: wealthy, heterosexual men, and the women who want to date them.

Founded in 2009, the site announced on Friday it was bringing on porn performer and producer Kayden Kross as its new president. We caught up with Ms. Kross to congratulate her on the new position, as well as hear the latest about the burgeoning sugar daddies site. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

‘Invisible Boyfriend’ Helps You Expertly Fake Being In a Relationship

Haven't found The One? You can now pretend you have. (Getty)

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, countless singletons are no doubt gearing up to respond to that dreaded question from parents, grandparents and other nosy relatives: “So, are you seeing anyone?”

Instead of trying to justify your single status to your crotchety aunt, there’s also another option—downloading an Invisible Boyfriend or Girlfriend, which launched today from private to public beta.

Yep, we’re for real. The apps, founded by St. Louis’s Matthew Homann and Kyle Tabor, let users pay for “believable social proof” that they’re in a relationship. They generate everything from photos and meet-cutes to text messages and actual voicemails—all of them totally fake, but also totally realistic. Read More

*FACEPALM*

#MLKDay: Today’s Tackiest Social Media Brand Fails

Today is about honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.—not your store's clothing sale. (Wikipedia)

Today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is the day we honor Dr. King’s valiant fight for civil rights.

Unfortunately, it’s also the day brands repeatedly embarrass themselves with totally tactless #MLK-themed tweets. No matter how much they’re chastised for promoting themselves on MLK Day or Memorial Day, it seems brands can’t resists the urge to capitalize on solemn national holidays. Read More

Survey Says

Study: Speed-Reading Technology ‘Spritz’ Might Not Be All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Aaaah, good ol' fashioned reading. (Wikimedia Commons)

Remember Spritz, that seemingly revolutionary new speed-reading technology? A new study suggests you’re probably still better off reading like a normal human.

In the spring of 2014, the Internet was abuzz with news of Spritz, the speed-reading service that uses rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP). When you read with RSVP, your eyes are quickly shown words one-by-one, thereby removing the time they’d normally spend scanning side-to-side lines of text. Read More

Q&A

Why Did These Dating App Founders Turn Down the Largest Offer in ‘Shark Tank’ History?

The Kang sisters pitch their dating app to the Sharks. (ABC)

A few years ago, sisters Dawoon, Arum and Soo Kang launched Coffee Meets Bagel: a dating site that serves users a potential match—or “bagel”—every day at noon. Users have 24 hours to decide whether they’ll “like” or “pass” on a match, and can only start messaging once they’ve both approved each other.

The Kang sisters pitched their dating app on Friday night’s episode of Shark Tank, where, after turning down the largest offer in the show’s history, they walked away empty-handed.

After the Shark Tank episode aired, Betabeat chatted with Dawoon to learn more about her and her sister’s experience. Read More

Survey Says

Facebook’s Growth Grinds to a Halt as Elderly Show Up in Droves

All these people are grandparents. (Pixabay)

It’s no secret that Facebook has long been having trouble recruiting younger users, and that it might have something to do with the ever-growing presence of olds on the social networking site. We just didn’t realize, until now, how many grandparents were on the site—and it’s more than we expected.

Pew Research today released its Social Media Update 2014, wherein they document the habits of the 81 percent of American adults who use the Internet (in other news, 19 percent of American adults don’t use the Internet, which makes us both confused and envious).

Fifty-six percent of adults aged 65 and over use Facebook, the survey found. That means 31 percent of all American seniors are on Facebook—or “The Facebook,” as we like to imagine they call it. Read More