Bless his heart
When Joshua Bocanegra created a landing page for a new app called LoveRoom, he wasn’t expecting to receive 900 potential members’ email addresses, or any online press attention, but he did. We covered it (noting that it wouldn’t be live for a few months), as did a few others. But yesterday, Forbes insisted that LoveRoom was fake, and bad at being fake to boot.
Forbes charged that the Airbnb-esque platform was nothing more than an idea before it was “willed into existence by journalists.” But its founder told us today he’s been planning a dating site for months.
Mr. Bocanegra responded to the hoopla with a post on–what else?–Medium. This afternoon, he emailed us a link to the treatise, entitled “LoveRoom Is Real.” It links to another piece by him entitled, Read More
XXX in Tech
Airbnb users who are sick of hosting uggos will be pleased to learn there’s a new startup in town whose goal is to let temporary tenants and landlords match up with hotties they’d like to bang.
Specifically, LoveRoom is “a platform where single people from all around the world can rent their living space to others they find attractive,” founder Joshua Bocanegra told us. “If you like using Airbnb and you like using Tinder, you’ll really like LoveRoom.”
What could possibly go wrong?
Tinder on. Hey ladies, is dating a Winklevoss on your tech bachelor power list? Well, fire up the Tinder because one half of the Winklevii has been spotted sleuthing the app for some hotties. A screenshot of Cameron‘s profile has been floating around Twitter, meaning he’s single and ready to mingle.
Since we can’t see past the initial picture, we’re guessing some interests pulled from his Facebook profile include rowing, bitter indignation and suits from Brooks Brothers.
150 million people are using Instagram each month, with about half of those photos being a cocktail pressed against a sunset. Now the app is seeking advertisers to capitalize off it. [Wall Street Journal]
Spotify lost $177 million last year so of course the streaming service thinks it’s worth a $5.27 billion valuation. [Billboard]
Could millennial’s relationship with Tinder be on the rocks? Usage of the app from people aged 18 to 24 decreased 20 percent since the beginning of the year. [Bloomberg Businessweek]
Everyone can shut up about Amazon releasing a free smartphone because it’s not happening. *side eye* [The Verge]
Michael Wolff <3′s Kara Swisher. [USA Today]
Google’s streaming media stick Chromecast hasn’t been out for a day and it’s already being lauded as a “miracle device.” [Wired]
If Uber secures a new round of funding, it could be valued at $3.5 billion…with a b. [AllThingsD]
Twitter users faved tweets 1.6 billion times last May, which is four times more than last year. It’s quickly becoming a trend for those who want to show approval without engaging. [Wall Street Journal]
It appears Tinder’s security flaw that exposed users’ physical locations didn’t last for just hours, it lasted for weeks. [Quartz]
Apple is slowly bringing its developer site back online in three phases after recovering from last week’s privacy breach. [CNET]
Tinder users’ locations and Facebook information were briefly available through a simple hack this weekend. The data was only exposed for a few hours, and the company says it wasn’t enough to put users in “jeopardy.” [Quartz]
Google is revealing a second generation of its Nexus 7 tablet. It’s expected to be priced at $229 — $100 less than the iPad. [WSJ]
Apple’s Q2 earnings beat analysts’ modest expectations on revenue of $35.5 billion so the company isn’t dead yet! [AllThingsD]
Time Warner, who previously tried to sue Aereo, is encouraging subscribers to try it out if its dispute with CBS happens. [Verge]
Yahoo is taking Flickr offline tomorrow for six hours for maintenance. [CNET]
tinder? but i just met her
It was only a matter of time before Tinder introduced some sort of advertisement. USA Network announced that it’s the first one to hook up with the IAC-backed dating app to promote the upcoming season of the most bromantic show ever, Suits.
Love in the Time of Algorithms
When you come across a brilliant, statuesque beauty queen on Tinder, the hot-or-not style dating app, chances are you’ll swipe to the next candidate thinking she’s a fake profile operated by a creepy Redditor. But New York Mag reports that even award-winning pageant ladies occasionally indulge in the experience of casually rating people based on their looks.
Multiple sources have told Betabeat that IAC shuttered Hatch Labs–its incubator for building mobile tools, apps, and platforms–on December 31st. Hatch Labs closed both its fifth floor offices in the IAC building on 18th street and in Los Angeles.
“After exploring several strategic options for Hatch Labs, IAC stopped investing in the company, and their operations were subsequently discontinued,” IAC said in response to questions. “IAC is still funding and exploring options for a few of the assets that came out of Hatch Labs.”
Hatch Labs’ New York space is already occupied by other IAC entities. (The only exception is Blu Trumpet, which was spun out as an independent company in 2011, but remains in the Frank Gehry building.) When we stopped by the office last May, it had all the accoutrements of your standard startup accelerator, including a ping pong table and drawers full of free snacks.