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Coffee Meets Bagel reports massive data breach on Valentine’s Day

Millions of people who use the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel woke up on Valentine’s Day to some unsetting news: their personal information had been compromised.

Coffee Meets Bagel reported a massive data breach affecting “approximately” six million users Thursday. That news of the hack just so happened to coincide with Valentine’s Day is a fittingly cruel twist for the service that purports to be about making “authentic connections.”

“With online dating, people need to feel safe. If they don’t feel safe, they won’t share themselves authentically or make meaningful connections,” the company said in a statement. “We take that responsibility seriously, so we informed our community as soon as possible—regardless of what calendar date it fell on—about what happened and what we are doing about it.” Read more…

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12 people explain their dating app allegiances

In our Love App-tually series, Mashable shines a light into the foggy world of online dating. Just in time for cuffing season.

On dating apps, people’s intentions and objectives vary wildly, which is partially why they’re a breeding ground for disappointment. But sometimes — and yes, this has happened — someone uses a dating app and thinks, “Wow, that was not so bad.”

We asked 12 people to explain why they love (or at least tolerate) their favorite dating app. Spoiler: Despite the corny questions, a surprising number of people love Hinge. The interviews below have been edited and condensed for clarity. Read more…

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Dating apps face questions over age checks after report exposes child abuse

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Did you know that the best time to find a date is during January and February?

The beginning of the year is a hot bed (no pun intended) for online dating and coupling because singles set their new relationship goals for the new year, the weather is perfect for cuddling, and nobody likes to be alone on Valentine’s Day. In fact, the first Sunday in January was actually to most popular day of the year for online dating sites.

Simply put: There are a lot of singles out there looking for love right now.

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Welp, someone basically made that ‘Black Mirror’ dating app

The clock is ticking, and your heart is at stake.

The polarizing Black Mirror Season 4 episode “Hang the DJ” depicted a futuristic dating app in which an AI called “Coach” only gives daters a set amount of time — 12 hours, or even 12 years — to date a potential partner before they must move on to their next match. 

Now, of course, somebody has actually built an app inspired by the somewhat dystopian system. First spotted by Forbes, it’s called Juliet and is available for free in the App Store.

On Jan. 2, a 24-year-old programmer named Julian Alexander hosted a Reddit AMA in which he debuted Juliet. The concept is that users of the app will only be paired with one prospective partner at a time, for a set amount of time. There are no profiles, and no swiping — just basic info like sexual orientation and location. Read more…

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