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NEW YORK CITY: Grindr Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit After Imposter Sends Over 1000 Men To Man’s Home

The Associated Press reports: A gay dating app wants a judge to dismiss the claims of a New York man who says he’s been accosted at home and work by over 1,000 sex-hungry men after an ex-boyfriend posted fake profiles soliciting men interested in exploring violent fantasies. Grindr asked a Manhattan federal court judge Wednesday to toss out Matthew Herrick’s ...

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Chinese Company Acquires Grindr For $240M

The South China Morning Post reports: The world’s largest gay social media app is now owned by the Chinese, after a little-known Beijing tech company agreed to acquire full control of America’s Grindr for US$240 million, and fully engage in its daily operations. Beijing Kunlun Tech, a game developer owned by 38-year-old billionaire Zhou Yahui, said on Wednesday it planned ...

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FLORIDA: Trio Robs And Kidnaps Man After Luring Him On Grindr, Steals His Dog, One Suspect Arrested

The Palm Beach Post reports: A man was robbed and kidnapped Saturday after he visited the Boynton Beach residence of another man he met on a social networking site, according to an arrest report. The victim, who is not being identified by Boynton Beach police, was taken at knife point back to his home, which was then ransacked by three ...

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Grindr Debuts Official In-House Poet

No, seriously. His name is Max Wallis and he announced his debut in a Guardian column: Poetry and sex have a long and venerable history, one often being used in the service of setting up the other. Catullus kicked things off, and Lord Byron, Sharon Olds and Carol Ann Duffy, among others, have run with the ball since. The work of ...

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CHINA: Gay Dating App Draws 27 Million Users, Major Investment From Beijing State-Run Newspaper

The Financial Times reports: China’s vibrant gay dating scene is attracting millions of dollars in investment, including from at least one state-controlled media group, even as embarrassed official censors curb the portrayal of openly homosexual characters on television and in other media. With Chinese men signing up en masse for gay dating apps, the biggest such service — Blued (pronounced ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Grindr Sued After Impersonator Sends Over 700 Men To Victim’s Home And Workplace

A New York City man has filed a civil lawsuit against Grindr, claiming that over 700 men have appeared at his home and workplace after receiving invitations to have sex from someone impersonating him on the service. Wired reports: Last October, Matthew Herrick was smoking a cigarette in front of his West Harlem brownstone when the first visitor appeared. As ...

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Christian Mingle Ordered To Allow Gay Matches

From the Wall Street Journal: The owner of online dating site ChristianMingle.com has agreed to let gay and lesbian users search for same-sex matches under a judge-approved settlement of discrimination claims. Two gay men filed class-actions claims against Spark Networks Inc. in California courts in 2013 alleging that ChristianMingle.com and several other sites in the company’s portfolio of niche dating ...

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ORLANDO: FBI Shown Evidence That Killer Used Gay Dating App To Scout Popular Nightclub Locations

ABC News reports: Kevin West said the shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, contacted him three months ago through a dating app called Jack’d. “When he first contacted me, he was saying things like, ‘What clubs are popping and things of that sort, what are good places to go?'” West said. “And I remember telling him, ‘Oh, you can just look it ...

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New Dating Site: Trump Singles

From the New York Post: Lifelong Republican David Goss, 35, was hanging out with his conservative friends in February when he came up with the idea of TrumpSingles.com, a dating website for supporters of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. Goss’ female pal, who’s a die-hard Trump fan, told him that when she revealed her political leanings to a male Hillary ...

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Carjackers Use Grindr To Lure Victims

The Los Angeles Times reports: Two carjacking suspects who reportedly used the gay dating app Grindr to lure their victims have been arrested by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, officials said Tuesday. The carjackings occurred over the last two weeks in the high desert communities of Victorville and Adelanto, according to deputies. “On both occasions, the victims had blindly ...

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Marco Rubio: Please Don’t Swipe Left On Me

JMG reader Jude points us to an unconfirmed Twitter report that the Rubio campaign has posted the above message on Grindr Tinder, which expresses hope that everybody is enjoying their one man/one woman hook-ups and that they reject extremism and fake hair. Winky! (I totally had to look up Tinder’s rules to find out which swiping direction was negative.)

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CHINA: Tech Billionaire Buys 60% Of Grindr

Bloomberg Business reports: One of China’s newly minted technology billionaires signed a deal to buy a controlling stake in Grindr, the world’s biggest gay social-networking app. Beijing Kunlun Tech Co., an Internet games company that helped introduce Angry Birds to China, offered $93 million in cash for 60 percent of New Grindr LLC, the company said in a statement to ...

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BRITAIN: Crimes Related To Hook-Up Apps Soar 700%

According to statistics just issued by British police agencies, the number of reported Grindr and Tinder-related crimes have soared by 700% in the last two years. Last year Grindr was named in 135 police reports. BT.com reports: The number of alleged crimes potentially involving people’s use of dating apps Tinder and Grindr has increased more than seven-fold in the past ...

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New Gay Hook-Up App: Vote Off The Fuglies

According to a press release from the new gay hook-up app Hanky, 80% of applicants are turned away by the votes of existing members, ostensibly in order to prevent the app from being overrun with “creeps, trolls, and time-wasters.” Uh huh. From Hanky: Hanky wants to eliminate the trolls: in order to join Hanky you need an invite code from ...

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ITALY: Catholic Bishop Alleged To Have Known Pedophile Priest Was Meeting Teens On Grindr

The International Business Times reports: Italian police have arrested an alleged paedophile priest amid media accusation he was protected by the local bishop. Detectives allege father Antonello Tropea, 44, used gay dating app Grindr to groom teenage boys who he then paid for clandestine encounters in the southern Calabria region. Tropea was held on 18 December at the end of ...

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Billboard Of The Day

JMG reader Sean points us to this cheeky billboard for the gay hook-up app Hornet. The billboard reportedly went up yesterday across from the Milwaukee Theater, tonight’s GOP debate venue. Hornet claims to have seven million users worldwide. First I’m hearing about them.

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BRITAIN: Alleged Serial Killer Charged In Murders Of Four Young Gay Men He Met On Hook-Up Sites [VIDEO]

A British man was arraigned today on charges that he drugged and murdered four young men that he met on hook-up sites over a period of 15 months. The Guardian reports: At a hearing before Barkingside magistrates court in east London, Stephen Port spoke only to confirm his name and address. He faces four counts of murder in relation to ...

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A French Guide To Grindr [VIDEO]

Via JMG reader Kent: “If you want to hook up next time you are in Paris, here is the basic French you need to understand what is going to happen to you.” Naughty words ahead.

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Gizmodo: Ashley Madison Has Virtually No Real Females

The hackers who brought down Ashely Madison say they acted because the site defrauded would-be adulterous men by faking millions of female profiles. An exhaustive analysis performed by Gizmodo has confirmed this. They write: Three data fields changed everything. The first field, called mail_last_time, contained a timestamp indicating the last time a member checked the messages in their Ashley Madison ...

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REPORT: Ashley Madison Nearly Bought Grindr

The gay community may have dodged a huge bullet as it’s being reported that Ashley Madison execs were seriously considering buying Grindr before their hacking scandal. Forbes reports: Amongst the masses of emails dumped by The Impact Team, a group of hackers who have made a mockery of Ashley Madison’s digital defences this month, are a handful of conversations showing ...

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