Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, is suing dating app Bumble for patent infringement
- Match Group, the online dating company that owns services like Tinder and Match.com, wants to buy Bumble, another popular dating app that lets women make the first move.
- But Match may be trying to push the deal along in an unconventional way: A new patent infringement lawsuit filed late Friday in U.S. District court in Waco, Texas.
- Match Group is suing Bumble for infringing on two of its patents, including a design patent for Tinder’s now-famous swipe-to-connect feature, according to the suit.
- Match also claims that early Bumble executives Chris Gulczynski and Sarah Mick, who both previously worked at Tinder, stole “confidential information related to proposed Tinder features,” including the idea for a feature that lets users go back if they accidentally skip someone, according to the suit.
- The easiest way to make it a patent infringement suit go away would be to join the company that owns the patent.
It looks like China accidentally revealed plans for a massive aircraft carrier and submarines to rival the US
- The images, screengrabbed and reported on by Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer at Popular Science, showed Chinese plans for a massive, nuclear-capable aircraft carrier with stealth jets, nuclear submarines, and underwater drones, as well as a possible "underwater great wall of China" attack and defense system to surveil and attack enemy ships.
- With a nuclear-powered, flat deck aircraft carrier, China would join the US and France as the only countries with full-on naval power projection capabilities.
- But the leaked images likely indicate China wants to rival the US, as they included plans for electromagnetic catapults to launch heavy jets like the US's newest aircraft carrier types will feature.
- Paired with the nuclear attack submarines also leaked by CSIC, the Chinese navy could see a considerable boost in power-projection capability.
Stock trade app Robinhood raising at $5B+, up 4X in a year
- By adding a cryptocurrency exchange, a web version and stock option trading, Robinhood has managed to quadruple its valuation in a year, according to a source familiar with a new round the startup is raising.
- Robinhood is closing in on around $350 million in Series D funding led by Russian firm DST Global, the source says.
- That’s just 11 months after Robinhood confirmed TechCrunch’s scoop that the zero-fee stock trading app had raised a $110 million Series C at a $1.3 billion valuation.
- The new raise would bring Robinhood to $526 million in funding.
- The mobile app finally launched a website version for tracking and trading stocks without a commission in November.
- They often charge $7 or more per stock trade compared to zero with Robinhood, but also give away features that are reserved for Robinhood’s premium Gold subscription tier.
React. The key points.
- In this post, I'm talking about what I think are the key points of React.
- But despite its great features, the cost of React is relatively small.
- You don't need to pause feature development to migrate your whole app to React.
- Despite the fact that many React apps are built in conjunction with Redux, nobody forces developers to do so.
- The way a developer describes a components view in React is declarative.
- I hope these will help you to tackle the steep learning curve of React and build great applications using it.
- Frankly, I was going to write about 3-4 more key points but it looks like this post is getting big.
Comparison of machine learning techniques in email spam detection
- This report compares the performance of three machine learning techniques for spam detection including Random Forest (RF), k-Nearest Neighbours (kNN) and Support Vector Machines (SVM).
- The idea of automatically classifying spam and non-spam emails by applying machine learning methods has been popular in academia and has been a topic of interest for many researchers.
- This comparison is a real-time process, and therefore the main drawback of this approach is that the kNN algorithm must compute the distance and sort all the training data for each prediction, which can be slow if given a large training dataset (James, Witten, Hastie, & Tibshirani, 2013, pp.
- We determine from the results that k-Nearest Neighbours (kNN) and Support Vector Machine (SVM) perform similar weak regarding accuracy and Random Forest (RF) outperforms both.
- Therefore due to its design Random Forest performs relatively well "out-of-the-box" compared to k-Nearest Neighbours and Support Vector Machine.
Fitbit takes a second swing at smartwatches with the $199 Versa
- At a press event in New York City, Fitbit executives were covertly wearing the new smartwatches ahead of their keynote, and it was difficult to tell the devices apart from the Apple Watches attendees had been wearing until you start looking for a digital crown.
- The features aren’t particularly exciting, especially if you’ve been following Fitbit’s products for awhile, but they’re what you’d expect from a smartwatch trying to take a bite of the wearables market that continues to aggressively grow year over year.
- The question is whether the lower-priced Versa will help Fitbit regain some of its steam in the smartwatch market, having just ceded the title of number one US wearable maker to Apple and coming off a disappointing holiday earnings report.
The 20 best smartphones in the world
- With the G5 Plus, you get a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, a fingerprint scanner, great battery life, a 12-megapixel camera that beats those of other phones in its price range, a nearly pristine version of Android, and a sleek design.
- The SE, 6S, and 6S Plus all feature great cameras and Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which allows you to quickly unlock your phone.
- The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus offer some compelling features, including water-resistant cases, great cameras that perform well in low light, and a powerful processor.
- With its gorgeous design, ultra-thin borders around its screen, a beautiful display, fast performance, a dual-lens camera system, and fancy stylus-based features, the Note 8 takes the best attributes of Samsung's Galaxy S and Note smartphone lines and smashes them together into a phone that's hard to beat.
What Works and Why: Opus Magnum
- Opus Magnum is a puzzle game about designing machines that arrange and combine shiny little atoms to turn lead to gold, and other fanciful alchemy.
- Opus Magnum lets you see your friends scores but doesn’t show you their solutions, and I’m actually glad.
- I blundered through a few levels of SpaceChem with solutions I knew were clumsy, but that game’s more abstract presentation made it feel like programming, and if I’m gonna be programming I’d rather work on my own game and have something to show for it.
- So that’s reason 4: optimising in Opus Magnum is more than just tweaks, it’s reinvention.
- But Opus Magnum’s beautiful presentation, excellent tutorial and inherent shareability have let me dig into it for the first time, and it’s a wonderful thing.
How YouTube search pushes people toward conspiracy theories and extreme content
- YouTube is still struggling to figure out how to keep from recommending divisive content like conspiracy theories.
- The video site, owned by Alphabet's Google, has been the subject of several recent investigations showing how it highlights extreme content, like conspiracy theories or hyper-partisan points of view, over more measured videos.
- For example, YouTube and Google's autocomplete boxes deliver starkly different answers, with the video site recommending controversial or fake points of view on YouTube.
- Google says that its autocomplete feature takes into account factors like "popularity" and "freshness," though a representative didn't respond to questions about how YouTube's autocomplete feature differs.
- The autocomplete and recommendation options are particularly jarring because Google's Chromebook laptops, which include YouTube's app, have become incredibly popular for students, making up more than half of all new laptop shipments for K-12 students in 2016, according to Futuresource Consulting.
Resist the ‘quick fix’
- Most of the time though, resisting the temptation to code the quick fix, and writing a public to-do instead, results in better outcomes.
- A number of times, I’ve shared a to-do and learned that someone else on my team was thinking about a similar problem and addressing both of them at once would be faster and result in a better solution.
- Getting trapped in a cycle of working on quick fixes in a silo can leave me feeling disorganized and others wondering how I’m spending my time.
- But most of the time, starting with a public to-do instead of a quick fix turns out better for my code and for the people I work with.
- But being serious again, something that has worked well for me recently is trying to solve multiple known similar issues/feature request with one over-arching bigger solution, instead of quick fix of very small and specific edge case.