An undo button is finally coming to Tinder, but you’ll have to pay for it

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Paid features for dating app Tinder that will let you undo accidental rejections and search for people in different areas are one step closer to arriving in the US. Today, Tinder accidentally released an update to its iOS app noting that both features — which were announced back in November — were present in its latest build, however those mentions were quickly retracted. Speaking to TechCrunch, Tinder now says that it’s on track to bring both items to its app in the US by mid- to late-March, though it hasn’t put a dollar figure on just how much it will actually cost users.

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Foursquare’s original chief technical officer is the latest to leave the company

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Foursquare’s original chief technical officer has left the company after more than five years, The Verge has learned. Harry Heymann, who was the company’s first hire, is stepping down at the end of the week. Heymann is the latest in a string of high-ranking Foursquare executives to depart the company as it pivots from a location-based social network into a Yelp-like local search engine. “Harry Heymann, former SVP of engineering, will be stepping down at the end of the week after more than 5 years leading engineering for the company,” a spokeswoman told The Verge in an email. “He will remain an advisor to Foursquare.”

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Pitch Your Startup In The TechCrunch Radio Pitch-Off On Sirius XM

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techcrunch-radio1 TechCrunch Radio can’t stop, won’t stop. So you should just accept your fate and apply to be in the pitch-off. Or at the very least, tune in on Tuesday evenings to hang out with us. For those of you who don’t yet know, TechCrunch Radio is an hour-long weekly radio show hosted by myself and East Coast Editor John Biggs that airs on Sirius XM 102 Indie and 103 Insight. We… Read More

Uber Opening Robotics Research Facility In Pittsburgh To Build Self-Driving Cars

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uber-smile1 Driver-on-demand service Uber is building a robotics research lab in Pittsburgh, PA to “kickstart autonomous taxi fleet development,” sources close to the decision have confirmed to TechCrunch. They say the company has hired talent from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, including lead engineering and commercialization experts. No one at Carnegie Mellon or… Read More

Less Than 2% Of Android Devices Are Running Lollipop, Three Months After Launch

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header1 I really, really like Android 5.0 (or “Lollipop”, as it’s known by those of us who probably care too much about these things.) It cemented my preference for Android, and has earned the Nexus 5 another few months as my go-to phone.
Alas, most Android devices still aren’t running 5.0. In the grand scheme, really, hardly any are. Read More

Childhood trauma affects the health and wealth of middle-aged adults

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Traumatic experiences from early childhood go on to negatively affect adults well into middle age, reports a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Much of the connection between childhood stress and adult health is indirect, linked to unhealthy behaviors like smoking and drinking and weighs on body mass index and even socioeconomic status. However, there may still be a direct biological relationship between childhood trauma and adult health, which the scientists are still pursuing.

“These results come from a wider program of research where we’re examining what we call the social and psychosocial environment,” Michelle Kelly-Irving, a scientist at the French Institute of Health and Medical…

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We ran a Super Bowl ad… in Helena, Montana

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So here’s what happened.

I was at the airport waiting for my flight home from CES — exhausted, sick, and not a little partied out from a week in Vegas. Delirious, in other words. And as I waited to board, I watched and re-watched the latest video from our outstanding video team, in which 257 gadgets fly by in just three minutes, with Dieter narrating from “The work “The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction,”

This is awesome, I thought. This is like a commercial for everything nerdy and wonderful and ambitious about The Verge.

So naturally I decided to email Jim Bankoff, the CEO of our company, and ask him to run the video as a Super Bowl ad.

In retrospect, I probably should have waited until the majority of my…

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Tired of Tindering? Couplelizer Says Date More, Swipe Less

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couplelizer Couplelize is a debutante dating service that’s taking a slightly different approach vs the existing playing field in a bid to stand out. Specifically it’s aiming to accelerate the ‘going on a date’ component of dating, rather than building a business out of encouraging singles to spend their time vicariously checking people out and checking out who visited/liked… Read More

Apple To Build A $2 Billion Data Command Center In Arizona

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applehq Apple will build a $2 billion global command center located in Mesa, Arizona, the company revealed on Monday (via CNBC). It will employ 150 full-time personnel, and will also result in between 300 and 500 construction and trade jobs, and will play host to the company’s data operations across the globe.
Apple’s arrangement involves repurposing a facility that previously housed GT… Read More

Why every photo storage startup dies or gets acquired

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In November 2013, when the photo storage service Everpix went down, the CEO of rival Picturelife offered assurances to his company’s customers. “We have lots of cash and ramping revenue,” Picturelife CEO Nate Westheimer said in a tweet. “All signs say we will last 😀 Would love you have your business!” But just a few months later, Westheimer acknowledged the difficult economics of storage-based businesses. Like Everpix, Picturelife’s millions of photos were stored on Amazon Web Services servers — and its costs were growing quickly. “Picturelife, a relatively nascent company, will pay Amazon over $1 million just this year,” Westheimer wrote. “The way I see it, it’s a million dollars standing in the way of thriving and sending them even…

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Google donates $775,000 in grants to Code2040 to improve diversity in tech

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Google has given $775,000 in grants to Code2040, a nonprofit group that looks to improve diversity in tech, according to The Wall Street Journal. Over the next two years, the grants will help Code2040 launch free training programs for 5,000 black and Latino college engineering students, and allow the organization to expand into three new cities.

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