Marketplace Tech for Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Online dating websites use all kinds of technology and calculations to help you find a mate. It could be as simple as giving a thumbs up or thumbs down to a photo, or as complicated as a long list of questions asked, points scored, and intense mathematical algorithms that play digital matchmaker. Mathematician Chris McKinlay was working on his doctorate and his love life at the same time, and found that he was unsatisfied with the calculations made. So he hacked an answer and in the process wrote "Optimal Cupid: Mastering the Hidden Logic of OkCupid." 

Tech worker-SF resident class war comes to Google engineer's front doorstep

San Francisco protesters are targeting a Google engineer in the latest clash between city residents and tech workers.
Posted In: San Francisco, Google

Hacking OKCupid to find true love

A mathematician has written a new book that tells you the secret of OKCupid's algorithms.
Posted In: online dating

Icahn wants eBay to set PayPal free

Carl Icahn wants eBay to spin off PayPal, separating the online auction site from the digital payment service. eBay’s CEO wants to hang onto PayPal.
Posted In: ebay, paypal, Carl Icahn

African-American hosts on Airbnb may make less on listings

Researchers say that African-Americans who rent out comparable apartments in similar neighborhoods charge less for their listings than white hosts do.
Posted In: airbnb, sharing economy

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