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Jim Lanzone in Sun Valley, Idaho on July 11. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Former CBS Interactive president Jim Lanzone has been named CEO of Tinder, the dating app's parent company Match Group announced Monday.

The big picture: Lanzone's appointment comes in the midst of the dating app industry's foray into original content. He oversaw all digital products at CBS Interactive, including its streaming network CBS All Access. Tinder began to experiment with scripted content last year. 

Between the lines: In its May Q1 report, Match Group reported an increase in user activity across all its dating apps since March, when the coronavirus began spreading rapidly across the U.S.

  • First-time subscribers declined from February to March before stabilizing in April, the company found.
  • Web-based first dates quickly became a new normal during the pandemic, with platforms seeing a dramatic increase in users turning to calls and video chats, Axios' Ursula Perano reports.

What's next: Lanzone will begin in the new role on Aug. 4, after Elie Seidman steps down, according to Match Group.

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Oct 21, 2020 - Economy & Business

Report: Quibi shutting amid pandemic struggles

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Quibi, the mobile-only video subscription streaming service, is shutting down, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company raised a whopping $1.75 billion to get the app off the ground from Alibaba, as well as Hollywood behemoths like Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal and AT&T's WarnerMedia.

Why it matters: The company has struggled to hit its subscriber growth targets amid the global pandemic. Sources tell Axios Quibi was running out of cash.

Biden will reverse Trump's attempt to lift COVID-related travel restrictions

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The incoming Biden administration will reverse President Trump's last-minute order to lift COVID-19 related travel restrictions, Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, tweeted.

Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

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