Mutiny at HQ Trivia fails to oust CEO

Mutiny at HQ Trivia fails to oust CEO

This week’s banishment of host Scott Rogowsky was merely a symptom of the ongoing struggle to decide who will lead HQ Trivia. According to multiple sources, over half of the startup’s staff signed an internal petition to depose CEO Rus Yusupov who they saw as mismanaging the company. But Yusupov then fired some core supporters Read more about Mutiny at HQ Trivia fails to oust CEO[…]

Apple TV+ makes Facebook Watch look like a joke

Apple TV+ makes Facebook Watch look like a joke

Apple flexed its wallet today in a way Facebook has scared to do. Tech giants make money by the billions, not the millions, which should give them an easy way to break into premium video distribution: buy some must-see content. That’s the strategy I’ve been advocating for Facebook but that Apple actually took to heart. Read more about Apple TV+ makes Facebook Watch look like a joke[…]

Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 1

Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 1

Y Combinator’s incubator classes have gotten huge. With over 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC’s largest yet. Meanwhile, the incubator prepares to shift its headquarters from Mountain View to San Francisco. It’s so large, in fact, it’s had to change the way it does Demo Day. Rather than all pitches happening Read more about Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 1[…]

Facebook removes its Onavo surveillance VPN app from Google Play

Facebook removes its Onavo surveillance VPN app from Google Play

Facebook will end its unpaid market research programs and proactively take its Onavo VPN app off the Google Play store in the wake of backlash following TechCrunch’s investigation about Onavo code being used in a Facebook Research app the sucked up data about teens. The Onavo Protect app will eventually shut down, and will immediately Read more about Facebook removes its Onavo surveillance VPN app from Google Play[…]

The plot to revive Mt. Gox and repay victims’ Bitcoin

The plot to revive Mt. Gox and repay victims’ Bitcoin

It was the Lehman Brothers of blockchain. 850,000 Bitcoin disappeared when cryptocurrency exchange Mt. Gox imploded in 2014 after a series of hacks. The incident cemented the industry’s reputation as frighteningly insecure. Now a controversial crypto celebrity named Brock Pierce is trying to get the Mt. Gox flameout’s 24,000 victims their money back and build a Read more about The plot to revive Mt. Gox and repay victims’ Bitcoin[…]

Theranos documentary review: The Inventor’s horrifying optimism

Theranos documentary review: The Inventor’s horrifying optimism

A blood-splattered Theranos machine nearly pricks an employee struggling to fix it. This gruesome graphical rendering is what you’ll walk away from HBO’s “The Inventor” with. It finally gives a visual to the startup’s laboratory fraud detailed in words by John Carreyrou’s book “Bad Blood”. The documentary that premiered tonight at Sundance Film Festival explores Read more about Theranos documentary review: The Inventor’s horrifying optimism[…]

How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty $38 billion

How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty $38 billion

A Juul is not a cigarette. It’s much easier than that. Through devilishly slick product design I’ll discuss here, the startup has massively lowered the barrier to getting hooked on nicotine. Juul has dismantled every deterrent to taking a puff. The result is both a new $38 billion valuation thanks to a $12.8 billion investment Read more about How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty $38 billion[…]

Facebook ends platform policy banning apps that copy its features

Facebook ends platform policy banning apps that copy its features

Facebook will now freely allow developers to build competitors to its features upon its own platform. Today Facebook announced it will drop Platform Policy section 4.1, which stipulates “Add something unique to the community. Don’t replicate core functionality that Facebook already provides.” That policy felt pretty disingenuous given how aggressively Facebook has replicated everyone else’s Read more about Facebook ends platform policy banning apps that copy its features[…]

Facebook adds free TV shows Buffy, Angel, Firefly to redefine Watch

Facebook adds free TV shows Buffy, Angel, Firefly to redefine Watch

Facebook hasn’t had a hit show yet for its long-form video hub Watch, so it’s got a new plan: digging up some deceased cult favorites from television. First up, Facebook is making all episodes of Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly free on Facebook Watch. There’ll be simultaneous viewing Watch Parties where Read more about Facebook adds free TV shows Buffy, Angel, Firefly to redefine Watch[…]