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This Week in Apps: HQ Trivia’s dramatic death, Android 11, Apple mulls a more open iOS

Welcome back to This Week  in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s recently released “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Tech, Ios Apps, Mobile Apps, Android Apps, App Stores, App Annie, Colin Kroll, HQ Trivia, This Week In Apps


Still Waiting On Your Winnings From HQ Trivia? Apparently, You're Not Alone

When HQ Trivia abruptly announced it was penniless and shuttering last week, players of the once-viral live game show app wondered what the news meant for any winnings they’d yet to cash in. For many, that question continues to remain unanswered, according to a recent Digital Trends report.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Games, Science, App Store, Trivia, Digital Trends, HQ Trivia


A week after HQ Trivia shuttered, players still don’t have their prize money

HQ Trivia players told Digital Trends they still have not received prize money they accrued in the game.
Tags: Mobile, News, Trends, Social Media, Digital Trends, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Trivia Game


Zombie HQ Trivia May Not Be Dead Just Yet

Following earlier reports that beleaguered game app HQ Trivia was finally shutting down for good after failing to secure funding, founder Rus Yusupov says the app may have a shot at surviving after all. Maybe.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Games, Science, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov


HQ Trivia Lives? CEO Claims He’s Found Potential Buyer for Live Game-Show App

Hold the phone, HQties — there might be a second act for HQ Trivia. The once-buzzy live game-show app, whose audience had declined after peaking two years ago, shut down last week after the company ran out of money and a deal to sell it fell through. Now Rus Yusupov, CEO of parent company Intermedia […]
Tags: News, Intermedia, HQ Trivia, Now Rus Yusupov CEO


Digital Trends Live: Halting coronavirus misinformation and more

On today's Digital Trends Live, we discuss the top tech stories, including stopping COVID-19 misinformation.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Jeff Bezos, HQ Trivia, Dt Live, Digital Trends Live, COVID-19


Daily Crunch: HQ Trivia is dead

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. HQ Trivia shuts down after acquisition falls through HQ Trivia is dead. On Valentine’s Day, the company laid off its full team of 25. The company had a deal in the works to be acquired, but the buyer pulled out and the investors aren’t willing to fund it any longer, according to a statement from CEO and c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Budget, Media, India, Samsung, Tech, Eu, Oyo, Google Station, Ben Tarnoff, HQ Trivia


Entertainment vs Utility

The news this week that HQ Trivia has finally called it quits reminded me of this post I wrote back in 2012 about the difference in sustainability (and thus value) between entertainment and utility apps. What is interesting to me is if you could use a social app or an entertainment app to get to another place (distribution, platform, blockchain, financial services, etc, etc). That feels like a much more sustainable place to be. But very few social apps and games have been able to do that....
Tags: Entrepreneurship, Trends, USV, VC & Technology, Albert Wenger, HQ Trivia, Dani Grant, Social?Rebecca Kaden Feb


HQ Trivia's ex-host says the company shut down because of a 'lethal cocktail of incompetence, arrogance, short-sightedness & sociopathic delusion'

The beloved ex-host of HQ Trivia tweeted Saturday that the company was shut down due to "incompetence, arrogance, short-sightedness & sociopathic delusion." He also accused the company of leaving its staff "in the lurch after being gaslit and lied to." HQ did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. The company's CEO, Rus Yusupov, announced in a company-wide email on Friday that the live gameshow app would shut down, adding that "lead investors are no longer willing to fund th...
Tags: Facebook, US, Trends, Cnn, Don, Colin Kroll, Julie Bort, Scott Rogowsky, Rogowsky, Yusupov, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Visit Business Insider, DAZN HQ Trivia


HQ Trivia Has One Final, Drunken Hurrah

After hearing yesterday’s news that HQ Trivia was penniless and abruptly shuttering, host Matt Richards paid $5 out of his own pocket so its last show could have some sort of prize for viewers who stuck around until the very end.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Games, Science, App, Mobile Games, Matt Richards, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Quiz Daddy


The drunken HQ Trivia finale before it shut down was insane

“Not gonna lie. This f*cking sucks. This is the last HQ ever!” yelled host Matt Richards . And it just got crazier from there.The farewell game of HQ Trivia before it shut down last night was a beautiful disaster. The hosts cursed, sprayed champagne, threatened to defecate on the homes of trolls in the chat window, and begged for new jobs. Imagine Jeopardy but Trebek is hyped-up and blacked-out. Yesterday HQ Trivia ran out of money, laid off its 25 employees, and shut down. It was in talks to ...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Wtf, Entertainment, Tech, Humor, Shut Down, Exit, Richards, Trebek, Colin Kroll, Matt Richards


Well, Looks Like HQ Trivia's Finally Dead

Let’s be honest, the writing’s been on the wall for a while now.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Games, Science, Trivia, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Scott Rogowski, Quiz Daddy, Press F In Chat


HQ Trivia, the live game show app that became a worldwide sensation a few years ago, is shutting down

Embattled live-gameshow app HQ Trivia is reportedly shutting down its operations after a deal to acquire the company fell through.  "Effective today, HQ will cease operations and move to dissolution. All employees and contractors will be terminated as of today," HQ Trivia's CEO and co-founder Rus Yusupov announced in a company-wide email obtained by Kerry Flynn of CNN Business.  The app's extreme popularity in 2017 attracted over 15 million user installs, and highlighted its potential to re-im...
Tags: Elon Musk, Trends, Cnn, Peter Thiel, Vine, Kerry Flynn, Colin Kroll, Kroll, Yusupov, HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Intermedia Labs, CNN Business, Colin Kroll HQ Trivia, Yusupov Scott Rogowsky


HQ Trivia shuts down, leaving us with more questions than answers

The once-popular live trivia game show was plagued by issues for years
Tags: Mobile, Gaming, News, Trends, Social Media, Vine, Online Gaming, HQ Trivia


HQ Trivia shuts down after acquisition falls through

HQ Trivia is dead. Today the company laid off its full staff of 25 and will cease operation of its trivia, sports, and word guessing games, a source close to the company confirmed. HQ Trivia had a deal in the works to be acquired, but they buyer pulled out yesterday and investors aren’t willing to fund it any longer, CEO and co-founder Rus Yusupov said in a statement attained by CNN Business’ Kerry Flynn. “We received an offer from an established business to acquire HQ and continue building ...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Entertainment, Tech, Cnn, Deadpool, Shut Down, Exit, Co, Trivia, HQ


HQ Trivia Live Game App Shuts Down

After a two and a half years, HQ Trivia — the live game-show app that gave away cash prizes to winners — is shutting down. HQ Trivia’s shutdown was first reported by CNN. The company is laying off its 25 full-time staffers, according to the report. Reps for the company did not immediately respond to […]
Tags: News, Cnn, HQ Trivia


TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019

Facebook spying on teens, Twitter accounts hijacked by terrorists, and sexual abuse imagery found on Bing and Giphy were amongst the ugly truths revealed by TechCrunch’s investigating reporting in 2019. The tech industry needs more watchdogs than ever as its size enlargens the impact of safety failures and the abuse of power. Whether through malice, naivety, or greed, there was plenty of wrongdoing to sniff out. Led by our security expert Zack Whittaker, TechCrunch undertook more long-form in...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Security, Social, Startups, TC, Transportation, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Elon Musk, UK, Hardware, Education


Police arrested 6 people on suspicion of working for a cocaine and heroin delivery service that appears to be linked to the death of HQ Trivia's cofounder

Law enforcement officials have arrested six men on charges of working for a drug delivery service that is linked to the death of Colin Kroll, the cofounder of HQ Trivia and Vine who died of an overdose at 34. The New York delivery service, known as Mike's Candyshop, allegedly took orders by phone and distributed heroin and cocaine. Kroll was found unresponsive in his Manhattan apartment and pronounced dead on December 16, 2018. Officials have not publicly named him as the victim associated wit...
Tags: New York, Yahoo, America, Trends, United States, Manhattan, Vine, The New York Times, Jfk, Mike, Southern District of New York, Colin Kroll, Kroll, HQ Trivia, CandyShop, Peter C Fitzhugh


HQ Trivia's Last-Ditch Attempt to Win You Back Is More Cash Prizes—With Strings Attached

Those who still play HQ Trivia and plan to tune in for Season 4 may have more chances to win some of that sweet free cash. But there’s a catch. (Isn’t there always?)Read more...
Tags: Apps, Games, Science, Trivia, HQ Trivia


HQ Trivia is making a major change to the game by offering players a way to win prize money that doesn't require getting every question right

HQ Trivia, the live game show app, is introducing cash bonuses to let players take home more prize money during its new season. Matt Richards will assume full-time hosting duties for the departed Scott Rogowsky. Sharon Carpenter, Anna Roisman, and Lauren Gambino will provide supporting hosting duties. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. HQ Trivia, the live game show app that offers players real cash prizes, is introducing a new way to give players a better chance of taking hom...
Tags: Trends, Sharon Carpenter, Richards, HQ, Lauren Gambino, Matt Richards, Scott Rogowsky, HQ Trivia, Anna Roisman, Scott Rogowsky Sharon Carpenter Anna Roisman


Where top VCs are investing in media, entertainment & gaming

Most of the strategy discussions and news coverage in the media & entertainment industry is concerned with the unfolding corporate mega-mergers and the political implications of social media platforms. These are important conversations, but they’re largely a story of twentieth-century media (and broader society) finally responding to the dominance Web 2.0 companies have achieved. To entrepreneurs and VCs, the more pressing focus is on what the next generation of companies to transform entertainm...
Tags: Apple, Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gaming, Facebook, Spotify, Video, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Funding, Sports, Tech, Netflix


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Facebook said that it has "unintentionally uploaded" the email contacts of 1.5 million new Facebook users since May 2016. The Silicon Valley company said the contact data was "unintentionally uploaded to Facebook," and it is now deleting them. Four reviewers of Samsung's Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone have said that the phone's display broke after just two days of use. The company said the Galaxy Fold's display is durable eno...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, UK, India, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Silicon Valley, Alexa, Madras, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, Amazon com Inc, Mountain View California, Amazon Alexa


Mistrust, secret memos, and boardroom drama — inside the chaos at HQ Trivia after its young cofounder’s sudden death

After the tragic death of HQ Trivia's founder CEO Colin Kroll in December, the company was put back into the hands of cofounder Rus Yusupov. Yusupov had been benched as CEO only a few months before Kroll died. Employees were not happy, with half the company involved in a near mutiny thwarted only when Yusupov was convinced to resign from the role, again. This is the inside story of the meltdown at HQ Trivia, including how one woman's HR complaint became a tug of war for control. Visit Business...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, New York, Hollywood, Trends, Vine, Silicon Valley, Lightspeed, Jeremy Liew, Business Insider, Founders Fund, Zuckerberg, Colin, Digiday, HQ


Here are the latest executive power moves — and why you should be tracking them to understand tech

Keeping an eye on major hires and promotions is one of the best ways to understand a company's strategy.  The Org tracks executive changes at companies big and small.  Here's a snapshot of the most important executive moves of the week across tech and transportation. Every week we bring you an overview of the most important executive changes from the past week . This past week, Facebook announced that Peggy Alford from PayPal would be joining the company’s board as the first African-America...
Tags: Google, Facebook, White House, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Netflix, Venture Capital, Reed Hastings, Erskine Bowles, Kurt Wagner, Alford, Jeff Jones, Scott Rogowsky, Rogowsky, Danielle Brown


Here are the executive power moves that help explain everything that's going on in tech

Keeping an eye on major hires and promotions is one of the best ways to understand a company's strategy.  The Org tracks executive changes at companies big and small.  Here's a snapshot of the most important executive moves of the week across tech and transportation. Every week we bring you an overview of the most important executive changes from the past week . This past week, Facebook announced that Peggy Alford from PayPal would be joining the company’s board as the first African-America...
Tags: Google, Facebook, White House, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Netflix, Venture Capital, Reed Hastings, Erskine Bowles, Kurt Wagner, Alford, Jeff Jones, Scott Rogowsky, Rogowsky, Danielle Brown


Daily Crunch: Turmoil at HQ Trivia

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. 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, more than half of the startup’s staff signed an internal petition to depose CEO Rus Yusupov, whom they saw as m...
Tags: TC, Asia, Spacex, Elon Musk, Evernote, Israel, Tech, Tesla, Netflix, EC, Phil Libin, Match Group, Musk, Niantic, Scott Rogowsky, Yusupov


Here are the latest executive power moves — and why you should be tracking them to understand tech and transportation

Keeping an eye on major hires and promotions is one of the best ways to understand a company's strategy.  The Org tracks executive changes at companies big and small.  Here's a snapshot of the most important executive moves of the week across tech and transportation. Every week we bring you an overview of the most important executive changes from the past week . This past week, Facebook announced that Peggy Alford from PayPal would be joining the company’s board as the first African-America...
Tags: Google, Facebook, White House, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Netflix, Venture Capital, Reed Hastings, Erskine Bowles, Kurt Wagner, Alford, Jeff Jones, Scott Rogowsky, Rogowsky, Danielle Brown


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 three core supporters of the mutiny, leading to a downward spiral of morale that mirrors HQ’s plummeting App Store rank. TechCrunch spoke to multiple sources familiar with HQ Trivia’s inter...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Video, China, Funding, Tech, Vine, Jeremy, Lightspeed Venture Partners, TechCrunch, Lightspeed


Scott Rogowsky Exits as HQ Trivia Host After Landing Gig at John Skipper-Led DAZN

Sorry, HQties: Scott Rogowsky has left the HQ Trivia app and isn’t coming back. For over a year and a half, Rogowsky was the regular host of HQ Trivia’s live mobile trivia games that doles out real cash prizes to winners — before the New York-based comedian parted ways with the startup last month. Rogowsky […]
Tags: New York, News, Scott Rogowsky, Rogowsky, DAZN, HQ Trivia


So Long, Quiz Daddy—HQ Trivia Replaces Scott Rogowsky

If you’re one of the folks who for some reason still plays HQ Trivia, you may have been wondering where “quiz daddy” Scott Rogowsky’s been these past few weeks. Well, the short answer is simply this: He’s been replaced.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Games, Science, Scott Rogowsky, HQ Trivia