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Startup Molly is tapping into the Q&A craze

The quiz app craze continues: Silicon Valley insiders have recently been answering questions about themselves via a new service called Molly.

Why they're doing it: Molly aims to build a database of information about people. For now, it's querying certain well-known people to get info it can't find via social media. Eventually, the service aims to make it easy for friends to find out about each other (or set up dinner plans at a restaurant they both like etc), according TechCrunch. And as Axios has previously noted, people love asking and answering questions.

  • For now, however, only well-known folks who have done public question-and-answer sessions through Product Hunt, an online leaderboard for new products, can submit data while Molly ramps up.
  • The startup behind Molly has raised $1.5 million from BBG, Betaworks, CrunchFund and Halogen Ventures, and is part of the current Y Combinator batch of startups.
Jonathan Swan 45 mins ago
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Bolton bombshell: the clashes to come

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John Bolton speaks at CPAC in 2016. Photo: Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sources close to President Trump say he feels John Bolton, hurriedly named last night to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser, will finally deliver the foreign policy the president wants — particularly on Iran and North Korea.

Why it matters: We can’t overstate how dramatic a change it is for Trump to replace H.R. McMaster with Bolton, who was U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush.

Erica Pandey 1 hour ago
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How China became a powerhouse of espionage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios

As China’s influence spreads to every corner of the globe under President Xi Jinping, so do its spies.

Why it matters: China has the money and the ambition to build a vast foreign intelligence network, including inside the United States. Meanwhile, American intelligence-gathering on China is falling short, Chris Johnson, a former senior China analyst for the CIA who's now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tells Axios: "We have to at least live up to [China's] expectations. And we aren't doing that."