Feb 2, 2018

Peter Thiel's VC firm backs HQ Trivia's funding round

HQ host Scott Rogowsky. Photo: Santiago Felipe / Getty Images

HQ, the popular live trivia app, has raised $15 million at a valuation of more than $100 million in a new funding round from Founders Fund, the venture capital firm co-founded by Peter Thiel, according to Recode.

The nitty-gritty: The app, which recently began regularly surpassing more than a million players, had difficulty finding funding after Recode reported last year on the "alleged bad behavior" of its co-founders, Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll. The pair, who also co-founded the video app Vine and moved to Twitter following its acquisition, faced reports of poor management and "creepy behavior" during their stint at the social media giant.

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Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner

Kenan Thompson on "SNL" in 2018. Photo: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC via Getty Images

Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured "Saturday Night Live" cast member, will host the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 25.

And Hasan Minhaj — host of Netflix’s "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," and the entertainer at the 2017 dinner — will return as featured entertainer.

"Billions": Season 2020

Mike Bloomberg speaks at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Va., on Saturday. Photo: James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP

Money alone can’t buy a presidential election, but it surely gets you VIP access.

Why it matters: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is duking it out with Billionaire Donald Trump, often on Billionaire Jack Dorsey’s Twitter and in ads on Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, all chronicled in Billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post. 

Biometrics invade banking and retail

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Banks have been quietly rolling out biometrics to identify customers — verifying them by their fingerprint, voice or eye scan — and retailers like Amazon are getting into the game.

Why it matters: These companies are amassing giant databases of our most personal information — including our gait, how we hold our cellphones, our typing patterns — that raise knotty questions about data security and privacy.