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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Updated 12 mins ago - Politics & Policy

The latest: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser criticized federal police in a tweet Monday night for using munitions earlier in the day "on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of (DC Police Department) officers more difficult." "Shameful!" she added as she urged residents to go home and stay safe.

3 hours ago - World

The world watches America burn

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The world is watching the grief and anger, violence and pain in America's streets.

The big picture: The U.S. accounts for nearly one-third of the world's deaths from COVID-19. The killing of a black man, George Floyd, by police has sparked days of protest and nights of chaos in America's major cities.

Trump walks to historic St. John's Church outside White House as protests rage

President Trump walked to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, located just steps away from the White House across Lafayette Park, on Monday night as protests linked to the murder of George Floyd raged across the capital and cities around the country.

What we're seeing: Military police and park rangers used physical force and tear gas on peaceful protestors to clear the area so that Trump could "pay respects" to the church that was damaged by a fire on Sunday.