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-imagine live shows for the digital age. But HQ Trivia struggled to recover from the loss of its cofounder and CEO Colin Kroll, who died unexpectedly in December 2018. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for… Read More

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Bill Gates warns that coronavirus impact could be ‘very, very dramatic,’ outlines long-term solutions

Bill Gates at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting, delivering a wide-ranging speech about the impact of science and technology on key global issues. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Bill Gates spoke with broad optimism about the potential for technology to address some of the globe’s biggest challenges, but struck an ominous tone Friday in discussing the threat posed by the coronavirus as the outbreak outpaces the best efforts of doctors and health workers. The impact could be “very, very dramatic,” the billionaire philanthropist said, addressing a standing-room-only audience during his keynote address at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Seattle.… Read More

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Amazon stops working with several small delivery contractors, forcing companies to lay off hundreds

(GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Amazon is ending relationships with a number of small delivery contractors across the U.S., forcing companies to lay off hundreds of workers. Bloomberg first reported Friday morning that Bear Down Logistics, an Amazon delivery partner, was shutting down operations in five states and cutting 400 jobs. Then on Friday afternoon, a WARN notice filed with the state of Washington showed that Seattle-based Delivery Force, a “last mile supplier for Amazon,” was laying off 272 workers. In an emailed statement sent to GeekWire, Amazon said these companies did not meet safety or performance requirements. Amazon works with a number of independent delivery companies that help get… Read More

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The best smart notebooks

A smart notebook can make your note-taking more interactive and intuitive. The Moleskine Smart Writing Set is our favorite because it’s a high-quality notebook with a great pen and an easy-to-use app that syncs all your notes. While the rise of the tablet and 2-in-1 laptops has given way to a host of super high-quality styluses, many people still prefer the feel of a traditional pen and paper note-taking system. But what if there was a way to get the convenience of digital notes with the feel of a traditional notepad? Enter the smart notebook. There are a few great smart notebooks out there, and they allow you to write… Read More

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Washington state data privacy bill passes in Senate

(BigStock Photo) A bill that would give Washington consumers new data privacy rights and establish regulations on companies developing facial recognition technology passed in the state Senate on Friday. The bill would require companies that process large amounts of personal data to allow consumers in Washington state to access, correct, delete, and transfer that information. It would also compel companies that develop facial recognition software, like Microsoft and Amazon, to make their APIs available for third-party testing to determine whether there are issues of accuracy or bias. The legislation now has to clear the House in Washington state in order to become law. If that happens, Washington will follow California… Read More

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