Amazon, Tesla, Netflix, Facebook, Google and Twitter stocks dropped this week

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It’s been a bad week to be a tech company.

Major tech stocks are down this week. Amazon, Tesla, Netflix Facebook, Google and Twitter have all taken a dive for various reasons.

Tesla plummeted 15 percent after the National Transportation Safety Board announced it was investigating a fatal crash that happened on March 23 in California. It is not yet known if the vehicle was operating in Tesla’s autonomous mode, which led to a fatal crash in 2016.

Amazon is down 5 percent after a report said that President Trump has a “deep-seated antipathy toward Amazon” and might want the e-commerce giant to pay more in taxes, or find a way to break it up.

Facebook’s stock is at an eight-month low after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, which could lead to regulation of the social network. At least three different congressional committees have asked CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify on how Facebook protects user data.

Twitter’s stock is down about 8 percent this week for several reasons, including the prospect that Twitter might also be summoned to Washington about its data practices. Short seller Citron Research said Tuesday it was concerned with how important Twitter’s data licensing business, Gnip, is to its bottom line.

Netflix and Google are also down, 5 percent and 1 percent, respectively.

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China’s spiraling space station will plunge to Earth in about a week

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After a couple years of anticipation, China’s first human space station — Tiangong-1 — will drop out of its orbit in about a week and plunge into Earth’s atmosphere. The European Space Agency has pinpointed the vehicle’s reentry date to sometime between March 30th and April 2nd, with the event most likely happening on April Fools’ Day. Once the station descends, it will finally put an end to all of the anxiety over the location of this vehicle’s landing.

Tiangong-1’s fall has caused a lot of concern because China no longer has control of the space station. The country’s engineers can’t just fire up the vehicle’s engines again and deposit it over open ocean. Tiangong-1 is pretty heavy, too. It weighed nearly 19,000 pounds (8,500…

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Start the week with 30 temporarily free and 43 on-sale apps

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Welcome to the first round of app sales for the week. March is rapidly coming to an end, and with it the first quarter of 2018. The list today is nothing special, though it has a few goodies. Enjoy and I will see you all on Wednesday.



  1. DodiLocker Apps PRO $ 1.99 -> Free; 4 days
  2. Alive With Me $ 0.99 -> Free; 5 days
  3. nBubble Elite – Notifications in bubble $ 1.49 -> Free; 5 days


  1. LASERBREAK Escape $ 2.49 -> Free; 1 hour
  2. Scale Mania $ 2.99 -> Free; 1 hour
  3. Hyper Shoot – twin stick shooter $ 0.99 -> Free; 3 days
  4. Project Alnilam $ 1.39 -> Free; 3 days
  5. AceSpeeder3 $ 0.99 -> Free; 5 days
  6. Addition Math Trainer $ 2.49 -> Free; 5 days
  7. Goblins: Dungeon Defense $ 0.99 -> Free; 5 days
  8. Math Shot Add and Subtract within 100 $ 2.49 -> Free; 5 days
  9. Stickman Legends: Shadow Wars $ 0.99 -> Free; 5 days
  10. The House $ 0.99 -> Free; 5 days
  11. DeepAbyss+ $ 0.99 -> Free; 6 days
  12. Math Puzzle Saga $ 0.99 -> Free; 6 days
  13. Dividing Fractions Math Game $ 2.49 -> Free; 7 days

Icon packs & customization

  1. Gothic 3D Live Wallpaper $ 0.99 -> Free; 1 hour
  2. Rugos Premium – Icon Pack $ 1.99 -> Free; 1 day
  3. Oreo Style – Icon Pack Theme $ 2.99 -> Free; 3 days
  4. Valentine Premium – Icon Pack $ 0.99 -> Free; 3 days
  5. Mech-X for Zooper Widget Pro $ 0.99 -> Free; 4 days
  6. Chiclets- Icon Pack (Pixel + Oreo) $ 0.99 -> Free; 4 days
  7. Oreny – Icon Pack $ 0.99 -> Free; 4 days
  8. Color Flow 3D Live Wallpaper $ 0.99 -> Free; 5 days
  9. Hamster Power!

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HQ Trivia’s first sponsored games roll out this week from Nike and Warner Bros.

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HQ Trivia, the TV-style game show in an app, is starting to make money. The company this week is rolling out its first sponsored games, including a $ 3 million deal which includes sponsored games from Warner Bros., as well as a sponsored game from Nike, arriving today.

AdAge was the first to report on HQ Trivia’s deal with Warner Bros., which is using the popular live trivia app to promote three movies, beginning with Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.”

According to the report – which HQ Trivia declined to comment on at the time – the overall deal with Warner Bros. is worth $ 3 million, and will include a $ 250,000 jackpot on a sponsored game that promotes “Ready Player One,” airing on Wednesday.

The jackpot would be the largest ever seen on the HQ Trivia app, AdAge noted. (HQ Trivia confirmed this is the case, in an email to TechCrunch.) The biggest jackpot the app had seen until now was the $ 50,000 prize from the game that aired on March 4, 2018, the night of the Academy Awards. The game also saw its peak audience that night, with 2.18 million people logged on at the same time, the company said.

On Sunday evening, Warner Bros. confirmed its sponsorship of a Wednesday HQ Trivia game in a tweet from the “Ready Player One” Twitter account:

Today, HQ Trivia teased another big name sponsor, Nike, in another tweet.

“HQ x Nike Airing 3.26,” is all the tweet said.

Nike confirmed to TechCrunch it will be hosting a surprise game today, on Air Max Day – Nike’s made-up shoe-celebrating holiday.

Nike’s game will offer a $ 100,000 prize pot, along with some sort “prize that money can’t buy” for 100 winners. While neither HQ Trivia nor Nike would provide more information on what that prize may be, folks on Twitter are speculating it’s some sort of special edition shoe to tie-in to Air Max Day.

The Nike game will be a separate, surprise game that airs in addition to its regular games, HQ Trivia tells TechCrunch. Typically, HQ Trivia runs games at 3 PM EDT on weekdays and 9 PM EDT every day.

These sponsored game launches are notable because they represent HQ Trivia’s first serious attempts at generating revenue. But they don’t come as a surprise.

The company has said for some time that it would collaborate with brands as a means of making money. For example, it told Variety in December that the focus with its brand deals would be on enhancing gameplay. And when HQ Trivia recently announced its $ 15 million round of funding, it again reiterated how it would work with brands to sponsor questions or provide bigger jackpots in the future, instead of just running ads.

However, with bigger jackpots, there comes a bigger risk of cheating – something that’s been an increasing concern thanks to the numerous bots that have been built to help people answer questions accurately.

In fact, HQ Trivia recently kicked the remaining players out of a $ 25,000 game, which it followed up by tweeting that moderators kick people out who violate its terms and contest rules. The company never officially confirmed what the players did, but the general consensus is that they were caught cheating.

The HQ Trivia app is a free download on both iOS and Android.

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17 new and notable Android apps from the last week (3/20/18 – 3/26/18)

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Google will often experiment with new ideas, which is what their latest app release Just a Line is all about, experimentation.

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Cute Co-Op Puzzler ‘Death Squared’ Is Launching on Android This Week, Alongside a Limited Time $3.99 Sale

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Death Squared [$ 6.99] is a perfect example of how I believe the Switch/Mobile dichotomy can positively affect the App Store. While at its heart a relatively straightforward puzzle caper, Death Squared exuded charm in every detail, and conjured up an impressive Portal-esque feel with its presentation and polish. However, while the game achieved significant success on the Switch, its premium mobile release has proven to be slightly less profitable. Even though its $ 6.99 price point was still a substantial saving on its console brother, Death Squared failed to make a splash when it launched on the App Store in February. In an attempt to reach an even greater audience with their latest creation, developer SMG Studios has announced that an Android version of Death Squared will launch this weekend, which will coincide with a $ 3.99 sale for the title across its mobile platforms.

I’m a huge fan of SMG’s content across all platforms, with the likes of Thumb Drift [Free] and One More Bounce [Free] nailing the compromise between a successful free-to-play monetisation with enticing and substantial gameplay. Death Squared really felt like a huge step up for the studio, and so seeing it not perform as well as the developers may have hoped is disappointing, if somewhat predictable. I really hope that SMG manage to keep up their impressive run of essential App Store titles in the future, even if they take a guise similar to their slightly older releases. The co-op puzzle action of Death Squared is a lot of fun, whether on iPhone, Switch or soon to be Android, and at a $ 3.99 price point I can definitely recommend giving the game a look, especially for anyone lamenting the steady demise of free-to-play mobile games. Check out Death Squared on Android later this week, and let us know your impressions of any version of the title on our forum thread.


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IoT news of the week for the week of March 23, 2018

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A lights-out construction site? One of the cited goals of better AI and connectivity is factories that can operate without people inside. Such “lights out” operations won’t need heating, cooling or — you guessed it — lights. But a Californian startup is also thinking about how to bring this more autonomous viewpoint to the construction industry using drones for mapping and AI for guiding vehicles around a site. (MIT Technology Review)

I wrote about the internet of things breaking Wi-Fi: As part of my monthly column in IEEE Spectrum, I wrote about the challenges facing Wi-Fi as people ask more of the technology. The article covers challenges with mesh systems and some of the recent efforts to make provisioning of devices easier — but also proprietary. (IEEE Spectrum)

Connected pest control: Comcast’s new LoRa network, called MachineQ, shared some of its customer wins this week and one in particular caught my eye. The customer was Victor, which makes rodent traps. The reason I paid attention is because this is the third example I’ve heard in the last few months of a connected mousetrap. This is actually a real business opportunity because it’s a product where knowing the status of the trap in the small window of time when you have caught a critter really matters. Instead of checking the trap every day or forgetting and waiting for your nose to tell you, when it’s full you get a notice so you can address the problem then and there. Imagine how useful this is in a spread-out warehouse or even a restaurant kitchen. Pests are a big problem and IoT might make them less onerous. (Comcast)

A deep dive on Windows IoT Core and more: Everyone interested in the big IoT dollars is building in hooks to get data from a device to the cloud easily. This week a smaller player,, announced a board that lets you tie directly into its software, while a few months back Amazon brought in the creator of FreeRTOS with plans to let people get devices running the real-time operating system to easily connect to AWS. This article makes the case that Microsoft’s Windows IoT Core is an OS that offers a similar link between the device and the cloud. The article also covers the heavier Windows IoT Enterprise and sheds light on what Microsoft is doing in this area. Since Azure is the industrial IoT’s favorite cloud, I suggest paying attention. (Network World)

For the smart home, think automations, not routines: Over at my site, Kevin Tofel writes about the limits of voice control even as Amazon and Google improve their platforms with new routines. (StaceyonIoT)

Throwing good money after bad? Gartner expects worldwide spending on IoT security to reach $ 1.5 billion in 2018, up from $ 1.2 billion the year before. It said that helping drive this spending is the fact that one in five companies have reported an IoT security breach in the last three years. That number seems low to me, but maybe the rest of those having security troubles merely don’t know they’ve been pwned. (The Economic Times)

So much on Siri: Last week, The Information did an excellent teardown of how Apple’s Siri came to be and how fragmented it has become. This has hurt it in the smart home market, but ZDNet is making the case that Siri’s current flaws may not hurt Apple forever. It argues that Apple’s tight control could enable Siri to develop a truly conversational interface that will make efforts like Alexa seem artificial and forced. We’ll see. (The InformationZDNet)

Walmart’s Handy partnership doesn’t go far enough for the smart home: I used to think that the limiting factor for most smart home devices was the challenge of installation, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the real issue is pulling everything together into something a consumer can understand and value. And for that, you need a pro or a service like Amazon’s experts or Best Buy’s Geek Squad. Handy offers basic installation, but it doesn’t go quite far enough. That said, if you just want a new video doorbell then being able to buy it at Walmart and sign up at the store for an install does work. (Walmart)

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MSNBC to air Tim Cook interview on April 6, likely discussing education plans coming next week

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Announced via a tweet, Tim Cook will be interviewed by Vox Media’s Recode. The special segment will air on MSNBC on Friday, April 6 at 8PM ET.



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Week 12 in review: More announcements than MWC

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Week 12 was a busy one with new hardware being thrown at us from all directions. Granted, there was not a lot of high-end action going on, but in sheer numbers the past seven days were probably the busiest of the year so far. HTC had a couple of Desire handsets for us, Meizu brought the E3, while vivo had two announcements of its own. Big players LG and Samsung also took part, while Oppo delivered the only two flagship devices we saw – the R15 pair. We also saw the final hype buildup before the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s and Hauwei P20 trio announcements next week. The two events are happening… – Latest articles

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and other awesome apps of the week

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A great battle royale game that’s sure to become one of the year’s most popular titles (and isn’t Fortnite!) is just one of our picks for this week’s “Awesome Apps of the Week.” In addition, we’ve got a great update for a tremendous iPad drawing app, a minimalist puzzle game, and more. Check out our […]

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