Kevin Hulten

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QuizUp raises $22MM

Plain Vanilla Games, the studio behind the wildly popular QuizUp app, announced Friday that it has raised $22 million in funding. Investors participated including Tencent Holdings and Sequoia Capital, who led the round.

These funds bring the total investment in Plain Vanilla Games to more than $27 million.

“The popularity of QuizUp has been as exciting as it has been overwhelming,” said Thor Fridriksson, founder and CEO, Plain Vanilla Games. “We built social elements like messages and discussions into the social trivia network because we wanted to help people connect over shared interests. But we’ve been blown away by the number of people who are already creating communities in QuizUp to discuss and debate their passions.”

Plain Vanilla claims that QuizUp is the fastest growing iOS app of all time. At press time, figures on total users haven’t been...

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Three things I learned as a Government Whistleblower

In February of 2013, after consulting with the Washington State Auditors office, I filed an “anonymous" local government employee whistleblower claim that included evidence of local officials using public resources to launch politically motivated, retaliatory “investigations” into the activities of political rivals.

In one specific instance cited in my claim, elected officials called a press conference to announce a “criminal investigation” into a rival less than one week prior to the November general election. Seven months and tens of thousands of dollars later, the investigation quietly ended, without turning up any evidence of wrongdoing. But the damage to the target’s reputation remained. My whistleblower claim was filed because I felt this practice was wrong.

The whistleblower claim I filed also included evidence that those in power often leaked material...

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