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Big Revolution - Less of a gold mine

Welcome to Saturday's Big Revolution. As always at the weekends, there's lots for you to click on and
September 22 · Issue #209 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Saturday’s Big Revolution. As always at the weekends, there’s lots for you to click on and immerse yourself in as you put your feet up (if you’re lucky enough to be able to).

Big things you need to know today
  • Russia planned to sneak Julian Assange out of the UK last Christmas Eve, the Guardian reports. But the operation was too risky to go ahead with. Question is, why did Russia want to help Assange?
  • Acclaimed games developer Telltale Games is closing down. The company that made interactive stories based on licensed IP like The Walking Dead let 250 staff go yesterday. A small team of 25 will stay on to wrap up existing projects.
  • Google’s CEO has denied the company bakes political bias into search results. Axios has an internal email in which Sundar Pichai responds to a recent Wall Street Journal report. The WSJ is on something of an anti-Google kick at the moment.
  • Instagram has categorically denied it is developing or testing a ‘regram’ feature, TechCrunch reports. A report this week led to concerns from users who hated the idea.
Big weekend reads
VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be
Changing attitudes to Silicon Valley – in Silicon Valley. More founders are choosing to stay away.
Marc Randazza Is Fighting To Keep Nazis And Trolls On Twitter In The New Speech Wars. Here’s Why.
This is an interesting look at how America must wrestle with its attitudes to free speech in an era where the ‘town square’ is online and operated by private companies.
The definitive guide to London Seed Venture funds — Sep 2018 edition
A handy guide to share with anyone raising early stage funding for their tech company in the UK.
One big tweet
Sometimes the things tech companies announce never actually happen – and nobody thinks to check. Click through below for Matt’s thread.
Matt Navarra
1/ Remember this big change announced by Twitter in 2016...?

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