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August 18 · Issue #174 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Saturday’s Big Revolution. If you’re a new subscriber, you should know that weekend editions are a shorter than on weekdays, without the ‘Big Thought’ section. But there’s still lots to read… so, read on…
Martin

Big things you need to know today
  • Amazon is planning a DVR like Tivo or Sky Q, according to Bloomberg. This is a very weird move, addressing a slowly dying market. But that didn’t stop the news hitting Tivo’s share price.
  • Third-party Twitter apps made up just 1.1% of all installed Twitter apps over the past five years, according to data shared with TechCrunch. That helps explain the company’s decision to drop the APIs they depended upon. Still, how many of that 1.1% were among the service’s most active, engaged users?
  • Google is letting artificial intelligence run the cooling at one of its data centres, MIT Technology Review reports. It seems likely this will be commonplace in a few years’ time.
  • Valve has given us a sneak peek at what could be a Twitch rival. Steam.tv showed a stream of a Dota 2 tournament, although Valve says it was only accidentally made public. This could be more of an online TV channel rather than a full-on service for streaming your play to others.
Big weekend reads
Inside Facebook’s plan to protect the U.S. midterm elections Inside Facebook’s plan to protect the U.S. midterm elections
“Will Facebook be ready? The company says it’s moving quickly on its plan — which includes a physical war room to monitor the elections from its corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. — and has promised to double the number of safety and security employees on staff to 20,000 people. Facebook says it’s spending so much money monitoring political ads that it will actually hurt profits.
But Facebook is also running out of time to execute its plan. With the midterms less than three months away, it’s almost go time.”
Why Internet Companies Aren't Banning the InfoWars Website
Why aren’t the companies that keep InfoWars’ website online following the social platforms in taking Alex Jones down? Fortune asks them.
‘Mega-Round’ Investors Shower Start-Ups With Millions
A look at the increasing size of funding rounds in US tech companies, and what it means fo the market as a whole.
“If your competitor is going to raise $150 million and you want to be conservative and only raise $20 million, you’re going to get run over,” said Bill Gurley, a managing partner at Benchmark Capital.
European Tech Startups Are as Homogenous as Silicon Valley's. Here's How to Fix That.
White, male-dominated tech is sadly not just restricted to the USA, where the problem is most discussed.
One big tweet
For all Twitter’s problems, I’m not sure the world would be better without it.
Vlad Savov
I'm starting to buy in to the idea that Twitter is irrevocably broken. Both in its governance and function.

But imagine the carnage if Twitter fell apart. All those untethered journalists. How will they know if their take is 🔥?

And what about Facebook without competition? 😶
10:31 PM - 17 Aug 2018
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