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Hello, testers! I'm hoping to get everything finalised this week for an official launch of this newsl
March 5 · Issue #8 · View online
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Hello, testers! I’m hoping to get everything finalised this week for an official launch of this newsletter next week. I don’t quite have a name yet, but I’ve got it down to a shortlist, which is a start. In today’s edition, I’ve moved the sections around. Let me know if you like it (or not!).

One big read
How to persuade a robot that you should get the job
Big things you need to know today
- The novelty of app-only ‘challenger banks’ seems to be wearing off. “People’s willingness to bank with a digital-only startup fell from 78% at the start of 2017 to just 54% at the end of the year.”
- Move over, Tronc and Oath. There’s a new vague, monosyllabic name in media. After acquiring the Express and Star newspapers, the UK’s Trinity Mirror is changing its name to… Reach. That’s me thinking of S Club 7 every time I read the media news from now on, then.
- Things don’t look good in the US fight against Russian election meddling. The government department charged with fighting it has spent $0 of the $120 million it was given to tackle the problem.
The big thought
UK tech’s Brexit shock
Nice visits to Number 10 don't mean you'll get a good deal from the government.
The UK tech sector seems to be slowly realising to two stark facts: Brexit is happening, and the tech sector won’t get any favourable treatment from the government.
This is a rude awakening after years of government inviting founders and investors to 10 Downing Street for chats, and public money going into schemes like the forthcoming Tech Nation.
Not having access to things like the EU’s Digital Single Market will cause huge harm to the competitiveness of UK tech firms. An informal Twitter poll by TechCrunch’s Mike Butcher saw the vast majority of respondents think lack of Digital Single Market access would be ‘Catastrophic’ or 'Probably bad.’
The fact is though, the tech sector simply hasn’t really fought for its interests. The government held listening sessions with representatives of UK tech last year, and many who attended came away with the feeling that ministers understood the sector’s needs and wouldn’t let them down. Where were the media appearances, newspaper op-eds and other thought leadership opportunities to change the conversation?
Most of the lobbying that takes place in tech is from big companies like Facebook and Google fighting for their own interests. It’s time UK tech found its voice and realised the government doesn’t love it so much it’ll put its interests above wider political concerns.
One big tweet
Buying a new phone this year? You’d better like cases.
Vlad Savov
2018 flagship phones so far:
- Nokia: glass back.
- Sony: glass back.
- Samsung: glass back.
- Asus: glass back plus iPhone X copycat notch.
- LG, Huawei, OnePlus: all expected to have glass back + notch.

Aluminium phones are officially over.
10:13 AM - 4 Mar 2018
That’s all for today...
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