Happy Friday, folks! Here’s some of the tech news we’re following this morning:
Facebook wants you to spend more time with family and friends
We know we’ve been saying this for a while, but Facebook is really, really serious about changing the news feed experience for its users, saying this week that it’s emphasizing posts from family family and friends over viral videos and news articles from publications (cough). The goal is more “Meaningful interactions” on the platform, which may be great news for advertisers who want users to stay on Facebook longer, but bad news for nonprofits, media companies and businesses who crave an audience on the social network.
Dropbox finds space for an IPO
Bloomberg reports that the cloud storage company Dropbox has finally, at long last, filed confidentially for an initial public offering with Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase & Co. leading the listing. The company has sales of about $1 billion a year and the IPO is said to value the company at about $10 billion. It’s expected to happen sometime in the first half of 2018.
GM, testing self-driving cars, wants to drop the steering wheel
GM, which is testing its Cruise line of driverless cars, is petitioning the government to make a safety standard exemption, allowing it to test out cars without steering wheels or brake pedals, using alternative tech for those functions. Recode reports that GM is hoping to make this happen by 2019.
The “Imperial March”... with pencil strokes
This is the geekiest “Star Wars” thing you will see today. Make sure your sound is turned up!
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