- Reuters/Mike Blake
Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Friday.
1. Facebook is making a major change to its news feed, making it easier for people to see status updates from friends and family while de-prioritising updates from brands and media. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the firm felt a responsibility for people’s “well-being.”
2. Intel told some of its customers to delay installing a patch it issued for the massive Spectre and Meltdown bugs because it causes some processors to stop working. Computers using Intel’s older Broadcom and Haswell chips may reboot unexpectedly with the patches, Intel said.
3. File-sharing giant Dropbox has quietly filed for an initial public offering at a valuation of $10 billion (£7.38 billion). It’s potentially one of the biggest recent US enterprise listings in recent years.
4. Google will use human moderators to vet some of its most watched YouTube videos in the wake of the Logan Paul scandal. Moderators and AI software will flag content that is not inappropriate for ads.
5. Skype is testing out end-to-end encryption for calls in partnership with Open Whisper Systems, the organisation behind the secure Signal chat app. The company offers some encryption, but end-to-end is a step up.
6. IBM is planning to a reassign a large chunk of its staff, with 30% from its 103,000 computer service delivery business shifting. There are 10,000 jobs lost through attrition, meaning IBM won’t replace staff who retire or resign.
7. General Motors plans to produce a car without traditional controls like a steering wheel or pedals by 2019. The car will be a version of GM’s driverless Chevy Bolt.
8. Nintendo unveiled lots of new games for its Switch console this year. That includes “Kirby Star Allies”, a new “Mario Tennis” game, and “Hyrule Warriors” set in the world of “The Legend of Zelda.”
9. Facebook was forced to pay a teenager damages after a naked photo of her was published on the site. The image was taken when the Northern Irish teenager was 14 years old, and obtained through blackmail.
10. Tesla founder Elon Musk confirmed his attendance at a Silicon Valley “sex party” apparently held by disgraced DFJ investor Steve Jurvetson. But Musk denied knowing it was a sex party, saying he thought it was a costume party and that he left early.