[CONFIDENTIEL] General Motors and Cruise AV, Snapchat, Dropbox

by bold-lichterman

General Motors has unveiled the images of the Cruise AV, the fourth generation of its autonomous model.

The Cruise AV is fully electric and is built on a Chevrolet Bolt EV base. But its great originality is that it does not include a steering wheel, brake pedal, or accelerator.

According to the manufacturer, it would not be a prototype but a vehicle ready for production.

General Motors has already taken initiatives in this direction, by submitting a request to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, in order to obtain traffic authorizations as of 2019, as part of its commercial service of autonomous car transport. GM hopes to operate up to 2,600 vehicles on American roads if permission is granted.

The new Snapchat update is unanimous against it. 83% of App Store reviews are negative, according to a study by Sensor Tower and published by Techcrunch.

This redesign of the application, available for the moment in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, has destabilized some users because stories and private messages are mixed. But the novelties do not stop there. Some content will be highlighted more than others. The application’s algorithm will thus sort the subscriptions by privileging only the stories of close people. The classification in chronological order therefore ends.

Another negative point: it is no longer possible to link the different stories, it must be done manually. Users did not hesitate to express their dissatisfaction, seeking to uninstall the update to recover the previous version, as evidenced by the number of messages exchanged on Twitter with the company’s support account:

Snapchat tries to calm the ire of its users by saying “that updates as important as this may take a little while to be accepted, but we hope the community will benefit once they get used to“.

Struggled by Instagram and Facebook, which were openly inspired by the Stories format making the salt of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel’s social network relied heavily on this version to rebuild his health. The ambition was in particular to seduce beyond its core target (in other words, to reach the old, historically reluctant to the particular interface of Snapchat). It seems that with this redesign, Snapchat has ultimately achieved the opposite feat: also keeping the youngest away.

The week is decidedly difficult for Snapchat: the specialized site Daily Beast released an extensive article, revealing unflattering metrics and shattering a culture of secrecy bordering on paranoia at work in society.

Several times mentioned in 2017, Dropbox would be seriously preparing this time for its IPO. According to information obtained by Bloomberg, the file storage and sharing company (secretly) initiated the procedure in this direction, and would have chosen Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. The operation should take place in the middle of the year.

CONFIDENTIEL General Motors and Cruise AV Snapchat

The company, founded in 2007 and based in San Francisco, has 500 million users, including 200,000 businesses. Dropbox was valued at $ 10 billion when it was last raised in 2014, but some investors now believe the amount to be overvalued. According to its managing director Drew Houston, the annual revenues of the company would reach the billion dollars and have positive EBITDA. Dropbox is betting on a “productivity and collaborative tools” positioning to stand out from the competition, such as Google, Microsoft or Box Inc.