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Here’s what’s going on in tech on Thursday…

–Netflix has begun rolling out its third-annual fake New Year’s Eve countdown videos for parents who want to trick their kids into thinking the New Year has come early.

–When Snap goes on the road to promote its eventual IPO, the company is expected to pitch itself as the next Facebook.

–With the likes of Zenefits and Hampton Creek being involved in scandals of various kinds, more entrepreneurs are facing more questions about the ethics of their business practices.

Ford is showing off a updated model of its self-driving test cars that has more computing power and improved vision sensors than before.

–Facebook’s Oculus has acquired eye-tracking startup The Eye Tribe for an undisclosed amount.

–New patents show Amazon drawing up plans for an “Airborne Fulfillment Center”…Or, a flying “base” for its drone delivery fleet.

Salesforce is intensifying its efforts to double its annual revenue. The company expects sales to reach $10 billion in its 2017 fiscal year, and has a goal of hitting $20 billion soon after that. However, competition is growing.

Photo: Screenshot from the Netflix childrens’ series “All Hail King Julien.” (Courtesy: Netflix Media Relations)



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