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Android users are now cool enough to join the Clubhouse

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Clubhouse is officially launching on Android devices

Booming voice-based social media network, Clubhouse is officially launching on Android devices.

The announcement was made by the company during its weekly town hall meeting which is hosted on the app.

Clubhouse began testing the app on non-IOS devices this month and it will officially launch the new Android service this week.

It will be available in beta on Google’s mobile OS today in the US, reports The Verge. This will allow users to sign up and participate in its audio-only chat rooms.

Clubhouse raises $4 billion

The company has also been busy raising venture capital, with the most recent round seeing investors value Clubhouse at around $4 billion.

The app allows participants to host or listen to live conference-call-style conversations.

However, the app has recently faced a slump in popularity with downloads declining 70% in March.

Facebook takes on Clubhouse

This comes after Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook is planning to launch an audio product similar to Clubhouse Audio.

It follows an explosion in the popularity of audio-based social media interaction, which came to prominence with Clubhouse.

Facebook isn’t the only tech giant to launch similar apps, with Twitter also rolling out its own version called Spaces and Discord adding Stage Channels.

Clubhouse partners with NFL

Clubhouse also recently announced plans to partner with the National Football League.

The NFL will host a series of draft-themed rooms on Clubhouse, an audio-driven social platform.

The company plans to open up the app with rooms for player assessments. Also, conversations with football team alumni.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Reports of discrimination against pregnant and disabled workers at Amazon

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Amazon is under fire for allegedly discriminating against some of its pregnant workers and workers with disabilities

New York’s Division of Human Rights filed a complaint against the company with Governor Kathy Hochul announcing the move on Wednesday.

Amazon is being accused of failing to provide these workers with the correct pay, forcing them to take unpaid leaves of absence.

There are multiple reports that the company did not follow guidelines with its workers, one pregnant worker was initially given approval to avoid lifting packages over 11 kilograms, but was then made to lift heavy items anyway by a manager.

Amazon did not provide this worker with accommodation after they were injured and instead placed them on indefinite unpaid leave, according to the complaint.

The company is being examined for its failure to accommodate these workers, and allowing managers to override safety recommendations.

Such actions are against breach New York’s Human Rights Law which protects pregnant and disabled workers from discrimination within a workplace.

Amazon is now being urged to “pay civil fines and penalties to the State of New York” and to fix its discriminatory practices.

Amazon’s spokesperson has denied its wrongful conduct saying the company offers “the best available options to accomodate” such employees.

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U.S. warns against hiring North Korean tech workers

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The U.S. is warning North Korean workers are trying to find IT jobs by hiding their identities

The U.S. believes workers are seeking to steal money for their home country.

Many of them are allegedly pretending to be from other parts of Asia, according to three U.S. agencies.

The State Department says thousands of highly skilled IT workers are sent around the world to generate revenue to help with North Korea’s weapons production.

“The DPRK [North Korea] dispatches thousands of highly skilled IT workers around the world to generate revenue that contributes to its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes, in violation of US and UN sanctions.”

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If North Korea is employing workers to fund its missiles program, the move would be in violation of U.N. international sanctions.

“The United States is committed to disrupting illicit DPRK revenue-generating activities, which may facilitate criminal activity, provide direct support to the DPRK’s unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, and threaten international peace and security,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

The country has conducted several missile tests in recent months, including a banned intercontinental ballistic missile.

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Apple delays return to the office as COVID rates spike

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Apple has delayed its staff from returning to HQ on a full-time basis

Apple has delayed its workers from returning to the office full time.

Employees who are in the current working in the office two-day-per-week as part of a trial programme will have the option to once again work fully remote if they feel uncomfortable coming into the office.

According to news outlet The Verge, a memo released by Apple’s COVID-19 response team says that its updates are based on current infection rates and hospitalisations.

Apple is also requesting employees who do decide to return to the office to wear masks when in common areas like meeting rooms, hallways, and elevators.

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