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Clubhouse Working on New ‘Waves’ Feature
Popular audio chat app Clubhouse is reportedly working on a new way to invite people to audio rooms in its app.
The “Waves” feature will allow users to wave at friends with a button similar to the hand in Clubhouse’s logo to invite them to chat. If a user replies, they will be automatically added to an audio room so that they can talk.
Recently, Clubhouse had also rolled out a spatial audio feature, giving a new level of depth to the Clubhouse chats.
Clubhouse feels that the spatial audio feature will give listeners a better feeling of hanging out with a group of other people who are online.
The spatial feature, which works with all wired and wireless headphones will steadily reach all-new iOS users and will be the default experience.
Additionally, Clubhouse has also struck a deal with TED to bring exclusive talks on its platform.
With this deal, TED will sell ads and sponsorships for its conversations; however, Clubhouse will not take any share of it.
Antitrust Probe Finds Google Abused Android Dominance in India
A two-year probe overseen by the antitrust authority found that Google has abused the dominant position of its Android operating system in India, using its huge financial power to illegally hurt its competitors.
Google reduced the ability and incentive of device manufacturers to develop and sell devices operating on alternative versions of Android, said a June report by the Research Division of the Competition Commission of India.
Back in 2019, when the CCI ordered the probe, it said that Google appeared to have powered its dominance to reduce manufacturers’ ability to opt for an alternative version of its mobile operating systems and forced them to pre-install Google apps.
The commission also found issues with the way Google enforced the guidelines on the Play Store and said that these were “one-sided, ambiguous, vague, biased, and arbitrary”.
The findings of the report, which are yet to be officially released by the CCI, are the latest setback for Google in India, where it is also facing other antitrust investigations from a growing number of domestic startups, investors, and founders.
Rolls-Royce All-Electric Aircraft Completes 15 Minutes Maiden Flight
British-based luxury automobile maker Rolls Royce’s first electric plane has completed its maiden flight on September 18.
The company’s first electric plane called the ‘Spirit of innovation’ successfully completed a 15 minutes journey into the UK skies.
It is a one-seat plane that uses a 6,000 cell battery pack with a three-motor powertrain which currently provides 400 kilowatts (500-plus horsepower). Rolls Royce also said that the aircraft will ultimately achieve speeds of over 300 MPH.
According to Rolls Royce, the “Spirit of Innovation” is the result of a program called ACCEL or Accelerating the Electrification of Flight.
This initiative of Rolls Royce also includes YASA and Electroflight as other partners. YASA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz.
Apart from Rolls Royce, several other aircraft companies are also trying to manufacture electric planes as air travel is accounting for a higher amount of carbon emission.
Texas State Securities Board Acts Against Celsius Network
The Texas State Securities Board took action against Celsius Network, accusing the company, which claims to be one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency lenders, of offering residents unregistered securities.
Based on a September 17 filing, the Texas regulator will hold a hearing associated with the allegation that Celsius Network is offering and selling securities in Texas that are not registered or permitted.
Additionally, the allegations also say that Celsius has not registered as a dealer under the state’s Securities Act.
If the judge accepts that the company’s offerings represent unlicensed securities, Celsius may be subjected to a cease and desist order.
On the same day, New Jersey ordered Celsius to stop offering some of its products, which it described as unregistered securities, effective November 1.
These actions come as federal and state security agencies have alleged that some companies are likely running against the law and that the products, which sometimes are marketed as an alternative to bank savings accounts, should be registered with their agencies.
Around The Web
🚫 Amazon permanently bans 600 Chinese brands: Chinese brands on Amazon got a huge shock when Amazon decided to remove them from its platform. Amazon says that the brands were banned for violating the company policies.
🚗 Elon Musk praises Chinese automakers: Tesla CEO Elon Musk lauded Chinese automakers, calling them the “most competitive in the world,” during a pre-recorded question-and-answer stream at the World New Energy Vehicle Congress. The session was hosted in China’s Hainan province.