Engadget: Clubhouse lays off some employees amid strategic shift

Engadget: Clubhouse lays off some employees amid strategic shift. “Clubhouse has laid off some of its employees, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. It’s unclear exactly how many staff the company let go, but at least some now-former workers left voluntarily to pursue opportunities outside of Clubhouse. Among one of the more high-profile departures was Nina Gregory, a former National Public Radio editor who joined the company to head up its news partnerships initiative. Clubhouse also lost its community and international leads.”

New York Times: How the Copycats Came for Clubhouse

New York Times: How the Copycats Came for Clubhouse. “Downloads of the buzzy chat app dipped in the spring as pandemic lockdowns were lifted and new competition emerged, according to the data and analytics firm Sensor Tower. Major tech companies started similar audio platforms: Twitter rolled out Spaces, Facebook made an audio chat feature and Spotify introduced one called Greenroom. And some communities, like those focused on gaming and nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, gravitated to more established chat platforms like Discord, which offers audio features.”

Business Insider: Inside the rise and fall of Clubhouse, a pandemic poster child of VC-backed hype now hobbled by ‘drama rooms,’ unhappy creators, dwindling users, and dubious advertisers

Business Insider: Inside the rise and fall of Clubhouse, a pandemic poster child of VC-backed hype now hobbled by ‘drama rooms,’ unhappy creators, dwindling users, and dubious advertisers. “More than any other startup, Clubhouse epitomizes the venture-capital-backed euphoria that swept the tech industry since lockdowns shut millions of people inside and pushed them online for connection, entertainment, and information. Marc Andreessen has called the app ‘the Athenian agora come to life,’ referring to the hub of democracy in ancient Greece. It has raised more than $100 million from his firm and other top VCs, garnering a $4 billion valuation. But with vaccinations rising and more people returning to normal life, Clubhouse has been hit particularly hard.”

The Verge: Clubhouse has a new Music Mode that could make it the place to play

The Verge: Clubhouse has a new Music Mode that could make it the place to play. “If you’re a musician on Clubhouse, or you love listening to live music on the app, the new Music Mode ‘optimizes Clubhouse to broadcast your music with high quality and great stereo sound,’ according to the company’s blog post. Clubhouse doesn’t say what it means by high quality, but it does also mention that you can now hook up professional equipment, like a USB mic or mixing board, and use it during your broadcast.”

TechCrunch: Clubhouse is adding spatial audio effects to make users feel like they’re really in the room

TechCrunch: Clubhouse is adding spatial audio effects to make users feel like they’re really in the room. “It’s been a busy summer for Clubhouse. The hit social audio app rolled out new messaging features and an Android app over the last few months and now the company is turning its attention to enhancing its core audio experience. Clubhouse announced Sunday that its rooms will now be infused with spatial audio to give the app’s listeners a richer sense of hanging out live with a group of other people.”

Bandwagon: 7 social audio room apps to check out – Stationhead, Spotify Greenroom, Discord Stages, Twitter Spaces, and more

Bandwagon: 7 social audio room apps to check out – Stationhead, Spotify Greenroom, Discord Stages, Twitter Spaces, and more. “Audio room apps are developed to allow users to have live conversations with others with topics ranging from entertainment, politics, and more. Here are 7 social audio apps to check out if you feel like having a live conversation in real-time with people on the internet and beyond.”

IANS: 4 mn phone numbers of Clubhouse users ‘up for sale’ on Dark Web

IANS: 4 mn phone numbers of Clubhouse users ‘up for sale’ on Dark Web. “‘A database of 3.8 billion phone numbers of #Clubhouse users is up for sale on the #Darknet,’ leading cybersecurity expert Jiten Jain wrote on Twitter. ‘It also contains numbers of people in user’s phonebooks that were synced. So chances are high that you are listed even if you haven’t had a Clubhouse login,’ Jain added.”

Wired: Clubhouse Aimed to Foster Diversity. Is it Working?

Wired: Clubhouse Aimed to Foster Diversity. Is it Working? . “More than a year after its initial release in March 2020, the invite-only social media app is still technically in beta mode, but after a few appearances from the likes of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, everyone wanted in—and most of them got in. The audio-only platform that was almost built for a global pandemic has exploded to host about 10 million users in nine countries and the European Union on both iOS and Android.”

Your Guide to Social Audio: Clubhouse and Other Voice-Based Social Media (Voices)

Voices: Your Guide to Social Audio: Clubhouse and Other Voice-Based Social Media. “From a trending invite-only audio app to existing social platforms that have set out to capitalize on the growing consumer interest in voice-based social experiences, audio has stepped up to the new frontier of social media—and it’s making a lot of ears perk up. But is social audio simply a flash in the pan? Or will it resonate for years to come? Let’s take a look at the biggest media platforms that are making pioneering strides in the social audio space.”

Your Guide to Social Audio: Clubhouse and Other Voice-Based Social Media (Voices)

Voices: Your Guide to Social Audio: Clubhouse and Other Voice-Based Social Media. “From a trending invite-only audio app to existing social platforms that have set out to capitalize on the growing consumer interest in voice-based social experiences, audio has stepped up to the new frontier of social media—and it’s making a lot of ears perk up. But is social audio simply a flash in the pan? Or will it resonate for years to come? Let’s take a look at the biggest media platforms that are making pioneering strides in the social audio space.”