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LinkedIn is also working on a Clubhouse rival
LinkedIn is also working on a Clubhouse rival
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Unlike the Clubhouse rivals being built by Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn believes its audio networking feature will be differentiated because it will be connected with users' professional identity, not just a social profile. This focus on creators puts LinkedIn on a competitive footing in terms of expanding its own Clubhouse rival, compared with other efforts by Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, or Discord - all of which have their own audio-based networking features in various stages of development at this time.

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LinkedIn suspends new sign-ups in China
LinkedIn suspends new sign-ups in China
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Microsoft owned professional network service LinkedIn has suspended new sign-ups in China to remain in "compliance with local law". The announcement comes a week after a cyberattack on Microsoft by a group that was "assessed to be state-sponsored and operating out of China."

"While we remain focused on our goal of creating economic opportunity for our members in China, we're temporarily pausing new member sign-ups for LinkedIn China as we work to ensure we remain in compliance with local law. We’re a global platform with an obligation to respect the laws that apply to us, including adhering to Chinese government regulations for our localized version of LinkedIn in China," the company said in a statement Tuesday.

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Spotify has implemented a Stories feature
Spotify has implemented a Stories feature
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Following the trend of implementing a Stories feature into the application, Spotify has rolled out a first version of the feature that is already present in other platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

Spotify uses the feature on top of the "Christmas Hits" playlist to show users short videos of artists talking about their favorite Christmas songs.

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Scribd acquires presentation-sharing platform SlideShare
Scribd acquires presentation-sharing platform SlideShare
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Scribd announced Tuesday the acquisition of presentation-sharing platform SlideShare from LinkedIn for an undisclosed price. According to LinkedIn, Scribd will take over operation of the SlideShare business on September 24.

Trip Adler, co-founder and CEO of Scribd said, "Our acquisition of SlideShare is a major step towards creating the world’s largest digital library."

Business • Economy
LinkedIn to cut 960 jobs globally
LinkedIn to cut 960 jobs globally
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Microsoft's professional networking site LinkedIn has said it plans to cut 6% of its global workforce as the Covid-19 pandemic is having a sustained impact on demand for its recruitment products. Nine hundred sixty jobs will be cut across sales and hiring divisions of the group globally.

LinkedIn said employees affected by its job cuts would be informed this week, and they will start receiving invitations in the next few hours to meetings to learn more about next steps.