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Photo Illustration: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Clubhouse on Sunday announced that it will begin rolling out its beta version for Android.

Why it matters: Downloads for the app have plummeted as the pandemic begins to regress. Expanding the app to the second-largest operating system in the U.S. — and the largest globally — will help Clubhouse grow its audience.

Details: Until now, the app was only available via invitation to Apple iOS users. Starting Sunday, the app will be available to Android users in the U.S.

  • The Android version will roll out to English-speaking markets in the days and weeks ahead, followed by other countries globally.
  • Clubhouse will be continuing its invitation-only system for Android to help it roll-out product updates smoothly to a smaller group of people.
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The big picture: The live, social audio craze exploded during pandemic-driven lockdowns, and it looks like it's here to stay.

  • But Clubhouse is facing competition from new apps and tech companies like Twitter and Facebook that are building competitive products.
  • Clubhouse recently raised a new funding round valuing the app at $4 billion.

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CCP releases two jailed Canadians after Huawei CFO deal with DOJ

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Two Canadians imprisoned by the Chinese government for over 1,000 days have been released and are expected to arrive in Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Why it matters: Their release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice that resolves the criminal charges against her and could pave the way for her to return to China.

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Arizona GOP's private recount of 2020 election confirms Biden's win

Contractors working on behalf of the GOP examine and recount 2020 ballots at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix in May. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

In an odd coda to the 2020 election, private contractors conducting a GOP-commissioned recount in Arizona confirmed President Biden’s win in Maricopa County.

Why it matters: The unofficial, party-driven recount has been heavily covered on cable news as part of former President Trump's continued effort to sow doubt about the election result.

Del Rio bridge camp empty following Haitian migrant surge

A boy bathes himself in a jug of water inside a migrant camp at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sept. 21 in Del Rio, Texas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The last migrants camping under the Del Rio International Bridge, which connects Texas and Mexico, departed on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced during a White House press briefing.

Driving the news: Thousands of migrants, mostly from Haiti, had arrived to the makeshift camp after crossing the southern border seeking asylum. Roughly 1,800 migrants will now head to U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing centers.