Week 28: A sneak-peek into the International tech news this week

A look at the International tech news this week features some exciting news like billionaire Richard Branson’s successful flight into space early this week, Chinese company Xiaomi beats Apple to become second-biggest smartphone seller, Twitter announces the end of the fleets feature and much more.

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Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson successfully rockets to outer space: Richard Branson became the first person to ride into space aboard a rocket he helped fund. The supersonic space plane developed by his company, Virgin Galactic, roared into the sky over New Mexico early Sunday, carrying Branson and three fellow crewmembers.

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Branson -— along with Virgin Galactic employees Beth Moses, Colin Bennett, and Sirisha Bandla and pilots Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci — boarded the SpaceShipTwo, a winged plane with a single rocket motor that the company has spent nearly two decades developing, before the crack of dawn.

Clubhouse ventures beyond audio with Backchannel, a new messaging feature: Today the new feature landed, spicing up the audio-only app with a text-based chat feature. Clubhouse’s new direct messaging system, called “Backchannel,” gives users an oft-requested way to start conversations behind the scenes on the social audio app.

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Backchannel offers both one-on-one messaging as well as group chat and generally adds quite a bit of utility into the voice-only social network.

Xiaomi Overtakes Apple as World’s No. 2 Phone Maker, Canalys Says: Xiaomi Corp. has become the world’s second-biggest smartphone maker over the past quarter following an 83% jump in shipments, according to preliminary estimates by Canalys.

This marks the first occasion that Xiaomi, the Chinese maker of everything from rice cookers to gaming monitors, has broken into the top two, historically dominated by Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. 

Twitter’s disappearing tweets feature Fleets is going away for good soon: The social media platform said Wednesday that it is ending its Fleets feature, where users can share text, photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours, similar to rival Snapchat, due to the lack of new user engagement. Fleets, which debuted last November, will disappear for good on Aug. 3.

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Netflix is trying to beat competitors by adding video games: The company will offer video games on its service within the next year, according to a report by Bloomberg. The outlet says video games will appear as a new genre on the platform — similar to documentaries and stand-up specials. Bloomberg didn’t get into specifics but reported Netflix (NFLX) doesn’t plan on charging extra for access to the games.

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