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Koo will have a Portuguese version until Tuesday; meet a competitor on twitter



Koo will have a Portuguese version until Tuesday;  meet a competitor on twitter

A social network with a bad name promises to compete with Twitter and fell out of favor with the spirit of the “fifth graders” of Brazilian Internet users.

Nov 18
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(updated at 18:18)

Koo was created in India in 2020 and is now considered a direct competitor to Twitter.

Photo: Editing: André Magalhaines/Canaltech. Image: reproduction / Koo / Canaltech

For those who follow the emergence of a new social network with an unusual name that promises to supplant Twitter, good news. Starting this Saturday (19) Ku a Portuguese-only community should be formally created and the app should have an interface in that language by Tuesday (22). Information has been provided Byte The CEO of the company is Apramea Radhakrishna.

“Tomorrow we will include the Portuguese-speaking community, and this will allow Brazilians to see themselves in the people’s feed, as well as see the hashtag trends that are specific to Brazil. Soon we will launch all major international languages,” he said. The platform and app are currently available in ten local Indian languages ​​and English.

The social network operates similarly to Twitter, and users can interact through “microblogging” style posts. As a weapon to debunk competition, the platform relies on the provision of free services.

“Koo is offering for free what Twitter plans to charge — verification, uploading longer videos, editing functionality. All this will always remain free,” says Radhakrishna.

“We believe that the ability to identify oneself is a fundamental right of all people,” he says, referring to the recent controversy surrounding Twitter’s blue verification badges.

The network was set up in 2020 in India amid a crisis between Narenda Modi’s government and Twitter. While Modi accused the US platform of ignoring profiles set up to incite anti-government demonstrations, Koo took the opportunity to welcome dissidents and shore up his user base.

The company’s commercial strategy was originally to reach as many Indians as possible. But, with the expansion of popularity in other countries, the company is already planning to adapt the interface to other languages, including Portuguese.

understand the fever

Koo was touted as a viable alternative Twittera giant who has survived several crises since arriving Elon Musk at the head of the company.

With a pronunciation similar to an obvious swear word in Portuguese, the jokes and puns quickly boosted the new network’s popularity among Brazilians.

The owners of Koo, far from stupid, noticed the trend and even publicly stated that the company’s name refers to the sound made by the network’s mascot.

“It’s not what you think!”

Baitu Radhakrishna said that they asked the Brazilians if they would like to change their name, but they were under the impression that “ku” might end up being associated with the sound of a bird.

“We are also a young company that can have fun. So let’s keep the meme flow going,” he said.

The yellow bird began to draw attention to itself, as another bird, blue and white, began to face problems with its new owner.

With Musk at the helm of Twitter, mass layoffs, threatening emails and harsh statements from the CEO have become commonplace for employees. Now there are even expectations that the network may cease to exist due to so many problems.

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The disappearance of Fernando Gomes touched every corner of the world and Portuguese football.



The disappearance of Fernando Gomes touched every corner of the world and Portuguese football.

The disappearance of Fernando Gomes touched every corner of the world and Portuguese football.

This Saturday was Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa was the first to praise the whole “portism” of “Bibot”, at a time when he could not hide his emotions. “He left us one of the greatest Porto players that I have known in my entire life. Ever since I was a boy I have known him through the youth system, he had a love for Porto that was beyond the norm. And the whole life was a great success. The greatest successes of FC Porto were associated with him,” the president of FC Porto recalled.

Also Sergio Conceisau talked about the connection with football with Fernando Gomes, which began when he was 17 years old. The coach of the blue and whites said that in addition to the relationship he had with the “bibot” at Porto, he heard a lot of advice from someone whom he considers “an idol in this club.”

“Fernando had a habit of always texting me before every game,” the coach recalled.

Both on the lawns and in the pavilions, during the various matches of the Futebol Clube do Porto, as in the case of volleyball and basketball teams, as well as football (under 15), there was a moment of silence.

From Qatar came the sadness of blue and white players, namely Pepe, Otavio, Eustace e Diogo Costawho shared the tribute on social media.

Also coach of the Portuguese national team, Fernando Santos, a former dragon trainer, left a message for the Porto family. Through a video posted on the Portuguese Football Federation’s website, the Quinas coach revealed that he was experiencing a “moment of sadness” about the match and, on behalf of the team, left “condolence wishes to the family.”

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BUT Selection and the Portuguese Football Federation released announcements and tributes through social media. same way UEFA shared his grief over the former Portugal international who scored 14 goals in a Quinas jersey. OUR League of Portugalthrough Pedro Proença, praised the greatest figure of national football who was one of its greatest ambassadors both on and off the pitch.

already Secretary of State for Sports Joao Paulo Correiaexpressed his condolences to FC Porto and the entire family of the former striker who marked generations.

Finally, City Hall of Porto remembered one of the most important figures in the city who raised him through football and Futebol Clube do Porto.

On the blue and white side too Vitor Baia, deco e Future were among the many players who remembered Fernando Gomes.

Fernando Gomes passed away this Saturday at the age of 66, and these are just some of the many reactions to the death of the former Porto striker. He is remembered in the FC Porto museum with the captain’s armband on the statue of the eternal number nine.

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11-year-old Portuguese won the final of the world championship in karting



11-year-old Portuguese won the final of the world championship in karting

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Martim Marques, who also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal this year, reached the final of his race in 11th position on the grid.

Portuguese driver Martim Marques, 11, won the Rotax World Karting Final this weekend at the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão.

Martim Marques, who this year also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal, started in the final of his race in 11th place on the grid among 35 drivers.

“It has been a fantastic year for the Portuguese riders and what Martim has achieved today is remarkable and deserves all the recognition. Congratulations to Portuguese karting, as well as to all those who help and support the career of Martim and all other pilots,” the president said. Portuguese Automobile and Karting Federation (FPAK), Ni Amorim.

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Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children’s literature – Observer



Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children's literature – Observer

The publication of children’s books about gender identity in Portugal is still rare because the topic has not yet been standardized in public discourse, researcher Emanuel Madalena, who dedicated his doctoral dissertation to Luce, told the agency.

Emanuel Madalena, collaborating researcher at the Center for Languages, Literature and Cultures of the University of Aveiro, wrote a doctoral thesis on the presence of the topic of gender identity, in particular about transgender people, in children’s literaturewhich he later adapted into a book called “Challenge to Gender”, which will be presented in Lisbon this Saturday.

For the investigation, Emanuel Madalena reviewed a pre- and initial reading edition of books published between 2000 and 2019, bringing together 38 works edited in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Of the books analyzed in the dissertation, there are two that deserve attention for their quality, noted by Emanuel Madalena, and which are published in Portugal: “O Jaime é uma sereia” by Jessica Love (Fábula), “which is in the process of canonization” by readers and ” Thiago’s Dresses” by Joana Estrela in her own edition.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, Emanuel Madalena argues that picture books for children about gender identity, and transgender people in particular, are “very important in providing information about identity to these children and informing people in general about this issue.”

In his book, published by the cultural cooperative Outro Modo, Emanuel Madalena writes that “children’s literature on transgender topics is important not only for transgender children, but for all children and for society as a whole” because it can foster “attitudes of acceptance and integration of differences.

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The researcher does not have a clear answer why there are no more books on this topic in Portugal.

It’s not that the Portuguese publishing scene is far ahead in terms of trends – it isn’t – but maybe it’s a bit on the side of authors. The public discourse on these topics in Portugal itself needs more discussion, information, but it is enough for one of these players to want it, the editor has a strong desire to publish it or the author created it for something to happen, ”he believes. .

In the course of the investigation, Emanuel Madalena read some of these books to children and met with no resistance.

“This is a completely adult problem. (…) This is an essential question of a dual addressee: the book should be liked by both children and adults, and it is they who choose it, especially for early childhood,” he said.

The researcher believes that it is through independent publishers or those with greater creative and editorial freedom that more titles on these topics can be published.

“The independent publication is the firmest first step towards the centripetal path of legitimizing the transgender theme, from the fringe of the literary subsystem of children’s literature to its commercial center,” he wrote.

Emanuel Madalena believes that by reflecting changes in society, entering into public discourse, “emerging, controversial and sensitive topics end up being not so”, even if there may be moments of discomfort on the part of some readers.

“Like, for example, the topic of divorce, which was once divisive in children’s literature and is no longer so. It even seems ridiculous to think that talking about it with children is taboo,” he recalls.

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Given that “books for children with transgender themes are still in their early stages”, Emanuel Madalena explains in the book that much of the literary output is still geared towards cognitive-pedagogical aspect, legitimation, and not in the game phase for younger readers.

Emanuel Madalena, PhD in Literature, MA in Editorial Studies and Education, hopes his work will contribute to “gender studies and the movement to include and make gender diversity visible in academic research.”

“Chalking Gender – Transgender in Children’s Literature” will be presented this Saturday at the Snob bookstore in Lisbon by André Tesedeiro and in the presence of the author.


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