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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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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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