TC Roundup: 3 game-changing features Twitter is working on right now
3 game-changing features Twitter is working on right now: Twitter is getting some long-awaited updates. The company's VP of product, Kevin Weil, says native video shooting and editing, filters for surfacing relevant tweets, and updates to direct messaging are all in the pipeline. The announcement came in a blog post released today. (Venture Beat)
Google is driving a bus across Bangladesh to help 500,000 students learn about the internet: Google is literally hitting the road to promote the potential of the internet in Bangladesh. The company today launched 'Google Bus Bangladesh', an educational program aimed at teaching key digital skills to more than half a million students in the South Asian country.
There are some outlandish programs to help connect the world's population — including Google's balloons, SpaceX's forthcoming satellites, and Facebook's drones — but Google is going back to basics with this roadshow across the world's eighth most populated country. It plans to visit some 500 educational campuses across 35 locations over the next 12 months, bringing with it instructors who can teach students about important tools to help them make the most of the internet. (Tech Crunch)
WeChat struggles to lure new users amid WhatsApp rivalry: Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700) is finding that the first 468 million users for its WeChat messaging service were the easiest.
The messaging application, which took China by storm, posted its slowest active user growth on record as it struggles to attract new customers in Western countries. Shenzhen-based Tencent is cutting back on marketing and sales spending to focus overseas expansion on more "hospitable" markets, Chief Strategy Officer James Mitchell said without offering specifics. (Bloomberg)