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By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – President Dilma Rousseff has unveiled plans for legislation to improve the quality of products and customer services offered in Brazil, affording shoppers greater protection and more rights. The proposed Plano Nacional de...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Plano Nacional de Banda Larga (PNBL), the National Broadband Plan, was launched a year ago to provide millions of people in cities throughout Brazil with a 1Mb internet...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – From November 1, 2012, Brazilian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) selling fixed or mobile broadband must provide at least twenty percent of the speed they advertise, according to new rules...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter MANAUS, BRAZIL – Italian telecom giant TIM has unveiled a new R$171 million (US$84 million) plan to bring high-speed internet to Brazil’s Amazon region, accounting for over 45 percent of the country’s territory, but...
By Amy Smith, Contributing Reporter BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL — Brazilian federal police said Thursday they had charged eighteen people for child pornography crimes. The suspects are accused of exchanging obscene images and videos of minors through an invitation-only encrypted file-sharing website...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Facebook has overtaken Orkut as Brazil's most visited social networking site, according to analytics firm comScore. The figures shows that in December 2011 Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook had 36.1 million unique-user visitors,...
Opinion, by Michael Kerlin RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last week, a friend in one of Rio’s favelas posted a Facebook update about Red Hot Chili Peppers coming to Rock in Rio. A few years ago, I might have found...
By Ben Tavener, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Netflix, the online movie and TV program streaming service, has launched in Brazil – the first of 43 new countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, as the...
By Samuel Elliott Novacich, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - At midnight on June 26th, Lulz Security, the international hacker group responsible for cyber attacks against corporations and governments worldwide, announced that after “50 days of Lulz,” the group...
Opinion, by Samantha Barthelemy RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Every day we spend hours online, reading the newspaper, checking our emails, wasting time, browsing our favorite blogs, communicating with friends, shopping and navigating social networking sites; instantly sending and receiving...
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