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No-Touch Typing for Disabled

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News December 2002In Brazil, physically disabled individuals may no longer need to buy expensive software to operate computers and surf the Web, thanks to a free application developed by programmers at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.By downloading a program called Mo...
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In Brazil, Blog Is Beautiful

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News September, 2002Weblogs certainly have a worldwide audience. Still, no one's quite sure what makes them so hot in Brazil.One of the leading countries in registered blogs at Blogger, Brazil has recently gotten its own local version of Pyra Labs' creation -- translated into ...
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Emoting in a Cold Digital World

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News August, 2002Imagine a celebration of digital art that bans works focusing on anything related to computers and technology.This is the idea behind Art.Ficial Emotion, an international exposition featuring digitally produced art created at some of the leading media centers ...
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Brazilians’ Spin: Remix Music Biz

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News July, 2002In the eyes of many musicians and artists in Brazil, popular music as a form of pleasure and art ended in the Western world long ago.The mixing of music with commerce isn't a new concept, but the introduction of file-sharing on the Web has turned attention to th...
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Take Two Candies, Call in Morning

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News June, 2002Few people enjoy taking medicine, but how about if it came packaged in candy or ice cream?That's what the Brazilian National Association of Magistral Pharmaceutics (Anfarmag) is bringing to Brazil this year.In an official note earlier this month, Anfarmag said...
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Modified Crops Go Underground

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News May 2002An illegal but well-known underground market for genetically modified crops is growing fast in Brazil.But oftentimes, farmers who bought the seeds with promises of better yields at lower costs have reaped financial disasters and plantation damages instead.The pr...
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Brazil on Piracy: Just Say No

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News March 2002Frustrated by a government that either can't or won't address epidemic levels of commercial piracy, a broad coalition of Brazilian industry created an advertising campaign it hopes will appeal to Brazilians' sense of fair play and economic self-interest.The indu...
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All the Ink That’s Fit to Print

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News March 2002In the United States, printer companies reap most of their profits by selling ink cartridges rather than the printers themselves. That's not necessarily true in Brazil, where remanufactured ink cartridges sell for less than half the price of the original.Despite...
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Brazil’s Anti-Global Gadfly

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News February 2002PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil -- The heavy rain didn't dampen the spirits of the thousands who strode down the streets here in the "Walk for Peace," which preceded Thursday's opening of the World Social Forum.Politicians, scholars and grassroots organizers -- the vast...
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Forum: It’s the Society, Stupid

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News January 2002PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil -- While political and business leaders from the world's richest nations preach the gospel of globalization at this week's World Economic Forum in New York, a wholly different point of view will be presented in this southern Brazilian city. ...
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Reinventing Recife as Tech Harbor

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News January 2002Thirty years ago, the sugar business was Recife's biggest source of income. That was until São Paulo started processing its own sugar, and Recife was forced to diversify.Recife, situated on the northeastern coast of Brazil, went through another economic boost ...