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Keeping E-Mail Afloat in Brazil

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News August 2001If you lived in a house with no running water, no electricity and not many amenities, getting access to the Internet wouldn't seem to be such a high priority.But that's what's happening in Amapá, a small state in Brazil near the Amazon region, where a project c...
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In Brazil an ISP Still Roams Free

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News August 2001Free ISPs in Brazil have been falling apart for quite some time, despite the growing number of Net users.Recently, Internet Gratis (iG), the biggest of the free ISPs, acquired hpG, the biggest free Web-hosting service in Brazil. Two free services getting togeth...
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Casting a Wider Net in Brazil

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News July 2001Efforts to connect Brazil to the 21st century continue in earnest as governments and non-governmental organizations endeavor to provide Internet access to poor and rural areas.According to Brazilian Planning Minister Martus Tavares, the government is about to inv...
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AIDS Drugs: U.S. vs. the World

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News May 2001The Brazilian health system is a model to the world when it comes to fighting AIDS. But it faces the wrath of labs in the United States, which want to regain control of their patents on generic medicines used to fight the disease.Brazil is the only Latin American ...
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Brazil Declares War on Pirates

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News May 2001Brazil has launched an all-out war against software piracy, creating a zero-tolerance policy to be implemented May 18 by the newly created Interministerial Committee for Piracy Combat.The idea of the program is not going over well with many in the technology field...
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Long-Distance Battle in Brazil

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News April 2001If you have a relative living abroad, you probably pay a higher phone bill every month. How about calling for free, and at the time you want?That's happening in many Latin American countries, especially Brazil."The most difficult issue (in talking with relativ...
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Brazil Could Face Blackouts, Too

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News April 2001A few months ago, Brazilians were astonished to read about the electricity crisis in California. They couldn't quite understand how the richest and most developed nation in the world could face that kind of basic –- almost absurd –- problem.That feeling has chan...
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Brazil Counting on a Net Gain

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News February 2001The government's desire to democratize the Internet moved into high gear this month when it announced a project for producing a computer that would cost as little as $15 a month.So what's in a $300 computer? Or better yet, what's not? Enough to get on the Int...
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Universo Means Access in Brazil

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News January 2001On the surface, Universo Online appears to be just another Internet service provider failing to turn up a profit.Bad news on the bottom line led to a sober business decision. It followed the steps of many other prominent companies and in November scrapped free...
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Brazil May Slash Computer Taxes

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News January 2001In an attempt to bridge the country's digital divide, the Brazilian Congress last week approved a bill that would ease the tax burden of technology companies so they could sell their products at a lower cost.Backers of the bill say more people could afford to ...
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Brazil Awaits Standard for DTV

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News January 2001Considering Brazil has the world's sixth largest television audience, it wasn't surprising the Brazilian government mentioned the medium's 50th anniversary on its homepage."Remove TV from Brazil and Brazil disappears," journalist Eugenio Bucci says on Brazil's...
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Spanish Pesetas Flow Into Brazil

Paulo Rebêlo Wired News January 2001When the Spanish bank Santander bought the debt-ridden, state-owned Banespa Bank in São Paulo, it was another indicator the Spaniards were re-conquering the New World.Only this time, they're buying it.In the last few years the Brazilian economy has fattened ...