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Netflix launched in Brazil and Latin America a little over two years ago. The company has reportedly seen significant growth rates in the region. It has also been engaged in a massive ad campaign in the region, having published more onli...
Netflix launched in Brazil and Latin America a little over two years ago. The company has reportedly seen significant growth rates in the region. It has also been engaged in a massive ad campaign in the region, having published more online display ads in Brazil and Mexico than any other marketer earlier this year. Today, based on words from Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos, Variety is reporting that the company plans to produce locally original shows “with robust budgets and worldwide distribution” in the region. “We will start producing original content in Brasil as soon as we have a large enough subscriber base,” he is quoted as saying. The company has already launched one exclusive production in Brazil – a three-part comedy series called A toca: Meanwhile, as Variety also reports, Netflix has selected Brazilian film Apenas o fim for worldwide distribution through Netflix after it won a local contest. The film is currently available on YouTube: Image: A Toca (Parafernalha)
about 2 hours ago
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeatHome screen on Firefox OS Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now When web-based mobile operating system Firefox OS first launched, it was definitely a rough draft. But Mozilla, as always, is ...
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeatHome screen on Firefox OS Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now When web-based mobile operating system Firefox OS first launched, it was definitely a rough draft. But Mozilla, as always, is quick to smooth rough edges and add polish, even as its latest project expands into more markets around the world. Today, the foundation is announcing new geographies and a new version: Firefox OS 1.1. With the new OS version, you’ll now be able to send MMS pics, audio, and videos. There’s also a new API for push notifications and enhancements to the Contacts, Calendar, and Email apps. The OS has gotten some overall speed and performance boosts, as well. Check out more improvements and details on the Mozilla blog. Another exciting update is the addition of new markets to the Firefox OS map. Now, Mozilla’s carrier partners are bringing Firefox OS devices to Brazil and other parts of Central and South America, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Hungary, and other locations around the world. Telefónica’s open web devices director, Yotam Ben-Ami, said in a statement on the news, “These first launches of Firefox OS in Spain, Colombia and Venezuela have surpassed our expectations demonstrating a strong consumer appetite for a great value and open smartphone offer. We now look forward to bringing the benefits of Firefox OS to our customers in Brazil and three other Latin America markets during Q4 2013 as well as making it available through many more Telefónica operating businesses during 2014.” Also, Deutsche Telekon CPO Thomas Kiessling said, “Deutsche Telekom’s launch of the first Firefox OS smartphone in Poland is very successful. We are really pushing the device to all T-Mobile Poland’s points of sale and experience that people are absolutely keen on exploring the possibilities of the new operating system. We are now excited about the upcoming sales start for our congstar customers in Germany. And we will bring the first devices to Greece and Hungary soon.” Of course, the very existence of Firefox OS fans the already heated debate over web technologies on phones versus native applications. Our upcoming DevBeat conference, Nov. 12-13 in San Francisco, will have a lot more on this topic. It’s a hands-on developer event packed with master classes, presentations, Q&As, and hackathons, all aimed at boosting your code skills, security knowledge, hardware hacking, and career development. Register now. VentureBeat is creating an index of the most exciting cloud-based services for developers. Take a look at our initial suggestions and complete the survey to help us build a definitive index. We’ll publish the official index later this month, and for those who fill out surveys, we’ll send you an expanded report free of charge. Speak with the analyst who put this survey together to get more in-depth information, inquire within..boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate { width:278px; margin:0px; padding:10px; float:right; border:1px solid #e4e4e4; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; color:#000; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .logo-date-wrap { width:100%; display:block; float:left; margin-bottom:8px; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate img { float:left; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .date-location { float:right; font-size:12px; line-height:14px; text-align:center; padding-left:7px; padding-top:5px; padding-bottom:3px; border-left:1px solid #e6e6e6; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .cta-red { display:block; clear:both; width:100%; border-radius:5px; border:1px solid #95070f; color:#fff; text-shadow: 0px -1px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.3); text-align:center; text-decoration:none; font-weight:600; font-size:18px; line-height:17px; padding:4px 0px 6px 0px; background: #de0a17; background: -moz-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%, #ad0812 100%); background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#de0a17), color-stop(100%,#ad0812)); background:
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There could be more than 47 million millionaires in the world by 2018, a 50% increase over the current number of millionaires, according to the latest Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report. That number is expected to grow significantly amon...
There could be more than 47 million millionaires in the world by 2018, a 50% increase over the current number of millionaires, according to the latest Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report. That number is expected to grow significantly among emerging economies, according to the report. The Asia-Pacific region could go from 5.2 million millionaires to 9 million, and China alone could nearly double its millionaire population in five years. Growth in Brazil and Mexico could push Latin America to nearly 1 million millionaires in 2018. Here's the projection from Credit Suisse: And these charts show how Credit Suisse projects wealth will be distributed globally and in China in 2018. SEE ALSO: Here's Where The World's Richest 0.00001387015% Live Join the conversation about this story »
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Firefox OS, Mozilla’s mobile OS alternative to Android and iOS, launched in select European and South American markets earlier this year. It’s been a little too quiet on the Firefox OS front since then, but Mozilla and its ha...
Firefox OS, Mozilla’s mobile OS alternative to Android and iOS, launched in select European and South American markets earlier this year. It’s been a little too quiet on the Firefox OS front since then, but Mozilla and its hardware partners are starting to stir once again. Mozilla announced today that it and its hardware partners are preparing to launch Firefox OS in even more South American countries, including Brazil. Currently, Firefox OS devices are only available in Colombia and Venezuela through Telefonica. “These first launches of Firefox OS in Spain, Colombia and Venezuela have surpassed our expectations demonstrating a strong consumer appetite for a great value and open smartphone offer,” said Yotam Ben-Ami, Director of Open Web Devices at Telefonica. “We now look forward to bringing the benefits of Firefox OS to our customers in Brazil and three other Latin America markets during Q4 2013 as well as making it available through many more Telefónica operating businesses during 2014.” Telefonica may operate in Spain, but what about the rest of Europe. Mobile carrier Deutsche Telecom says that it plans to expand upon its successful launch in Poland with more launches in Germany, Greece and Hungary. Mozilla also announced a new partner in Telenor – a Norway-based telecom company. The carrier will launch Firefox OS devices in Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro before the end of the year. Of course, Mozilla won’t be simply resting on its laurels as more Firefox OS devices make their way into the hands of more people. The company announced today that it’s pushing out version 1.1 of Firefox OS today. This update adds MMS messaging and a variety of performance improvements. Mozilla CEO Jay Sullivan says the latest update to Firefox OS is all about delivering the best product to people who may be buying their very first smartphone: “The positive market reception of the first Firefox OS smartphones demonstrates that people like the user experience and openness we’re building with Firefox OS,” said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer. “We continue to enhance Firefox OS to deliver the best experience for the many people around the world buying their first smartphones. We are looking forward to seeing the response to the next round of Firefox OS launches.” While there’s still no word on a U.S. launch for Firefox OS, ZTE confirmed last month that its Firefox OS device would be launching in the states next year. If you’re super impatient, you can get one through eBay right now. [Image: ZTE]
about 6 hours ago
For the first time ever, international fans of “The Walking Dead” will be able to catch the season four premiere within 24 hours of Sunday’s U.S. premiere on Fox channels around the world. That narrowed lag time between nati...
For the first time ever, international fans of “The Walking Dead” will be able to catch the season four premiere within 24 hours of Sunday’s U.S. premiere on Fox channels around the world. That narrowed lag time between national and local telecasts will continue for the whole 16-episode season, which is broken down into two eight-episode halves. There are a number of advantages and reasons for the logistically ambitious strategy: ”We want to prevent the spoilers for sure, we also want to make sure [international viewers] get the best version of the show — not some pirated version,” Liz Dolan, Fox International Channel’s chief marketing officer, told TheWrap. “But we also want them to get it super fast.” See video: ‘Walking Dead’ Cast Picks the Co-Star They’d Like to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse With (Video) Some countries with rabid fans of the zombie series don’t even want to wait 24 hours. Polish viewers, for example, will be able to watch 19 hours after viewers in the States do. In previous seasons, FIC launched the series in 125 different countries within a week of the U.S. broadcast — which was pretty darn good in its own right. “When we did the first three seasons of ‘The Walking Dead,’ delivering it within a week was ground-breaking,” Dolan told TheWrap. “That was the fastest global launch in the history of television.” Also read: ‘Twilight’s’ Christian Serratos Joins AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Probably the most difficult aspect of the near-instant turnaround time is dubbing the show in 44 different languages, Dolan said. She told TheWrap that FIC plans on using more of this challenging timeline with other programs in the future, but found that “The Walking Dead” was the proper series to start with — as high rates of piracy (“A huge issue”) and online chatter surround the show. The deployment strategy also allows for unique cross-promotional opportunities. This year’s push includes cross-media tactics using traditional media, apps, online games and social activations, on-ground events including zombie invasion stunts, zombie walks, premiere parties, publicity tours, special graphic channel takeovers and more. “Because of FIC’s scale, we have the uncommon luxury of huge, cross-demo reach,” Dolan said. “Just last week our team in Japan staged a zombie invasion at a baseball game, which was immediately seen across our Fox Sports networks there.” “You can get really creative with what you do on this show, and our teams around the world have been very effective in pushing the boundaries,” she continued. “It is every marketer’s dream.” Also read: ‘Walking Dead’ Alum Laurie Holden Joins Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels in ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ “The Walking Dead” is available in all major markets, including Australia, UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Turkey, Balkans, Baltic, Norway, Netherlands, all of Latin America, all of the Middle East, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Africa. Season 3 of the series ranked No. 1 in markets including Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Australia. “The Walking Dead” remains FIC’s strongest-ever performing series globally. FIC is the international partner on the series and exclusive first window broadcaster of the show outside the U.S. “The Walking Dead” season 4 premieres in the U.S. on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c on AMC. The post ‘Walking Dead’ Airing Overseas 1 Day After U.S. Premiere For First Time Ever appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:Fall TV So Far: What's Working, What's Not and Why'Walking Dead' Spinoff In the Works at AMCFrench Zombie Series 'The Returned' Acquired by Sundance
about 8 hours ago
Even though Mozilla may be among the latest entrants in the smartphone market, it has a real chance to succeed in its quest to turn Firefox OS from yet another new kid on the block into a major player. The mobile operating system is avai...
Even though Mozilla may be among the latest entrants in the smartphone market, it has a real chance to succeed in its quest to turn Firefox OS from yet another new kid on the block into a major player. The mobile operating system is available on inexpensive devices, is backed by a couple of large mobile operators and will reach a significant number of prospective buyers in emerging markets. Today, Mozilla announces it is gearing up for the second round of Firefox OS launches, which are set to reach more markets and more devices. The latest expansion will kick off "soon", with mobile operators Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica and Telenor revealing their short-term plans for expanding the Firefox OS market availability. Telefónica's latest Firefox OS plans focus on the Latin American smartphone market. "We now look forward to bringing the benefits of Firefox OS to our customers in Brazil and three other Latin America markets during Q4 2013 as well as making it available through many more Telefónica operating businesses during 2014", says the company's director of Open Web Devices Yotam Ben-Ami. Meanwhile, Deutsche Telekom will focus on expanding the reach of Firefox OS in Europe. "We are now excited about the upcoming sales start for our congstar customers in Germany. And we will bring the first devices to Greece and Hungary soon", says the company chief product and innovation officer Thomas Kiessling. Mozilla adds that mobile operator Telenor will also join the Firefox OS party, as it "confirmed" launch plans for Hungary, Montenegro and Serbia "before the end of the year". Mozilla offers no hardware details regarding the new Firefox OS devices. It, however, says that the handsets will run Firefox OS version 1.1, "which includes many performance improvements and new features like MMS messaging" and will be available as an upgrade to existing users "soon". Mozilla's chances of success are fueled by the continuous drop in smartphone average selling price (ASP). According to an IDC report from June, the market's preference is shifting towards less expensive handsets, as the smartphone ASP decreased from $443 in 2011 to $372 in the first half of 2013. As a result, it's likely that Mozilla's hardware partners will continue using the same formula, of inexpensive Firefox OS handsets, for the foreseable future. Photo Credit: Markus Gann/Shutterstock
about 9 hours ago
When on October 1, fallen billionaire Eike Batista's OGX Petroleo & Gas, missed a $45 million bond coupon payment, some were surprised but most had seen the writing on the wall. After all, Brazil's second largest oil company after Petro...
When on October 1, fallen billionaire Eike Batista's OGX Petroleo & Gas, missed a $45 million bond coupon payment, some were surprised but most had seen the writing on the wall. After all, Brazil's second largest oil company after Petrobras, and the crowning jewel of Batista's EBX Group, had been under the microscope of investors and certainly creditors (and if it wasn't it certainly should have been) after oil deposits that Batista had valued at $1 trillion turned out to be commercial failures. And so the countdown to the inevitable bankruptcy filing began. Overnight, Bloomberg reports that the wait should not be long (in fact it may coincide with the default of that other insolvent mega-creditor: the United States), and will mostly certainly take place before the end of the month, following the retention of bankruptcy specialist law firm Quinn Emanuel. From Bloomberg: Quinn Emanuel was hired to work on restructuring and potential litigation matters in the U.S. for Batista, said the people, who asked not to be named because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. OGX Petroleo & Gas Participacoes SA (OGXP3) is considering filing for bankruptcy protection by the end of this month, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said last week. The filing would be done in Rio de Janeiro where OGX is based, said the people, asking not to be identified as discussions are private. While Batista is negotiating with creditors to avoid the same process for shipbuilder OSX Brasil SA (OSXB3), the most likely outcome is that both companies will seek legal protection, they said. Prior stakeholder representations by Quinn Emmanuel have been the bankruptcies of energy trader Enron Corp., futures trader Refco Inc. and oil-trader SemGroup LP, according to the firm’s website, so they are quite proficient at representing what is about to be Latin America's largest energy-related bankruptcy in a long time. And while it is unclear if the company will file concurrently in the US under Chapter 15, Batista's creditors, awoken from their "all is well" slumber and scrambling, have decided to pull an Elliott management, and take possession of at least two ships used as collateral by another Batista company, shipbuilder OSX and sister company to OGX, whose assets may also be impaired as unknown cross-default provisions are triggered and a vicious intercreditor fight ensues. Bloomberg reports that OSX Brasil bank creditors considering taking possession of 2 vessels used as collateral on loans to Batista’s shipbuilder, say 6 people with knowledge. The banks are talking to advisers and company officials to see if they should execute guarantees if OSX’s oil sister co. goes into default, which would trigger cross-default clauses on OSX. Bloomberg adds that OSX already hired Credit Suisse to help sell OSX-1, OSX-2 platforms that guarantee loans. One question is what the waterfall effects on local banks would be in the case of a bankruptcy filing, due to massive exposure to the company by both local and foreign financial firms - case in point OSX borrowed $1.27 billion from banks including Santander, DVB and others. Naturally officials at neither DVB nor Santander commented. Either way, the seemingly endless period of financial stability in Latin America, and particularly Brazil (where record consumer debt is a far greater issue), long seen as a derivative of China, is ending. Luckily, the next steps in the global overlevered soap opera are about to be unveiled. So sit back, grab the popcorn and watch as the world receives yet another Donald Trump, i.e., fallen billionaire angel, this time in Latin America, and all the associated entertainment, even if it is not quite as entertaining for the thousands of Brazilians who are about to lose their jobs as the debt tsunami finally rolls over.
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Back in late July, Travelocity’s Courtney Scott and crew arrived in Colombia to shoot new episodes of their web program, Let’s Roam. They began in Cartagena, and then flew to Medellin to catch the end of Colombiamoda, before ...
Back in late July, Travelocity’s Courtney Scott and crew arrived in Colombia to shoot new episodes of their web program, Let’s Roam. They began in Cartagena, and then flew to Medellin to catch the end of Colombiamoda, before moving on to the coffee region, and ultimately, Bogotá. Each week since the start of September, they’ve released a new episode from Let’s Roam Colombia on their YouTube page, and I’m thrilled to have been featured in this week’s episode from Medellin. In it, Courtney learns to dance a little salsa in a studio, before moving on to Dulce Jesus Mio. Below is the Colombiamoda episode. If the runway show looks a little familiar, it’s because as luck would have it, I attended the same one! _____________ The 138-page, all-original Medellín Travel Guide by David Lee is now available for purchase on Kindle and PDF.
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There will be more Firefox OS smartphones on the global scene, as Mozilla and its partners provide a near-steady stream of product launches for devices similar to the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open. Firefox OS smartphones have ...
There will be more Firefox OS smartphones on the global scene, as Mozilla and its partners provide a near-steady stream of product launches for devices similar to the Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open. Firefox OS smartphones have already seen successful launches in Spain, Columbia and Venezuela from provider Telefónica, and Deutsche Telekom in Poland—successful enough that both providers want to keep the Firefox OS juices flowing. While no specific release dates were mentioned in Mozilla's blog announcement about the new launches, statements from Telefónica and Deutsche Telekom put some pins on the release map. "We now look forward to bringing the benefits of Firefox OS to our customers in Brazil and three other Latin America markets during Q4 2013 as well as making it available through many more Telefónica operating businesses during 2014," said Yotam Ben-Ami, Director of Open Web Devices at Telefónica. Thomas Kiessling, Chief Product and Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom, had other markets to announce, "We are now excited about the upcoming sales start for our congstar customers in Germany. And we will bring the first devices to Greece and Hungary soon." A third mobile provider, Telenor, is expected to launch Firefox OS devices in Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro by the end of the year. Firefox OS isn't making a dent in the global market share numbers yet, but the continued investment by Telefónica and Deutsche Telekom means that there is definitely some success happening with the mobile platform. Firefox OS is fitting a niche for customers who desire smartphone capabilities without the usual costs. The browser-centric interface is reportedly appealing as well.
about 11 hours ago
Brachiaria grass has been shown to inhibit nitrification, helping to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. Photograph: Neil Palmer/International Center for Tropical Agriculture Scientists will call for a major push thi...
Brachiaria grass has been shown to inhibit nitrification, helping to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. Photograph: Neil Palmer/International Center for Tropical Agriculture Scientists will call for a major push this week to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from Gardening" target="_blank">agriculture through the use of a modified tropical grass. Brachiaria grasses have been found to inhibit the release of nitrous oxide, which has a more powerful warming effect than carbon dioxide or methane, leading them to be called a super grass. The authors of several new papers on this grass, which is already used in pastures across much of Latin America, say enhanced strains, wider usage and improved management will provide the most effective means of tackling climate change through agriculture, which accounts for about a third of all greenhouse gases. Nitrous oxide – largely from livestock production – makes up 38% of agriculture emissions, but this share could be substantially reduced, they say. “On a conservative estimate, we assume that at least half of the gases can be saved in livestock production in tropical environments,” said Michael Peters, of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture. “I think this is the best strategy you can have in agriculture to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.” The papers, which will be presented at an International Grasslands Congress in Sydney this week, claim that additional benefits will also include higher productivity, less need for fertiliser, lower levels of nitrate pollution in waterways and considerable carbon capture. Brachiaria grasses originated in Africa, but have been most extensively used for grazing in Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua and parts of Australia and south-east Asia. During the past decade, scientists have discovered the chemicals that enable the plant to bind nitrogen into the soil, thus making it more productive and less “leaky”. They are now breeding different strains of brachiaria to maximise these nitrogen-inhibiting properties and encouraging wider use of the grass in pastures and in rotation with crops such as soy and corn. Although the authors hope it can be used in an additional 100m hectares, the brachiaria is not a solution for all countries as it does not grow well in temperate climes. There are potential downsides. The extra productivity could provide an additional economic incentive for the clearance of forests and – as with all monocultures – the proposed expansion of brachiaria pastureland poses a challenge to biodiversity. But the scientists say the benefits outweigh the risks. “There will be positive impacts on the economy and at the same time benefits for the environment,” Peters said. Red Flowers .entry-content iframe { margin-bottom: 0px !important; } The post ‘Super grass’ could vastly reduce agriculture emissions, say scientists appeared first on Red Rising From The Earth.
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