Google executive detained in Brazil

YouTube video cause Google official to be detained

In a rather shocking tale of trying to curb down mass media, a Google executive from Brazil was apprehended by police officials after the company’s video sharing site failed to take down a video allegedly attacking a mayoral candidate.

The video, according to Brazilian officials, violated electoral law in the country.

According to a Google spokesperson, “Google is providing clarification to legal authorities.” This after their most senior executive was detained by police.

This is the first time in Brazil that Google’s executives were placed on the spotlight after a member of YouTube posted a video on their site.

The video in question showed a mayoral candidate in a montage saying, “What an idiot – give him an F!”

According to the Google, “Google believes that voters have a right to use the internet to freely express their opinions about candidates for political office, as a form of full exercise of democracy, especially during electoral campaigns.”

Google has been facing this dilemma over member uploads that are defamatory to institutions or individuals.

The Islamic world is up in arms due to the Innocence of Muslims which has been posted on their site.

Is Google responsible for all the uploaded videos in their site?

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Smartphones to sell 1.7 billion units by 2017

If we base human’s reliance on the smartphone in the future years to a statement from an analyst firm then we would see how popular and how important it is for once day-to-day activities.

In a statement, Ovum said that emerging markets accounted for 160 million of 450 million smartphone sales a year ago. In fact, 66% of these 160 million came from China.

Ovum analyst Shiv Putcha said, “China is at the center of smartphone development and adoption in emerging markets, with the whole ecosystem increasingly geared toward the production of feature-rich affordable devices. This new wave of affordable smartphones will have a major impact on consumer choice in emerging markets.”

It is also good to note that total smartphone sales all over the world might reach 1.7 billion units in 2017.

“While much of this development is occurring in China, local brands from other emerging markets are also adopting this model. Other emerging markets that will show strong growth include India and Indonesia, followed by Brazil and Russia,” Putcha added.

Smartphones, may it be affordable or expensive, are now a need and not a necessity. This seemingly small device enables someone to do their works outside the office, while some can even be used to run companies.

Truly the mobile phone that we once knew has now turned into a lifeline to us and to the world.

Imagine its importance in our lives in the future!

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Educational site and game app launched by Brazil

Brazil is known for their beaches, gorgeous models and ladies, football and most especially, their wonderful country.

It doesn’t seem like Brazil is having problems in inviting tourists to visit their country. Theirs is an exceptional spot for a weekend retreat and for a short getaway.

Embratur or more commonly known as The Brazilian Tourism Board has developed two ways to further lure vacationers to their country. These are an interactive Brand Channel website and a new video game app called “Brasil Quest”. These were developed to help travelers learn more about Brazil.

The Brazil Brand Channel website was developed in partnership with search giant Google. This was aimed to assist travelers in planning their trips with the use of images, detailed information and interactive tools about Brazil. The site was launched last Tuesday and New Yorkers can test the site at the Grand Central Terminal.

“Brasil Quest” on the other hand is a free game app for iPhone, iPad and Android in Times Square. The game was developed to celebrate the 12 cities that will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil. Users can download the game at their App Store and Google Play starting March 23.

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