17 December 2015

WhatsApp ordered shut down (BR)
Fitch Ratings cuts Brazil down again (BR)
Who was Brazil’s first black female legislator? (SC)
A complete guide to Cachaça (BR)
Where major construction sites and pedophilia meet (MA)

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A judge in São Paulo ordered WhatsApp to shut down for 48 hours, starting at midnight on December 17th, blocking 93 million users. The reason is due to Facebook’s non-compliance back in July with a Brazilian request to reveal messages sent by a group of criminals. In an update, it seems the app is being unblocked in lieu of a fine.
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Era para o WhatsApp ser bloqueado no país durante 48 horas por não atender a uma determinação judicial em julho passado. Embora uma nova decisão determinou o reestabelecimento do app.

[Tech Crunch EN / G1 PT]


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Fitch Ratings cut Brazil’s sovereign-credit rating to junk status on Wednesday, citing the country’s ballooning budget deficit, political turmoil and a deeper-than-expected recession.
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A agência de classificação de risco Fitch Ratings rebaixou a nota de crédito soberana de longo prazo do Brasil e, pela sua escala, o país perdeu o grau de investimento. A perspectiva da nota permanece negativa – o que significa que novos rebaixamentos podem ocorrer no futuro.

[WSJ EN / Valor PT]


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Few people know the story of Antonieta de Barros, Brazil’s first black female legislator. In Florianópolis, the capital of the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil, streets, schools and tunnels all bear her name.
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Pouca gente conhece a história de Antonieta de Barros, a primeira deputada negra do Brasil. Em Florianópolis, capital do estado de Santa Catarina, no Sul do país, ela aparece em nome de rua, escola, túnel e tem até um memorial.

[Global Voices EN / PT]


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A complete guide to Cachaça: Brazil’s most popular spirit
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Uma guia completa sobre cachaça: O espírito mais popular do Brasil

[Eater EN]


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A reporter goes undercover and witnesses how sex, alcohol and drugs dominate the lives of young girls and older male employees of large construction sites in inland Maranhão.
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Um repórter testemunha como sexo, álcool e drogas dominam as vidas de meninas e de operários de grandes empreendimentos no interior de Maranhão.

[BRIO PT]

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