Reuters: Bunge, partners launch Brazil database to combat deforestation. “Bunge Inc and partners on Tuesday launched an online database aimed at helping companies make investment and purchasing decisions that discourage farmers from cutting down trees for arable land. The Portuguese-language database … currently has data on Brazil’s Cerrado and will later include the Amazon region. The information can be used to assess the social and environmental risks of contributing to deforestation through soybean planting expansion in Brazil, the world’s largest exporter of the oilseeds.”
Google Blog: I Am Amazon: Discover your connection to the rainforest with Google Earth. “For many people around the world, the Amazon is a mysterious faraway land of impenetrable jungles, majestic rivers and indigenous peoples. But what many of us may not realize is that we all have a connection to the Amazon—through the air we breathe, the water that irrigates the food we eat, the natural ingredients in the medicines we use, or the shifting weather patterns that we experience around the globe. Today we invite you to venture into the heart of the Amazon and discover your connection to the world’s largest rainforest through Voyager, Google Earth’s storytelling platform.”
Plus55: Brazil’s “Social Media Funerals” Include Live Video Streaming and Message Sharing. “Throughout Brazil, funeral homes are taking on a new business. Offering live video streaming and message sharing, these ‘social media funerals’ cater to an increasingly online lifestyle. Many Brazilian family and friends live in different states, or even different countries, making it difficult to attend every funeral. As a result, more and more funeral homes are offering the service. In fact, an estimated 10 percent of the 5,500 funeral homes in Brazil offer an online streaming service.”
Ten Eyewitness News: Tourist shot in Rio after Google Maps led her through crime-ridden slum. “A tourist is fighting for her life after she was shot multiple times when Google Maps directed her through Rio De Janeiro’s infamous favela slums on the way to the city’s Christ the Redeemer statue.”
CNET: Google adds fact-check label in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. “Google wants to do more to highlight facts. Last year, Google added fact check to the list of tags — such as highly cited, trending and opinion — that show up alongside article headlines on Google News. Now, the web giant is expanding the feature to more countries and regular search.”
From the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi: Google Faces Legal Hurdles Under Brazilian Internet Law. “The Brazilian Federal Prosecution Ministry has brought civil proceedings against Google for flouting its data protection law. The suit challenges Google’s access to the content of emails exchanged by Gmail users on multiple grounds, including Google’s failure to obtain express consent.” The article also looks at similar challenges and/or privacy rules in Italy and the EU.
Mashable: Facebook made a new Snapchat clone for Brazil because why not. “The social network launched a new app in Brazil on Tuesday that looks like yet another near-perfect Snapchat clone. Called Flash, the app allows Brazilian users to send disappearing messages — complete with filters masks emoji and doodles — to friends or add them to their in-app stories.”