App for That
For many Brazilians, learning that the NSA was using its high tech tracking methods to invade their privacy left them rightfully outraged. But when similar spying technology is concocted for home use in an app that can track the whereabouts of a straying mate, who gives a crap about privacy?
Recently, an app called Boyfriend Tracker became a sensation in the South American country with 50,000 downloads in just two months.
App for That
Developer Matt Henderson was confused. Why was his new English-language app called Rego, which lets users bookmark locations, blowing up in Brazil? There had to be some kind of reasonable explanation as to why 25 percent of downloads were originating from the South American country.
So, he did something he probably should’ve done earlier in the creative process: he searched the term Rego. Turns out the word translates to a slang term for “butt crack” in Portuguese, according to a story he Read More
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Incapable of finding an actual human woman to touch your genitals? Eagerly awaiting the coming of longevity orgasms but have no one to practice with ever since your carpal tunnel diagnosis? Fear not: Brazil’s “first real doll” is here, and for a mere $105,000, you can take her virginity.
Here's Apple In Your Eye
This must be going over well in Cupertino: The BBC reports that the Institute of Industrial Property, Brazil’s IP authority, have ruled that Apple does not have the exclusive rights to use the term “iPhone” in the country. That’s because the Brazilian company Gradiente Eletronica registered the trademark seven years before Apple. This means the company can continue to sell its own version of the iPhone which, irony of ironies, runs on Android.
Well, there’s at least one Google executive that might want to hop on the next plane out of Sao Paolo–and it’s not because someone’s cheesed off at Orkut’s seeming frumpy sister status within the company’s social strategy.
Reuters reports that a regional Brazilian elections court wants the company’s top man in Brazil arrested immediately, as YouTube wouldn’t remove a video deemed defamatory of a local mayoral candidate.
“You can do that?!” — every political candidate in America right now.