Brazil artists turn former government building into creative centre

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Creativity is blooming in one of the least likely of places in Brazil.

The 13-storey Ouvidor building in the heart of Sao Paulo used to be a local government building before it fell out of use.

Empty and derelict, the site was wasted until 300 painters, sculptors, circus performers and musicians moved in, transforming it into an artistic hub.

Now, they want the house officially declared a creative centre.

Al Jazeera’s Daniel Schweimler reports from Sao Paulo.


Pokemon Go Launched in Brazil Ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics

Pokemon Go Launched in Brazil Ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics

Creators of Pokemon Go on Wednesday said the blockbuster mobile game has been released in Brazil just in time for the Rio Olympics which start on Friday.

A spokesman for the game’s publisher Niantic confirmed in an email that “the app is currently rolling out across all of Central and South America.”

Earlier in the day, the official Twitter account for Pokemon Go tweeted that it was working hard to launch the game in South America’s largest nation and told fans to “stay tuned.”

Before the game was widely available in the country, some athletes had already been playing it and racked up hefty phone charges. Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura landed a nearly $5,000 phone bill in Rio after he was persuaded by his teammates to download the game shortly after touching down in Brazil for a pre-Games training camp last week.

(Also see: Pokemon Go Update Resets Game Progress, Some Users Complain)


Some in Brazil have questioned how Pokemon Go players will stay safe. Robbers in other countries have targeted distracted mobile phone players, and Brazil’s steepest economic recession since the 1930s has been stoking crime and straining public finances. There have been threats of police strikes on the eve of the games.

In the United States, some players have been drawn down dark alleys and into dangerous neighbourhoods in search of the imaginary creatures, only to be targeted by criminals. Players have also been involved in car accidents.

(Also see: Pokemon Go Advanced Tips and Tricks)

The game can work anywhere in the world using GPS but it was officially unavailable for download by local users in Brazil until Wednesday.

Earlier, athletes who arrived at the Olympic village expressed disappointment about the game not being widely available.

US diver Abby Johnston tweeted July 26 that the worst thing about the Olympic village was she could not play the game.

Players use their mobile devices to search various real-life locations in hopes of finding and capturing virtual Pokemon characters such as cuddly yellow Pikachu.

The game marries a classic 20-year-old Nintendo franchise with augmented reality and has surged on Apple Inc’s app charts since its release last month. It is on its way to becoming the first mobile game to break the $4 billion-per-year barrier, beating Candy Crush Saga. Japan’s Nintendo Co Ltd owns 32 percent of the Pokemon Company, which holds Pokemon’s intellectual property.

There will be around 10,500 athletes competing in the Olympics from August 5 to August 21 in Rio, plus 5,000 coaches and team officials.

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Brazil Mulls Bill to Avert WhatsApp Shutdowns: Report

Brazil Mulls Bill to Avert WhatsApp Shutdowns: Report

The Brazilian government plans to draft a bill regulating judicial access to digital data in criminal investigations, following the third nationwide court-mandated shutdown of the popular WhatsApp messaging service since December, newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo reported on Wednesday.

According to Estado, Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said the bill should provide a framework for cooperation with authorities without depriving about 100 million users of the popular Facebook Inc messaging service.

Moraes announced the plan after meeting with Rodrigo Maia, the speaker of the lower house, to discuss the issue on Tuesday, Estado said.

Also at the meeting, Maia vowed to speed up the discussion of and voting on bills aimed at protecting digital data or limiting potential shutdowns of chat apps, Estado reported.

The ministry’s and lower house’s media offices did not immediately answer calls seeking confirmation of the report.

On Tuesday, a Rio de Janeiro state-based judge ordered Brazil’s five wireless carriers to block WhatsAppas it failed to turn over data requested by authorities in a criminal probe. The Federal Supreme Court scrapped the order hours later.

The order had left about 100 million Brazilian users without access to WhatsApp for hours on Tuesday afternoon.


According to the office of Brazil’s attorney general, judges who suspend WhatsApp are incorrectly interpreting a 2014 law meant to update the legal framework for the Internet. Still, judges frustrated with the modern limits of wiretaps in drug-trafficking probes have shut down the service and even briefly jailed a senior Facebook executive in March.

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WhatsApp Blocked in Brazil through courtroom Order, Affecting a hundred Million customers

WhatsApp Blocked in Brazil by Court Order, Affecting 100 Million Users

A Brazilian choose ordered wireless cellphone providers to block get entry to to fb Inc’s WhatsApp for 72hours for the duration of Latin the us‘s biggest u . s . a . on Monday, the second such flow in opposition to the popular messaging utility in five months.

The selection via the decide in the northeastern nation of Sergipe applies to the five primary wi-fioperators in Brazil and impacts WhatsApp’s extra than one hundred million customers in the us of a. Thecause for the order isn’t regarded because of legal secrecy in an ongoing case in the Sergipe nationcourt docket.

In a assertion, WhatsApp stated the company is “disenchanted at the choice” after doing the utmost to cooperate with Brazilian tribunals.

The decision “punishes more than a hundred million users who depend upon us to talk themselves, run their business and more, simply to force us surrender records that we don’t have,” the statement stated,with out elaborating.

It turned into the second time considering mid-December that the text message and net voice phonecarrier for smartphones has been the goal of a blocking order. A Sao Paulo nation decide ordered thecarrier be shut down for 48 hours on Dec. 15, after facebook didn’t comply with an order, althoughanother courtroom interrupted that suspension rapidly later on.

judge Marcel Maia Montalvao of Sergipe state is the same judge who in March ordered the imprisonment of a Brazil-primarily based facebook government for failing to comply with an tried block on WhatsApp. Hewas jailed and eventually freed.

Executives at the 5 carriers – Telefonica Brasil SA, América Movil SAB’s Claro, TIM Participacoes SA, Oi SA and Nextel Participacoes SA – did now not have a right away comment.

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