security
Identity Theft Is Exploding in Developing Countries

New data reveals the global circulation of stolen identities is leading to major shifts in cybercrime worldwide, with developing countries cultivating newly formed internet-based economies responsible for a generous amount of fake and stolen account activity. Read More >>

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Rio Looks Apocalyptic a Year After the Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were doomed from the start. Some daft optimists thought that maybe, just maybe, if we just believed in Brazil, the politicians would pull through on their promises that the games would lift the city up to a new level of prosperity. But a year later, the opposite is true. Read More >>

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Uber Has a Murder Problem

The popular livery and union-busting service Uber is catching heat in Brazil because its drivers keep getting robbed and murdered. This isn’t the first time that the company has struggled with murder in its ranks. But holy shit, a recent report has some horrifying new details. Read More >>

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Rio’s Olympic Venues Look Like Hell Just Six Months After the Games

The Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics were never going to go well. Thanks to decades of inequality and urban decay, the city always seemed ill-prepared to host athletes and fans from around the world. So it should come as no surprise that just six months after the games, the very expensive and sparkly venues built for the occasion already look rotten. Read More >>

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Some Vampire Bats Have Started Biting Humans (and It’s Probably Our Fault)

Feeling drained? According to a new study, a vampire bat species that typically feeds on native birds has turned to sucking the blood of humans at night, likely due to human encroachment. Read More >>

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Brazil’s Obsession With the Sega Mega Drive Won’t Slow Down

Hardcore gamers might scoff at the notion of a 16-bit gaming system, but they clearly haven’t been to Brazil, where systems like the original Sega Mega Drive (or Genesis, as it's known in North America) are still among the most dominant forms of gaming. The demand for retro consoles is so high, a company called Tectoy has announced it will begin manufacturing the Sega Mega Drive in Brazil. Read More >>

science
Scientists Hope to Eradicate Disease With Massive Mosquito Orgy

The mosquito genocide is beginning. Millions of genetically modified versions of the useless vampire insects are being prepared for release in Brazil. If all goes according to plan, the mosquitoes will have a huge sex party and begin to kill off all of their natural counterparts. Read More >>

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Gas Leaks, Fires, Thieves: Australia is Having a Bad Time at the Olympics

Australia’s Olympic teams, which are currently preparing to compete in the upcoming Summer Games, have it really bad, and their competition includes a woman who recently mistook a large dildo for a duck. Read More >>

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This Is What Rio Looks Like on the Eve of the Olympics 

The 2016 Summer Olympics are scheduled to kick off in Rio de Janeiro in two weeks. The Games will undoubtedly draw many people, both in person and via broadcasts. But while the events themselves are the attraction, a new photo series from the Associated Press shows the devastating reality of what’s happening just beyond the Olympic Village in Rio’s violent, gang-dominated slums. Read More >>

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Brazil Shot and Killed its Own Olympic Mascot

Here we go again: a jaguar that was brought out during an Olympic torch event earlier this week was shot and killed shortly afterwards when it escaped its handlers. The local Games organising committee is now investigating the incident, but animal welfare advocates say the big cat should never have been there in the first place. Read More >>

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This Might Be the Reason Why Rio Can’t Clean its Shitty Water for the Olympics

It sounded too good to be true. Thanks to the Olympics, Rio’s rubbish-strewn, sewage-contaminated Guanabara Bay would transform into a pristine watershed as the premiere venue for rowing and sailing. But the cleanup effort never materialised in earnest, and earlier this year, the city said it would actually take 20 more years to complete. A new investigation offers a very simple hypothesis for why the water stayed dirty: someone stole the money. Read More >>

crime
A Judge Shut Down WhatsApp For 100 Million People in Brazil

A judge has shut down WhatsApp for three days in Brazil, in an attempt to gain access to data from the messaging service. Read More >>

science
Zika Might Have Been in Brazil Longer Than We Originally Thought

While the Zika Virus outbreak has been raging across Central America, new studies suggest that the virus might have arrived in Brazil much earlier than previously thought: in 2013. Read More >>

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Facebook Exec Arrested in Brazil Because WhatsApp Didn’t Share Data With Police 

Brazilian police arrested the vice president of Facebook in Latin America because WhatsApp did not comply with a court order to share data. Read More >>