YouTube suspends payments to 14 Brazilian channels over spreading fake news

In a statement YouTube said, it had suspended payments to 14 channels accused of spreading fake news on Brazil’s next year’s election by the country’s federal electoral court, the TSE. The bulk of these channels regular provide full support Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who has been sowing doubts about the…

Cyberattack results in partial outage of Brazilian medical lab Fleury SA

In a regulatory filing, Brazilian medical lab company Fleury SA said, a cyberattack had resulted in the partial outage of its information technology systems. The company is assessing the impact of the cyberattack and is taking actions to minimize its effects. It would inform the market in a timely manner regarding any relevant updates on the…

Brazil backs U.S.-led global alliance for Huawei-free 5G Network

In a significant development, the Brazilian government said it has backed Washington’s push to build a global alliance of Clean Network that excludes technology companies that are manipulated by governments including China’s Communist regime. The development came in the wake of Keith Krach, U.S. Under secretary of state for economic growth, energy and environment, advising…

Britain to draft regulations overseeing environmental impact of food chain on tropical forests

In a significant development, food manufacturers, supermarkets, and restaurant chains are coming under pressure from campaigners over the environmental impact the food chain is having on tropical forests midst calls to strengthen a plan to stop logging of trees in tropical forests to grow cocoa, palm oil and soy. With the food industry coming under…

Latin American SoftBank-backed startup Kavak is Mexico’s first unicorn

In a significant development, SoftBank-backed used-car platform Kavak has become Mexico’s first ever tech “unicorn”. The startup was valued at $1.15 billion in its latest funding round last month, said its CEO Carlos Garcia. Since its founding in 2016, Mexico City-based Kavak has raised more than $400 million in total funding with SoftBank, Greenoaks Capital…

U.S. private equity firm General Atlantic LLC and SoftBank Group Corp invests $107 million in Brazilian facial recognition startup Acesso Digital

In a statement Brazil’s facial biometrics and digital admission startup Acesso Digital said, Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp and U.S. private equity firm General Atlantic LLC are leading a $107.25 million (580 million reais) funding round. Following the investment, both, General Atlantic and SoftBank, will hold a minority stake in Acesso Digital. Founded in 2007, Acesso…

Brazil signs technology safeguard agreement with the U.S.

In a development that paves the way for U.S. companies to use Brazil’s Alcantara base in the Northeastern-state of Maranhao to launch satellites, the Brazilian Senate has approved the ratification of an agreement signed earlier this year to safeguard U.S. space and defense technology. The agreement was earlier signed in March 2019 during an official…