Vivendi, Telefonica in talks over Brazil business (Update)
French media conglomerate Vivendi said Thursday it would begin exclusive talks with Spanish telecoms company Telefonica for the sale of its Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, after the Spanish company raised ...
Telefonica bids to create Brazil's top operator
Spain's telecommunications company Telefonica says it has made a 6.7 billion-euro ($9 billion) offer to buy Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from French media conglomerate Vivendi.
CSIRO releases Spanish version of free pesticide risk tool
The Australian national science agency, the CSIRO, this month, released a Spanish version of the freely available software tool, which rates the potential pollution risk of pesticides to surface and ground ...
Researchers simplify process to purify water using seed extracts
Researchers have streamlined and simplified a process that uses extracts from seeds of Moringa oleifa trees to purify water, reducing levels of harmful bacteria by 90% to 99%. The hardy trees that are drought resistant are ...
Microsoft sees booming Asia as a chance to get ahead of rivals
As Microsoft Corp. gets more aggressive in the device business, it's making decisions that may seem perplexing.
Rich-poor gap and the risk of civil war
Researchers from the University of Tübingen have found that the greater the disparity in wealth, the greater the risk of civil war. "If unequal division passes a certain level, the effects within a region are enormous," ...
Coffee fungus raising prices for high-end blends
The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease—and hold down the price for a cup of coffee.
Microsoft's Latin America headquarters growing fast in Florida
It's easy to envision what a world-class technology hub for the Americas could look like in Florida. There's already one shining example in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at Microsoft's Latin America headquarters.
Miami looks beyond beaches, bikinis to tech
Famed for its beaches, cruises and cafecitos, South Florida is now angling to become one of the next U.S. tech hot spots by leveraging its role as the gateway to Latin America and luring northern entrepreneurs with cheap ...
Disease threatens world's bananas, says UN
The United Nations warned on Monday of the potential "massive destruction" of the world's $5.0-billion (3.6-billion euro) a year banana crop as a plant disease spreads from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.
Huffington Post launches Brazil edition
US online news aggregator The Huffington Post made its debut in Brazil Tuesday with the launch of a Portuguese-language edition, its first in Latin America.
New global study reveals how diet and digestion in cows, chickens and pigs drives climate change 'hoofprint'
The resources required to raise livestock and the impacts of farm animals on environments vary dramatically depending on the animal, the type of food it provides, the kind of feed it consumes and where it lives, according ...
Toxic substances in banana plants kill root pests
Bananas are a major food staple for about 400 million people in the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa and Latin America. However, banana yields worldwide are severely threatened by pests.
Sony sells more than a million PS4 consoles in debut
More than a million PlayStation 4 consoles were sold in the first 24 hours of its release in North America, according to manufacturer Sony.