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  • Google president arrested in Brazil over YouTube videos

    America's right to free speech is causing havoc for Google's operations abroad

    Here in the United States, Google's YouTube has taken up arms in defense of the First Amendment, refusing to take down a highly controversial anti-Muslim video in the name of free speech. In countries where free speech does not apply, however, a fight is brewing over who is responsible for politically offensive content posted to the popular site. Now, in Brazil, that fight has come to a head: The CEO of Google in Brazil, FÃbio Coelho, was arrested by federal police Wednesday in SÃo Paulo.

    Just yesterday, a local judge in Brazil issued a warrant for Coelho's arrest, citing him as responsible for Google's failure to take down certain videos critical of a mayoral candidate. Coelho is expected to be released as soon as he agrees to appear in court. The same judge has also called for YouTube service to be suspended for a period of 24 hours, an order local internet providers are willing to abide by.

    Google is appealing the judge's decision, restating that it does not believe itself

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  • Nanoparticle detergent can be used to coat your clothing and help save the environment

    What happens when you mix science and fashion? Aside from some bad sweaters and pocket protectors, you get clothing that is coated in nanoparticles designed to eat pollution.

    First introduced in March of this year, the concept revolves around the process of coating clothing with nano-sized particles of titanium dioxide that work to convert harmful nitrogen oxide air pollutants into harmless byproducts that can be washed away easily. This could work wonders for those with pollution-based respiratory problems or those who simply want to reverse their environmental footprint. According to the company, one person wearing clothes treated with this laundry additive would be able to remove around 5g of nitrogen oxides from the air in the course of an average day, which is roughly twice the emissions that a passenger vehicle gives off in a normal day.

    Catalytic Clothing's CatClo laundry additive is set to hit retail stores soon, although the deal is still being developed. The company says

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  • Legions of fake followers may no longer inflate a person's coolness factor

    Sometimes it can seem like Twitter is chock full of phony or silent feeds. In fact, only 1 in 4 accounts actively posts tweets, according to research by social media research firm Semiocast. The leaders of the popular social network are aware that these unused and fake accounts can be used to inflate follower numbers, making some people seem more important and relevant than they actually are. As a result, Twitter is considering ways to downplay your follower numbers and focus on how many friends actually read what you're tweeting.

    Twitter co-founder Evan Williams spoke at a BuzzFeed panel in New York about some of the changes up for consideration. "The dream metric is how many people saw your tweet," he said. It's unlikely that Twitter will end the use of follower numbers completely, but some additional information about how involved a person is on the network could be a more accurate depiction of their presence. Besides, if the team can figure out a way to glean that level of detail,

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  • Djokovic, Wawrinka set up epic showdown, ill Serena through

    By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic and champion Stan Wawrinka set up 'The Djoker v The Man 3.0' at Melbourne Park after impressive quarter-final victories on Wednesday, while an ill Serena Williams moved a step closer to her 19th grand slam title. The American, however, will first have to overcome the pure hitting of Madison Keys after the 19-year-old ended the fairytale run of Serena's older sister Venus, despite suffering from a thigh injury that hampered her movement. With many suggesting prior to the tournament it could signify an epochal shift in both games, the teenager represents the up and comers in the semi-finals after Djokovic and Wawrinka crushed the last hopes of 'Generation Next' in the men's draw. Djokovic, seeking to become the second man to win a fifth Australian Open title, beat Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2 in the late match on Rod Laver Arena, hours after Wawrinka had easily dispatched fifth seed Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-4 7-6(6).

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