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The day I got back from Kyiv, I was off to Brazil – this trip was for vacation. The trip to Porto Alegre, Brazil took about 30 hours from Seattle. You can imagine the confusion my body felt with all the time zone changes. Zzz! But, December in the US is springtime in Brazil – definitely something to look forward to after snowy Kyiv.

Brazil is one of the most rapidly evolving technology hubs. As Bloomberg News reported this week: “Brazil, Russia, India, China and Indonesia will double their Internet users to 1.2 billion by 2015, fueling growth at media companies and phone carriers, according to Boston Consulting Group Inc.” (more…)

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In the Fierce Wireless article, “What’s next for location-based services” by Mark Lownstein, the author shares his thoughts on the state of LBS and GPS services. It is interesting to read that he is not optimistic about subscription-based LBS. However, he offers ideas on how to monetize such services.

Questions that can be asked include:
1) What are some examples of ways to appropriately dispel information about where consumers are? The most common example seems to be the right for restaurants to contact nearby consumers who may be looking for a good meal special. What are some non-food/beverage examples?
2) What are some circumstances under which consumers would be able to charge companies that want to access their location information?

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