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· August, 2013

Stories about Economics & Business from August, 2013

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Crowdsourcing Malaysia’s 2014 Budget

31 August 2013

Through the #bajet2014 website, Malaysians can give specific ideas in drafting the government's 2014 budget. They can also use the special page to approve or reject a particular proposal

Kazakhstan Eyes 2022 Winter Olympics

26 August 2013

Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city and the former capital, will be bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics. However, blogger Politolog warns [ru] that the event might prove too costly for the oil-rich nation. Another blogger, Ylya, weighs [ru] the country's chances to win the bid to host the Games in nine years.

VIDEO: Caracas’ Tower of David, the World's Tallest Slum

20 August 2013

VocativVideo has produced a video about Venezuela's ‘Tower of David’, an unfinished 45-story building taken over by squatters in the 1990s: The tower was originally intended to be a symbol of Caracas’ bright financial future, complete with a rooftop helipad, but construction stopped because of a banking crisis and the...

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VIDEO: Shop at the ‘Barrio’ in Asunción, Paraguay

14 August 2013

The campaign ‘Volvé al barrio’ (Return to the neighborhood) promotes small businesses in the Loma San Jerónimo neighborhood in Asunción, Paraguay's capital, with video ads where the neighborhood's residents tell viewers about their shops and small businesses. In the blog Hallucina [es], Global Voices contributor Gabriela Galilea shares three of...

Kuryente: Philippine Electricity App

8 August 2013

Kuryente (electricity), is a new website initiated by the Philippine government to help consumers calculate the power rates in their area. It also provides information on power plants, officials of power cooperatives, and tips on buying home appliances.

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Skype and Other Voice Over IP Banned in Comoros

8 August 2013

Skype and other voice over IP that allows online phone conversation are now suspended in Comoros. The website Linfo.re reports [fr] : The state-owned company Comores Telecom just officially banned any type of voice over IP softwares, effectively blocking any kind of free online phone coversation for internet users in Comoros. The...

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Madagascar Agency Suspended from Network Tracking Money Laundering

7 August 2013

Lambo T. reports [fr] on the website of La Gazette de La Grande Ile that Samifin [mg], the agency in charge of cleaning up the financial sector and combat transnational illegal operations in Madagascar has been suspended from the Egmont Group of financial intelligence units. Egmont is an international network that helps tracks...

TNW Announces Latin American Startup Awards Winners

5 August 2013

In the lead up to this year’s The Next Web Conference Latin America, we’ve been running Startup Awards competitions in Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil in search of the hottest startups and investors. […] The result has been absolutely amazing – in just under a week 18,448 people have cast a...

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