Three World Cup Stadiums That Are Actually Good For Brazil

The 12 stadiums currently seeing World Cup action are not created equal. The dozen venues for the games are a mix of something old, something new, something temporary that will be taken down after the last goal is kicked. And not all of them have turned out to deliver the hopes and dreams promised (a few aren't even… » 6/14/14 10:00am 6/14/14 10:00am

The IOC Is Ruining the Olympics, But Rio Could Save Them

The International Olympic Committee is having a bad month. No one wants to host the 2022 Olympics. The organization's obnoxious public haranguing has turned Rio into a media circus. Its World Cup counterpart, FiFA, is being investigated for insane bribery allegations. And ultimately, the IOC has got no one to blame… » 6/06/14 2:20pm 6/06/14 2:20pm

Is Rio's Olympic Prep Really So Bad That London Might Host Instead?

A report from the Evening Standard makes a bonkers claim today: That London will be a backup if Rio can't get its act together for the Summer 2016 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee denies it. But that's a hell of a mixed message—just last week, an IOC Vice President said that Rio's preparations are "the… » 5/09/14 5:20pm 5/09/14 5:20pm

Brazil's World Cup Logo Sure Looks Like Someone Facepalming

With less than 50 days to go before Brazil hosts the World Cup finals, chatter over whether it's prepared has been growing by the day. This doesn't help: The event's logo is being ridiculed for bearing an uncanny resemblance to the internet's favorite way to express disgust, shame, or embarrassment—the ol' facepalm. » 4/24/14 11:32am 4/24/14 11:32am

Rio's Olympic Construction Crews Are Unearthing Its Slave Trade Past

Rio is currently pouring its energy into building stadiums, housing, and roads to host the World Cup next summer and the Olympics in 2016. But in the process, the city is uncovering relics of its past—including evidence of its one-time reign as the busiest slave port in the Americas. » 3/09/14 11:01am 3/09/14 11:01am

Make Way For the Olympics: The Paramilitary Clearance of Rio's Slums

They come bearing satellite TV. Brazil’s Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais, or BOPE, is an elite force of military police who often specialize in urban operations in Rio's slums—or favelas. As the World Cup and the Olympics approach, BOPE forces are appearing more and more often. And their techniques are… » 10/11/13 1:41pm 10/11/13 1:41pm

US Control Over Core Internet Systems Called Into Question

Next week, in Rio, an international meeting will get underway concerning the internet and its current status. The itinerary for the discussion includes spam, free speech and internet access costs. However, it seems that American dominance in the governing of the internet is more likely to be the unofficial topic for… » 11/11/07 1:10am 11/11/07 1:10am

Zune Marketplace Songs Play Nice with PlaysForSure Devices?

Remember when Microsoft decided to create a new form of DRM for the Zune marketplace, making songs bought using their PlaysForSure system incompatible with their new player and songs bought through their new store incompatible with all other players? That was hilarious! Well, it turns out that the wall set up between… » 2/26/07 11:48am 2/26/07 11:48am