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Last Update on May 03, 2016 07:06 GMT
IN THE NEWS: HUNGARY - UBER
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The Hungarian government is trying to put the brakes on Uber. Officials say they want the company and its ride-hailing app to go away -- as part of an effort to crack down on unlicensed passenger transport. The sentiment against Uber seems to run deep in Hungary; taxi drivers have held several demonstrations against Uber and unlicensed drivers -- and have hectored the government to ban the U.S. based company.
IN THE NEWS: WHATSAPP - BRAZIL
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- What's up with WhatsApp in Brazil? Not much, apparently, because it appears the messaging system is down. Local news reports suggest the outage is part of an ongoing judicial battle. It seems a judge in a remote northeastern area of the country ordered the messaging service shut down for 72 hours, starting yesterday afternoon. The issue seems to stem from a battle Brazilian authorities have had with WhatsApp's parent company, Facebook. Back in March, the top Facebook official in Latin America was detained because the site wouldn't cooperate with a probe into drug trafficking and organized crime. The detention was aimed at trying to get the official to surrender information about WhatsApp users that authorities were trying to track down.