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For nearly ten years, a 20-something Colombian hacker secretly shaped the outcomes of major elections across Latin America.

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The Italian spyware company Hacking Team provided services to governments across Latin America, some of which were used to spy on political dissenters, journalists, and other non-criminal targets, according to a new report.

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Latin America needs to get on its cybersecurity game, according to a new study.

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Latin America is lagging behind on gender pay equity, and that's a problem for the region's economy and culture as a whole, according to the United Nations.

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Latin America is going through quite a tough recession, but the private equity that flooded the region before the downturn hit is there to stay -- at least, for now.

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If 90 percent of Latin America is covered by mobile broadband, why is more than half the population not online? Here are the four major barriers new research has found keeping the Latin American economy from bursting on the mobile Internet scene.

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IBM announced on Wednesday it was entering into a partnership with Latin American IT giant GBM Corporation to create a new company designed to apply the unique talents of IBM's cognitive computer Watson to the region's challenges. The new company, appropriately named Cognitiva, will be dedicated to addressing complex problems with big data and Watson's incredible capacity for analysis.

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When you think of online piracy, the first image that comes to mind is probably of American teenagers in their dorm rooms, bittorrenting Hollywood movies. "Widespread" piracy, meanwhile, perhaps connotes a visual of bootleg DVDs being hawked on the streets of Shanghai. But perhaps it'd be more accurate to think of an average Chilean family sitting down to watch TV.

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Introducing the all-metal Vivo 5 at CES 2016 this week, discount smartphone maker Blu just joined the premium crowd.

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On the same day that investigators of the ISIS Paris attacks announced to CNN that the perpetrators used encrypted chat apps, including WhatsApp and Telegram, to communicate under the radar of law enforcement, Brazil imposed -- and then subsequently rescinded -- a nationwide ban of WhatsApp for related reasons, at least officially.

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Latinos have been the leading edge in adoption of mobile technology and smartphones in the U.S. since the beginning of the trend. Now Hispanics outside of the U.S. may take the reigns, as a boom in Latin America's mobile market is taking shape.

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The three big American automakers, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, and Ford, have all picked up the pace in their plans to save on labor costs by moving production to Mexico. While luxury cars, SUVs and trucks will still be made in the U.S., all three Detroit-based auto companies are shifting the production of smaller cars to Mexico.

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What if a dating app had an approach that incorporated more transparency, more trust, and none of the swipe-through, throwaway hookup attitude, built-in to its core?

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Mini-Silicon Valleys are sprouting in Latin America, especially in Chile and Colombia, where a combination of government initiatives, investment, and homegrown entrepreneurs are beginning to foment an economic transformation. Here's why Chile and Colombia are beginning to stand out in Latin American tech entrepreneurship.

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Music-streaming service Spotify is eyeing an expansion into Latin American markets, and the way to do that, the company says, is by integrating itself into consumers' phone contracts.

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Last week, Cuba got its first free, public WiFi hub. But as significant as that is for the formerly hermetic island nation that's in the process of normalizing relations with the U.S. and others, it may just be the beginning of a much larger coming technology revolution in the country.

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