Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Updated at 2:40 AM ET

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Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi, who's been dubbed the "Mexican Madonna" knows a thing or two about the rollercoaster that is love. For decades she has been cranking out the hits, singing about love, passion, heartache and injustice. While there has been a tumultuous side to her love life, she's still enamored with the concept of love - after all she named her upcoming world tour "El Amor" ("The Love"). Now, Trevi is presenting the first single, "Como Yo Te Amo" from her upcoming album.

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The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs is set to improve its immigrant visa process with a new pilot program and improved communication, which could particularly impact the tech sector. U.S. Department of State Director of Public and Diplomatic Liaison for the Bureau of Consular Affairs Jill Esposito spoke with Latin Post about new initiatives impacting the immigrant visa process, including after President Barack Obama's Nov. 20, 2014, immigration executive actions.

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Ever wonder what your life would be like if you were Madonna? What if you were the "Mexican Madonna?" Longtime fans and curious audiences were able to get a taste of what it was like this week at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, during the SXAméricas program where singer/song-writer Gloria Trevi participated in an in-depth and insightful Q&A for the upcoming Picturehouse film based on her life, "Gloria."

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Facebook is looking to make Messenger more than an annoying extraneous download, turning it into a multi-app platform soon. Meanwhile, Twitter celebrates nine years since its debut took South by Southwest (SxSW) by storm by ironically doing all it can to stop Twitter network-exploiting video streaming app Meerkat from doing the same at this year's SxSW -- with the opposite effect.

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South by Southwest just got juicier for the SXAméricas Program. Dubbed the "Mexican Madonna" Gloria Trevi, an acclaimed performer, songwriter and multimillion selling recording artist is coming to SXSW for an in-depth interview and the premiere of a new film based on her life, "GLORIA."

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"The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise director Marc Webb recently sat down with "The Daily Beast" to discuss the latest installment in the Spider-Man cinematic universe, future endeavors and his growing success in the film industry.

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Tyler, The Creator, lead rapper of the alternative music collective Odd Future, was arrested at South By Southwest in Austin on Saturday for inciting a riot.

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This year, South by Southwest Interactive - the tech expo that precedes the SXSW music and film festival in Austin, Texas - was just packed with startups vying for attention and funding as ever. Here's a rundown of the winners among the crowd.

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Latinos in technology had a presence at South by Southwest Interactive this year, with varying degrees of turnout and success. Sessions at the SXSW Latinos in Technology pre-conference focused on how modern technology affects Latino communities, while at the same time feeling a little left out of the SXSW community.

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Mariachi music is an essential part of Mexican life and culture; it tells the story of heartache, anguish and involves the craft of storytelling, but with this traditional genre comes a lot of male pride and ownership, a challenge that talented female musicians have faced since the 1950s. SXSW 2014 is featuring films that highlight the powerful females in Mariachi movement.

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During a tech-oriented show at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas on Monday, whistleblower fugitive Edward Snowden made a video appearance and gave an hour-long talk denouncing the U.S. government's surveillance policies.

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"You have to put something out into the universe in order to get it back," Deyvis Rodriguez, founder of the Latino tech start-up, Stellar Collective, told the Latin Post. Fresh off of attending the pre-SXSW "Latin@s in Tech" conference, held by the Kapor Center, as well as SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX, Rodriguez shared his thoughts on the powerful Latinos in technology movement as well as his inspiration for his Latino tech start-up with the Latin Post.

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Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt wants you to know he's "pretty sure" your data is safe from surveillance.

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange kicked off the South by Southwest Interactive conference on Saturday with a Skype-powered video chat with the tech geeks gathered in Austin, TX. Speaking from his imposed house arrest in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Assange talked with SXSW attendees about his life, the National Security Agency, and the new era of journalism and activism.

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South by Southwest Interactive has always been seen as the hip place to go to learn about the next big Silicon Valley startup, but the tone and focus has changed a little this year. The festival is toning down the "trendy" and enlarging its international focus, along with taking on some serious issues in technology.

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SXSW Interactive is becoming more international, but this time other countries don't just want to report back to its citizens, instead they want to show off what they are made of from start-ups to new, innovative ideas -- thus making for more competitive contenders on a global scale.

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