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Cablevisión to Offer More HD, 10x Faster Internet

August 29th, 2010 | 07:50 PM

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Cablevisión plans to offer a total of 20 HD channels by the end of the year and 30 by mid 2011.

Cablevisión chief executive Carlos Moltini confirmed the plans to The Argentine Post last week after a meeting with local bloggers.

Argentina’s leading cable TV provider is also working on plans to offer much faster download speeds to customers of its Fibertel Internet service.

Fibertel will offer Internet downloads speeds up to 10x faster than those currently available, Moltini said in the meeting. The company will offer the faster service by deploying the so-called DOCSIS 3.0 modem technology already used in the U.S. (more…)

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Starbucks Pours Over Argentina, Opens 23rd Store

August 27th, 2010 | 06:44 AM

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Starbucks, the Seattle-based bean grinder to the masses, opened its 23rd store Thursday, proving to critics that it’s successfully marching nonstop march to conquer the entire universe.

Starbucks opened its latest store at the Paseo Alcorta shopping center in Palermo, where upscale shoppers and attractive women often abound.

“It makes us very happy to open another hip store where hot, wealthy people gather to see and be seen,” Starbucks General Manager Diego Paolini said in a statement. “If you’re a hot person, there’s nothing better than looking at other hot people while drinking hot, ethically sourced coffee.”

OK, that’s not really what Paolini said.

The 245 square-meter store is located on the mall’s third floor and has room for 80 customers.

For a helpful Google map of Starbucks locations, click here.

For more info about Starbucks Argentina, click here. If you wanna “like” the Starbucks Argentina Facebook page, click here (120,000 already have). If you hate Starbucks, click here.

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Steve Carrell to Star in Adaptation of Argentine Film

August 26th, 2010 | 09:47 PM

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Funny-man Steve Carrell will produce and star in a Hollywood adaption of the Argentine movie Un Novio para Mi Mujer, the daily Variety reported Thursday.

“In the original film, Un novio para mi mujer,’ a timid husband believes the only way out of his stifling marriage is to get his wife to fall in love with another man, so he enlists the help of a legendary yet unlikely Lothario,” Variety noted.

“Directed by Juan Taratuto, it was Argentina’s leading homegrown pic in 2008.”

Carrel is perhaps best known for his leading role as the hilariously inappropriate office manager on The Office.

If you haven’t seen the original Argentine flick, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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De Vido Says Argentina to Get Free WiFi Hotspots

August 23rd, 2010 | 09:06 PM

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Argentine Planning Minister Julio De Vido said Monday that the government will install free WiFi in public places around in the country within four months.

The news comes just days after De Vido announced that the government would give Fibertel, one of the country’s leading broadband providers, 90 days to shut down.

Critics will likely interpret the WiFi announcement as a last minute move designed to win favor amid what seems to be a massive rejection of the plan to kill Fibertel.

If installing free WiFi hotspots around the country were such a good idea, some may ask, why is the government announcing this now, just days after it said it would kill Fibertel? (more…)

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Argentina’s Government Decides to Kill Fibertel

August 19th, 2010 | 07:55 PM

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In a surprise announcement Thursday, Argentina’s government said it will kill Fibertel, the country’s leading Internet Service Provider.

“Fibertel doesn’t exist anymore,” Planning Minister Julio De Vido said at a press conference.

Of course, Fibertel does exist. De Vido was speaking idiomatically. Indeed, I posted this article to the web via Fibertel.

But if De Vido gets his way, Fibertel won’t exist three months from now.

De Vido said Fibertel, which is owned by the government’s sworn enemy, the media giant Grupo Clarín, is using an illegal license to operate in the telecommunications and broadband industry.

Fibertel has more than a million customers. De Vido said they now have 90 days to find another Internet service.

Despite the dramatic announcement, however, it seems unlikely that Fibertel will be dismantled within 90 days.
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40% of Argentine Pregnancies End in Abortion

August 11th, 2010 | 07:27 PM

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An astonishing 40% of all pregnancies in Argentina end in abortion.

That, at least, is the conclusion of a report published this week by Human Rights Watch.

If it’s accurate, it puts Argentina’s abortion rate at about double the global average of around 20%, according to UN data.

It also almost doubles the 22% rate in the U.S., where about half of all pregnancies are unintended (this figure differs sharply depending on ethnicity).

According to this 2003 study of global abortion rates by The Lancet, Europe has the world’s highest abortion rate.

The Lancet study had this to say:

“There were an estimated 205 million pregnancies (livebirths, spontaneous miscarriages, stillbirths, and induced abortions) worldwide in 2003, of which about 20% ended in induced abortion. In eastern Europe, almost half of all pregnancies ended in induced abortion, whereas in northern America, one in five pregnancies ended in abortion. Even in regions where small proportions of pregnancies end in induced abortion, such as middle and western Africa, about one in ten pregnancies were terminated.” (more…)

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Bon Jovi to Rock Buenos Aires in October

August 10th, 2010 | 04:20 PM

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The legendary rock band Bon Jovi is coming to Buenos Aires.

The New Jersey-born band, led by John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., will play Buenos Aires Oct. 3 at the River Plate stadium.

This will be the band’s first return to Argentina in 15 years.

Tickets for the band’s “The Circle Tour” go on sale Aug. 27 at ticketek.

If you happen to be a customer of Banco Francés, or have a friend that is, you can get pre-sale tickets starting Aug. 20 through Ticketek by calling 5237-7200 or via the website.

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Argentina Ranks 13th in World in Plastic Surgery

August 9th, 2010 | 08:40 PM

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Some of those hot bodies you see on Argentina’s streets may not be completely natural.

Long known for its unusually attractive population, Argentina has more plastic surgeries and non-surgical procedures than all but 12 countries in the world.

That’s the conclusion of a new global survey carried out by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, or ISAPS.

According to the survey, which measures total and not per capita plastic surgeries, Argentina ranks 13th worldwide in terms of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. The U.S. leads the world in the rankings.

The top 20 rankings follow, in order from No. 1 to No. 20: (more…)

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Follow The Argentine Post on Twitter: @taos

August 7th, 2010 | 02:35 PM

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Editor’s Note: If you like The Argentine Post and want more than you get here on this site, you might want to follow me on Twitter, where I tweet about all things Argentine.

Username: taos
URL: http://twitter.com/taos

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Most Argentines Disapprove of Cristina, Opposition

August 5th, 2010 | 07:55 PM

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A new opinion poll released this week indicates that a majority of Argentines disapprove of the way both President Cristina Fernandez and opposition parties are doing their jobs.

The survey, conducted on 2,011 people by the polling firm Management & Fit, was carried out from July 30 through August 2 and has a margin of error of four percentage points.

The question put to people was, “Independently of who you voted for in the last presidential election, do you approve or disapprove of the way Cristina Fernández is managing the government?” (more…)

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Video Post: A Subway Ride in Buenos Aires

August 4th, 2010 | 09:54 PM

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For all those overseas readers who miss being in Buenos Aires, here’s to you!

Plus, this video includes a bonus track!

*Shot and edited on the iPhone 4

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New iPhone 4 Video: River View of Buenos Aires

August 1st, 2010 | 06:32 PM

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The new iPhone 4 is a remarkable device.

It used to be that a multimedia journalist like me had to carry around a phone, a notepad, a camera, a videocamera and a digital audio recorder.

But these days that’s unnecessary. Thanks to the iPhone 4, you can can record audio interviews, take decent photos, shoot HD video and even edit it, compress it and export it, right on the phone itself.

To give you a taste of how this works, I took five minutes Sunday to shoot some footage for The Argentine Post.
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