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Best of the Blogs, Emerging Markets: Netflix Finds Unique Challenges in Brazil Expansion


Plus, health care spending draws investment to Indonesia.

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL The best blog commentary on emerging markets from around the web.

The Next Web Latin America
Link: Netflix's CCO Friedland: Brazil Is a Challenging Market
"The Brazilian market is 'challenging,' Netflix's (NFLX) chief communications officer Jonathan Friedland declared in an interview with the Brazilian blog TechTudo, before detailing the issues facing the film & TV streaming company in this country.

"As we reported, Netflix initially faced negative feedback following its launch across Latin America last September. While some problems have been solved since then, others persist."

Link: Lippo Unit's Stake Lures Private Equity to Indonesia: Sources

"Indonesia's PT Lippo Karawaci may sell as much as 49% of its unit Siloam Hospitals in a deal that would value the firm at more than $1 billion, drawing a slew of private equity firms to the sale as they bet on growth in health care spending in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, sources said."

Latin Daily Financial News
Link: Customer Service Is Top Priority for Mexican Banks Today
"The worldwide economic imbalances have led the implementation of new techniques to improve customer service in the Mexican banks. After the crisis in Europe and US, the Mexican banking industry, and in general in Latin America, have chosen to invest in technology solutions that enable them to face three major challenges in the financial sector regulation, profitability and customer focus.

"The Director of Management Solutions for SAP Banking Latin America (SAP), Luis F. Menendez said that 'the market and the global environment has led banks to invest in technology to manage risk, lower their transaction costs, increase their customer base and increase profits by offering more services.'"

The Economic Times
Link: Carrefour Puts India Expansion Plan on Hold: Report

"French retail giant Carrefour (CA.PA) has put on hold its expansion plan for wholesale stores in India due to the global downturn, a report said Monday.

"The newspaper report comes as many foreign investors have been put off India due to a sharply slowing economy and a string of government corruption scandals."

The Korea Herald
Link: Samsung Said to Plan Windows RT Tablet
Samsung Electronics
(SSNLF), the largest phone maker, will release a tablet that features Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows RT software when the operating system debuts, people with knowledge of the matter said.

"Samsung has made a handheld computer built on Windows RT, the first version of Windows that works on ARM Holdings Plc technology, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans haven't been made public. Windows RT devices will be released in October, one person said."
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