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Google has launched its Chromecast streaming stick in Brazil, where the device is selling for R$ 199 (about $87.95) through local retailers. That’s a pretty big markup from the $35 pricing in the U.S., but electronics in general tend to be pretty expensive in Brazil. And for everyone keeping score, this newest expansion means that Chromecast is now available in 19 countries around the world, including large parts of Europe, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Canada.

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Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) would love to offer its customers Netflix. The local ISP decided to make its love for House of Cards and other Netflix shows public with an open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, which invites Netflix to come to Hong Kong. Of course, it’s unlikely Hastings would be swayed by a letter like this, but he must have enjoyed this part: “At HKBN, we strongly concur with your vision that with strong net neutrality, new services requiring high-speed internet can emerge and become popular.”

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Google’s Chromecast streaming stick didn’t just get love from ESPN this week: Chromecast users can now also cast from the iOS and Android apps as well as the website of the Anime video service Crunchyroll, Major League Soccer’s mobile apps, and Google+ iOS and Android apps. The latter can be used to cast photos and videos to the TV, which is especially useful if you auto-upload all your personal media to Google+. And we might even see Chromecast coming to Aereo as early as Wednesday.

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