Google’s Project Loon tests LTE from the heavens in Brazil

Soccer balls may be flying in Brazil’s major cities during the World Cup, but in rural Campo Maior Google(s goog) is testing a different kind of inflatable. Google launched its Project Loon balloons in Northeast Brazil to connect an isolated local school, Linoca Gayoso, to the internet for the first time. What’s significant about this Loon trial is it used LTE technologies (presumably using a Brazilian carrier’s spectrum), which would allow Google’s stratospheric balloons to link directly to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

What’s next for Ustream? Q&A with founder Brad Hunstable

We got a chance to talk with Ustream president and co-founder Brad Hunstable in the company’s San Francisco office last week to discuss the company’s evolution and opportunities for future growth, as well as how it sees growing competition from some big-name players.