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India bans 35 Pakistan-based YouTube channels, two websites

The Indian government has ordered to block 35 YouTube channels and two websites based in Pakistan, claiming that they were running "anti-India propaganda". India's Information and Broadcasting Ministry, in a statement, said that the websites and channels had a total of 120 million subscribers and were running "fake news" on former Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, the Indian...

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TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigns after Trump threatens to ban app

TikTok Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mayer resigned from his post on Thursday, days after the popular short-form video-sharing app sued the Trump administration over an executive order banning transactions in the United States. General Manager Vanessa Pappas will replace him on an interim basis, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters. “In recent weeks, as the political environment has sharply...

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Samsung considering setting up assembly plant in Pakistan, says Hammad Azhar

ISLAMABAD: South Korean tech giant Samsung is looking forward to setting up a smartphone assembly plant in Pakistan, Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar announced on Friday. The federal minister’s remarks came after he met with Samsung Pakistan's MD and CEO. “Smartphone production in Pakistan is multiplying following Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) implementation and Mobile Policy...

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The Race for Views on Youtube

The last few years saw an unparalleled rise in the YouTube channels. Primarily developed for the working community, YouTube channels furthered towards facilitating a host of newer entrants changing  the trend to a suggested viewership instead of the on demand that was YouTube's main operation for a number of years since its inception. The trend caught on and 'youtubers' emerged....

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Pakistani-origin astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala named dean of MIT School of Science

Pakistani-origin astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala has been appointed the new Dean of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s prestigious School of Science, succeeding Michael Sipser, said the university’s administration. According to MIT News, Nergis Mavalvala will be the first woman to serve as the dean of the School of Science. Mavalvala is known for her pioneering research in the gravitational-wave detection, which she...

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PUBG adds Pakistan’s historical locations in game to honour Independence Day

Popular online game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) has launched a special event ahead of Pakistan's 74th Independence Day, allowing its loyal fans to compete at various new locations modelled on the country's historical and cultural sites. PUBG — which made headlines over the past few weeks due to Pakistan's telecommunications regulator imposing a ban on the game and the courts ruling it be lifted...

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Major cyber attack by Indian intelligence identified: ISPR

A major cyber attack by Indian intelligence agencies has been identified by the country's intelligence apparatus and various targets of the attack are being investigated, said the Pakistan Army on Wednesday. The Inter-Services Public Relations, in a statement, further said that an advisory is being sent to all government departments and institutions in order to identify lapses and enhance cyber-security...

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Trump order limits Chinese internet giants TikTok, WeChat from operating in US

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered sweeping limitations against Chinese-owned social media giants TikTok and WeChat that could make it difficult for them to operate in the United States. The executive order, which takes effect in 45 days, bars anyone under US jurisdiction from doing business with the owners of TikTok or WeChat. It heaps pressure on ByteDance,...

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Online: A Progress or Means to Eradicate the Conventional?

|By: Ayaz Malik| The debate whether online resources are a threat to the conventional method of life has been going on since the advent of internet as it bloomed to its present form. It was an exhilarating experience when these very resources were made common to the populace. The new methods of communication and lively browsing on the internet got...

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SC allows govt to suspend mobile phone services under special circumstances

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan Tuesday ruled that the government can suspend cellular services under "special circumstances". A hearing of the Ministry of Information and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority's (PTA) petitions against mobile phone companies was held at the court today. The apex court decided that the government can suspend cellular services under special circumstances and ordered the PTA...

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Trump says will ban TikTok in US through executive order

United States President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order as soon as Saturday to impose a ban on TikTok in the country, ratcheting up the pressure on the popular short-video app’s Chinese owner to sell it. The move would be the culmination of US national security concerns over the safety of the personal data that TikTok handles....

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PTA further extends deadline for VPN registration till September 30

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Friday announced it has further extended the deadline for businesses and the public to register their Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) with the authority. Under the new deadline, users can register their VPNs till September 30, 2020. The move was made on the recommendations of the Ministry of IT, Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) and Pakistan...

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Pakistan lifts ban on PUBG post PTA meeting with game’s data controlling company

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) on Thursday lifted a ban on popular online game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) after a meeting with the representative of the game's data controller company. The decision comes after a lot of back-and-forth between the regulator, the courts, and the game's fans, who expressed outrage on social media platforms. The PTA said it met with...

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PTA deems PUBG ‘wastage of time’ in detailed order

The state-run Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has refused to unblock the online game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), insisting that the game is “highly addictive” and a “wastage of time". After holding a consultative meeting with citizens, government officials and the company, Proxima Beta Ptv. Ltd, the authority released a detailed order on July 23. In the order, the PTA ruled that...

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PTA asks social media platforms to ensure ‘immoral’ content is inaccessible to users

KARACHI: While the Supreme Court has taken notice of “objectionable content” being shared on YouTube and other social media platforms, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed internet operators to ensure that no “immoral or illegal” content is made accessible to users. In a letter dated July 21, the PTA said it had discovered that a high volume of immoral content was...

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IHC orders PTA to immediately lift PUBG ban

The Islamabad High Court on Friday ordered the government to lift the ban on online game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). The decision to lift the ban was announced by Justice Amir Farooq while hearing a petition filed against the banning of the game. The decision comes a day after the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had announced that PUBG will remain blocked in...

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Banning YouTube not a solution as it would held back content creators: Tania Aidrus

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Digital Pakistan, Tania Aidrus, said Wednesday that banning video streaming website YouTube was "not a solution", highlighting how the platform had created thousands of jobs for Pakistanis over the years. Taking to Twitter, Aidrus recalled how Pakistan's content creator ecosystem had been held back the three years YouTube was banned in the country....

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