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Hamza Ali Abbas slams ‘pathetic’ Padman ban

ISLAMABAD: Film and TV star Hamza Ali Abbasi has lashed out at the Central Board of Film Censors for its ban on Bollywood film Padman. Akshay Kumar’s starrer Padman, which has been released in as many as 50 countries, won’t be releasing in Pakistan. According to exhibiters, the film has been denied a No-Objection Certificate…

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Ali Gul Pir slams the two extremes–‘liberals’ and ‘fundos’ in tell-all interview

BY SHAHJAHAN KHURRAM VIDEOGRAPHY: NASIR AHMED KARACHI: Ali Gul Pir is arguably Pakistan’s first ever YouTube star–the one who shot to overnight fame with the song Waderay Ka Beta— and ever since then he has come up with witty rap singles that have shone the spotlight on issues we’d rather discuss in our drawing rooms.  Pakistan…

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Pakistan govt’s YouTube account was not terminated on my complaint, says vlogger

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Charges of copyright infringement led to the termination of the official YouTube account of the Government of Pakistan. However, local vlogger Irfan Junejo is not responsible for the suspension of the account. While Junejo says his footage was also used without permission by the government’s YouTube channel, the account was not…

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Samaa crosses another milestone -the first in Pakistan

Soon after its inauguration ten years back, Samaa TV became one of the foremost choice of viewers in Pakistan with its extensive coverage on wide array of topics from political horizon to social issues. Recently, Samaa TV made a new record as the number of its subscribers on video-sharing website, Youtube, exceeded one million mark….

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Snapchat may introduce ads that can be skipped after three seconds

NEWS DESK: Snapchat may introduce new YouTube-style ads that users would only be able to skip after three seconds, a new report claims. According to The Independent, the plans are said to be under “serious consideration”, with the company looking at aggressive new ways of generating money. If they are approved, it’s understood that Snapchat…

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YouTube star apologizes

Washington: Actor and YouTube celebrity Logan Paul apologized for posting a video of a suicide victim in Japan that reportedly was viewed by six million people before being deleted. Paul, who gained notoriety on social media and has a popular video blog or “vlog” on YouTube, filmed the video in Aokigahara, which is known as…

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YouTube seals deal with top music label amid streaming moves

YouTube said Tuesday that it had sealed a licensing agreement with the world’s largest music label conglomerate Universal as the video behemoth explores creating a new streaming service. YouTube, which is part of Google, said it reached a long-term agreement with the Universal Music Group, months after a deal with competitor Warner Music. A joint…

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Saudi Arabia lifts ban on cinemas: government

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. “Commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the kingdom as of early 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years,” the culture…

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Mahira’s Zaalima and Atif Aslam’s Pehli Dafa become top trending music videos

NEWS DESK: YouTube has released a list of this year’s most popular videos in Pakistan. Raees’ song Zaalima, featuring the beautiful Mahira Khan alongside Shah Rukh Khan, tops the list, followed by Atif Aslam’s Pehli Dafa. The videos have been selected based on the time spent watching, sharing, commenting by users. Here is the list…

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EU urges internet companies to do more to remove extremist content

FILE PHOTO – A picture illustration shows a Facebook logo reflected in a person’s eye, in Zenica, March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic NEWS DESK: Internet groups such as Facebook (FB.O), Google’s YouTube (GOOGL.O) and Twitter (TWTR.N) need to do more to stem the proliferation of extremist content on their platforms, the European Commission said after…

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Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat

A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware. The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put customers in the crossfire of major competitors. Amazon…

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Nawaz Sharif advised to remove Zahid Hamid, send him abroad: Sources

ISLAMABAD: Close aides of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif have suggested him to take Law Minister Zahid Hamid’s resignation and send him abroad, according to sources. Reports said PML-N stalwarts have advised Nawaz Sharif to accept the demand of protestors regarding removal of Zahid Hamid in a bid to end the current political turmoil. Sources said…

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Tehreek-e-Labbaik announces countywide wheel-jam strike

LAHORE: Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR) has announced countywide wheel-jam strike on Monday against government’s crackdown on the religious party supporters at Faizabad Interchange, Samaa reported. It was announced by senior leader of TLYR, Ashraf Asif Jalali, at a press conference here. On the other hand, thousands more protesters massed in major cities, including Karachi…

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Army cannot use force against its own people: General Bajwa tells PM Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa told Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday that the military cannot use force against its own people, Samaa reported. The assertion came in a meeting between the two high-ups on how to end the three-week-long protest sit-in of religious parties outside Islamabad. According to our correspondent, the…

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PTA restores social media websites

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has restored all social media websites, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. A notification to this effect has been issued. The social media websites were closed by the PTA after operation was launched against the protestors at Faizabad. The protest still goes on outside Islamabad. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA)…

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Google broadens takedown of extremist YouTube videos

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Google in the last few months has begun removing from YouTube extremist videos that do not depict violence or preach hate, YouTube said on Monday, a major policy shift as social media companies face increasing pressure from governments, reported Reuters. The new policy affects videos that feature people and groups that…

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Blasphemous content: IHC summons Secretary Interior in-person

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court summoned Secretary Interior in-person in a plea challenging blasphemous contents allegedly shared by some individuals on Youtube and Facebook accounts, on October 3. Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui directed the respondents to submit reply of the petition till next date of hearing in a plea moved by a citizen Shoaib Safdar….

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Zayn Malik releases new music video

LOS ANGELES: Zayn Malik has released the music video of his latest hit song “Dusk Till Dawn ft. Sia”. Australian singer Sia Kate Isobelle Furler aka Sia has provided the vocals in the song. The song is written jointly by Malik, Sia and Greg Kurstin. The music video of the song is directed by Mark…

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YouTube gets a new logo

MANILA: YouTube on Wednesday refreshed its logo and layout across platforms, bringing with it new features. The redesigned logo removes the red highlight on “Tube,” a television reference and instead placed a red “press play” icon beside “YouTube” in a narrower and bolder typeface. It was the first redesign since Google-owned service started 12 years…

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Merkel reaches out to young voters on YouTube

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning Wednesday for the youth vote on YouTube ahead of September 24 elections, said her favourite emoticon was the “smiley” and dismissed fears about a potential World War III. The 63-year-old leader, in power for nearly 12 years, also said she hoped to appoint equal numbers of male and female…

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‘Despacito’ declared most streamed song ever

New York: Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” whose reggaeton beat has swept the globe, on Wednesday was named the most streamed song of all time. The song’s label, Universal Music Latin Entertainment, said “Despacito” in its original and remixed versions had reached 4.6 billion streams across platforms including YouTube and Spotify. “Despacito” — a…

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