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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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Indian police book comedy group AIB for ‘Modi meme’

MUMBAI: The Mumbai police department on Friday registered an FIR against a social media entertainment channel, AIB, for allegedly making a ‘meme’ featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Police officials of cyber crime branch said that the FIR of defamation under the Indian Penal Code and of transmitting obscene material in electronic form under the…

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Dhinchak Pooja’s music videos taken down from YouTube

MUMBAI: Music videos of Dhinchak Pooja – India’s latest viral sensation – have been taken down from YouTube after a copyright claim was filed on them. According to an Indian news website, the video surfacing website remove Dhinchak Pooja’s videos after a person named “Kathappa Singh” filed copyright claim on them. She became a sensation…

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YouTuber posts video of travelling with int’l footballers to Pakistan

NEWS DESK A Youtuber posted a video of himself flying to Pakistan from Dubai alongside international footballers in a private jet. Irfan Junejo, in his video titled “Flying in a private jet with Ronaldinho”, starts off by saying that he did not mention the details as to what he is upto as he might jinx…

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Google live streams Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s performance

Google, the search engine giant, has streamed the performance of world-renowned Sufi singer Rahat Fateh Ali live on video-sharing website YouTube from its global headquarters in Mountain View, California, US. “We’re excited to welcome Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (RFAK) for a Talks at Google event hosted by VP Anwar Akram,” Google announced. Rahat Fateh…

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SAMAA adds another feather in its cap

SAMAA TV has added another feather to its cap by becoming the most watched Pakistani news channel on popular video-sharing portal YouTube. In a short span of time, SAMAA has more than 500, 000 subscribers, which are more than any other news channel in Pakistan. Watch details in our report.  

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True beauty lies in a Salon

By: Zara Maqbool A salon is like a second home for almost all the women irrespective of which part of the world they are from, of course the factor of affordability being there.  At least once a week a visit is a must for a single service or a range of services be it hair…

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UK lawmakers criticize social media over response to extremist content

LONDON: Social media were heavily criticized by a committee of British lawmakers on Monday for failing to do enough to remove illegal and extremist material posted on their sites, and for not preventing it appearing in the first place. Platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook has been criticized over their moderation policies after high-profile…

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