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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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Fawad Chaudhry says govt will turn Pakistan into ‘technological superpower’ within 10 years

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday that the PTI-led government aims to turn Pakistan into a technological superpower within the next 10 years. According to the federal minister on Twitter, the Ministry of Science and Technology adopted ‘Made in Pakistan’ projects under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. “In Pakistan, sanitisers and masks were...

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Modi shuts down Sina Weibo account as India bans Chinese apps

Sina Weibo, China's response to Twitter, closed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's account on Tuesday after a request from the Indian embassy following the country's move to boycott Chinese mobile apps following a deadly border clash involving soldiers from both sides. Since posting on Sina Weibo the first time in 2015 during a visit to China, Modi has been an...

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PUBG temporarily banned in Pakistan by PTA citing health concerns

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has temporarily banned the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), an online battle game, for being "addictive" and detrimental to players' health, a notification issued Wednesday read. The "PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, wastage of time and poses serious negative impact on physical and psychological health of...

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Pakistanis turn to ‘Corona Warriors’ Facebook group for plasma donations

ISTANBUL: When musician Zoraiz Riaz set up a Facebook group to help coordinate convalescent plasma donations for people fighting COVID-19 in Pakistan, he expected perhaps a few hundred responses. Within a month, however, the "Corona Recovered Warriors" group had more than 320,000 members, needing a team of 33 volunteers to manage posts from families of patients across Pakistan seeking advice....

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India bans 59 Chinese mobile apps over ‘security’

NEW DELHI: India on Monday banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the wildly popular TikTok and WeChat, over national security and privacy concerns just weeks after a deadly Himalayan border clash between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Relations between the world’s two most populous nations have been strained following the deaths of 20 Indian troops in hand-to-hand fighting with their Chinese counterparts on the...

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PM Khan approves launch of Corona Tiger Force mobile app

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday approved the launch the “Corona Relief Tiger Force” mobile app, while hailing the digital approach of the team in the fight against the novel coronavirus. The prime minister met with Special Assistant on Youth Affairs Usman Dar who briefed the premier on how digital technology can contribute in the effective functioning of the Tiger...

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Pak Nigehbaan app launched by NCOC regarding availability of ventilators

The National Command and Operations Centre launched an application called Pak Nigehban regarding the availability of ventilators in hospitals across the country. The app can be downloaded from mobile app stores, said an official statement. It is also available at Google Drive and Covid.gov.pk. The statement said that around 1,110 hospitals around the country will be associated with the app....

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Waqar Younis asks Afridi and Gambhir to end social media feud

The national team's bowling coach and former fast bowling legend, Waqar Younis, has called on Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir to end their social media war, and for India and Pakistan to resume playing cricket. After being fierce on-field rivals, Pakistan's Afridi and former Indian opener Gambhir have become involved in heated social media exchanges over the troubled Kashmir region....

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PTV’s Official Channel suspernded by YouTube

The official YouTube channel of Pakistan Television, PTV Home, has been deleted down due to violation of copyright laws, but the management of PTV has a few days left to appeal against the copyright claim. According to the details, there are many dramas which were aired on PTV Home and its satellite channel but PTV did not have the digital...

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Waqar Younis leaves social media after Twitter account got hacked

Pakistan's bowling coach Waqar Younis has announced to quit social media on Friday after an obscene video was liked from his verified Twitter handle to which he claimed that his account was hacked. "I have to say with regret that some 'Allah ka Banda' hacked my Twitter account. When I woke up this morning, I found out that an obscene...

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PPP moves FIA against blogger Cynthia Ritchie for ‘ ‘derogatory, slanderous’ tweet on Benazir Bhutto

ISLAMABAD: The PPP has requested the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) Cybercrime Wing to take immediate action and initiate proceedings against a Twitter account operated under the name 'Cynthia D. Ritchie' for making "extremely derogatory and slanderous remarks" about former Pakistani prime minister and late party leader Benazir Bhutto. In a letter to the FIA, Shakeel Abbasi — an advocate at the Islamabad...

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Twitter labels President Trump’s false claims with warning in a first

Micro-blogging site Twitter for the first time has put a warning label on a tweet by President Donald Trump, warning users that his claims about mail-in ballots were false and had been debunked by fact checkers. The move marked a dramatic shift for the social network, Trump’s primary tool for getting an unfiltered version of his message out to his...

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Apple, Google launch coronavirus contact tracing platform

US tech giants Apple and Google said on Wednesday they were offering health authorities around the world their platform for coronavirus contact tracing, a key tool in trying to tame the pandemic. "The work public health officials are doing around the world humbles us all," the two companies said in a statement. "Google and Apple are clear that this is...

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Three major Pakistani telecom companies becomes target of Iranian hackers

A group of Iranian hackers has targeted three telecom firms in Pakistan and breached data servers, revealed a cyber security company, Symantec. While the report does not reveal the names of the companies that were targeted, it discloses that the group uses virtual “tunnels” to stay connected to the victims’ machines without a trace. Using virtual tunnel technique, they can...

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Social media influencer who licked toilet seat for COVID-19 challenge says she is positive

Ava Louise, the social media influencer who licked a toilet seat in an airplane to start a “Coronavirus Challenge,” says she has Covid-19. Louise shared the infamous video of her licking the toilet seat of an airplane in March, and it has garnered millions of views on social media. Here is the video: https://twitter.com/realavalouiise/status/1238915362470625292 During an interview with the Australian radio show The Kyle and...

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What’s contact tracing and how can it fight coronavirus?

When a forest fire is raging out of control, firefighters are forced to use blunt measures, such as trenches and aerial bombardment, to contain it. But they must also find and extinguish hidden hot spots to make sure the inferno doesn’t blaze up again. A pandemic isn’t entirely different. Broad lockdowns are a strategy for bringing the novel coronavirus under control....

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