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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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Ministry of Science and Technology member included in Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in a first

ISLAMABAD: For the first time in history, a member of the Ministry of Science and Technology has been included in the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee on Wednesday. Dr Tariq Masood, the joint secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, has been appointed to the committee as a technical expert, according to a notification from the Ministry of Science and Technology....

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Ministry of overseas Pakistanis launches website for Pakistanis stranded abroad

The ministry for overseas Pakistanis has launched a website ('Air Travel' section on covid.gov.pk) to assist Pakistanis stranded in various countries due to suspension in flight operations. According to the ministry, an initial schedule for special flights being conducted has been posted on the site and a complete schedule will be put up soon. The schedule shows that two flights...

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PTA extends deadline for blocking of IMEIs by 30 days till May 19

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has extended the deadline for blocking unregulated IMEIs for an additional 30 days. According to the publication, PTA has given the extension due to the coronavirus pandemic to provide relief and facilitation to the public and ensure social distancing during this time. The blocking of mobile devices that are not compliant with PTA regulations will...

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Apple and Google join hands on virus ‘contact tracing’ by smartphone

SAN FRANCISCO: Google and Apple unveiled a joint initiative on Friday to use smartphones to trace coronavirus contacts to battle the pandemic. The move brings together the largest mobile operating systems in an effort to use smartphone technology to track and potentially contain the global Covid-19 outbreak. Smartphones powered by Apple software and Google-backed Android operating system would be able...

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AKU unveils app to conduct coronavirus testing

The Aga Khan University, in a revolutionary step, has introduced a new Android app for those wanting to test for the coronavirus. The new app, called CoronaCheck, can now actually spare you a trip to the hospital. Launched jointly by AKU and its teaching hospital, the app can help people assess their symptoms at home. “A new app means that...

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PM Khan thanks Facebook COO for coronavirus campaign collaboration

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday thanked Chief Operating Officer Facebook Sheryl Sandberg for the awareness campaign the social media service’s team is running in collaboration with the federal government. “Thank you for your partnership. I am so glad we are working together to provide timely, accurate information and help people fight the coronavirus in Pakistan,” Facebook’s COO said. PM...

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Google publishes reports showing if coronavirus lockdowns working in 131 countries

OAKLAND: Alphabet Inc’s Google on Thursday published reports for 131 countries showing whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in March, when many governments issued stay-at-home orders to rein the spread of the novel coronavirus. Google’s analysis of location data from billions of users’ phones is the largest public dataset available to help health authorities assess if people are...

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How the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmare

The biggest reputational risk Facebook and other social media companies had expected in 2020 was fake news surrounding the US presidential election. Be it foreign or domestic in origin, the misinformation threat seemed familiar, perhaps even manageable. The novel coronavirus, however, has opened up an entirely different problem: the life-endangering consequences of supposed cures, misleading claims, snake-oil sales pitches and...

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Instagram’s CEO is managing the billion-user network isolated in his garage

With countries going in complete lockdown amid the spread of coronavirus, companies around the world have resorted to working from home. Adam Mosseri, CEO of Instagram, is operating one of the biggest social media platforms in the world from his garage. “I don’t normally work from my garage,” said Mosseri, responding to the question,  what it’s like to run one of...

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First cutting edge 3D-printed ventilator prototype in Pakistan developed by volunteers

LAHORE: A group of volunteers from Pakistan, who call themselves Pakistan Against COVID-19 – Volunteers (PAC-V), have announced plans to use cutting edge 3D printing to produce affordable ventilators, respiratory valves and other essential equipment at a large scale. The group of volunteers from across Pakistan had earlier this month come together to develop affordable solutions to combat COVID-19 and manufacture...

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Pakistan creates chatbot to apprise masses about coronavirus

Head of the prime minister's 'Digital Pakistan' initiative, Tania Aidrus announced on Monday that the government has launched a chatbot to address common concerns and give information regarding the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. On Twitter, the ex-senior executive Google wrote: “Our team wanted to build an effective way to get information out to Pakistanis. We’ve launched a chatbot to address common...

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India registers FIR against social media users in occupied Kashmir

Police in occupied Kashmir have registered cases against the social media users for violating the directives amid complete ban on broadband and mobile internet in the valley, Kashmir Media Service reported Tuesday. “Taking serious note of misuse of social media, the Cyber Police Station Kashmir Zone registered FIR against various social media users who defied the government orders and misused the social...

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Govt’s new social media policy draws criticism in Senate

ISLAMABAD: The government's new social media policy came under criticism in the Senate on Friday, with lawmakers accusing the government of having bypassed the parliament in drafting the rules. PPP Senator Rubina Khalid while raising the matter in the House said, "We had been assured that the new rules [regarding digital media] would be brought before the Senate committee but...

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Record-breaking US astronaut returns to Earth after spending 328 days in space

NASA's Christina Koch returned to Earth safely Thursday having shattered the spaceflight record for women astronauts after almost a year aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Koch touched down at 0912 GMT on the Kazakh steppe after 328 days in space along with Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency (Roscosmos)....

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PEMRA applies licensing Fee on digital content creators , Speculations or Reality?

Pakistani social media is flooded with anti-PEMRA posts and tweets after some leading news websites posted the story related to the issuance of notice by PEMRA for licensing Fees will now be Mandatory for Digital Content Creators. Several news websites claimed that Youtube Licence has become mandatory and the fee of the Youtube License is around 5.0 million for all...

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PM Khan invites German software giant to establish labs in Pakistan

DAVOS: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday met with several heads of digital and technology firms, including Christian Klein, the chief operating officer of SAP — a European software cooperation, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube and Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens. "The Prime Minister made the offer in a meeting with SAP CEO Christian Klein on the sidelines of the...

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