Twitter restores access to blocked blasphemous content in Pakistan

Islamabad: Twitter Inc. has restored access inside Pakistan to dozens of tweets and accounts, after blocking them last month following official complaints about “blasphemous” content, in a move hailed by free speech activists. The micro-blogging site said it had changed its 18 May decision, to restrict access to the material from within Pakistan in order . . . → Read More: Twitter restores access to blocked blasphemous content in Pakistan

Leading writers around the world urge for greater freedom of expression in Turkey

Leading writers from Turkey and around the world have expressed grave concern regarding the severe threats to free expression in the country in an open letter published today

Influential writers including Orhan Pamuk and Günter Grass have joined PEN, the international association of writers, to call on the Turkish authorities to respect freedom . . . → Read More: Leading writers around the world urge for greater freedom of expression in Turkey

Why BlackBerry is history

“A tech giant rises – another falls,” said the front-page headline on the Financial Times. It juxtaposed Twitter’s initial public offering (IPO), which is set to raise more from the market than Google did in 2004, with the chaotic events at BlackBerry, which dropped a plan to sell itself for $4.7bn, jettisoned its chief executive . . . → Read More: Why BlackBerry is history

Welcome to the digital era

The mobile and tablet revolution is upon us, faster than we in the media industry can respond. News is becoming more social and more real-time. The future of news is conclusively digital and multiplatform. These are just a few of the key findings of the newly released Digital NewsReport 2013 by Reuters Institute.

Is Pakistan’s . . . → Read More: Welcome to the digital era

Twitterati hit the roof over million dollar watch

After a member of the National Assembly claimed a Pakistan People’s Party leader wore a ‘million dollar watch’, Twitter reports have claimed that the leader was none other than Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The watch in question is the Louis Moinet ‘Meteoris’, which has been estimated to be worth a whopping $4.6 million.

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New music app to be launched by Twitter today

Next up on the jukebox — Twitter Music.

The microblogging service plans to launch its new, standalone music application on Friday, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Update 7:59 pm PT: Of note — another source claims the app will indeed launch this weekend at Coachella, though not necessarily on Friday.

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‘Liking’ a Cause makes no difference

By Faraz Hasan

The advent of social websites such as Facebook and Twitter has forever changed the way we interact with each other. Just about a decade ago, you would not have imagined that you would be able to keep in touch with all your friends from kindergarten through to graduation, your family and your . . . → Read More: ‘Liking’ a Cause makes no difference

More than a like

In the history of mankind, people have chosen various ways to express discontent against the prevailing social, political and economic regimes. Some have been covert in nature while others have been more overt like mass protests and destruction of public property. Nowadays, a new kind of activism is emerging through the internet. Many people, especially . . . → Read More: More than a like

Adele gets hated on right after the birth of her baby

By Jane Warren

JUST hours after she gave birth to her first child on Friday night, singer Adele became the victim of a slew of spiteful and offensive messages posted by so-called “trolls” on the social networking site Twitter. The most hurtful read: “Aw Adele gave birth to a baby. Is it fat . . . → Read More: Adele gets hated on right after the birth of her baby