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Communication needs of Pakistan’s youth and cellphone

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LAHORE: Returning to school, college or university after the summer holidays is always a bittersweet experience. After the long, relaxed summer break – often spent travelling – it takes some adjusting into the routine of academics. At the same time, however, coming back to school means reconnecting with friends and one’s social circle. As summer […]

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PTA given last chance to reply in Facebook account case

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday gave a last chance to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to file its reply on the petition of a young woman who sought deletion of a fake Facebook account in her name. Petitioner Umme Laila Naz, a resident of Korangi Sector 33-C, had moved the court against her close […]

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Pakistani Facebook users cross 10m mark

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Pakistani users of the social networking website Facebook have crossed 10 million, according to Facebook Ads Manager – the site’s marketing tool. Pakistani users of Facebook number between 10.6 to 11.8 million, of which 7.4 to 8.2 million are men while 3 to 3.4 million are women. The marketing tool cites that around 2.3 to […]

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Cyber parasites

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[Cyber parasites] Recently, while using my personal Facebook account, I came across an image on the side bar, of a fairly familiar face. The image was titled ‘sharamnaak’ (shameful). As revolted as I was by the objectionable album title, I was curious to see what, after all, was so ‘shameful’. As I clicked on the […]

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Facebook, WhatsApp ranked most popular apps

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LAHORE: With the emergence of smart-phones and mobile internet, social networking tools Facebook and WhatsApp are ranked as the most popular among Pakistani youth, that has an over-powering urge to stay connected at all times. Facebook and WhatsApp are accessible through their respective applications depending on the handset model and the best part of these […]

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Facebook ruining teenagers

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TEENAGERS nowadays spend most of their time on Facebook. Their morning is with Facebook and their evening is with Facebook. This results in the lack of personality development and speaking skills. I do not understand how reading about other people’s lives or wasting time looking at tons of pictures is time well spent. Facebook is […]

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Censoring social media: Government caught between fans and foes

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ISLAMABAD: When Max Kelly left his job of the chief security officer at the Facebook in 2010, he just disappeared from the screens of the virtual world – only to be discovered after Edward Snowden rocked the real world with his revelations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had been snooping on the cyber […]

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Baat Cheet Launched

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KARACHI: Amidst tensions at the LoC and an exchange of belligerent rhetoric from politicians and the media on both sides of the border, an alternative media platform called Baat Cheet initiated by Tehelka in India and PeaceNiche in Pakistan was launched at T2F on Wednesday. The Indian participants in the event led by Kunal Majumder, […]

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Businesses thriving on social media websites

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KARACHI: Social media is generally used for entertainment purpose, but it is also helping flourish businesses as the Internet users’ interest ratio shows that corporate sector pages are the most popular pages on facebook in Pakistan. Facebook has become the most used social network in Pakistan with 8.5 million users recorded in April 2013. Keeping […]

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The future of news is digital

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By: Jahanzaib Haque 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 News Report 2013 by […]

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The power of social media

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ISLAMABAD: Participants of a workshop on social media on Saturday said that social media has become the most powerful source of news updates and an important resource for mobilisation of collective action and implementation of social movement across the world. A training workshop was arranged by Individualland Pakistan in partnership with Freidrich Norman Foundation (FNF) […]

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To vent anger, students take to Facebook

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Karachi: Enraged by the British Council announcement on retaking two papers, the affected students poured their hearts out on the social media for the organisation’s “reckless and insensitive attitude”. All the candidates who sat the O-level papers for Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies last month will have to go through the exams for a second time […]

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Voters use social media to slam rigging

Karachi: Live updates on the general elections appearing on popular social networking websites are an indication of how smartphones and the rising power of social media have provided everyone with a voice. By 5pm Saturday, the hashtag #NA250 was one of the top trends in the country on Twitter. The constituency saw a massive turnout […]

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The election will be televised and tweeted

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By Saba Imtiaz In the contentious 1990s, politicians used the floor of the parliament and rallies to rail against opponents. Pakistan’s newest crop of politicians isn’t taking to the mic but to the smartphone. Over the past few years, most mainstream political and religious parties — from the PML-N and the ANP to the PTI […]

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