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A resolution has been submitted in the Punjab Assembly to demand explanation from Google as to why when one types ‘bhikari’ in the search bar the picture of Prime Minister Imran Khan pops up. The resolutions asks for Google CEO Sundar Pichai to be summoned and explain why this happens. Notwithstanding the fact that surely […]

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Donkey King among the most searched movies

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ISLAMABAD: Google has released its list for most searched movies in Pakistan. The Google Trends Year in Search 2018 is based on search terms that had the highest spike in 2018 as compared to the previous year. The most searched movies in Pakistan are Race 3, Sanju, Tiger Zinda Hai, Baghi 2, Thugs of Hindustan, […]

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Pashto goes Google

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PESHAWAR: The top internet search engine Google.Com enlists Pashto one of the many world languages. Now any text of the languages available in Google.Com search engine translation mode could be found being translated in Pashto script. Pashto literary and cultural circles have widely appreciated the step and have termed it a big milestone in the […]

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End to the YouTube ban in sight?

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The YouTube ban in Pakistan has just entered its sixteenth month–with its duration equally divided between the previous government which slapped it and the current government which was supposed to undo it. That this saga has gone on for so long is not surprising to Pakistanis who are quite used to a status quo where […]

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VP meets Shahbaz: Punjab government, Google to promote cooperation in IT sector

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A delegation led by Vice President South Asia and South Eastern Asia of Google Rajan Anandan met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, here on Thursday. It was agreed at the meeting to promote co-operation between Punjab government and Google in information technology sector. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the promotion of information […]

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Google uploads Pakistan’s cultural treasures online

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LAHORE: “Pakistan is brimming with a rich historical and cultural heritage, with stories and artifacts that we are keen to preserve for future generations,” Google Asia Pacific Public Policy and Government Affairs Director Ann Lavin said on Thursday at a ceremony to unveil six online exhibits from Pakistan that have been added to the Google […]

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IT promotion crucial for rapid development

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LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday that the promotion of information technology was necessary for rapid development. The chief minister was speaking to Google Asia-Pacific Public Policy and Government Affairs Director Ann Lavin. Sharif said the government had been implementing a comprehensive programme for the promotion of e-governance. The chief minister said the […]

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Pakistan’s proposed ‘cyber hudood’

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Karachi: Imagine going to jail for sending emails and posting pictures of friends and family without obtaining their ‘permission’. Retweeting a meme you thought was funny. Making a critical comment on the cyber space about a deal made by a country having ‘friendly’ relations with Pakistan. Imagine having all your online activity stored at every […]

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YouTube ‘unblocking’ short-lived joy

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ISLAMABAD: For those who have been able to access YouTube in the last a few days, the joy is short-lived. “The reason why YouTube was accessible in certain parts of the country was because of a technical fault which will be fixed,” said Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman on Friday. The rumours […]

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LG, Google to launch Android watch

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KARACHI: LG Electronics (LG) is working together with Google on LG G Watch powered by Android Wear™, which extends the Android platform to wearables. LG G Watch will be compatible with a wide range of Android™ smartphones and will present relevant information to users just when they need it or whenever they say “OK Google” […]

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Reopening of YouTube possible after auction of 3G spectrum

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ISLAMABAD: The re-opening of social website “YouTube” is not possible before the auction of spectrum for next generation mobile services in Pakistan, which is expected in the first week of March 2014, it is learnt. Official sources revealed to Business Recorder that the government had expedited efforts to re-open Youtube as soon as possible, however […]

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Minister says no blocking of Google

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman has clarified that the PML-N government does not intend to block Google search engine website in Pakistan.In a statement she said: “We wish to have an effective and efficient mechanism – filters in place for blocking blasphemous contents before YouTube can be unblocked in Pakistan.” The News

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YouTube ban: Google to appear before Lahore High Court

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KARACHI/LAHORE: Legal representatives of Google Inc. are expected to appear before the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday, May 16, 2013 to explain the company’s position in the ongoing ‘Bytes For All versus Federation of Pakistan’ 958/2013 aka YouTube Case. The video-sharing website was blocked by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) over ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ […]

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