Monday, September 17, 2012


(For PCWorld Pakistan)

Google Turns Down White House’s Request to Remove ‘Controversial’ Video

The anti-Islamic film, which provoked protests and riots in many different regions of the world, has been in the news for few days. Where many authorities banned YouTube in their countries, the White House also asked Google to remove this anti-Islamic video posted on its YouTube, but the search engine giant declined the request. The movie sparked several anti-American protests in many Islamic countries like Egypt and Libya where angry protesters stormed the US embassies.

Google said it had censored video in Egypt, Libya, India and Indonesia as to comply with the local laws and not because of any political pressure. “We’ve restricted access to it in countries where it is illegal such as India and Indonesia, as well as in Libya and Egypt, given the very sensitive situations in these two countries. This approach is entirely consistent with principles we first laid out in 2007.” White House officials had asked Google earlier on Friday to reconsider whether the video had violated YouTube’s terms of service. The guidelines can be viewed at”

The company said the video clip made by Egyptian Coptic Christian, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, was in accordance with its guidelines. US authorities were investigating whether Basseley has violated his terms of prison release. He was convicted of Bank Fraud in 2010 and was released on probation last June.

Mobilink Increases its Campaign Response with KENX

Mobilink has used KENX module InfiniteInsight Social to increase its campaign response rate by as much as 380%. KENX is the leading solutions provider of predictive analytics.

Mobilink used InfiniteInsight Social to increase its performance by tracking and analyzing the billions of monthly call details, encompass phone calls, SMS and MMS messages of more than 70 million phone numbers. It will help the cellular company to track the rate of its campaign by checking the loyalty and retention rate. Moreover, it will help in cost reduction to design their campaigns according to customer needs.

Mobilink’s Assistant Manager of Advanced Analytics, Mr. Mirza Yousaf, believes the modeler has enabled the company to exactly understand and target their customers. He also said the uptake of customer retention has soared up by eight-fold from 0.5% to 4%.

KENX Chief Executive, Mr. John Ball, said that “Mobilink’s success indicates that applying social network analysis to millions of subscribers and billions of call records can considerably improve customer insight.”

Ufone Introduces UAE Offer

Ufone brings another offer for its prepaid customers to get additional minutes on every talk time. The UAE offer will allow customers to pay for one minute and get next minute free on Etisalat’s network. It means the more you talk, the more additional minutes you will get.

The offer comes with no subscription charges for all prepaid customers. The offer is valid only for Etisalat Network and regular charges will apply for all other networks.

Panasonic Halts Operations in China

Panasonic will suspend some of its operations in China after anti-Japan protests resulted in attacks on two of its factories. The Japanese electronics maker said its factory in Qingdao will remain shut until 18th September.

Widespread protests erupted in China after Japan said it had agreed a deal to buy a chain of disputed islands in East China Sea from their private Japanese owner.

Earlier, Canon also halted operations at three of its factories in China. The attacks have also hurt Toyota.

The disputed islands are a bone of contention between the two countries. The islands are uninhabited, but rich resource wise.

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