Rising YouTube stars From Arab world arrive in London for a week-long bootcamp

Sunday, 17 December 2017

In London this week, a group of rising Youtube stars from the Arab world took over the Youtube's creative space as part of the 2017 YouTube NextUp creator camp. Unfazed as temperatures in London dipped to minus degree Celsius, the 9 visiting winners from this year's Next Up competition - represent some of the emerging talent of content from the warmer MENA region. The five-day workshop-intensive program, from content inception to production was intentionally delivered by Arabic speaking mentors, ...

HBO's documentary chief, Sheila Nevins, leaving network

Sunday, 17 December 2017

The woman who has run HBO's documentary unit for 38 years and has been a key gatekeeper in the making of its nonfiction films says she will be stepping down early next year.Sheila Nevins has worked on productions that have won 32 Emmy Awards, 42 Peabody Awards and 26 Academy Awards.She told The New York Times that she'll be leaving but will continue to work on some leftover projects for HBO.The 78-year-old said she is also considering a radio show and a book.

Facebook defends itself against critics of social media

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world’s biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion. Facebook, in a corporate blog post, said that social media can be good for people’s well-being if they use the technology in a way that is active, such as messaging with friends, rather than passive, such as scrolling through a feed of other ...

UN chief presses for release of arrested Reuters journalists in Myanmar

Friday, 15 December 2017

The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.Guterres said his main concern over Myanmar was the “dramatic violations of human rights” during a military crackdown in Rakhine State that forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country for southern Bangladesh, and the arrest of ...

Disney buying Fox film, TV units for $52 billion in digital push

Friday, 15 December 2017

Walt Disney Co has struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion in stock, giving the world’s largest entertainment company an arsenal of shows and movies to combat growing digital rivals Netflix Inc and Inc. The deal brings to a close more than half a century of expansion by Murdoch, 86, who turned a single Australian newspaper he inherited from his father at the age of 21 into one ...

Indian tried to raise money using video of Muslim being killed

Thursday, 14 December 2017

A Hindu man in India tried to raise money for a campaign against minority Muslims by issuing an appeal for donations with a video he took and posted online showing him killing a Muslim, police said on Thursday. The killing last week is the latest to roil India’s minority Muslims who have faced attacks from mobs who accuse them of killing cows, which Hindus consider sacred. Hindu fringe groups also campaign against Muslim men marrying Hindus. The Hindu man, Shambu Lal Regar, has been ...

Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar, face official secrets charges

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Myanmar’s government said on Wednesday that police had arrested two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.The reporters had been working on stories about a military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rahkine State that has caused almost 650,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. The Ministry of Information said in a statement on its Facebook page that the journalists and two policemen face charges under the British colonial-era Official Secrets Act. The ...

Renault gears up for driverless cars by buying magazines

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

French carmaker Renault has bought a stake in a glossy magazine publishing group, its first foray into media, as it prepares to keep travelers occupied in the era of driverless cars. Renault billed its move into media as the first among the world’s automobile manufacturers, who are carrying out advanced testing of self-driving cars in France and other countries. “This project is totally in line with Renault’s strategy, which aims to offer new, ...

Shark-spotting drones on patrol at Australian beaches

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

High-tech shark-spotting drones are patrolling dozens of Australian beaches this summer to quickly identify underwater predators and deliver safety devices to swimmers and surfers faster than traditional lifesavers.As hundreds of people lined up in early morning sun to take part in a recent ocean swimming race at Bilgola beach north of Sydney, they did so in the knowledge the ocean had been scanned to keep them safe.“I think it is really awesome,” 20-year-old competitor Ali Smith ...

Trump attacks the New York Times for posting article on his TV viewing habits

Monday, 11 December 2017

US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to attack the New York Times after they had published an article that focused on his television viewing habits.“Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day - Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the “dumbest man on television!” Bad Reporting,” Trump tweeted on Monday.Trump was ...

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