The Facebook Gaming Ecosystem: A Cross-Sectional Study Of The Top-Rated Apps
Editor's note: Hassan Baig is an entrepreneur who runs White Rabbit Studios, a South Asian gaming startup he founded four years ago in Pakistan. Services like AppData have been providing individual stats for a long time, but snapshot-like analyses of top-rated games on Facebook's App Center have not yet been done. Such a study could be useful for game developers or strategic investors who have a stake in Facebook games and want a macro picture of where the ecosystem stands at the moment.
Pakistan halts phone service over terror fear
Officials say the move of suspending mobile phone use is necessary to stop terror attacks during Ashura processions.
Pakistan To Cut Phone Services To Prevent Muharram Attacks
SternisheFan writes with this news from the Indian Express: "Pakistan's interior minister Friday said the government will suspend cell phone services in most parts of the country over the next two days to prevent attacks against Shia Muslims during a key religious commemoration. Militants often detonate bombs using cell phones and this is the first time the government has implemented such a wide-scale suspension. Saturday and Sunday are the most important days of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, especially important to Shias. Pakistani Shias Sunday observe Ashoura, commemorating the 7th century death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson. Different parts of the Muslim world mark Ashoura on different days —neighbouring Afghanistan, for example, observes it on Saturday. 'The suspension of cell phone services will begin at 6 am Saturday and run through the next day,' Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad. He said 90 per ...
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Drone-Targeted Pakistan Favors Romney Over Obama
A recent world opinion poll shows Pakistan, in sharp contrast to other countries polled, with higher approval ratings for Republican presidential contender Romney over President Obama. The BBC World Service opinion poll surveyed 21,797 people in 21 countries. None of the other countries surveyed is the site of known CIA or U.S. military drone attacks.
Sure, Draw Something. Just Not The Prophet
Pictures of the Prophet Mohammad have always been a highly contentious issue -- they're not explicitly prohibited in the Qu'ran but many Sunni Muslims forbid the idea, while others do not seem to mind as much. Among the latter group are those who feel that banning such images is a restriction on freedom of expression. The issue at the center of the Pakistan-blocks-Twitter story today has been reported to be around a viral activist campaign that's been running for the past few years to point attention to this. But as with the actual blocking of Twitter itself in Pakistan -- there has been no official Pakistani government statement about what is actually behind the current Twitter block at the moment (here is a screenshot of an alleged email ordering the block to ISPs with no specific reason behind it) -- it's hard to pin down exactly what content was actually sent around that caused the block in the first place. And at least one group is raising the question of whether this blockage ...