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Urdu Translation Software Understands Nuance

A computer scientist at the University of Buffalo has developed a new program capable of taking automated translation beyond the literal. Rohini Srihari began working on her software in the hopes of improving computerized translations of Urdu -- a linguistic blend of Hindi and Persian that is widely spoken in Pakistan, and by many Muslims in India. Urdu is a particularly difficult language f...

The Brains Behind 'Brain,' World's First PC Virus

The world's first PC virus, known as 'Brain,' was brought to life 25 years ago by two brothers in Pakistan. Mikko Hypponen, a researcher at F-Secure, was among the first to analyze Brain, and, after reverse engineering the virus, eventually discovered a hidden nugget of information. Buried within Brain's code was a short block of text, which revealed the phone number and address of the place wh...

U.S. Military Struggles to Establish Web Presence Among Aid Groups in Pakistan

As part of its ongoing relief efforts in flood-devastated Pakistan, the U.S. military has begun using social media to coordinate the disparate aid organizations in the region. But, even as many international and Pakistani developers and relief workers have latched onto social networking tools, they have yet to engage with the U.S. military online. As Wired reports, mobile apps and crowd-sourci...

Wikileaks Releases Classified Afghan War Documents, But Does So Carefully

With the release of its Afghan War Diary, Wikileaks has just perpetrated what many are calling one of the largest leaks in military history. Comprising nearly 92,000 classified reports from Afghanistan, the Diary sheds new light on the challenges that the U.S. and coalition forces face on the ground, exposing the conflict as more dire than most may have imagined. The documents reveal, among other ...

Pakistani Government Plans to Monitor Google, YouTube for 'Blasphemous Material'

The Facebook-fueled, 'Everybody Draw Mohammed Day' controversy may have subsided, but the Pakistani government is still doing its best to make sure it never flares up again. According to Reuters, Pakistan's Ministry of Information Technology has placed seven major websites under stronger governmental surveillance in an attempt to guarantee that none of the sites contain "blasphemous material." Pa...

Bangladesh Lifts Facebook Ban, China Commits to World's Fastest Train

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... "Objectionable" Mohammed content recently inspired Pakistan and Bangladesh to implement Facebook blockades. The site eventually relented to pressure from the two nations and various Islamic organizations by removing the offensive page, prompting Pakistan to lift the ban. Bangladesh followed suit on Sunday by removing its barricade...

Pakistan Blocks YouTube Following Facebook Freeze

Just yesterday we reported that a Pakistani court had ordered the government to block the country's access to Facebook in response to a contest to draw caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) directed ISPs to block the social networking site yesterday, but then followed immediately with a second order to block another mammoth Web community: YouTube. O...

Pakistan Blocks Facebook After Muhammad Caricature Contest

A Pakistani court has ordered the government to block access to Facebook due to a contest involving images of the Prophet Muhammad, and has also asked that the foreign ministry investigate the roots of the competition. The government has complied, telling ISPs in the country to block Facebook and any other site displaying caricatures of the prophet, but the sites have not received court orders as ...

Airport Security Stops Pakistani Flyer Over Massage Shoes

After last week's attempted car bomb attack in Times Square, terrorism is once again on everybody's lips, and national security forces are once again on high alert. In other words, it's probably not the best time to wander onto a plane with batteries and electrical circuits in your shoes -- especially if you're catching a flight out of, oh, let's say, Pakistan. Yet that's exactly what one Faiz...

CIA-Piloted Predator Drones Could Get the U.S. Tried For 'War Crimes'

Share As unmanned drone attacks play an increasingly integral role in America's war on terrorism, controversy surrounding the legality of the operations has gained steam. In response to the public outcry, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on Wednesday, during which legal experts voiced their opinions on, and displeasure with, the mysterious drone program. An...

Indian and Pakistani Hackers Battle It Out Online

Hackers claiming to be the pro-Indian group HMG have commandeered the Web site of a Kashmirian school, claiming that they wrested it from the grip of Pakistani hackers, reports PC World. As India and Pakistan have long battled over the borderland Kashmir region, this is of no great surprise. As of this morning, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Ratlam government school's Web site still read: My dear Site...