Daily Archives: July 10, 2015

Omar Sharif dies at the age of 83


Omar Sharif has died at the age of 83. The Egyptian actor, best known for roles in Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, suffered a heart attack in Cairo on Friday, his agent Steve Kenis said.

Omar Sharif on Lawrence of Arabia: ‘I was the only actor David Lean liked’

In May his son revealed the star had been suffering from Alzheimer’s. His son, Tarek Sharif, and two grandsons survive him.

Sharif, who was one of the few Arab actors to achieve mainstream Hollywood success, grew up in Cairo. In an interview in 2012, he recalled how his mother would socialise with King Farouk as well as dole out regular beatings to her son.

“By night she would play cards, by day she would give me the slipper,” he said. “She hit me on my backside every day till I was 14. She was an extraordinary woman – she lived till 1998. I was very close to her, even though she beat me all the time!”

Sharif was Oscar-nominated for his role in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia and went on to win a Golden Globe for his performance. It was his first English-language role after appearing in over 20 Egyptian films.


WhatsApp likely to be banned soon


London, July 10: Messaging app, WhatsApp, may land in trouble. The messaging app might be banned soon. According to media reports in UK, the government of the country is likely to take action.

According to a report by The Express UK, Prime Minister David Cameron has been asking officials to ban all cross-platform messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, iMessage and Snapchat.

Cameron claimed that such apps do not have transparency. Government sources informed that the government wanted to ban apps as it could not read encrypted data sent through WhatsApp and other messaging apps.

British government may take the action against WhatsApp, iMessage and Snapchat in a few weeks. The daily reported, “If the controversial new legislation is passed in the coming weeks all three services could be BANNED in the United Kingdom.”

Speaking about security threats through such messaging apps, Cameron earlier had claimed , “In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read?”

Continuing his statement, he also added, “My answer to that question is: ‘No, we must not’.”

Meanwhile, former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was quoted as saying, “We have every right to invade the privacy of terrorists and those we think want to do us harm, but we should not equate that with invading the privacy of every single person in the UK. They are not the same thing.”


Facebook reportedly in talks to put music videos in your news feed


Facebook is trying to set up deals with major record companies to put music videos in your News Feed, both Billboardand The New York Times report, as part of an attempt to capture a share of the market currently dominated by YouTube. According to the publications, the social network has held preliminary discussions with multiple labels over the past few weeks, and is looking to start inserting videos selected by record companies in the coming months.

The social network reportedly plans to share ad revenue with labels, but terms of the deal have not yet been finalized. Billboard reports Facebook is offering the same split in ad revenue that YouTube currently does — with 45 percent going to the social network, and 55 percent to rights holders — but The New York Times says Facebook has offered better deals than YouTube. In addition, the social network has reportedly offered to clamp down quicker on unauthorized content thank YouTube currently does, conceivably making Facebook a more attractive place to debut new videos.


The Verge first reported that Facebook was talking to record companies earlier this month, with the aim of the social network “getting into music,” but it wasn’t immediately apparent what the social network had planned. Yesterday Music Ally reported that Facebook was planning to launch its own streaming music service, to rival Spotify, Rdio, and the recently launched Apple Music, but the company quickly shot down the rumors, saying it had “no plans” to create such a service.

A shift into music videos would make more sense for Zuckerberg’s company. Facebook has already experimented with the medium, having provided the platform for Jay-Z to premiere the video for his song “Holy Grail” in 2013, and it has made heavy use of short clips in its new instant articles. The music video sector is huge, too, making up by far YouTube’s most popular content — of the site’s top 30 most-viewed clips, all but three are official music videos — and Facebook is one of the few internet entities to have a user base big enough to challenge YouTube’s position. For now though, the social network has yet to comment whether it is indeed planning to pepper your news feed with pop hits.


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