Pakistan has been banning sites right and left, first they started out by Banning Facebook, then YouTube and later Twitter too. In a more recent incident a petition was filed to get a Death Warrant for Mark Zuckersberg, the founder of Facebook.
Now, there are reports that a Lahore High Court bench has ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to immediately block some very popular websites which include Google, Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, YouTube, Bing and Amazon for publishing and promoting sacrilegious and blasphemous material.
The petition was filed by an individual who claimed that these websites were publishing sacrilegious material. However, the PTA officials have denied receiving any court orders to block these websites.
Nevertheless, considering how Facebook was blocked by Pakistan, this ban may also take effect shortly, leaving millions of Pakistanis without email and search for some time. Once again the thought that "If you cannot control the internet, ban it" is seriously not the right way to do things.
A few hours back, the Israeli Hotmail and MSN webpages were hijacked by a Turkish hacker to display a pro-Palestinian message. According to Softpedia, the nameservers and administrative email addresses were changed. Instead of redirecting to the usual login.live.com and il.msn.com, the viewers were redirected to the page pictured below.
Microsoft has regained control of the respective domain names and both the sites are currently operating normally. Microsoft has yet to respond to the hijacking and for now, the method used by the hacker to pull of this feat remains unknown. The most obvious possibility is that he used stolen credentials. However, KISS philosophy doesn’t always work. If you have any idea, don’t hesitate to share it with us.
Although, internet proliferation in India is rapidly increasing, it’s still far cry from being as ubiquitous as mobile phones. Realising that not everyone in India has regular access to the internet, Microsoft has added SMS support to Hotmail.
Microsoft said, With this fun and simple service, you can forget about going to the cyber cafe or logging on to your computer every time you want to check your mails”. While this might appear to be a silly and pointless feature to folks in western countries, I suspect that it may turn out to be a popular feature among Indians. “You can now receive, read and reply to emails on your SMS. The service also enables efficient viewing of emails by specifying the email address/domain from which you’d like to receive alerts on your SMS”, the company added.
This service can be enabled from mobile.live.com. It is available to Aircel, Bharti Airtel, BSNL, Idea, Loop Mobile, MTNL Delhi, MTNL Mumbai, MTS, Reliance (CDMA), Reliance (GSM), Tata Indicom, Tata Docomo, Uninor and Vodafone Essar customers. While incoming messages are free, outgoing messages (replies) will be charged as per standard rates.
Microsoft is busy revamping the UI for Windows Live Hotmail, however, they also have other plans to increase the usage of the world’s most used email service on mobile phones too.
In a new giveaway, Microsoft Windows Live have tied up with Nokia Messaging and are giving away a free Xbox 360 Arcade Console to users who set up Hotmail on the Nokia messaging app.
In order to participate and be eligible to win an Xbox 360 Arcade Console, users will have to complete the following steps.
- Activate Nokia Messaging on your Nokia device.If you don’t have it already on your mobile. click here to download
- Setup Windows Live Hotmail account using Nokia Messaging.
- Send a slogan Why Windows Live Hotmail is the coolest email on mobile’ in less than 20 words to [email protected] from the Windows Live Hotmail Id you have activated.
You will find more information about the contest at the official Nokia Message page.