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MENA’s Biggest Online Piracy Site Shahed4U Shuts Down

The platform had been operating since 2015, and notched up 155 million monthly visits and around 18,700 movie files.



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Egyptian authorities have shut down one of the Middle East and North Africa’s largest online platforms for downloading pirated media, Shahed4U. The site’s servers were located in Alexandria and Cairo and offered access to 68,000 TV titles and 18,700 films.

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At its peak, the site’s traffic hit 155 million monthly visits across 118 domains and various copycat sites. Shahed4U had been distributing pirated content since 2015, and the closure follows those of Egybest and MyCima. Egyptian authorities were helped with the shutdown by the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s foremost anti-piracy coalition.

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“This spate of unprecedented ACE actions in the MENA region underscores our ever-expanding global reach and our growing relationships with law enforcement and local industry around the world [and is] core to ACE’s global goal of eradicating the illegal distribution of content and protecting the legal marketplace for content creators,” says Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association and Chairman of ACE.


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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.



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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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