Abu Dhabi Media strikes deal with sport giant UFC

Belal Muhammad takes down Curtis Millender during a UFC contest. Mixed martial arts bouts will be broadcast live on the Abu Dhabi Sports 4 channel. (Getty Images)
Updated 15 April 2019
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Abu Dhabi Media strikes deal with sport giant UFC

LONDON: Abu Dhabi Media has struck a broadcast partnership with the US-based mixed martial arts promotion company UFC, according to a statement.
The multi-year agreement will give the UAE-based media company access to all live UFC events and non-live programming, starting with last Sunday’s fight between Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier.
Abu Dhabi Media will have the exclusive multimedia rights to show all UFC content in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), including live events, pre- and post-event programming.
Live UFC events will be broadcast on the Abu Dhabi Sports 4 channel, with a planned digital subscription service that will offer customers online access to all live UFC events and library content in Arabic.
“UFC has a very passionate fan base across the UAE and the whole MENA region,” said Noura Al-Kaabi, chair of Abu Dhabi Media. “We are delighted to bring the UFC back to Abu Dhabi Media and we are excited to share their content with our viewers.”
David Shaw, senior vice president for international and content at UFC, said the MENA region is “extremely important” to the company.
“We are looking forward to working closely with Abu Dhabi Media on localized media initiatives for the region,”
Shaw said.
The Las Vegas-based UFC produces more than 40 live events annually, with programming broadcast to a billion TV households in more than 165 countries and territories.


Facebook says it stored ‘millions’ of unencrypted Instagram passwords

Updated 19 April 2019
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Facebook says it stored ‘millions’ of unencrypted Instagram passwords

  • The California firm reaches an estimated 2.7 billion people with its core social network, Instagram and messaging applications

SAN FRANCISCO, US: “Millions” of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, Facebook said Thursday, raising its original estimate of tens of thousands.
“We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users,” Facebook said in a blog post.
“We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed,” the social network said.
Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, revealed last month that the unencrypted passwords of hundreds of millions of users had been stored, putting the number of Instagram users affected in the tens of thousands.
The social network’s handling of user data has been a flashpoint for controversy since it admitted last year that Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy, used an app that may have hijacked the private details of 87 million users.
Facebook has announced a series of moves to tighten handling of data, including eliminating most of its data-sharing partnerships with outside companies.
The California firm reaches an estimated 2.7 billion people with its core social network, Instagram and messaging applications.