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  • 15 Surprisingly Fascinating facts about Hanukkah [ Infographic ]

    By Tera Greene

    2 days ago

    15 Surprisingly Fascinating facts about Hanukkah [ Infographic ]

     

    Chanukkah 2014 is here!

    In case you weren't reminded by Google, Hanukkah 2014 has begun.

     

    To get you in the proper mindset for this minor holiday, here's an infographic for you to fact-check with friends and family to...

  • Nightcrawler Nation

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 3, 2014 | 11:18 am

    When I heard my research into the amount of time local TV news spends on crime (plenty) and government (nearly nada) coming out of Jake Gyllenhaal’s mouth, I could have kissed him.  If he’d added that those same civically negligent, inflammatory stations also make billions of...

  • Could artificial intelligence hold the key to fighting hate?

    October 3, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    Last week, the Anti-Defamation League released a list of “Best Practices” to counter hate speech on the Internet. Sober and serious, it includes suggestions like “Share knowledge and help develop educational materials and programs that encourage critical thinking in both proactive...

  • How Israeli tech survived the war

    By Simone Wilson

    September 23, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    “I know that for some of you, coming to Israel after a very challenging summer might cause hesitation,” Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told a crowd of hundreds of techies wearing neon-pink wristbands and ID necklaces. They sat in an old, restored British train station along the coast of...

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  • Google pulls ‘Bomb Gaza’ game from app store after backlash

    August 4, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    A mobile game that simulates Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip and invites users to "drop bombs and avoid killing civilians" has been pulled from Google Inc's app store, a company spokesman said on Monday after a public backlash.

    "Bomb Gaza," developed by PlayFTW and still...

  • Please manipulate me

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 14, 2014 | 11:53 am

    What do you call it when media try to manipulate your feelings without first asking for informed consent?

    Tuesday. 

    Example:  The average Facebook user sees only 20 percent of the 1,500 stories per day that could have shown up in their news feed.  The posts you receive are...

  • A growing movement of corporate philanthropy

    February 26, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    When the Israeli mobile maps start-up Waze accepted a buyout from Google for more than $1 billion in June, each of the company’s 100 employees walked away with an average of $1.2 million from the sale.

    An even bigger check, though, went to Baruch Lipner, a Canadian Israeli who...

  • Taking Israel off the map- how international companies help the anti-Israeli cause

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 19, 2014 | 9:36 am

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is kicking and screaming into reality, but when it comes to some of the leading corporates in the world, it seems as if the conflict is over, and Israel is on the losing side.


    National Geographic shared a video of an escalator on its Instagram...

  • Israel earned $370 million in taxes on Waze sale

    January 14, 2014 | 10:31 am

    Israel earned $370 million in tax revenue on the sale of the navigation app Waze to Google.

    Google is set to pay $230 million in taxes on its acquisition of the property rights to the free application for smart phones on top of the more than $143 million in taxes already paid on...

  • Google apologizes for having Adolf Hitler Square on maps function

    January 13, 2014 | 12:46 pm

    Google apologized for labeling a Berlin intersection as Adolf-Hitler-Platz, its Nazi-era name, on Google Maps.

    The company apologized on Friday upon being made aware of the error, which apparently was edited in by users of its Map Maker function. The Nazi-era name was available...

  • Google, Israeli government to cooperate on technology

    January 2, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    Google and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding in which the tech giant agreed to provide technological services to the Israeli government.

    Under the agreement signed Tuesday by Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Google Israel CEO Meir Brand, Google will help improve...

  • Welcome your oil-less future

    October 23, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    I first became aware of autonomous cars when I read of Google’s successful attempt last year to drive a Prius from San Francisco to Los Angeles without human intervention. To be clear, a human was in the car, but he was there only in case he was needed — and the need never came up....

  • Israel’s antitrust panel taking a look at Google-Waze merger

    October 2, 2013 | 2:10 pm

    Israel’s antitrust regulatory commission is investigating whether the Google-Waze merger constitutes a monopoly.

    The Israel Antitrust Authority opened its investigation on Wednesday, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.

    The probe will focus on whether Google’s purchase...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 2, 2013 | 12:29 pm

    Exploring Jerusalem without leaving home

    Want to visit Jerusalem but currently don't have the time or money to travel to Israel? Thanks to the wonders of the 21st century, you can experience the wonders and magic of Jerusalem without leaving home. Just click on the link and go on...

  • Google bought Waze for less than $1 billion

    July 29, 2013 | 11:19 am

    Google paid less than the previously reported $1.1 billion for the Israeli navigation app Waze.

    The purchase price came in at $966 million in cash, Waze reported July 25 in its financial report for the second quarter of 2013, the Israeli business daily Globes reported. The...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 8, 2013 | 5:52 am

    Camp Kimama is taking off!

    More than 1500 children and teenagers from all around the world will land this summer in Israel, for an unforgettable international experience named: Camp Kimama. The staff is assembled from young Israelis, Jewish Agency summer camps alumni, who use...

  • Israeli who murdered his parents used tips he found online

    July 1, 2013 | 10:12 am

    An Israeli who stabbed his mother and father to death was convicted of murder on Monday partly because he searched online for tips including "how to kill your parents and get away with it."

    Daniel Maoz, 29, wanted money from his inheritance in order to pay heavy gambling debts,...

  • Google-Waze deal investigated by FTC

    June 24, 2013 | 10:33 am

    The Federal Trade Commisssion is examining Google’s $1 billion deal to purchase the Israeli navigation start-up Waze to see if the purchase violated any antitrust laws.

    After the deal between Google and Waze was finalized June 11, Google believed it didn’t need to submit the deal...

  • This week in power: Clinton, Syria, Waze, Streisand

    By Danny Groner

    June 20, 2013 | 3:45 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Clinton's speech
    Former President Bill Clinton spoke in Israel on Monday night and encouraged a two-state solution with the Palestinians. “No matter how many settlers you put out there...

  • Billion-dollar Waze

    June 19, 2013 | 10:57 am

    UPDATE [7/29/13]: Google bought Waze for $966 million.

    Just a couple of years ago, the Israeli entrepreneurs behind the traffic-fighting smartphone app Waze were knocking down the door of every news outlet in Los Angeles. They were seeking publicity to help forge their way into...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2013 | 12:48 pm

    Watch out, USA, the Israelis are coming!

    Last week, more than 1,200 Israeli young adults made their way to North America to serve as Jewish Agency emissaries at day and overnight camps throughout the continent. Overall, 200 Jewish camps in 150 communities will have some extra fun...

  • Google buys Israel’s Waze to protect mobile maps lead

    June 11, 2013 | 10:11 am

    Google Inc bought Israeli mapping startup Waze on Tuesday for an undisclosed sum, acquiring an online real-time mapping service to safeguard its own lead in one of the most crucial aspects of smartphone usage.

    A source close to the matter told Reuters on Monday that the Internet...

  • Google set to buy Israeli navigation application Waze

    June 10, 2013 | 10:42 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    When Dr. Gary Ginsburg, who lives in Jerusalem and works at the Ministry of Health, drives to Tel Aviv, he makes sure not to forget his smartphone and the Israeli traffic application Waze.

    “I’m a Waze fan,” he told The Media...

  • A linguist’s take on the knaidel/kneydl controversy

    June 10, 2013 | 10:01 am

    As a linguist who studies Yiddish-influenced English, I’ve had a busy week. As soon as Arvind Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee with the word “knaidel,” the messages began to arrive. On facebook, through email, and in person, my friends, relatives, and colleagues...

  • Apple’s first store set to open in Istanbul

    May 20, 2013 | 9:58 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Consumer technology market analysts expect Apple to start taking a big bite from the emerging market for its products here when it opens its first store in Istanbul in a few months.

    "We're going to place our first store in...

  • Israeli official protests Google’s use of ‘Palestine’

    May 6, 2013 | 10:07 am

    A senior Israeli official called on Google to reconsider its decision to change the wording on its services and products from "Palestinian Territories" to "Palestine."

    Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin also told Google CEO Larry Page in a letter sent Sunday that he was...

  • Google edition adopts ‘Palestine’

    May 3, 2013 | 9:09 am

    Google has changed the title on the homepage of its Palestinian edition from "Palestinian Territories" to "Palestine."

    In a statement to the BBC Friday, Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said the company was "following the lead" of several bodies, including the United Nations, in...

  • Are You Dating Your Cell phone? — Or Your Laptop? Try being Mindful

    By Nicole Behnam

    April 12, 2013 | 5:40 pm

    "Successful people never worry about what others are doing." -Unknown

    Log in to your Facebook account and you will seldom notice a self-deprecating post on your Newsfeed. Nobody wants to share with their friends the inevitable failures or pitfalls that occur routinely, and why...

  • Google Opens campus Tel Aviv

    March 28, 2013 | 4:14 am

    Startup spaces in Tel Aviv are getting to be a dime a dozen, but the prime minister doesn’t attend the opening of every single one.

    The Israeli premier, Benjamin Netanyahu, however, was on hand at the December ribbon-cutting for Google’s Campus Tel Aviv, a one-floor shared work...

  • Feeding Our Workers

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 19, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    I recall my experiences as a teenager working waiting tables in various restaurants. There was a high-paced energy that was difficult to maintain, but the greatest challenge was constantly being hungry while serving others food. Today, many have it much worse than anything I...

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