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  • 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...

  • Ellison is world’s richest Jew, new Forbes billionaire list shows

    March 4, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    Oracle's Larry Ellison is the world's richest Jew, according to Forbes' annual world billionaires list for 2013.

    Ellison was among five Jews in the top 25 on the list published Monday. Seventeen Israelis were among the record 1,426 billionaires -- 200 more than in 2012.


  • More than anything else, Israelis wanted to know “How to make money” in 2012

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 31, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    This year, Googlers in the Jewish state were more interested in making money than in making out.

    In Israel, “How to make money” topped the list of “How to...” queries typed into the search engine in the past year. The finding, which comes from Google Zeitgeist, the Web search...

  • Request by Arab-Israeli political, religious figures to block anti-Muslim movie denied

    September 20, 2012 | 10:08 am

    A Jerusalem court denied a request filed by Arab-Israeli lawmakers and mayors, as well as religious leaders, that would have required Google to remove an anti-Muslim movie from YouTube and block all Israeli access to it.

    The request to the Jerusalem District Court to issue an...

  • San Diego Jewish teen wins Google science prize

    July 30, 2012 | 10:09 am

    An eighth-grader at the San Diego Jewish Academy won a science prize at the second annual Google Science Fair competition.

    Jonah Kohn, 14,  won a $25,000 scholarship for his device that uses tactile sound to enhance music for people with hearing loss.

    “In essence they said that it...

  • French groups drop suit against Google

    June 28, 2012 | 10:18 am

    French groups have settled a lawsuit accusing Google of violating French anti-racism laws because of a function that they say perpetuated anti-Semitic stereotypes.

    Google’s “autocomplete” feature suggests the word “juif” or “Jewish” as a top choice in connection with...

  • Jerusalem, Tel Aviv on new Google project

    June 5, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Jerusalem’s Old City and parts of historic Tel Aviv are featured in Google’s new “World Wonders Project,” although Jerusalem is not included under the Israel category.

    The project allows visitors to take a virtual tour of the 132 historic and heritage sites from 18 countries and is...

  • Google donating N.Y. office space to Cornell-Technion school

    May 21, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    Google will donate office space to the new applied science graduate school of Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

    Google CEO Larry Page and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the partnership Monday at a news conference at the company’s New...

  • French group suing Google for Jewish auto-complete searches

    May 1, 2012 | 11:40 am

    A French anti-discrimination group is taking Google to court for offering to search if celebrities are Jewish.

    SOS Racisme, a French organization that fights discrimination, is scheduled to meet Google attorneys in a French courtroom on Wednesday for a hearing on the matter,...

  • Google Street View in Israel to go online

    April 16, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    Google’s Street View in Israel will go online next week.

    The project, which will feature 3-D images of the streets of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and other attractions in Israel such as the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and the Ramon Crater, will be launched with a ceremony...

  • Don't be naked

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 30, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Entertainment executives are fond of saying that no matter what happens with technology, what will always matter most is good storytelling. What they don’t say — but what they’ve begun to wonder — is whether those stories may be on the way to becoming loss leaders and if the...

  • Google to open Israeli startup incubator

    November 15, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Google will open a startup incubator in Israel.

    The incubator, scheduled to open in August in offices in Tel Aviv, will host about 20 pre-seed stage startups, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.

    The announcement of the new incubator was made Sunday by the director of...

  • Google launches Street View in Israel

    September 13, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Google launched its Street View project In Israel.

    The Google cars and tricycles, fitted with 360-degree cameras to take panoramic images, will begin collecting images in Jerusalem, including the Old City, the Israeli business daily Globes reported. Tel Aviv and Haifa will also be...

  • Google street view OK’d for Israel

    August 21, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    The Google street view map service will come to Israel after being granted permission by the country’s Justice Ministry.

    The online mapping tool, which provides 3-D view of buildings, landmarks and streets in 27 countries, has come under fire from privacy advocates.

    The Israeli...

  • Made in Israel: Google’s new toolbar feature

    August 17, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Google released a new toolbar feature that was developed in Israel.

    Google Related, a service available on the Google Chrome toolbar and as a new feature on the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer, provides additional information about related websites. The feature was developed at Google’s Israel R&D center.

  • Israeli mission to moon for Google contest demands appeal to local donors

    By Ryan Torok

    July 19, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    Kfir Damari, Yonatan Winetraub and Yariv Bash were in Los Angeles last week in an effort to raise $10 million for the construction of a robot that they hope to send to the moon.

    The three Israelis are hoping to win the Google Lunar X Prize, which will award $20 million to the first...

  • Google ordered to stop recommending anti-Semitic sites

    May 19, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    A court in Buenos Aires has ordered Google to stop recommending anti-Semitic and racist websites to users.

    The injunction issued May 17 comes following a complaint filed by several Jewish organizations. The decision came on the World Day of the Internet.

    The court ordered Google...

  • Yad Vashem, Google announce joint archive project

    January 26, 2011 | 10:08 am

    A joint project between Yad Vashem and Google will make public access to Nazi-era documents and photographs easier.

    Israel’s national Holocaust museum and archive and the Google search engine on Wednesday announced that they had made 130,000 photos and documents from the museum’s...

  • With eye on long term, Israel plans for ‘leapfrog’ growth to stem brain drain

    January 18, 2011 | 11:12 am

    It was at a conference 15 years ago in the raw months following Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination that an unlikely Israeli trio—a young Navy officer, a leading businesswoman and a senior bureaucrat—hatched a plan for Israel’s future.

    It wasn’t exactly a plan for the future, but a plan...

  • Israel to participate in pilot YouTube project

    November 17, 2010 | 12:20 pm

    Israel will take part in a pilot program to encourage Israeli advertising agencies to allocate more resources to advertising on YouTube.

    During the yearlong program, the Israeli agencies will receive reduced fees for advertising on YouTube and instruction in YouTube’s measurement...

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