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  • Struck by Venice lightning

    July 28, 2014 | 6:16 pm

    On Sunday afternoon, I was knee-deep in the ocean, right next to the Venice Fishing Pier, when the deadly lightning bolt hit the water. This rare bit of weather would kill at least one person and injure 13 others, making national news. But I didn’t know it right then.

    I had gone...

  • TLV Pride Parade, Israel goes GAGA, Bar Refaeli is single again and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2014 | 8:10 am

    The colors of the rainbow take over the streets of Tel- Aviv for world’s leading Pride Parade

    A record number of 130,000 people participated in Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Pride Parade. People of all ages, races, nationalities and sexual identities, many scantily clad and adorned in...

  • A chance at the World Cup,The Rolling Stonen, Free HIV treatment and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 31, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Speaking out

    Former Miss World, the Israeli Linor Abargil, is leading a global campaign against sexual violence. Abargil, who was raped at knifepoint only six weeks before being crowned as Miss World, has inspired other Israeli women to break their own silence and in the process,...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • “V” for Victory!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 9, 2013 | 5:34 am

    If you happened to read my recent posts, you probably noticed a hint of disappointment between the lines. As the internet takes a growing place in our lives, winning the media war becomes more critical, and the more lies about Israel I encountered, the more I felt like our battle...

  • 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...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 3, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    Airlines of Jordan and Turkey withdrew sponsorship from Israeli travel conference

    Last week, an International Tourism Summit was held in Jerusalem. The conference, where innovative technologies in world tourism and travel were presented, had several sponsors, including Royal...

  • Report: Talks between Waze and Facebook break down

    May 31, 2013 | 11:08 am

    Talks between an Israeli technology firm and Facebook reportedly broke down over the Israeli company’s insistence on staying in the country.

    The navigation company Waze had been in talks to be acquired by Facebook for $1 billion. But the negotiations reportedly broke down over...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 7, 2013 | 10:11 am

    Found their Waze

    After recommending their users to try the navigation application, Waze, apple might purchase the Israeli startup, which has become an international success in the past year. Waze is a GPS system/Social network. Its users contribute map data, and report traffic...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 8, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Israeli achievement at the Computer Olympics: students from 81 countries worldwide competed in Italy on various computer-related tasks such as solving complex algorithms. The level of problems the contestants solved was higher than what grad-school computer students are facing in...

  • Chinese billionaire invests $30 million in Israeli startup

    October 19, 2011 | 11:33 am

    An Israeli startup company has received a $30 million investment from China’s richest man.

    Billionaire Li Ka Shing has invested in the navigation technology firm Waze, which will put the money into supporting its application’s more than 7 million drivers and launch a...

  • CARMAGEDDON: Helpful hints and headache relievers

    By JewishJournal.com

    July 15, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    The ‘bridge to nowhere’ that’s behind Carmageddon
    by Pierce Courchaine

    Thousands of commuters race past the Mulholland Bridge at great speeds every day. Silent and waiting for its execution date in mid-July, the bridge is rarely appreciated or remembered. More.


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