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The largest Israeli buyout by an Asian company. Japanese Internet giant Rakuten has just bought Israeli-developed video and voice communications app Viber for $900 million. Viber allows users to make free phone and video calls within its network, and has over 200 million users all over the world.
How isolated is Israel? Good economic summary by Yoram Ettinger.
Google buys advanced Israeli security. IT giant Google has acquired the staff and intellectual property of Israeli start-up SlickLogin. The Israeli company is developing applications using ultrasound and smartphones, to allow users more easily to login securely. SlickLogin’s founders served in the IDF elite cyber security unit.
The invisible keyboard for both blind and sighted. Israel’s Inpris is using crowdsourcing to raise the finance to launch two versions of its invisible keyboard: the UpSense Super Keyboard for single-handed gesture typing, and the UpSense Super Braille Keyboard for a blind person to type with two hands.
Explore Israel. Try out this exciting interactive video tour of the Jewish State.
Israeli wins BAFTA award. Israel’s Niv Adiri won a British Academy of Film and Television award for his work in the team responsible for the groundbreaking sound work on the blockbuster “Gravity.” The team has also been nominated for an Oscar.
Easing immigration for French Jews. Israel’s minister of immigration absorption was in Paris and promised to “erase all bureaucratic hurdles” for new immigrants. Sofa Landver plans to submit her ideas at a future Israel cabinet meeting. 3,301 French Jews immigrated to Israel in 2013 – the largest figure out of France since 2000.
Ancient Judean village revealed. The remnants of a 2300-year-old rural village have been excavated on the outskirts of Jerusalem. It was discovered in June, when work began on building a pipeline to deliver natural gas from the coast. The Israel Antiquities Authority has been excavating the Second Temple era site ever since.
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