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Software: Heal Thyself

August 10, 2010

If your computer gets sick, would you rather give it a full system overhaul or the equivalent of a digital Advil to relieve the symptoms? Onn Shehory and his team at Israel’s IBM Haifa research facility have developed much more than a computerized analgesic. Say hello to the world’s first self-healing software. The project – […]

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Free Phone Calls: a PokeTalk Update

June 4, 2010

In January 2009, I wrote an article for Israel21c about PokeTalk, a then new startup offering free VoIP calls using regular phone lines. I bumped into the company’s founders Shai Genish and Boaz Bahar Wednesday night at a meeting of the TechAviv Founder’s Forum and I thought I’d share the original article with you here […]

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LabPixies Investors Share Insights into Company’s Acquisition by Google

May 24, 2010

Google’s announcement last month that it was acquiring Tel Aviv-based LabPixies for a rumored $25 million caught some Israeli analysts by surprise. That’s a tidy sum for a small startup with just 12 employees that has raised less than $2 million over its four years of operation. Yaron Carni, LabPixies’ lead investor wasn’t caught out, […]

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A Neat Trick for Scheduling Meetings

March 21, 2010

New startups have the best shot at success when they address a “pain point” – an issue that causes discomfort, annoyance or even loss of business. Tel Aviv-based Neatcall targets just such a situation, one that will be immediately familiar to anyone who’s ever tried to schedule a meeting with two or more participants: Seemingly […]

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Israel’s Top Ten Must-Have Gadgets

March 10, 2010

Israelis love technology. They are early adapters, and relentless innovators, always looking for ways to improve their lives in every possible area. With the country’s talent for development, it’s no surprise that some of the world’s top gadgets were designed and developed in Israel. Israel21c asked me to put together a list of the ten […]

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Ginipic: Image Search on Steroids

December 24, 2009

It’s happened to all of us at least once or twice in our careers. We’re writing a school paper or updating a website and we need a photo or graphic image to illustrate a point. That usually entails searching a number of different photo sharing sites such as Google Images, Flickr, TwitPic, PhotoBucket, and others. […]

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140 Characters Comes to Tel Aviv

December 7, 2009

Jeff Pulver is a galavanting kind of guy. The one time founder of voice-over-IP telephony company Vonage, Pulver has in recent years traveled the globe hosting hi-tech networking “breakfasts” that attract hundreds of attendees On Sunday, Pulver was back in town with a combined breakfast and conference focused on “the state of now.” Dubbed the […]

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$10 for Crying Out Loud

November 23, 2009

Outbrain is a company I like a lot. It has a seemingly simple product that provides some very useful functionality: content rating and recommendations for blogs. Follow the easy installation instructions and Outbrain will allow your readers to give your latest post a 1-5 score. Then, based on Outbrain’s massive database of reader tastes and […]

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Business Advice for Social Entrepreneurs

August 3, 2009

As the 16 “social entrepreneurs” took to the stage last Thursday to present their 15-second “elevator pitch,” I was filled with anticipation. What would the next generation of hi-tech founders come up with? Here were some of Israel’s best and brightest, hand selected by the Presentense organization which aims to arm young people who want […]

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Tweets Come to the Western Wall

July 23, 2009

Have you ever wanted to place a note in the Western Wall but couldn’t afford the ticket to Jerusalem? Now you can tweet it. It’s traditional to place short notes in the cracks of the Western Wall stones asking for health, livelihood and other personal requests. Now, a new Israeli Web site launched two weeks […]

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