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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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Great Deals or Hidden Scam?

February 21, 2010

The courts have ruled that the service is legal, but it still leaves a muddled taste in my mouth. I’m talking about, a popular Israeli auction site that works more like the Lotto than eBay. You can’t help but be drawn in by’s home page which promises a Sony Playstation for NIS 99 […]

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Why the iPod Nano is Not a Game Changer After All

January 12, 2010

With the much rumored and insanely anticipated Apple iSlate, due to be announced later this month, being referred to as a potential “game changer,” as momentous as the original iPod and its big cousin the iPhone, I thought I’d take a look back at a post I wrote in September in which I called the […]

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Challenging the “Release Fast and Iterate” Gospel

January 5, 2010

When I spoke with Amit Elisha of OutBrain a few weeks ago, we discussed the company’s software release strategy. OutBrain operates under what’s considered the new Gospel of product development: get a basic version out there with a minimum number of features and maybe even a few known bugs, make it free, then let your […]

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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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$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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Casinos, Behavioral Tracking and You

September 29, 2009

I was listening to an old episode of one of my favorite NPR shows and podcasts, Radio Lab. The topic was how we choose and it featured a fascinating and highly disturbing story that has relevance to anyone involved in the Internet today. It turns out that in the world of gambling, the casino chain […]

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Why the New iPod Nano is a Game Changer

September 10, 2009

There was lots to like in yesterday’s iPod announcements from Apple. But the most important was the addition of a camera and video functionality to the venerable iPod Nano. Apple practically invented the MP3 market and continues to dominate player sales. The iPhone changed consumer’s perceptions about what a fully-featured smart phone must include. Now […]

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Amazon vs. Barnes and Noble in the Battle of the E-Readers

July 22, 2009

The battle of the e-readers is heating up. Barnes and Noble has announced it has entered into an exclusive agreement to sell the upcoming device from Plastic Logic. The unit competes directly with the Amazon Kindle DX – both are about the same size – although the Plastic Logic device is spiffier in our opinion […]

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