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May 30, 2016 / 22 Iyar, 5776

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YouTube Reinstates Cancelled PMW Account

Monday, March 7th, 2016

The video sharing YouTube service has quietly reinstated the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) watchdog account.

Without fanfare or announcement, the PMW videos that expose Palestinian Authority media incitement against Israel and Jews have been reinstated to the site.

The video sharing site suspended the media watchdog’s account last Thursday for allegedly violating its “terms of service” by exposing the violent incitement broadcast on Palestinian Authority TV.

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Bored With Snow? Trek the Israel National Trail With Google Street View!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

The Israel National Trail is a really famous trek. Thousands happily tramp up and down its 1,100 kilometer (683 mile) stretch across the country each year.

On Monday, in honor of Tu B’Shevat – the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, the Jewish new year of trees), the Israel National Trail was uploaded to Google Street View.

The trail, which starts at Kibbutz Dan in the north, has also been named one of the top 20 best trails in the world by National Geographic magazine. It ends at the very southern tip of Israel, at the Eilat Field School.

But before you get there, you have to pass through everywhere else – too many places to be described here.

So what’s so cool about it?  Check it out on Google Street View and see!

“After intensive work, we are happy that the Israel National Trail now joins world-renowned heritage and natural sites such as the Loch Ness, Petra and Machu Picchu on Google Maps, Google Israel CEO Meir Brand said.

“We hope many more people in Israel and around the world will be exposed to the beauty of the Israel National Trail and the unique story of the country.”

It took three months of filming by 250 staff members of the Israel Society for the Protection of Nature (SPNI) and Google to upload the trail to the Internet. The photographers used two Trekker cameras, shlepped on the backs of the younger crew.

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Google Denies Reaching Anti-Incitement Agreement with Israeli FM

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) Google denied a report from Israel’s foreign ministry regarding an agreement to monitor YouTube videos to prevent messages that incite attacks. A Google spokesman told AFP that Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) had, indeed, met with Google’s senior counsel for public policy, Juniper Downs, and YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki, but the meeting was just “one of many that we have with policymakers from different countries to explain our policies on controversial content, flagging and removals.” When Google discovered the inaccurate statement on the Foreign Ministry’s website, they contacted the ministry which “has corrected its original announcement which, in error, suggested there had been an agreement with Google to establish a mechanism to monitor online materials.”

The Foreign Ministry’s Nov. 24 statement has since been altered, and it now reads: “As part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ campaign against online incitement, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely met with Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki and with Jennifer Downes, Director of Public Policy at Google at the company’s Silicon Valley offices.

“Deputy Minister Hotovely was briefed on the companies’ system for identifying video clips which incite to violence.

“In the meetings, Hotovely raised the problem of incitement which goads small children to go out and stab innocents: ‘The daily stabbings in Israel are a result of young boys and girls who are indoctrinated from an early age in the Palestinian education system and through social media. We are engaged daily in confronting incitement to violence, a task which can benefit greatly from the cooperation of those companies that are involved in social media.’”

Foreign ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon confirmed the release was corrected, saying Israel was nevertheless “extremely grateful for the good relations with Google. Our common objective is to remove dangerous incitement to violence on social media. We have full confidence in the Google teams dealing with this removal.”

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Google Reps Too Afraid to Come to Israel to Testify in Court Case

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Google Representatives who were expected to testify in a court trial being conducted against the planetary juggernaut have refused to come to Israel. The reason: the precarious security situation.

A Tel Aviv judge issued an exceptional order to approve their request for a video testimony.

The court hearings were scheduled to take place on November 30 and December 1, at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, but Google’s lawyers in Israel have asked the judge to postpone the hearing dates or, alternatively, to hold them using video conferencing.

The company is being sued by an Israeli businessman claiming the company foreclosed on his account for AdSense, a tool offered by Google to website publishers to sell advertising space.

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt visited Israel in June, before the current wave of violence broke out.

But now, Google’s lawyers’ stated that in view of the prevailing security situation in Israel, especially due to the wave of terrorism, the witnesses expressed in the past few days real fear that prevents them from coming to Israel during this period, and requested the court to allow a brief respite of several months until the evidentiary session, in the hope that by then the security situation will improve.

The lawyers, who represent two Google employees in Ireland, the company’s European headquarters, added that their clients have learned that different countries have issued “a kind of travel warnings to Israel, which naturally intensified their and their families’ fears.” They attached an Irish Foreign Ministry and US State Department travel advisories to Israel.

The attorneys wrote:

In light of the above, it seems that the witnesses’ fear is legitimate and perfectly understandable. At the present stage the defendants should not be compelled to come to Israel to testify.

They asked to postpone the court hearing to the end of the first quarter of 2016.

The plaintiff’s lawyers objected, saying it was the product of prejudice. They said:

More stabbing attacks, in proportion to the population, take place in Ireland and the United States than in Israel, but there they receive lower media attention.

They complained that the “defendants’ request is based on prejudice, hysteria and an anti-Israel agenda.” They noted that tourists, diplomats, business people and witnesses continue to arrive in Israel, citing the arrival of a representative for Facebook who came to Israel to testify in another case.

On Wednesday, Judge Michael Tamir decided not to compel the Google representatives to come to Israel and allowed hearing their testimonies via video conferencing, but ruled that the defendants should bear the costs involved.

“I do not accept the plaintiff’s claim that the witnesses should be required to arrive in Israel against their will at a time when travel warnings are being issued,” he said.

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Two Israelis Promoted As Google Vice Presidents

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Professor Yossi Mathias, the General Manager of Research and Development for Google Israel, and Noam Bardin, the General Manager of Waze (which was acquired by Google for more than a billion dollars) have been promoted to Vice Presidents of Google, according to a Globes report.

Larry Page made the announcement by email over the weekend.

Google has 35 vice presidents and 8 senior vice presidents.

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Netanyahu to Address Davos Forum on ‘Israel – Innovation Nation’

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will travel Wednesday to the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, where he will deliver an address under the heading “Israel – Innovation Nation,” with an emphasis on the cyber industry.

He also will attend the IT session, in the presence of Cisco CEO John Chambers, and a cyber session that is expected to draw dozens of corporate managers and senior government officials from countries active in the field.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is due to meet with Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer and with Google Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora and will emphasize Israeli innovation and the technological leadership of the Israeli high-tech industry in order to expand economic cooperation with the two companies.

Google has bought out Israeli firms, most notably Wade, for which it paid more than $1 billion. It also has established an active presence in Israel, including a research and development center.

“Israel is an exception on the Western economic scene,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said Tuesday, “We have succeeded in dealing with the global economic crisis better than almost all Western countries. But we cannot rest on our laurels. We need to develop new markets and new partners and this is my goal in going to Davos. My intention is to talk with leading global high tech companies, in the cyber and other fields, in order to tell them to come to Israel, invest in Israel and create jobs in Israel.”

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Three of Top Ten Net Worth Gainers Are Jewish

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Jews make up three of the 10 biggest gainers in net worth in 2013, as listed by Forbes. Among the Jews are Google co-founder Larry Page, whose mother was  Jewish, who was raised without religion and who intermarried.

The biggest jump in bank accounts was that of gambling casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, whose net worth jumped $15 billion this past year to $37, making him America’s 11th richest person. Forbes noted that in day-to-day terms, Adelson earned $41 million daily, not bad for a day’s work.

The second biggest jump in “wages” was for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook’s stock offering helped his net worth more than double, to $26 million.

The third Jew is Page, who came in ninth place with an increase of $9.4 million and a net worth of $30.5 billion

The remainder are non-Jews, including four members of the Walton family of the Wal-Mart company, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.

This article has been updated to corrected the mis-identification of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as Jewish.

 

 

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