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Major Internet Firms Join ADL, European Jewish Groups to Battle Hate Speech Online

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

European Jewish students are teaming with the New York-based Anti-Defamation League to expand the organization’s Cyber-Safety Action Guide for European Internet users.

The European Jewish Congress and European Union of Jewish Students will work together to help expand the guide, and develop translations in French and German.

The news follows an agreement between the European Commission and Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft on creation of a “Code of Conduct” addressing online hate speech.

ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement that the Code of Conduct “closely tracks ADL’s ‘Best Practices for Responding to Cyberhate” originally released in 2014.’”

The Cyber-Safety Action Guide includes tabs where visitors may access information on submitting complaints and reporting hate speech to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

It also provides quick links to each company’s cyber-bullying and harassment policies and terms of service, as well as links directly to online complaint forms. The guide is currently available in English and in Spanish.

Hana Levi Julian

Microsoft Buys 5th Israeli Company of the Year

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Microsoft really does love Israel.

The computer giant is about to buy Israeli cyber security company Secure Islands for $100-150 million, Globes reported Thursday.

The purchase will be Microsoft’s fifth this year and the third cyber security company.

Secure Island’s technology allows tracking an organization’s documents through the Internet,

Earlier this year, Microsoft bought the Israeli based Aorato, Equivio, N-trig and Adallom companies.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Microsoft Pays $39 Million for ‘FieldOne’ Headed by Satmar Hassid

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

A New a York-based high-tech company founded and headed by a member of the anti-Zionist Satmar sect has been sold to Microsoft for $39 million.

Shlomo Boim of Kiryat Joel in New York, developed for FieldOne a program that helps offices, factories and government agencies make logistics more efficient by connecting all branches with their headquarters. Among FieldOne clients are United Technologies and Mitsubishi-Hitachi Power Systems.

Boim previously developed a filter for Hareidi Internet users in order to prevent exposure to unwanted material, particularly pornography and immodest dress.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Bob Stutz notes wrote on the company’s official blog:

Field service management is a specific but critically important area of customer service, providing companies with the ability to deliver end-to-end field service. This is a unique and transformational point in time for these solutions as enterprises look to improve their responsiveness to customers with service in the field – taking service directly to the customer anytime a service cannot be managed by phone or other channels.
In this critical area, FieldOne really stands out. They have the baseline functionality that organizations need to drive a more effective field service operation stands out. They have the baseline functionality that organizations need to drive a more effective field service operation

Jewish Press News Briefs

Venture Capital Fund Awards Israeli Start-Up $ 1 million

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Jerusalem Ventures Partners (JVP). Israel’s leading VC firm and the largest early-stage cyber-security investor in Israel, announced Wednesday that Titanium Core, an innovative startup that protects mission-critical infrastructure, has won JVP’s first ever “Cybertition” cyber-security startup competition.

JVP will reward Titanium with an instant $1 million Investment and a spot in JVP Cyber Labs incubator based in the growing cyber epicenter in Beer Sheva.

The company was founded by Prof. Yuval Elovici, the head of the Cyber Security Lab at Ben-Gurion University. Titanium Core utilizes a multilayered security approach to repel attacks on mission-critical systems, while simultaneously preventing the threat from moving on to other computer systems and providing real time information on the attack.

“Our patented technology can provide an unbreakable security layer around core, mission-critical systems,” said Mimram, Co-Founder and CTO of Titanium Core. “This funding along with the guidance of the Cyber Labs incubator will allow us to bring our vision to market and ensure that this technology can be utilized to protect the world’s critical IT assets.”

JVP’s first Cybertition judging committee included JVP Partners and analysts along with top executives from leading multinational corporations such as GE, Cisco, Microsoft, EMC-RSA and Lockheed Martin, as well as Israel’s Chief Scientist.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Apple Confirms It Is Paying $350 Million for Prime Sense

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Apple has made short shrift of recent denials of Israel’s PrimeSense gesture recognition company that it is being bought out and has and confirmed on Monday it is paying $359 million for the firm.

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” said Apple in a statement following 18 months of negotiations.

PrimeSense was founded as a start-up in 2005. Its software is embedded in Microsoft’s Kinect system and is used in Xbox 360 game consoles. Its gesture recognition technology allows purchasers to use their tablets to buy clothing by scanning their bodies.

Apple will embed PrimeSense’s technology in it smart TV that is scheduled to hit the market in 2015, Globes reported. Apple might also install the technology in iPads.

The acquisition is Apple’s second in Israel. Two years ago, it paid $400 million for Anobit.

Jewish Press News Briefs

IDC Students Show Microsoft How to Do It Right

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

The setting was the annual student Design Expo at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, which is one reason the project called “Clashers” stood out: It’s an Android app, developed by students from Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, that leverages YouTube to let people eavesdrop on songs being played by other Clashers users they spot on the street, the bus or anywhere else.

After their presentation yesterday at the Redmond event, a member of the panel pointed out that Microsoft itself had tried this type of thing — with proximity-based song sharing on its ill-fated Zune music player —with decidedly underwhelming results.

But the IDC students believe they have come up with a better approach. When a user clicks on the picture and name of the other Clashers user, the app pulls up a YouTube music video and starts playing at the same point in the song, for a shared music experience. The person who has been “Clashed” gets a notification that someone else is listening in.

Apart from its use of non-Microsoft technologies in a Microsoft design showcase, the app stands out because it’s actually available now in the Google Play Store. As the video above shows, it’s a potential nirvana for teens and twenty-something singles.

The students say the project was inspired not by Zune but by the popular “What Song Are You Listening To?” videos on YouTube.

What about privacy? Clashers only works if the other person is willingly using the app, and only shows the user’s name and picture, but the app highlights what can be a relatively relaxed attitude toward privacy among younger generations.

The Microsoft Research Design Expo, now in its 10th year, was started by Microsoft researcher Lili Cheng. It’s part of Microsoft’s broader attempt to include student design teams from around the world — not just computer science students — in the process of developing and imagining technology. The overall theme this year was “making data useful.”

Every school involved in the Design Expo runs a semester-long class each year, with help from Microsoft. Student projects compete at each school to present their work at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, although the expo itself isn’t a contest. Past participants have included Dennis Crowley, the Foursquare founder, who was a graduate student at NYU.

On the other end of the privacy spectrum from Clashers, a Design Expo project called “Mine,” from students at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, gives people a glimpse of what data miners know about them from their public feeds, allowing them to make adjustments as necessary to shape the way they’re viewed by potential employers and others.

The involvement of international schools can often lead to new insights for U.S.-based researchers. As an example, Cheng pointed to this year’s PoliCiti project by students from the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, which gives citizens new ways to report crime, track police progress and even see geographic clusters of bribery and police corruption through a mobile app. Another project, from UCLA grad student Refik Anadol, will project a real-time light show onto the interior and exterior of L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall next year — using real-time data from the live music and tracking the motion of L.A. Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Anadol gave a brief demo of the technology in a Microsoft conference hall yesterday, and it was impressive even at a smaller scale.

And a project called Greenery, from students at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Design Department, creates a virtual laboratory to help urban dwellers grow their own food in real time.

Check out Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.

Jewish Press Staff

Abbas’ Adviser Calls Israel-PA High-Tech Meeting ‘Unacceptable’

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas  advisor on high-tech affairs strongly criticized a planned meeting between Palestinian Authority and Israel high-tech companies, calling such meetings “unacceptable” because they give the world the wrong impression.

The adviser, Sabri Saydam, told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an  news agency that Palestinian Authority companies should reconsider their participation and “give priority to Palestinian interests.”

He added that the companies should not act  independently of the PA union of high-tech firms.

What could be wrong about Israeli and PA high-tech companies talking to each other, especially since officials from 11 high-tech companies, including Microsoft and Cisco, are to attend?

For starters, the forum is being organized by the Peres Center for Peace. That already puts a Zionist stamp on the meeting.

The forum is entitled ”Business without Barriers,” but without barriers, the Palestinian Authority cannot claim it is an Israeli scheme for  Apartheid.

One of Saydam’s problems is that, according to Ma’an, “there were still few details about the event.”

Perhaps it is a Zionist plot to snare Microsoft and Cisco into declaring that Israeli high-tech companies have a Jewish identity, and that might cause the international community to think that Israel is a Jewish state.

Even worse, the meeting is scheduled for Tel Aviv. The Palestinian Authority undoubtedly would want it to take place in some PA high-tech city, if any exist.

And what would the international community think if it saw that Palestinian Authority Arabs and Israeli Jews can sit down for direct talks on high-tech without pre-published “details of the event?”

One might reach the conclusion, horror of horrors, that Abbas could sit down with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu without knowing ahead of time ”details of the event.” But that might lead to negotiations, in the true sense of the term.

And that would spell the end of Abbas’ “peace process” strategy of “I take, you give.”

Now that Microsoft and Cisco understand what Abbas means by “direct talks,” maybe they can explain the term to John Kerry.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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