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Motorola invests $2.3m in Shaker

The Israeli virtual bar application, Shaker, continues its fantastic financing rounds with a $2.3 million injection from Motorola Mobility Ventures, the strategic investment arm of Motorola Mobility Holdings.The investment is part of Shaker’s $15 million financing round made this past …

Israelis aim for olive pit spitting record

Spit it out. That’s the message at this year’s annual Givat Brenner Pickled Olive Festival. Organizers have invited the International Federation of Pit Spitting (yes, there is such an association) to run Israel’s first official olive pit spitting contest. A …

Israel’s ‘Footnote’ makes Oscar shortlist

The Israeli film Footnote was shortlisted for the best foreign language category at the upcoming American Academy Awards. There are nine movies on the shortlist. In addition to Footnote there’s the mutli award-winning Iranian film, A Separation, Germany’s Pina, Belgium’s …

BrainStorm: Hopeful results in ALS trial

A glimmer of hope for ALS sufferers and their families as BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics announces positive interim results in its Phase I clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of its adult stem cell treatment of the lethal disease. …

Jay-Z new spokesman for Duracell Powermat

Hip hop star and American cultural icon Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is the new face for Duracell Powermat. He will serve as the new spokesman for the company and as an investor in the Israeli wireless technology. “I believe in the …

Israeli inspired ‘Homeland’ wins Golden Globe

Showtime’s Homeland was named Best Drama Series at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles – an award the Israeli television industry can take pride in. Homeland is the American version of the Israeli hit series, Hatufim. Homeland won two …

Israeli quake safety desk up for prize

Bezalel Academy of Arts student Arthur Brutter is up for one of the design world’s most prestigious prizes for his earthquake-protection school desk. The desk is among the nominees in the furniture category at the 2012 Brit Insurance Designs of …

Israeli doctors treat Ugandan pastor

An evangelical pastor from Uganda turned to Israeli doctors for help, following an acid attack that severely burned his face, torso, and damaged his right eye. Pastor Umar Mulinde, who preaches support for Israel in his home country, is set …

Price war sparks over Israel’s Kenshoo

The campaign to purchase Israeli start-up Kenshoo is heating up and reports say the final price tag could be a whopping $300-$400 million.Kenshoo is a digital marketing software company that provides cutting edge solutions for Search Engine Marketing. In a …

Tel Aviv crowned world’s Best Gay City

With a whopping 43 percent of votes, Tel Aviv has been crowned the world’s Best Gay City in an international contest run by American Airlines. New York was the runner-up with just 14% of votes. “There’s a feeling of freedom …