Web worship at Glasgow synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, September 26, 2010

A Scottish synagogue has pioneered a new kind of festival service – virtual prayer.

Rosh Hashanah services at Glasgow Reform Synagogue were streamed live over the internet to listeners around the globe.

Steven Anson, membership secretary, said the synagogue began broadcasting services online in 2009 to support those in the community who could not physically be there.

He said that on Yom Kippur, several hundred people from around the world logged on to the site.


Steve Jobs fights Jewish journalism student

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

A Jewish student from New York spent Yom Kippur thinking about Steve Jobs after she received an email from the Apple chief executive telling her to leave him alone.

Chelsea Kate Isaacs described Mr Jobs as rude after he refused to help her with her university coursework. The 22-year-old former model, who studies journalism at Long Island University, had asked him for a comment for an article she was writing about the iPad. The university has launched an initative providing students with iPads.


'Israel' Twitter sold for less than claimed

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

A man who was believed to have sold the Twitter username @Israel for a six-figure sum did not receive that amount, according to the Israeli government.

Israel Meléndez, a Spaniard who runs an adult entertainment website in Miami, had boasted of high earnings from the sale of the account last month to the Israeli foreign ministry.

But an MFA spokesman told The Jerusalem Post that although Mr Meléndez asked for a six-figure-sum he was only paid $3,000 (£1,900).


Twitter user sells name Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

A Miami man claims to have sold the Twitter username @Israel for a reported six-figure amount.

Israel Meléndez, who is originally from Spain, created the account in 2007 when Twitter was a fledgling company. However abusive messages were sent to the account and he stopped using it regularly.

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper Público, Mr Meléndez said that the Israeli government had asked to buy the name from him.

The Israeli foreign ministry, which was operating as @israelMFA, became @israel last month.

Mr Meléndez said: “I had not used it at all for months.”


Anti-Israel hackers target UK by mistake

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2010

A group of Algerian hackers who attempted to attack the website of an Israeli tourist attraction found themselves interfering with that of a British castle more used to hosting teddy bears’ picnics.

The target was Belvoir Fortress near the Israeli city of Tiberias. The fortress, constructed by crusaders in the 11th century, was the site of historic battles between Christians, Muslims and Jews.


Questions over future of Jewish Tribune

By Simon Rocker, August 19, 2010

Agudas Israel, the strictly Orthodox movement, is considering the future of the weekly Jewish Tribune.

Rumours began circulating this week that the newspaper, which describes itself as “the voice of Anglo-Jewish Orthodoxy”, would be closing as a weekly after Rosh Hashanah.

But Joe Lobenstein, who has been involved in the Tribune since its inception in 1962, said: “The subject is under consideration. No definite decision has been taken so far.”


Reports of Sharon's death exaggerated on Twitter

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2010

Ariel Sharon has not died, despite what Twitter users might have heard.

The former Israeli prime minister’s demise was reported on the social networking site last week.

The news was so widely circulated that a spokesman from Sheba Medical Centre had to make a public statement denying the rumours.

Mr Sharon was hospitalised in January 2006 with a stroke and has been in a coma ever since.

According to Ha’aretz, the majority of the Tweets came from Arab countries or Iranian or Palestinian users.


Jewish businessman buys Newsweek

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2010

A Jewish businessman has brought one of the most influential and oldest news magazines in the world – for less than the price of a copy.

Sidney Harman, 91, reportedly paid just $1 (60 pence) to purchase Newsweek from its former owners, the Washington Post Company.

The weekly publication, first published in 1933, is estimated to have lost approximately lost £28 million over the past three years.

Mr Harman, who served as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce under Jimmy Carter, has reportedly agreed to keep on the majority of the current staff.


Emma Pollard is the face of Piers Morgan's new online news programme for children

By Candice Krieger, July 28, 2010

Regular cyber-surfers may have come across this woman.

London actress Emma Pollard is the face of First TV, the new online children's news programme launched by Piers Morgan earlier this month. First TV is a spin-off from Mr Morgan's First News - the award-winning, and only, national children's newspaper.

Aimed at those aged between six and ten, First TV is a mixture of news, entertainment, sport, travel, high-profile celebrity interviews, competitions and attempts at breaking records - one in each episode.


Larry King leaving TV show

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2010

American television presenter Larry King has announced he will be calling it a day this autumn.

The 76 year old, who has been a star interviewer for CNN for a quarter of a century, told his followers on Twitter that “it’s time to hang up my nightly suspenders.” He is famed for wearing red braces while on air.

He said his departure would give him more time for his wife and children, although added that he would still present special programmes and remain “part of the CNN family”.