Technology

Hacker collective fails to take a byte out of Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2013

The much-heralded #OpIsrael, a campaign by the hacker collective Anonymous to “wipe Israel off the face of the internet”, created a good deal of media hype but failed to cause much more than a nuisance to Israelis.

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Israel's new energy source under the sea

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 4, 2013

Natural gas began to flow on Saturday in the pipeline under the Mediterranean from the Tamar gas field to the Israeli port of Ashdod. The first full-scale operation of the pipeline raises hopes for economic and environmental gains for Israel.

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App launched to help Jewish charities

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2013

A Jewish team has developed a charity app which donates money every time someone shops at hundreds of major retailers — and will help Jewish charities, big and small.

Give4Sure can be downloaded to any mobile device or computer from a participating charity’s website, such as Chai Cancer Care, the first charity to run the service.

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French students to sue Twitter over antisemitic posts

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2013

Social networking site Twitter is facing a £33 million lawsuit for refusing to divulge the identities of antisemitic users.

The site, which turns seven today, is being sued by the Union of French Jewish Students for ignoring a court ruling to turn over details of the users.

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Turing Award won by Israeli second time in a row

By Anna Sheinman, March 13, 2013

The Turing Award, known as the Nobel Prize of computing, has been won by an Israeli for the second time in a row.

Professor Shafi Goldwasser of the Weizmann Institute of Science near Tel Aviv won the 2012 prize along with Prof Silvio Micali of MIT for their work creating the foundations of internet security.

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Torah can bloom through the internet

By Rabbi Alex Chapper, March 8, 2013

Why do Jewish people always answer a question with a question?

Why not?

Judaism is a religion of questions and questioning. Abraham, the first Jew, began his first conversation with God by asking a question, Moses, the Jewish people’s greatest leader, asked God to show him His ways and the Talmud, the central text of Judaism, is replete with questions and answers.

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Israeli water is cool in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

British environment minister Richard Benyon welcomed a 14-strong group of Israeli water company delegates at the Foreign Office on Tuesday, for an event organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).

Mr Benyon said he wanted “to attract inward investment to the UK” as the Israeli group joined more than 150 representatives from India, Europe and the USA.

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How Dublin's hi-tech invasion is leaving Irish eyes smiling

By Marcus Dysch, March 7, 2013

Ireland has shed its reputation as a hotbed of anti-Israel activism, according to the republic’s only Jewish minister.

Alan Shatter, Minister of Justice, Equality and Defence, and one of Israel’s most outspoken defenders in Ireland, said the public hostility of recent years had now been replaced with a pragmatic realism, giving Israel supporters cause for hope rather than despair.

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New Technion device can ‘smell’ cancers

By Nathan Jeffay, March 1, 2013

Within a few years, doctors may be able to detect various types of cancer from exhaled breath, if plans to bring an Israeli invention to the market go smoothly.

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Facebook founder launches bid to encourage science

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2013

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has revealed plans to sponsor a valuable new award for scientific research.

The scheme, which involves five $3 million awards, will honour pioneering research in the fight against disease. It is described as being "dedicated to advancing breakthrough research, celebrating scientists and generating excitement about the pursuit of science as a career".

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