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Is Facebook really buying Israeli traffic app Waze for $1B?

According to multiple reports in the Israeli press, Facebook has approached Waze, the social mapping and traffic app, and is now in advanced talks on a deal that is estimated at between $800 million and $1 billion. To read more about this potentially massive acquisition, click here.

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Israeli Startup, Beyond Verbal, detects human emotions through voice recognition

Beyond Verbal uses what it calls “Emotion Analytics” to determine someone’s emotions and character traits in real-time as they speak. Emotion Analytics may transform the way people interact with machines and with each other. To read more about this ‘Sci-Fi’-like technology, click here.

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How a 19 year old Israeli runs a multi-million marketing firm

Tomer Hen, only 19, is one of the world’s foremost experts in exploiting the marketing potential of mobile devices. His multimillion-dollar Mobile Marketing Consulting grew out of playing around with his smartphone during 10th grade in Netanya. To read more about the Israeli mobile marketing whiz kid, click here.

OurCrowd’s Jon Medved: ‘Go Global or Go Nowhere’

OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved is interviewed on Israel Knowledge@Wharton, discussing the future of the Startup Nation and the role played by OurCrowd

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9 tools angel investors use to track potential investments online

Identifying potential investments isn’t all about finding the right company — it’s also about timing. It happens frequently that companies may be too early for an investor. So, how do you continue to track a company until it’s fully baked?

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10 wild things you can 3D print at home

The development of 3D printers by Israeli company, Stratasys, has enabled the creative nature of the average person to run wild — from multi-platform Lego pieces to operational hand guns. Forbes lists the 10 wildest things you can create in the comfort of your own home. Check it out here.

OurCrowd’s News Nuggets

Israeli app, Viber, launches desktop app with video calling (TechCrunch)

Microsoft steps up its Israel accelerator (WSJ)

The 20 hottest startups in Israel (BusinessInsider)

Football app, FTBPro raises $5.8M to go global (TechCrunch)

Israeli startup will put light-emitting plants into your homes (NoCamels)


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