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Social Networking Lands Israeli Soldier In Jail

An Israeli soldier will be spending 19 days in jail for uploading a photograph taken on his military base to Facebook.

The Israeli military will not comment on the content of the image but said the soldier was serving in an elite intelligence unit. The Israeli press is reporting that it is the first case where a soldier has been reprimanded for using a social networking site.

Facebook At Center Of Mid East Conflict
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Facebook has angered Jewish settlers by listing them as residents of "Palestine", forcing the social networking site to allow users to change themselves back to Israel.

Facebook users living in Maale Adumim, Ariel and other Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank protested when the site automatically listed their hometowns as being in "Palestine." Settlers have accused Facebook of having a political agenda.

Google Israel Compelled to Expose Blogger

Slav Ben Ari sends in this news bit from his blog – I cannot read Hebrew and can’t confirm this info:

Israeli Journalists Insult Dutch Via Translation

Online translation tools have their uses, but substituting for an actual translation service when sending diplomatic messages across international borders shouldn’t be one of them.

Google Earth Turns Unwelcome Eye Towards Israel

We’ve seen this sort of thing before: people complaining that Google Earth has exposed military secrets or put certain structures at risk.  Yet of all the nations in the world, Israel may have the most right to worry, and it’s this country that the latest update affected.

Google Shows Support For Missing Soldiers

Google Israel made an interesting gesture today on its home page: it posted (in Hebrew) the phrase “thy children shall come again to their own border,” which refers to two kidnapped Israeli soldiers.  Some have called this “moving,” and it’s definitely unusual.

Google, Yahoo Reps Speak At SES Latino 2007

At SES Latino 2007 there was, as you might expect, a focus on the search market as it pertains to Central and South America; representatives from both Google and Yahoo see a huge potential for growth in the region.

Google Invests In Israeli R&D Center

Google, as we know it, is pretty much an American corporation.  You hear things from Google India, and some pieces of news will originate in Google Australia, but otherwise, it’s pretty quiet out there.  Now things have picked up in one very calm corner of the world – Google is adding a second research and development center in Israel.

Advanced PR Tech Chicago
After getting into the Chicago Hilton, a familar place from SES conferences, I walked the 3-4 blogs to the Columbia University campus where Bulldog Reporter was holding the Advanced PR Technology event. Greg Jarboe and I switched the time of our session with Katie Paine so she could make a plane to Dubai.

Shel Holtz on JetBlue’s PR

UPDATE:: Jenny Dervin has clarified her comments in a post to the PRWeek blog; thanks to Rob Clark for pointing out in a comment to this post.

Apple Pays Bloggers’ Legal Fees

Wow, Apple is ordered to pay $700,000 for bloggers’ legal fees.

Give Your Feedback on Analytics and Adsense

Jeff Gillis just posted the feedback request in the Analytics Blog.

Podcasts Grow More Interactive

A number of items have crossed my desk that lead me to conclude that podcasts are growing more and more interactive, a neat trick for a medium that has been decried as nothing more than glorified downloadable audio.

MeshForum 2006 – Robert Scoble & Shel Israel

Robert Scoble and Shel Israel gave a little bit of background on their book Naked Conversations.

Scoble and Israel Not Impressing Amazon

Two assignments for you…

Personal Blogging Clarified

Visiting the blog of Amazon.com’s Chief Technology Officer, Werner Vogels, to read his account of a presentation at Amazon by Naked Conversations authors Shel Israel and Robert Scoble (some very interesting commentaries about that – link at Memeorandum), I spotted the clearest employee blog disclaimer I’ve yet seen.

Shel Israel Does Love CEO Bloggers

After Shel realized I wasn’t the only one who intepreted his post on CEO bloggers as a dislike for them, he’s added a new post to clarify a few points.

Backward News via Google News Israel

Google has launched Google News Israel, featuring articles from Hebrew-language newspapers.

Business Blog ROI

Katie Paine has conceded a point to Shel Israel: As cheap as they are to set up and maintain, there’s really no need to measure the ROI of blogs.

Random Thoughts at New Communications Forum

Sitting here today, as I came down on Caltrain (pretty fast ride) to do a podcast with Brian Oberkirch with other PR bloggers, and then sit and attend today.

Reflecting on Les Blogs 2.0

Worthwhile being there is how I’d sum up my experience of Les Blogs 2.0 in Paris on Monday and Tuesday.

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