U.S.-led coalition stages 41 airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq - joint command (Reuters)
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At least 1,000 Israeli Arabs protest death of Palestinian infant in deadly West Bank arson (Haaretz)
Opposition chairman Herzog visits Palestinian family wounded in arson attack (Haaretz)
President Rivlin, Peres to address gay pride events Saturday in wake of stabbing attack (Haaretz)
EU demands zero tolerance towards settler violence; urges Israel to protect Palestinians (Haaretz)
Firebombs and stones thrown in Jerusalem's Old City; officer lightly wounded (Haaretz)
Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits central Iran (Reuters)
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Initial report: Gun shots fired from car in West Bank; no injuries reported (Haaretz)
Abbas: West Bank arson is a 'crime against humanity', vows to petition ICC (Haaretz)
Gunmen kill 1, wound 13 at Sri Lanka election campaign (AP)
IDF soldier wounded in air force base fire last month succumbs to wounds (Haaretz)
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Turkey: 5 killed in clashes between authorities and PKK (Reuters)
Dead end: Waze not being sold to Apple after all
After days of speculation, in which Apple was supposedly considering an acquisition of Israeli start-up Waze for upwards of $750m, the rumors turn out to be false.
Reports that Israeli navigation app Waze will be sold to Apple have turned out to be baseless. Rumor of an impending sale, which took the high-tech world by storm last Wednesday, was punctured the next day by the prominent technology news website TechCrunch.
"Yesterday, we ran a big story: 'Is Apple plotting a route to a Waze acquisition? Rumors on the road point to yes,'" wrote MG Siegler at TechCrunch. "But there’s just one little problem: the deal isn’t actually happening."
Israeli high-tech and venture fund honchos couldn't confirm that any talks had been held between the two companies, with many admitting they only became aware of the story from news reports. Over the weekend Waze maintained media silence.
This wasn't the first time an offer for Waze was reported. About six months ago the company reportedly turned down a takeover bid in the range of $200 million to $300 million. On Wednesday TechCrunch said a source confirmed negotiations were at an advanced stage, with Waze asking $750 million while Apple was offering $400 million plus a conditional $100 million.
Apple shares have shed 4% of their value since Wednesday.