Tech Nation

Good news for HOT subscribers looking to boost their Internet speed, plus Hebrew University will need renaming if its MBA in English catches on.

HOT boosting customers’ Internet speeds at no charge

The HOT cable and telecommunications company is giving its Internet customers who don’t already have such a service the option of upgrading their connection speeds to 30 megabits per second, at no charge. The upgrade, which relates solely to the infrastructure connection, is available only via the company’s website. To benefit from the increased speed, customers may also have to increase the connection speed provided through their Internet service provider, which may involve an additional charge. (Amitai Ziv)

Hebrew U. launching innovation-entrepreneurship MBA program in English

The school of business administration at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is launching a one-year MBA program this fall that will be taught in English. The program, which will focus on Israeli innovation and entrepreneurship and include internships at high-tech firms and other businesses, will target overseas students. The course modules, some of which will also be open to the university’s other business students in an effort to encourage interaction with the foreign students, will include international business strategy, and organizational change and creativity. The provost of the university’s school for overseas students, Mimi Ajzenstadt, said the program was created in response to demand from overseas students. It is open to applicants who have a bachelor’s degree and have taken at least introductory courses in economics, mathematics and statistics. (Tali Heruti-Sover)

Medigus to launch acid-reflux device in 2014

Israeli medical-device maker Medigus is expecting to earn several million dollars in revenue this year as it begins to sell its flexible endoscope for treating acid reflux. Medigus’ system treats gastroesophageal reflux disease in an outpatient setting with no incisions. Guided by a tiny video camera, doctors use the Medigus endoscope to staple the stomach to the esophagus wall to close a gap that allows acid to rise up. “We are at the early stage of commercialization. In the medical device world you need to get ... innovators to try the product,” Chris Rowland, an American who became Medigus’ CEO in October, said last week. (Reuters)

Ofer Vaknin