TechNation - TV Trumps War in Google Searches

Two partners leaving Pitango; Jerusalem, Tel Aviv win innovation grants.

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TV trumps war in Google searches

Television trumped war this year in Google searches by Israelis, the online search company reported this week. At the top of the list for searches was for “Zaguri Imperia,” the hit TV series broadcast by Hot Telecom. Homefront Command came in second due to the 50-day war Israel fought with Hamas over the summer. Rounding out the top 10 was another Hot TV series “Metim L’rega” and the Channel 2 shows “L’hiyot Eta,” “Ha’ach Hagadol” and “Ramzor.” Leading Google’s “Hottest Celebs” list for searches was the social media star Chen Tal. The biggest event of the year was the murder of restaurateur and singer Dafna Bar Zion. The most frequently asked question on Google was “How do I lose belly fat.” (Nati Tucker)

Two partners leaving Pitango

Two partners are leaving Pitango Venture Capital, Israel’s biggest high-tech investor, early next year. Industry sources said Eitan Bek and Rona Segev-Gal were getting ready to start their own fund after more than a decade with Pitango. Both general partners, Bek has been investing in mobile and applications while Segev-Gal focused on enterprise software. Segev-Gal said the two were leaving on good terms but that she hadn’t made any final decision on what she would do next. “Pitango was a warm home and a wonderful place, but there are times in life when a person wants to move forward,” she said. Among her exits were Worklight, which was acquired by IBM, and Varonis Systems, which went public last year. Bek led Pitango’s investment in Check, which was bought by Intuit 18 months ago. (Inbal Orpaz)

Jerusalem, Tel Aviv win innovation grants

Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are among 14 cities that won grants from Bloomberg Philanthropies to staff dedicated innovation teams to develop new approaches to issues such as affordable housing, infrastructure finance and customer service. The foundation, which was set up by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat will use his innovation team to focus on poverty and economic development, while Tel Aviv’s Ron Huldai will focus on cost of living and illegal immigration. The grants, which range from $400,000 to $1,000,000 annually for up to three years, were also awarded to 12 American cities. (Ronit Domke)