Tech Nation: Accusations of Amazon Employee-poaching in Israel Erupt on Social Media

OrCam unveils upgraded version of device for the visually impaired ■ Netvision blocks Telegram in response to copyright infringements

Tom Gebhardt (R), chairman of Panasonic Corp., shakes hands with Amazon's Tom Taylor at a news conference at CES International, Las Vegas, January, 8, 2018.
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Accusations of Amazon employee-poaching in Israel erupt on social media

Weeks after it was first revealed in TheMarker, Israeli startups struggles to attract and retain employees in the face of Amazons local hiring spree is out in the open. Just learned that Amazon.com is actively trying to poach Lemonade employees. Game on! Werner Vogels FYI, Shai Wininger, co-founder and president of the insurance startup Lemonade, wrote on Facebook post, referring to the chief technology officer and vice president of Amazon worldwide. Vogels responded that headhunters were responsible for the poaching and that he didnt believe it wasnt good business for Amazon to lure the employees of its customers. Many Israeli startups use Amazon cloud services. Liad Agmon, CEO of Israeli startup Dynamic Yield, posted that he was considering dropping Amazon. Werner, we spend nearly $2,000,000 / year on [Amazon cloud services], yet Amazon recruiters are aggressively trying to poach our developers in TLV. (Eliran Rubin)

OrCam unveils upgraded version of device for the visually impaired

Amnon Shashua and Ziv Aviram, the founders of Mobileye, are up to more than developing self-driving car technology. OrCam, the company they founded in 2010, this week unveiled the latest iteration of its MyEye device at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show. Weve shrunk the device to a single wireless unit, so users arent wearing a big sign announcing their disability, Avirim told reporters. MyEye 2.0 reads text and gives visual information to people with low vision or a reading disability. About the size of a finger and weighing just 22 grams, the battery-powered device attaches to a pair of glasses and includes a camera, speaker and enough computing power to operate without connecting to the internet or a smartphone. It can read text or a banknote, recognize hand motions and identify a face from a distance of up to six meters. (Ruti Levy)

Netvision blocks Telegram in response to copyright infringements

Internet service provider Netvision has blocked the Telegram messaging app on personal computers. The move, which days after Iran blocked Telegram to thwart protests, will probably be followed by other ISPs. Iran is here, Ran Bar-Zik, the Netvision customer who discovered the move, wrote on his blog. Netvision acted at the behest of Zira, an organization protecting the copyright of Israeli internet companies and broadcasters, which won a court order blocking the service. Eran Presenti, a lawyer representing Zira, said the organization acted in response to unspecified copyright infringements. But Bar-Zik said Ziras response was disproportionate. There are Telegram channels distributing content in violation of copyrights. ... But instead of addressing the problem properly, such as by suing these channels, informing Telegram or other methods, Zira asked ISPs to block it immediately, he complained. (Amitai Ziv and Refaella Goichman)