Tech Roundup / Apple CEO Extols Israel’s Tech Prowess

Le Huffington Post to use Outbrain; Haifa center launches new program for startups.

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Apple CEO extols Israel’s tech prowess

In the course of his first visit to Israel to inaugurate his company’s new development center in Herzliya, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke of the importance the company attaches to its engineering force here. “Apple is in Israel because the engineering talent and the brilliance of the people are incredible,” he said last week, noting that Israel was home to his company’s second-largest engineering site. Apple has about 700 employees in Israel, including 250 hired within the past year, Cook said. During his two days in Israel, Cook met with President Reuven Rivlin and former President Shimon Peres and toured the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum. Apple’s Herzliya development center is an eco-friendly building that uses 40% less energy for cooling than a traditional building. (Inbal Orpaz)

Le Huffington Post to use Outbrain

Outbrain, the Israeli startup that enables Web publishers to recommend content from other websites, announced last week that it has signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with France’s Le Monde Group to deploy Outbrain’s technology across eight websites, which in addition to the Le Monde newspaper website, which has already been using Outbrain, will include Le Huffington Post (the French version of Huffington Post) and L’Obs, the website of the publication previously known as Le Nouvel Observateur. Le Monde Group’s sites currently attract 12.2 million unique users per month, said Outbrain, which is headquartered in New York and has a development center in Netanya. (TheMarker)

Haifa center launches new program for startups

The Small Business Development Center in Haifa has announced that it is launching a program to support startups in the north. The center, part of a non-profit network better known by its Hebrew acronym, Mati, plans to provide training and advice as well as office space for startups. Participants will also be eligible to apply for loans from the Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether program. An introduction to the program will be held next week. (Amir Teig)