Archive for January, 2009


Screenshot Fadi Francis Dababneh the founder and CEO SouqElArab.com ( a social shopping e-commerce website) was a smart and motivated entrepreneur. I met him once before I started ArabCrunch and told him about my plans for it, we discussed different plans to take SouqElArab to the next level, but he told me he lacked funding to do that. I have suggest...
Screenshot Update: Osfoor website has been deactived and will be launched soon. we will let you know once it is. Osfoor an Arabic word which mean Bird,  is exactly like what Guy Kawasaki’s Alltop is today: A news aggregator but in Arabic. Like Alltop the people behind Osfoor select websites and blogs and add them each to its selected category.  Once y...
Screenshot As USA is already in recession, UK yesterday has been officially in recession and oil prices dropping, The economic outlook in the Arab world, especially in the Arabian Peninsula is gloomy. So I have asked Herve Cuviliez the managing director of KuvCapital a seed investment venture firm that has offices in Lebanon, France and UAE, (Afirca office is...
Screenshot   Under the patronage of Dr. Adel Al-Twaysi - Chairman of the founding committee of El-Hassan Science City – the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE) held a press conference to announce partnership with Al-Ahli Holding Group-UAE through which it will provide technical support to the 2nd round of the “Global Economic Opportunities...
Screenshot In another incremental development, Yamli has recenlty launched News Search . The news search is powered by google and works the same way to their recently launched search. Where Yamli automatically expands Arabic keyword searches to include all of their transliterated variations and returns news results for both Arabic and transliterated co...
Screenshot            AlJazeera Network announced yesterday, the world’s first repository of broadcast-quality video footage released under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution license. Select Al Jazeera video footage – at this time, footage of the War in Gaza - will be available for free to be downloaded, shared, remixed, subtitl...
Screenshot While I was about to go sleep Saturday, I witnessed unusual traffic on AC, at a closer look most traffic was coming from Slashdot. ArabCrunch was experiencing Slashdot Effect, or has been Slashdotted. I remember knowing about Slashdot since the late 90s, back then I remember most of Slashdot visitors used to be very anti-Microsoft. I also ...
Screenshot Access to the Web via TV is gaining momentum, as a number of access devices with Web capabilities are gaining global household adoption with tens of millions of units being sold every year. These devices range from Set-Top Boxes like DreamBox, video gaming consoles such as Xbox, Playstation and WII, and new LCD TVs with Web and Bluetooth capabiliti...
Screenshot As the crisis continues in Gaza, Aljazeera Labs is continuing their innovation. This time they recently beta launched crowdsource mapping mashup "Mapping the War on Gaza" service, in collaboration with Ushahidi who  have successfully used their platform to crowdsource information during recent crisis in Kenya and South Africa. The platform...
Screenshot Internet users are increasingly creating their own online experiences by uploading videos to websites like YouTube and Vimeo, authoring blogs on Blogger, micro-blogging on Twitter, and creating their personalized online profile on Facebook and MySpace. Bayt.com the #1 job site in the Middle East is capitalizing on those talented, creative individua...
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