Archive for April, 2009


Screenshot Since its inspection in around 1997, Maktoob The world's largest Arab online community, has been focusing in Arabic content. To this date there are few English services within Maktoob.com or Maktoob Group. Maktoob.com’s relaunched and upgraded English business portal, now called Maktoob Business would be Maktoob’s biggest English service to ...
Screenshot Updated According to the people behind the Pan Arab Web Awards  "was created to recognize excellence in web design, development and web ownership skills to showcase their creativity in a competition for the best website in the Pan Arab Region." Update: However, this year list does not really reflect the growing number of web startups i...
Screenshot Topping all other the category websites in the of  Social Networking Category, fameego.com was awarded the Gold Award at the fifth annual Pan Arab Web Awards. The regional award ceremony was recently held at the Burj Arab – Dubai, UAE. The ceremony was attended by key players in the Middle East web design and development arenas. Receivin...
Screenshot Dr. Abdallla Alnajjar, chairman of the Arab Sciences and Technology Foundation (ASTF), has stated that Cairo will be hosting the 6th Investing in Technology Forum for this year 2009. The forum will be held in the Fairmont Towers Hotel, on May 12-14 under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Ahmed Nazif, prime minister of Egypt. ASTF is organizing the forum in...
Screenshot Around 10 days ago ArabCrunch was 1st (or one of the 1st)  to leak Michael Arrington's  near finished Internet-tablet project: CrunchPad via a tweet from the popular US blogger Socbelizer. This caught the attention of Engadget the 3rd most popular blog in the world (according to Technorati) where they published a story and attributed i...
Screenshot Update 1&2 at the end of the post. After Linkedin the business social Network, blocked Internet users in Syria and then unblocked them and apologized (as ArabCrunch has reported.) It was confirmed to us that Internet users in Sudan (an African Arab country) still cannot access Linkedin, who were blocked by Linkedin since several months ...
Screenshot Oracle Corp.  just announced that it will Acquire Sun Microsystems. This might not be happy news to the open-source community, since Sun owns the most popular open source database: MySQL, which it bought last year for around 1 billion $, and Oracle has its own property database, the question is what Oracle will now do with MySQL? It is impor...
Screenshot Update1 &2: end of the post. After ArabCrunch broke the news that linkedin kicking off Syrian users, which caused an outrage among Arab internet users. Kay Luo LinkedIn Sr. Director of Corporate Communications  said that the block was made by a human error,  and it will be resorted shortly . In an Email to ArabCrunch she said: “I ...
Screenshot Update: as a result of this post ArabCrunch.NET was developed and launched in private beta to help Arab startups and help the region innovate, continuing ArabCrunch Mission. In this post I would highlight a few points that I think can help  in creating a vibrant startup-based IT  sector in the Arab world. This came up to me in light of my...
Screenshot Updated. Update 2. Update 3: Linkedin Bows: Restores Service to Syrian Users, Says a Human error! AnasOnline blog reports (Arabic link) that Linkedin (AC Group here) completely blocked all Syrian users. According to the blog post: 3 weeks ago when Linkedin blocked all Syrian IPs users , but they were able to access the site by using IP...
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