Archive for December, 2008

H2O New Media To Launch ‘Tiger Fish’ Social Media Advertising Platform

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Dubai-based H2O New Media announced plans to launch the region’s first dedicated social media advertising platform next month, allowing advertisers to target users based on their online community profile. The platform, called Tiger Fish, is planned to offer advertising services similar in concept to those provided by Facebook and MySpace. “The Middle East is the second-fastest [...]

Soko Maroc Launches New Version With New Design & Features

Sunday, December 28th, 2008, a free Moroccan online classified ads website, has recently launched a new version of its service, introducing a new design and incorporating a number of popular Web 2.0 best practices. Their aim was to present the content in an attractive way with very little advertising to help users maximize their sales online, while retaining [...]

What You Need To Develop Some Grand New Thing

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

“If you want to set off and go develop some grand new thing, you don’t need millions of dollars of capitalization. You need enough pizza and Diet Coke to stick in your refrigerator, a cheap PC to work on and the dedication to go through with it. — John Carmack

Hijri Calendar Now Available Through Google Calendar

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Google just recently announced the availability of the Hijri Calendar in English and Arabic in their Google Calendar tool. Google Calendar is a tool that simplifies keeping track of events, special occasions, and appointments — whether they’re on your own agenda or on the calendars of contacts who opt to share their schedules with you. [...]

Tools4Com Launches Facebook Application For Their Online Invoicing System

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Tunis-based Tools4Com just released a new Facebook application for their online invoicing system Tools4Com OIS; that was previously reviewed here. The Facebook application enables all Facebook users to generate invoices, quotations, pro forma invoices, and delivery notes in PDF format easily and directly from inside Facebook. Users already registered with Tools4Com OIS can also access their [...]

Royal Jordanian First Middle Eastern Airline To Offer OnAir Mobile & Internet Services

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Royal Jordanian and OnAir signed an agreement whereby RJ, a oneworld member, will provide passengers with OnAir’s in-flight Internet and mobile phone services, including email, SMS and voice calls, making it the first airline in the Middle East to offer such facility. President/CEO Samer Majali, who signed the agreement with OnAir CEO Benois Debains, said [...]

Jeeran Launches Web Statistics & Analysis Tool ‘Jeeran Visitors’

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Jeeran, the Middle East’s largest UGC community, just announced the launch of a new web statistics and marketing tool called Jeeran Visitors that allows bloggers and users to get insights about the traffic on their blogs and content on Jeeran’s different services. “Visitors”, features statistics and charts of the number of visitors each page/blog receives, with [...], Middle East’s First Business & Franchise Marketplace

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Dubai-based RichWeb, a member of Tharaa Holding, has just launched the beta version of, the region’s first portal dedicated to buying and selling businesses and franchises, in a move that aims to cater to and boost company acquisitions and expansion activities by business establishments in the Middle East and North Africa (including Turkey and Iran). [...]

Abu Dhabi Authority For Culture And Heritage To Launch Online Poetry Encyclopaedia

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has announced that it will soon launch a website that serves as the latest issue of the poetry encyclopaedia, to coincide with the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, held on March 2009.  The fourth edition of the encyclopaedia, whose publishing rights are owned by ADACH, will [...]

Undersea Cable Damages Disrupt Internet & Communication Services

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Damage to three major undersea cables located in the Mediterranean between Sicily and Tunisia seriously disrupted more than half of internet and phone services between Europe, the Middle East and Asia on Friday, with India, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates the worst affected. France Telecom said initial estimates show 82 percent of service to India was disrupted, [...]

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