AdMob To Be Acquired By Google For $750 Million In Stock

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Just a few hours earlier, it was announced that a definitive agreement was signed for mobile advertising network AdMob to be acquired by Google for $750 Million in stock. AdMob was founded in January 2006 by Lebanese entrepreneur Omar Hamoui, as a mobile advertising marketplace, offering solutions for discovery, branding and monetization on the mobile [...]

Search Advertising’s Double-Digit Growth In The Arab World

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

As several regional reports and studies have shown, online advertising in the Arab world is pretty much still in its infancy, with it only representing around 1% of total advertising spends in the region. Search advertising which is a relatively newer form of online advertising has just started making inroads into the market over the [...]

Google Launches Egabat New Arabic Questions & Answers Service

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Google is officially announcing the launch of a new service for the Arab world, under the name Google Egabat (meaning Google Answers in Arabic), in an event now taking place in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Dubai, UAE. As the name suggests the product is a questions and answers service, a community-driven knowledge market site [...]

Google Launches Four New Arabic Editions Of Google News

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Google just announced the launch of four new Arabic editions of Google News for Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Users in these countries can now access Google News editions specific to their country and get the latest headlines in topics such as Politics, Business, Sports, Entertainment and more. This is part [...]

Google Launches Domain Name For Palestine

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Google just announced the addition of a new domain to their list of international domain names for Palestine. The new domain will give Arabic-speaking users in the Palestinian Territories, who use Palestinian ISPs, access to Google in Arabic–and eventually, access to more locally-relevant content. Local domain names are part of a bigger strategy for Google, [...]

Google Friend Connect Now Available In Arabic

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Google Friend connect, the online service by Google that allows users on the internet to connect with their friends on different websites, and aiming to expand the notions of social networking throughout the web, has just announced that the service is now available in Arabic, in addition to another 46 languages. According to Google, over [...]

Over 69% Of UAE Consumers Have Bought Something Online

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Google recently hosted a day for the top agencies in UAE, in an initiative to point businesses to the hotspots in online media. In preparation for the Agency Day, Google surveyed 1,410 consumers in UAE about their purchasing behaviour, and was able to build an accurate picture of online/offline research and purchase segmentation, use of [...]

Google, AT&T, Automattic and Twitter Executives Visit Iraq

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Executives from Google Inc, AT&T Inc, Twitter and other high tech companies are visiting Iraq this week in a trip organised by the US State Department. The department, which helped arrange the April 19-23 trip, said the executives would offer ideas on how new technologies could help foster transparency, strengthen civil society and generally empower people [...]

Google Ventures, Google’s New Venture Capital Fund

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Google, which has invested in many startups over the years, just announced the launch of Google Ventures, its new venture capital fund. Google Ventures is expected to invest up to $100 million over the next 12 months. It will be overseen by David Drummond, who will continue in his role as senior vice president of [...]

Google Announces G-Pals Day 2009 In Palestine

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Google announced that upon invitation by the Palestine Information & Communications Technology Incubator (PICTI) and Palestinian IT Association (PITA), with support from UPP and USAID, it will be offering specialized training days in Ramallah (West Bank), aiming to spur economic development in Palestine. The event will be held over a two day period (March 24 – 25, 2009); the [...]

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