Tag: Internet

Struggling Yahoo to End Middle East Presence in April

Yahoo, the troubled Internet giant that famously bought Jordan’s Maktoob, said it plans to close its last remaining Middle Eastern office in April. In a statement, Yahoo said the decision to shutter its Dubai office came as part of the…

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Post at Your Peril?

This month: A worrying interpretation of the law, how to stop news websites from trading in sensationalist rumors, and why terrible events in Paris shouldn’t stifle the freedom to express ourselves online. By Osama al Sharif Journalists and social media…

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Fintech and the Future of Banking

Fast growing fintech firms are forcing traditional brick-and-mortar lenders to adapt to new realities in the banking sector. By Zeid Nasser The term Fintech, which is short for financial technology, has emerged over the past few years to describe Internet-driven…

ArabiaWeather to Fund Expansion With $7 Million Investment

ArabiaWeather, Jordan’s popular privately-owned weather website, recently raised $5 million in funding that will be used to fund a major expansion drive. Mohammed al Shaker, ArabiaWeather’s founder and CEO, said the investment deal was led jointly by Silicon Badia and…

Netflix Set to Expand Into the Middle East

Netflix, the paid-for streaming platform behind such popular TV shows as Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, is hiring new staff to help launch the service in the Middle East next year. The California-based media giant recently…

Liwwa: Looking to Lend More

After securing a crucial round of funding from investors, CEO of peer-to-peer lender liwwa says he’s ready to further expand the platform’s reach across the region. By Jane Hosking The region’s SMEs have long had a hard time securing finance,…

King Hussein Business Park – The Pulse of Business

Jordan’s leading tech park is readying a major expansion plan that aims to attract new investments worth billions. The King Hussein Business Park (KHBP) has long been a crucial part of Jordan’s plan to become a regional technology center. The…

Prepare for the Internet of Things

The coming leap in Machine-to-Machine communication will change our lives.  By Elisa Oddone Jordan is gearing up for another digital revolution. Home appliances, hospital equipment, and car control panels managed by smartphone apps and sensors used to be the stuff…

What’s up with Whatshudoin?

Luai Masri is the founder and CEO of Whatshudoin, a new social media app that allows users to interact based on the way they feel. How is Whatshudoin different to other social media apps? Whatshudoin is a complete mood-focused platform….

Venture Explains: The Right to be Forgotten

What is it? Last year, the European Court of Justice ruled that European residents could ask Internet search engines like Google to de-list search results which appeared under a person’s name when they’re out of date, irrelevant or inflammatory—the so…