Business in Brief: February 1


BoI: Bank fraud drops sharply; housing demand up 13% in December; Microsoft Israel to recruit 100 for R&D.

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Regional politics may impact financial confidence


Israel has sustained conflicts well but that could change, Citigroup analyst warns.

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How to become a website builder in a flash


With Media SiteBuilder anyone can create a website within minutes.

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Stellar Startups: Your warranty of success


“It appears that as many as 80 percent of consumers don’t even bother to send in the warranties for the products they buy.”

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Palestinians shell western Negev with Grads, mortar attacks


Barrage of fire from Gaza hits southern Israel; rocket lands near building where wedding is taking place in Netivot; 4 treated for shock, vehicle damaged; Color Red rocket alert system fails to go off.

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Egypt’s army recognizes ‘legitimacy of people’s demands’


Organizers call for “million man march”; State Dept. apparently pressured Cairo to release Al-Jazeera reporters.

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Cairo marks full week of protests with rising passion


‘Jerusalem Post’ correspondent in Cairo: Poor and tourist businesses hit hard by paralyzing demonstrations.

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Israeli critics open up on US ‘abandonment’ of Mubarak


Dep. Minister Kara says “disappointed” by Washington turning back on Egyptian president; former Mossad head says US attitude is hint to Israel.

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White House: Egypt must bring new elements into gov’t


Gibbs calls for “meaningful negotiations” with Egyptian opposition; advocates “orderly transition,” says there’s more work to be done.

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Joe Lieberman, role model


He has managed to strike a unique balance between two very Jewish sensibilities: A compassionate regard for protecting the weak at home, with a hawkish realism abroad.

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