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One of the Middle East’s Hottest Start-Ups is an Obituary Site

The site allows users to post death announcements and funeral notices.

In the years since the 2011 Arab uprisings, countries in the Middle East and North Africa have plunged into protracted violence and political unrest. From Benghazi to Damascus to Baghdad, war and displacement have become the permanent conditions of many of those who live in the region. It’s perhaps unsurprising, then, and profoundly poignant that one of the top new techonology Middle East start-ups of the year is an online obituary platform called El Wafeyat. The website allows people to memorialize their dead loved ones publicly, as well as announce details of the funeral and recieve condolences. Yousef Samaa, a CEO of El Wafeyat, says it’s a service that was once provided by a newspaper industry that is no longer capable of delivering news efficiently.

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Will High-Speed Internet Turn College Towns into Tech Start-Ups?

Some universities are hoping that offering super-high speed internet will create an attractive environment for startups.

Twenty-nine universities have teamed up to build ultra-high-speed computer networks in the communities surrounding them, in the hopes that the new technology will attract high-tech startups in fields like health care, energy and telecommunications to towns in Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri. We're not just talking regular wireless—these internet speeds would potentially be hundreds of times faster than the typical household's laptop, fast enough to download HD movies in less than a minute.

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