Driver Attacks Pedestrians in East Jerusalem: This Just In

Subscribe to VICE News here: On Wednesday, a 38-year-old Palestinian man drove a minivan into two groups of pedestrians in East Jerusalem, killing an Israeli border police officer and injuring at least 13 people. The motorist, identified by Israeli authorities as Ibrahim al-Akri, rammed a crowd waiting at a light rail stop, and then plowed into others at the next intersection. After the second collision, he exited the vehicle and attacked bystanders with an iron bar before he was shot and killed by police. Al-Akri was reportedly a Hamas operative who was recently released from prison. Hamas has claimed responsibility for the attack. Check out “Driver Attacks Pedestrians in East Jerusalem as Unrest Grows” – Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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Government Crackdown on Marijuana in the Netherlands: Amsterdam’s War on Weed

Subscribe to VICE News here: The Netherlands — and in particular its capital, Amsterdam — has long been thought to have some of the world’s most liberal marijuana policies. But today, the country’s government is clamping down on the weed industry. Police are raiding growers far more often, authorities are requiring “weed passes” to discourage marijuana tourism, and unprecedented numbers of so-called “coffeeshops” — where the sale of small amounts of marijuana is tolerated — are being forced to shut down. VICE News visited Amsterdam to see what effects the new restrictions are having. After speaking to coffeeshop owners — one of whom has to close his shop because he’s technically too close to a school — we went to a weed festival and visited the home and greenhouse of Doede de Jong, one of the country’s few outspoken growers. Watch: “Lebanon’s Hash Farm Wars Light Up” – Read: “Why the Netherlands Weed Industry Has Gone Underground” – Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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Spotlight: CellarPass Provides Online Guide for Wine Lovers

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A visit to wine country is normally meant to be a relaxing getaway. But waiting in all those lines and scrambling for last minute reservations at the most popular wineries can ruin those plans.

That’s where CellarPass comes in. The online platform and its accompanying iOS app allow visitors to book reservations and buy tickets to various wineries and tasting events. In addition, wineries can use the CellarPass platform to increase their reach and make it easier for their guests to plan trips. Read more about CellarPass in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.

What the Business Does:

Provides an online and mobile platform for winery visitors to buy tickets and book reservations.

People can use the service to search for winery events in a particular area. Or they can just browse for various wineries to visit and book reservations or buy tickets right on the site.

CellarPass offers a few different plans for individuals and wineries, including free options and those that come with a monthly fee. Depending on the plan, the company also charges a small fee for each reservation.

Business Niche:

Featuring only the best and most popular destinations.

Unlike some other services, CellarPass hand selects all of the wineries it features. It then continues to secret shop each of its selected wineries to make sure they continue to live up to the company’s standards.

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How the Business Got Started:

Because of consumer demand.

The small CellarPass team originally came up with the idea for the reservation and ticketing platform back in 2006. They tested the idea with a few select wineries and decided that it was a bit ahead of its time. A few years later though, consumer demand for an online and mobile reservation and ticketing platform had risen.

Jonathan Elliman, founder of CellarPass says:

“We delayed the official launch to early 2012 when the consumer demand was so high, wineries could no longer ignore the service.”

Biggest Risk:

Rewriting the entire platform from scratch.

In late 2013, Elliman and the CellarPass team decided to invest in some improvements to the platform’s interface. Had the new platform not lived up to their expectations, it could have easily bankrupted the business. Elliman says:

“We’re glad to say that when we launched CellarPass v2 in June 2014, our clients applauded the new version which provided a brand-new interface and new tools on how to provide a new foundation for future releases of the platform. If it went wrong, we could have easily lost all of our clients due to programming errors, design issues or lost data during the migration process.”

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Lesson Learned:

Focus more on ticketing.

Elliman explains:

“Since CellarPass offers a reservations platform and a ticketing platform as one service, if we were to rethink our launch, we would have launched the ticketing side of the platform first. It offers the most opportunity since not all wineries across the U.S. require reservations, but every one of them throws at least two to three events a year.”

How They’d Spend an Extra $100,000:

Compensating the company’s hardworking team.

Elliman says:

“Being a self-funded startup, I think I would give myself a small salary and a raise to all of our employees because without them, CellarPass wouldn’t exist.”

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Fun Team Activity:

“Research” Fridays.

Each Friday, the team at CellarPass goes out to various wineries recommended on the site. It’s a chance for them to make sure each one continues to live up to expectations. But it’s also a fun way to get out of the office and enjoy wine country. Elliman says:

“This is a great chance for some of our team members to get out, secret shop our destinations, get feedback from consumers and our wineries, and enjoy what wine country and our service has to offer.“

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The Revolt That Never Went Away — Bahrain: An Inconvenient Uprising (Trailer)

Subscribe to VICE News here: Like many countries in the Middle East and beyond, Bahrain erupted with anti-authoritarian protests in 2011 when the Arab Spring took the region and many of its repressive leaders by surprise. While Arab Spring uprisings found favor with many in the West, unfortunately for the people of Bahrain, their own revolution was largely forgotten. But it never went away — for three years, near-nightly protests have been brutally quashed by militarized security forces. Earlier this year, VICE News correspondent Ben Anderson travelled to London to speak with Nabeel Rajab, the unofficial leader of Bahrain’s uprising, and then headed undercover to Bahrain, where he met activists, protestors, grieving parents, and alleged torture victims. Check out “Bahrain’s Human Rights Activist Faces Jail Time — for a Tweet” – Watch “The VICE News Interview: Abdullah Elshamy” – Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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SEO in a World With a Code of Ethics and Without Search Engine Figureheads

In one 30-day period, we had a bit of a shakeup with three pieces of news that have the potential to change our industry: SEMPO called for an SEO Code of Ethics, Microsoft laid off Duane Forrester, and Matt Cutts extended his leave from Google.

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