TEL AVIV Google opened a research and development centre in Tel Aviv, the Web search leader's second such centre to open in Israel within a year.
Google's centre in Tel Aviv has 30 employees and is headed by Yossi Matias, a scientist and expert on algorithms, databases and Internet technologies.
The Tel Aviv centre focuses on projects in the areas of search, advertising and applications, Matias told a news conference on Monday.
It adds to last year's opening of its Haifa centre in northern Israel, which employs about 20. In addition, Google has a sales office in Tel Aviv with a staff of 15.
Alan Eustace, senior vice president of engineering and research at Google, said the company had not set a target for the number it expects to employ in Israel. He declined to say how much Google has invested in the two centres.
Google has 10 R&D facilities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Israel already has large operations belonging to companies such as Intel, Motorola, Microsoft and IBM.