Globes reports (15 December) that Apple is expected to inaugurate its first development center outside the US at Haifa’s Scientific Industries Center.  The paper reported that a delegation headed by Apple vice president of R&D Ed Frank was currently visiting Israel to meet with several high-tech companies and that Apple has already hired Israeli high-tech veteran and former head of Zoran Corporation’s R&D center, Aharon Aharon, to run the center. In related news earlier last week, Israeli media reported Apple was in advanced talks to buy Anobit, an Israeli maker of flash storage technology, for $400-$500 million. This would be Apple’s first acquisition in Israel.