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Deepfake Used To Attack Activist Couple Shows New Disinformation Frontier

An anonymous reader shares a report: Oliver Taylor, a student at England's University of Birmingham, is a twenty-something with brown eyes, light stubble, and a slightly stiff smile. Online profiles describe him as a coffee lover and politics junkie who was raised in a traditional Jewish home. His half dozen freelance editorials and blog posts reveal an active interest in anti-Semitism and Jewish affairs, with bylines in the Jerusalem Post and the Times of Israel. The catch? Oliver Taylor seems ...
Tags: England, London, Israel, Tech, Quora, Times, Taylor, Reuters, University of Birmingham, Jerusalem Post, Masri, NSO, Oliver Taylor, Reuters Calls, Mazen Masri, Algemeiner Taylor


Bella Hadid’s deleted Instagram post shows how Palestinians are silenced | Arwa Mahdawi

The model posted a picture of her father’s passport only for it to be removed. Sometimes asserting your humanity as a Palestinian is portrayed as an act of aggressionIs the word “Palestine” hate speech? Instagram seems to think it may be. The social media platform recently removed a post by the model Bella Hadid celebrating her Palestinian heritage. According to Hadid, Instagram deleted a photo she’d shared of her dad’s US passport, which listed his birthplace as Palestine; Instagram said it vio...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Social Networking, Israel, US, Life and style, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Palestine, Arwa Mahdawi, Hadid, Bella Hadid, Hadid Instagram


Adam Neumann is back in the shared economy business with an investment in GoTo Global

Adam Neumann, the controversial co-founder and former CEO of WeWork, has taken a 33% equity stake in GoTo Global, a shared mobility company that operates in Israel and Malta and aims to expand into Europe later this year. Neumann’s family office, 166 2nd Financial Services, invested $10 million into GoTo Global, as part of a $19 million Series B round. As part of his investment, Neumann will be able to appoint one board member on his behalf. Existing shareholder Shagrir Group Vehicle Servi...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, Israel, Tech, Automotive, United States, WeWork, Madrid, Malta, Neumann, Adam Neumann, SoftBank Group, Shagrir, 2nd Financial Services, GoTo Global


Israeli Court Rules NSO Group Can Continue Exporting Spyware

The infamous spyware company NSO Group scored a major win in what critics are calling a "disgraceful ruling" in an Israeli court this week. From a report: The court ruled that NSO can keep exporting its hacking and surveillance tools, arguing that the human rights organization Amnesty International, which had sued the company in an attempt to block its exports, failed to prove that an NSO customer used its technology to spy on Amnesty staff. In 2018, as Motherboard reported at the time, Amnesty ...
Tags: Israel, Tech, Amnesty International, Amnesty, Defence Ministry, NSO, NSO Group, Tel Aviv District Court


Israeli court dismisses Amnesty bid to block spyware firm NSO

Rights group wanted export licence for NSO’s leading phone-hacking software to be revokedA Tel Aviv court has rejected a legal case filed by Amnesty International that attempted to block the Israeli spyware firm NSO Group from selling its cyberweapons internationally.The rights groups sought to force the Israeli ministry of defence to revoke NSO Group’s export licence for its leading phone-hacking software, Pegasus. Amnesty’s lawyers alleged the product had been used by repressive governments to...
Tags: Technology, Internet, Israel, Tel Aviv, Hacking, Amnesty International, Espionage, Amnesty, NSO, NSO Group, Pegasus Amnesty


New training programs for European and Israeli startups

Starting a successful company is a difficult job for anyone. But because the startup playing field isn’t level, some entrepreneurs have a tougher time than others. Many women and BIPOC founders have comparatively limited access to capital, mentorship, talent and networking opportunities. More than 7 in 8 people working for European startups identify as Caucasian or White, but only 20 percent of founders are women; and 92 percent of funding in 2019 went to all-male teams. Particularly in times of...
Tags: Google, Europe, Small Business, Germany, Israel, Entrepreneurs, Malaga Spain, Diversity and Inclusion, Google in Europe, Google for Startups, Agnieszka Hryniewicz Bieniek, BIPOC, Sano Genetics, Charlotte Guzzo


Israel feels exposed as U.S. drops satellite-imaging cap

An Israeli official flagged a possible security risk on Monday following a U.S. move to allow American providers to sell clearer satellite images of Israel and the Palestinian territories. Under a 1997 U.S. regulation known as the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment, satellite images of Israel and the Palestinian territories used in services like Google Earth could show items no smaller than 2 metres (6.56 ft) across. The curb, Israel had argued, would help prevent enemies using public-domain information t...
Tags: Google, News, Israel


Meet the 21 rising stars who are transforming the future of clean energy and taking on a $16 trillion opportunity

An enormous transition is underway across the electric grid. Power plants that run on fossil fuels are being replaced by solar panels and wind farms, while more batteries and electric vehicles are plugging in.   Once niche, the clean energy industry is going mainstream. Goldman Sachs says it's an investment opportunity worth as much as $16 trillion through 2030.  Within the industry, researchers, entrepreneurs, and workers are bringing a wide range of solutions to bear, from batteries that sto...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Australia, California, Stanford, Israel, US, San Francisco, Trends, Diageo, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, Mit


Hunters raises $15M Series A for its threat-hunting platform

Hunters, a Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity startup that helps enterprises defend themselves from intruders and analyze attacks, today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A funding round from Microsoft’s M12 and U.S. Venture Partners. Seed investors YL Ventures and Blumberg Captial also participated in this round, as well as new investor Okta Ventures, the venture arm of identity provider Okta. With this, Hunters has now raised a total of $20.4 million. The company’s SaaS platform basi...
Tags: Microsoft, Israel, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Tech, CISO, YL Ventures, Okta With, Okta Ventures, Uri May, Blumberg Captial, U S Venture Partners Seed


Upsolver announces $13M Series A to ease management of cloud data lakes

There’s a lot of complexity around managing data lakes in the cloud that often requires expensive engineering expertise. Upsolver, an early stage startup, wants to simplify all of that, so that a database administrator could handle it. Today the startup announced a $13 million Series A. Vertex Ventures US was lead investor with participation from Wing Venture Capital and Jerusalem Venture Partners. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $17 million, according to the company. Co-founder...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Funding, Israel, Tech, Co, Rafael, San Francisco New York, Israeli startups, Vertex Ventures US, Sik Rhee, Data Lakes, Upsolver, Ori Rafael


Codefresh just raised $27 million to help developers release code faster for apps that run on the Google-born cloud computing project Kubernetes

On Monday, the startup Codefresh announced a $27 million funding round led by Red Dot Capital Partners, with participation from Shasta Ventures and other existing investors. Codefresh builds a continuous integration and continuous delivery platform, meaning it helps developers release code faster and more often. Codefresh is specially built for cloud software like Kubernetes, a popular open source cloud computing project created at Google. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. E...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Israel, Trends, Hp, Mercury, Kubernetes, Shasta Ventures, Bessemer, Openshift, Roth, Jenkins, Mountain View California, WebEx, Eric Yuan


Artlist raises $48M led by KKR for its royalty-free music, video and sound effect library

Like it or loathe it, video has proven to be the most engaging of all mediums across the web, and today a company out of Israel called Artlist — which provides royalty-free libraries of music, sound effects and even video itself to enhance video content — is announcing a significant growth round of $48 million, both to continue its expansion, and to build better technology to help navigate users to the perfect clip. The funding is being led by KKR, with participation also from Elephant Partne...
Tags: TC, Video, Media, Boston, Israel, Disney, Tech, Elephant, Artificial Intelligence, Netflix, Libraries, KKR, Mercedes Benz, Belsky, Patrick Devine, Artlist


Apple Boards Israeli Drama Series ‘Losing Alice’

Apple is adding another international co-production to its streaming repertoire. The streamer has boarded the Israeli psychological thriller series “Losing Alice.” The show is produced by Israel’s Dori Media Productions in association with HOT. The eight-episode series is currently airing on HOT and will stream worldwide later this year on Apple TV Plus. The series […]
Tags: Apple, News, Israel, Alice, Apple TV Plus, Dori Media Productions


Microsoft confirms acquisition of CyberX to boost security in its IoT business

Another big acquisition out of Israel this week points to how bigger tech companies are using the economic slowdown to focus on their longer-term strategies and shore up assets to support that. Today Microsoft announced that it would be acquiring CyberX, a security startup that focuses specifically on detecting, stopping, and predicting security breaches on internet of things networks and the networks of large industrial organizations. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed — we’re asking sti...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Microsoft, Israel, Tech, Intel, Stan Chudnovsky, Gigi Levy Weiss, Michal Braverman Blumenstyk, Sam George CVP Cloud, Norwest Venture Partners Qualcomm Ventures


Join us for the inaugural Israeli media tech and esports conference online

We (Remagine Ventures) and our friends at Fusion LA are happy to invite founders, investors and media experts to the inaugural Media and eSports Online Annual Conference. The event will highlight startups and technologies in the media, entertainment, gaming and esports domains, with a spotlight on Israel. The event will be streamed via Zoom and Facebook live on June 23th, 16:00-20:00 Israel time (UTC+3) Join us (free) The speaker line up includes various industry leaders (Snap Inc....
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Entertainment, Berlin, Israel, Uncategorized, Trends, Tech, Esports, UTC, eSports Observer, Lockdown, Remagine Ventures, Remagine, Kevin Baxpehler, Vault AI


Israeli spyware used to target Moroccan journalist, Amnesty claims

Amnesty alleges phone of Omar Radi in Morocco was infected by NSO’s Pegasus softwareAs NSO Group faced mounting criticism last year that its hacking software was being used illegally against journalists, dissidents and campaigners around the world, the Israeli spyware company unveiled a new policy that it said showed its commitment to human rights.Now an investigation has alleged that another journalist, Omar Radi in Morocco, was targeted with NSO’s Pegasus software and put under surveillance ju...
Tags: Technology, Africa, Israel, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Whatsapp, Hacking, Middle East and North Africa, Morocco, Amnesty International, Journalist safety, Pegasus, Espionage, Amnesty, NSO, NSO Group


Journalist says he was targeted by spyware from firm despite its human rights policy

Amnesty alleges phone of Omar Radi in Morocco was infected by NSO’s Pegasus softwareAs NSO Group faced mounting criticism last year that its hacking software was being used illegally against journalists, dissidents and campaigners around the world, the Israeli spyware company unveiled a new policy that it said showed its commitment to human rights.Now an investigation has alleged that another journalist, Omar Radi in Morocco, was targeted with NSO’s Pegasus software and put under surveillance ju...
Tags: Technology, Africa, Israel, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Whatsapp, Hacking, Middle East and North Africa, Morocco, Amnesty International, Journalist safety, Pegasus, Espionage, Amnesty, NSO, NSO Group


Impact Investing: a time for problems to become opportunities

“As big businesses begin to measure their impact, they begin to show it is fundamental to their future business models.” Sir Ronald Cohen COVID-19 has undoubtedly further highlighted the social challenges across the world, as the economic recession’s aftermaths are expected, yet not fully known. This is a good time as ever to examine whether financial focus is now shifting towards Impact as an opportunity for companies, and how technologies that intentionally tackle social and environmental ...
Tags: UK, Microsoft, India, Israel, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Unilever, Tesla, Karma, South Africa, Un, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, World Bank Group


Bird launches navigation app to help riders stay in the right lane

Bird is rolling out a new standalone app called Bird Maps in Paris and Tel Aviv that will provide turn-by-turn navigation for riders who want to use bike or micromobility lanes for their entire trip. The app, which will be available on iOS and Android, was created using navigation software from Trailze, a Israeli startup that has mapped the urban grid with micromobility in mind. Bird has not determined how long it will pilot Bird Maps. The results of the pilot will determine testing in oth...
Tags: Transportation, France, Israel, Tel Aviv, Tech, Ceo, Paris, Sharing Economy, Bird, Leader, Here, Operating Systems, Head, Micromobility, Bicycle Sharing, Scooter Sharing


Apple TV+ Secures Rights to Israel-Iran Espionage Thriller 'Tehran'

Apple has secured the international rights to Israel-Iran espionage thriller "Tehran," according to Deadline. The eight-part series is said to revolve around Tamar Rabinyan, a Mossad computer hacker-agent undertaking her very first mission in Iran's capital. "Tasked with disabling an Iranian nuclear reactor, her mission has implications not just for the Middle East, but for the rest of the world," the report explains. "But when the Mossad mission fails, Tamar goes rogue in Tehran as she redisco...
Tags: Apple, Israel, Iran, Middle East, Tehran, Mossad, Tamar, Israel Iran, Apple TV shows, Apple TV Plus, Apple TV Shows Apple, Tamar Rabinyan


Many Police Departments Have Software That Can Identify People In Crowds

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: As protesters demand an end to police brutality and the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the nation, police departments around the country are using software that can track and identify people in crowds from surveillance footage -- often with little to no public oversight or knowledge. Dozens of cities around the country are using BriefCam, which sells software that allows police to comb through surveillance footage to monitor protests and enfor...
Tags: Boston, Israel, Tech, Chicago, Aclu, New Orleans, Detroit, Denver, Canon, St Paul, Hartford Connecticut, Hebrew University, Doral Florida, Santa Fe County New Mexico, George Floyd, BriefCam Neema Singh Guliani


Decrypted: DEA spying on protesters, DDoS attacks, Signal downloads spike

This week saw protests spread across the world sparked by the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last month. The U.S. hasn’t seen protests like this in a generation, with millions taking to the streets each day to lend their voice and support. But they were met with heavily armored police, drones watching from above, and “covert” surveillance by the federal government. That’s exactly why cybersecurity and privacy is more important than e...
Tags: Iphone, Google, Security, Startups, Privacy, Minneapolis, Government, Israel, Tech, Ceo, Surveillance, Cybercrime, Law Enforcement, Information Technology, United States, Internet Security


Experts rank Tesla, Waymo and 16 other power players in the world on self-driving cars

Waymo topped Guidehouse Insight's 2020 ranking of companies that are working on autonomous-driving technology and mobility services. The Alphabet subsidiary was followed by Ford Autonomous Vehicles, General Motors-owned Cruise, and Baidu. Companies were ranked according to a number of criteria related to their strategy and execution, including vision, partners, technology, and product capability. Do you work in the autonomous-vehicle industry? Do you have an opinion on how your company or the ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, Russia, Singapore, Israel, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Intel, Ces, Beijing, Cruise, Vw, Ford, Gm


Inside Jeff Bezos' delivery drone dreams: With fake team names, changing leaders and delays, Amazon Prime Air is fighting to finally take off (AMZN)

Amazon said last June that its Prime Air drone delivery service would launch "within" months. It's been 12 months since that announcement and Prime Air still hasn't launched. Business Insider spoke with over a dozen current and former employees to find out what's been going on within the team. Employees say the Prime Air team has struggled with years of internal conflict, lack of focus, and regulatory issues. David Carbon, a former Boeing executive who took over Prime Air in March, is taking s...
Tags: Google, Amazon, UK, Israel, US, America, Trends, Carbon, UPS, New York Times, Prime Air, Amazon Prime Air, Venice, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Faa


Nanox, maker of a low-cost scanning service to replace X-rays, expands Series B to $51M

A lot of the attention in medical technology today has been focused on tools and innovations that might help the world better fight the COVID-19 global health pandemic. Today comes news of another startup that is taking on some funding for a disruptive innovation that has the potential to make both COVID-19 as well as other kinds of clinical assessments more accessible. Nanox, a startup out of Israel that has developed a small, low-cost scanning system and “medical screening as a service” to rep...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Asia, Europe, Hardware, Enterprise, Funding, Israel, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Fujifilm, Norway, Foxconn, SK Telecom, Australia New Zealand


Astroscale expands into geostationary satellite life extension with new acquisition

Orbital spacecraft sustainability startup Astroscale has acquired the IP, most assets and staff of a an Isreali company called Effective Space Solutions in order to broaden its service offering to include servicing geostationary (GEO) satellites, as well as low Earth orbit (LEO) debris removal. Astroscale, founded in Japan in 2013 with a mission of addressing the growing problem of orbital debris and sustainable space operations, is also setting up an office in Israel as part of this deal. Al...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Japan, Singapore, Israel, Tech, Flight, United States, United Kingdom, Satellite, M&a, Gps, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Orbit


Israel’s Team8 raises $104M to make bigger cybersecurity and enterprise bets

Team8, the Israel-based firm founded by a team of intelligence vets and backed by the likes of Intel, Microsoft, Walmart and Cisco to develop and spin out cybersecurity startups, is announcing a step change in its business model that underscores the huge amount of activity we’re seeing these days in the sector. Alongside its studio model, it’s launching a venture capital arm, with the aim of investing in Seed, A, and B rounds for a variety of cybersecurity, as well as AI, data science and enterp...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Europe, Israel, Tech, Cisco, Walmart, Venture Capital, Capital, Accenture, Team8, Temasek, Liran Grinberg, Nadav Zafrir, Intel Microsoft Walmart


Israel’s Team8 raises $104M to make bigger cybersecurity bets

Team8, the Israel-based firm founded by a team of intelligence vets and backed by the likes of Intel, Microsoft, Walmart and Cisco to develop and spin out cybersecurity startups, is announcing a step change in its business model that underscores the huge amount of activity we’re seeing these days in the sector. Alongside its studio model, it’s launching a venture capital arm, with the aim of investing in Seed, A, and B rounds for a variety of cybersecurity startups, not just those that it’s buil...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Europe, Israel, Tech, Cisco, Walmart, Venture Capital, Capital, Accenture, Team8, Temasek, Liran Grinberg, Nadav Zafrir, Intel Microsoft Walmart


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Facebook employees publicly rebelled over Mark Zuckerberg's decision to keep up a Trump post about the George Floyd protests. More than a dozen Facebook workers directly contradicted the company's stance over the weekend and on Monday in a rare show of public discord. Mark Zuckerberg committed $10 million to fighting racial injustice amid outrage at Facebook's handling of Trump's post threatening protesters. Zuckerberg committe...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Youtube, Washington, Israel, US, Trends, New York Times, Zynga, Tim Cook, Philadelphia, Evan Spiegel, Jeff Bezos


Will COVID-19 mainstream AR/VR?

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact nations, businesses and the lives of billions, and the aftermath of the recession remains to be seen, some trends are already emerging, such as the embracing of digitization. From video conferencing tools to project management platforms, companies, institutions and individuals are becoming adjusted to remote environments. This brings back into the spotlight the technologies of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Both have thus far failed to l...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Washington, Israel, US, Tel Aviv, Trends, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Alibaba, Ikea, Finland, Vr



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