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CTech’s Weekly Israeli Tech News Roundup

Alibaba partners with Israeli startup to supply a cloud database in China. Battery closes two new funds worth $1.25 billion. Israel lowers tax on international venture capital funds

CTech 14:3209.02.18

Bosch wants deploy crypto technology in autonomous cars. The auto parts maker wants to move from selling sensors to selling the data collected by sensors, says Tal Dekel, the company’s senior technology scout in Israel. Read more

Alibaba partners with Israeli startup to supply a cloud database in China. As part of the partnership, Alibaba will market SQream’s database to its cloud customers in China. Alibaba has also agreed to invest up to $20 million in the Israeli startup. Alibaba chairman Jack Ma plans a May visit to Israel. Read more


Alibaba founder Jack Ma Photo: Bloomberg Alibaba founder Jack Ma Photo: Bloomberg

Battery closes two new funds worth $1.25 billion. For Battery Investment opportunities outside of the U.S. “are bigger than domestic opportunities,” a general partner with the firm’s Israeli office said. Read more


Activist investor Starboard piles pressure on Mellanox. Starboard criticized the management of the chip company for frequent large sized insider stock sales in a Monday letter addressed to Mellanox Chairman Irwin Federman. Starboard called the transactions "staggering and among the most one-sided we have ever seen.” Read more


Playtika to hire 100 employees, lease space at Israel’s tallest office tower. Playtika develops free-to-play virtual casino applications. Its titles, like Slotomania, are among the most popular on Apple’s App Store, Google Play and Facebook. The company will lease a floor at the Azrieli Sarona office tower in Tel Aviv, which also houses Amazon, Facebook and Dropbox. Read more


Generic drugmaker Teva says profit will continue to drop in 2018. Israel’s Teva reported a $17-billion goodwill impairment citing the decline of the U.S. generic market. Read more


Israel lowers tax on international venture capital funds. International venture capital funds with local offices in Israel will now be able to pay lower income taxes in the country. According to a decision published by the Israel Tax Authority Wednesday, such funds can now pay an expense-based income tax on capital gains, instead of a fixed rate of 10%-15%. Read more


TLV Partners closes $150 million venture fund. Established in 2015, TLV Partners focuses on early stage investments. Its first fund, closed at $115 million, invested in nine seed and Series A stage companies. The firm's portfolio companies include construction site app developer Buildup Technologies and Facebook ads analytics startup Oribi. Read more


Israeli Prime Minister said the government should avoid intervention into foreign exchange market. He was speaking in a closed-door meeting with tech leaders on Wednesday. In January, the shekel reached a 7-year high, trading at NIS 3.4 per dollar, as opposed to NIS 3.8 in the beginning of 2017. Read more


Researchers Steal Data from an offline computer in a Faraday cage. A new technique that beats information security measures like air gaps and metal-lined Faraday cages was demonstrated by Israeli cyber researchers who named their project Odini after the escape artist Harry Houdini. Read more

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