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CTech's Monday Roundup of Israeli Tech News

Fake social media network promoted Netanyahu, Likud party ahead of election, report says; Opinion | Forget April Fools—today is Fake News Day

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Fake social media accounts promoted Netanyahu, Likud party ahead of election, report says. Citing a report by Israeli watchdog group the Big Bots Project, the New York Times reported Sunday that a group of several hundred fake accounts actively boosted Netanyahu and smeared his opponents. Re ad more


Opinion | Forget April Fools—today is Fake News Day. There is nothing new about fake news, but the internet and social media services significantly increase the speed of its creation and its reach. Read more


Spacecom climbs to profitability in 2018. Spacecom has been on a downward spiral since 2016, when its AMOS-6 satellite exploded on its launch pad in pre-checks and cost the company a $95 million contract with Facebook and a $285 million acquisition deal with telecommunication technologies supplier Beijing Xinwei Technology Group. Re ad more
AMOS-6. Photo: PR AMOS-6. Photo: PR


Israeli spacecraft Beresheet passes earth one last time before lunar capture. The craft completed a 72-second maneuver intended to achieve synchronization with the moon on Monday morning. Read more


Barclays accelerator announces 2019 Tel Aviv cohort. The Tel Aviv accelerator, launched in 2016, offers a mentor-driven 13-week program for startups in the domains of fintech and cybersecurity. Read more


SodaStream CEO makes second Seedo investment as part of $4 million private placement. Daniel Birnbaum invested $550,000 in the home cannabis farming device maker in mid-March, when he joined the startup’s board of directors. Read more


Teva makes headway in European Copaxone patent case. Generic 40 mg versions of the drugmaker's blockbuster drug for multiple sclerosis have been available in Europe since late 2017, but Teva is now making strides in court. Read more


TAP Air Portugal launches direct daily flights between Lisbon and Tel Aviv. The new route, first announced by the company in September, began operating Monday. Read more
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