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CTech's Tuesday Roundup of Israeli Tech News

With a population of less than 10,000 and an agriculture-friendly climate, Israeli small town wants to become country's cannabis capital; General Motors competes with Google, Facebook over Israeli tech workers, GM exec says

CTech 14:3911.06.19
With a population of less than 10,000 and an agriculture-friendly climate, Israeli small town wants to become country's cannabis capital. Read more

Notable public figures have made headlines this past year by jumping on the cannabis bandwagon, but Israel’s former agricultural communes, kibbutzim, have identified the opportunity long before. Read more

Yeruham mayor Tal Ohana. Photo: Yanai Yechiel Yeruham mayor Tal Ohana. Photo: Yanai Yechiel
Interview | General Motors competes with Google, Facebook over Israeli tech workers, GM exec says. Gil Golan, the director of GM's Israeli research and development center, believes workers are drawn to where they can make a bigger impact. Read more

 

Automakers Renault and Nissan open Tel Aviv innovation lab. The facility will enable the automaking alliance to accelerate collaboration with Israeli startups. Read more 

 

Intel CEO Robert Swan to arrive in Israel next week. Swan is expected to meet with Intel employees and host a press briefing. Read more

 

Microsoft backs open source API marketplace startup RapidAPI. RapidAPI develops an online system that allows programmers to connect their software to another developer’s software. Read more

 

LiDAR startup Innoviz bolsters recent round with $38 million. Innoviz develops low-cost, small-size LiDAR systems designed to enable the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles. Read more

 

Hyundai partners with in-car injury detection startup MDGo. The two companies will jointly develop connected systems capable of detecting injuries within a vehicle and alerting emergency services. Read more 

 

Israeli carsharing company Car2Go expands to Europe. Through its European subsidiary GoTo, Car2Go is set to offer short and medium-term rentals of electric vehicles and motorized scooters, as well as dockless electric scooters and bicycles. Read more

 

Number of U.S. patents granted to Israeli universities drops in 2018. In a list of top 100 global universities granted U.S. patents, Tel Aviv University dropped two places compared to 2017, ranking 66th with 37 patents. With 32 patents, Technion dropped to 75th place, compared to 35th place the year before. Read more
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