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CTech's Sunday Roundup of Israeli Tech News

Burnt by homogeneous tech ecosystem, Israeli-Druze entrepreneur sets out to eliminate hiring bias; The feminist utopia of Haredi Cinema

CTech 15:1519.01.20

Interview | Burnt by homogeneous tech ecosystem, Israeli-Druze entrepreneur sets out to eliminate hiring bias. Tech veteran Aiman Amer of the Druze village of Julis in northern Israel left his position at software testing company Qualitest to found human resources company SkillInn. Read more

 

The feminist utopia of Haredi Cinema. Born nearly a century after cinema emerged as a form of entertainment for general audiences, ultra-Orthodox Jewish films are made exclusively by and for women. Read more

Aiman Amer. Photo: Orel Cohen Aiman Amer. Photo: Orel Cohen

 

On Target | Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fittest of them all? With mirrors and stationary bikes that act as a personal trainer with a price tag to match and employee perks that include access to thousands of gyms, fitness tech has raised $6.6 billion over the past decade and that is just the beginning. Read more

 

Interview | CEO of mobility company Arrive shares his vision of the future of the industry. Yona Shtern spoke to Calcalist last week during the 2020 CES exhibition in Las Vegas. Read more

 

Temasek, Trustbridge aim for majority stake in WeWork China, report says. Last month, Temasek and Trustbridge submitted a takeover proposal to SoftBank, WeWork’s largest backer, which valued the Chinese branch at approximately $1 billion, Reuters reported Friday. Read more

 

Expert | Will AI ever win a Golden Globe? While artificial intelligence can write anything from code to screenplays and fake news, it seems only humans can be considered authors. Thus, they are also the only ones held liable for spreading misleading false content. Read more  

 

Interview | Via’s Tel Aviv ridesharing service competes with private cars, not buses, says GM. Jointly operated by New York-headquartered ridesharing company Via Transportation Inc. and local public transportation company Dan Bus Co., Bubble was launched in April 2019 and covers most areas of Tel Aviv and some parts of neighboring towns Ramat Gan and Givatayim. Read more

 

Israeli court agrees to keep NSO legal proceedings in chambers. An appeal was submitted by the Israeli state attorney to the Tel Aviv District Court on Sunday, asking that no information on a petition against the cyber-surveillance company could be made public. Read more

 

This Israeli company wants to deliver green screen technology to mobile devices everywhere. Israel-based Spectalix develops technology that can identify people or objects on a mobile phone-recorded video, separate them from the original background, and add them over a new video. Read more

 

Over 10% of Israelis make weekly use of bikes and w-scooters, report says. Nearly 7.5% of Israelis use micro-mobility options every day, according to a global public transport report released Wednesday by Israel-based public transportation app Moovit. Read more