Article: Startup WhiteSource gets $75 million to find and fix buggy open source components

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Startup WhiteSource gets $75 million to find and fix buggy open source components

Cybersecurity startup WhiteSource announced it has raised $75 million in Series D funding, highlighting how tech and security investors are increasingly focusing on the open source software security market.

The latest investment of $75 million, drawn mostly from Pitango Growth and existing investors M12, Susquehanna Growth Equity, and 83North, is significantly more than the approximately $46 million the company raised combined through previous funding rounds. As part of the deal, Pitango Growth managing partner Isaac Hillel will join WhiteSource’s board of directors.

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Article: Israeli air disinfectant start-up to open innovation center in Ethiopia

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Israeli air disinfectant start-up to open innovation center in Ethiopia

A month long study at Sheba Medical Center found last year that the start-up’s clean air system has the ability to eliminate different viruses and bacteria at a rate of 99.97%. Israeli clean air start-up Aura Air will establish a production line and an innovation center for the training and presentation of clean air technologies in Ethiopia, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

The plan was agreed upon at the conclusion of a meeting between Aura representatives and the Ambassadors of several African nations, in which the ambassadors were presented with Israeli air purification and disinfection systems and held a discussion on how to apply Israeli knowledge and developments to fight COVID-19 in their own countries.

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Article: T-Mobile unveils its third batch of participants of its 5G Open Innovation Lab

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T-Mobile unveils its third batch of participants of its 5G Open Innovation Lab

Earlier today, the 5G Open Innovation Lab unveiled its third batch of participating companies in its Spring 2021 program. The selected companies comprise early-stage start-ups who were already able to secure Series A and B financing with established revenue streams and products.

There are also more mature Series C companies that are interested in capitalizing on their early success and fast-track their growth and leadership in the market.

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Article: The Israeli Company Using Tera Waves to Detect COVID-19

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The Israeli Company Using Tera Waves to Detect COVID-19

As the vaccination campaign to end the coronavirus pandemic rages on, XPRIZE, an organization holding million-dollar competitions continues to incentivize  innovation and development to better the world. Their most recent contest, “$6M XPRIZE Rapid COVID Testing”, aimed to create game-changing COVID-19 testing solutions and named several winners.

One of the Open Innovation Track winners was TERA (TeraGroup), an Israeli company utilizing “Terahertz (THz)” waves technology, to produce a 1-3-minutes coronavirus breath test, named the BioSafety test.

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Article: Can Israel lead the open-source code revolution?

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Can Israel lead the open-source code revolution?

It wasn’t that long ago that the term open source was barely heard among the Israeli programmers community. But a quiet revolution has taken place in Israel. And surprisingly, it isn’t just startups that have adopted open-source code, with larger organizations, including government ministries and the IDF also embracing the change.

Evidence of this revolution is everywhere, and open-source code companies have taken over the headlines.

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Article: Israeli engineers created an open-source hack for making Covid-19 ventilators

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Israeli engineers created an open-source hack for making Covid-19 ventilators

It took 10 days, more than 40 scientists, and the motor of a snowblower. The result may wind up being an inexpensive way to—in a pinch—save the lives of people suffering from Covid-19.

The respiratory illness can lead to severe cases of pneumonia, making it hard for those most affected to breathe without the assistance of a ventilator. But healthcare workers around the world don’t have enough ventilators for the number of people needing help. That’s given rise to a lot of creativity.

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Article: Israeli Startup Offers ‘Monetization Switch’ For Open Source

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Netanel Mohoni (left) and Chen Ravid (right), co-founders of xs:code XS:CODEIsraeli Startup Offers ‘Monetization Switch’ For Open Source

Open source software is free, or, more accurately, Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) is free of charge. In the real world, open source software projects when applied and deployed in commercial (sometimes mission-critical) use cases will often be supplied as the ‘licensed’ version of the original software innovation, which comes at a cost.

Although many commercial use cases do deploy open source licensed software at zero cost, in these cases, it is not uncommon for commercial support contracts to be taken out.

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Article: Mapping Palestine Before Israel

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Mapping Palestine Before Israel

A new open-source project uses British historical maps to reveal what Palestine looked like before 1948.

The Palestinians recently protesting in the Gaza Strip called their demonstration “The Great Return March”—that’s a reference to a desire to return to the land from which they were expelled in 1948. Of the 1.9 million Palestinians living in Gaza, 70 percent came from villages in the surrounding area and beyond, in what is now Israel, 70 years ago this month.

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Article: Linux and Python education for students in Israel

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Linux and Python education for students in Israel

Now entering its third year, the ROSE (Red Hat Open Source for Education) Project is a cross-community effort that brings students from Tira together with students from Yonatan Middle School in Ra’anana to the Red Hat offices in Israel to learn about the Linux operating system and Python programming.

The students spent six months on a weekly basis working and learning together. At the graduation ceremony executive members of both municipalities were present and awards were given to the students including two special achievement awards.

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