Israeli gaming firm Diwip acquired by Canada’s Imperus for up to $100M
Another Israeli social gaming firm is being acquired by a major international gaming company. Canada’s Imperus Technologies announced this week that it would spend up to $100 million for Diwip, a Tel Aviv-based company that runs, among other things, Best Casino, a series of top-grossing Facebook gambling-but-not-for-money games. To read more about the company and Israel’s social gaming industry, click here.
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Israel leads innovation in fintech with growing Bitcoin community
There is no denying that on the digital front Israel has a lot to offer. This statement is particularly true when it comes to Bitcoin and other digital currencies, as Israel is rapidly being recognized as a major leader in fintech, or financial technology. The rising number of fintech startups and Bitcoin related enterprises are testament to the fact that Israel is one of the places to be in terms of digital currencies. To read more, click here.
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Securities Authority eases rules for crowdfunding, Seeks to bring more investors into Israeli high-tech
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