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Biden asks Fauci to join his COVID-19 team
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WASHINGTON, United States - US President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday said he had asked the government's top infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci to remain in his post and join his

Why VCs are watching a startup called MSCHF, whose mission is so visionary that one spellbound investor refused to even call it a company
Business Insider - 1 hour ago
"Very few times in my career have I seen an idea that grabbed me so fully...that I was simultaneously terrified and obsessed," one investor said.

Daily Crunch: Google fires co-lead of its Ethical AI team
TechCrunch - 1 hour ago
Google fires a leading researcher, Stripe launches a new banking service and WarnerMedia shakes up the theatrical business model. This is your Daily Crunch for. The big story: Google fires co-lead of its Ethical AI team Timnit Gebru,

Volatile bitcoin not yet a store of value: Fidelity digital assets boss
Reuters - 2 hours ago
Bitcoin is still too volatile to act as a true store of value, though investors hope it will assume that role, the head of the digital assets arm of Fidelity Investments said on Thursday.

Lab-grown meat to go on sale in Singapore in world first
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 hours ago
SINGAPORE - Lab-grown chicken will soon be available in restaurants in Singapore after the country became the first to green-light meat created without slaughtering any animals. US start-up

More than 400 lawmakers from 34 countries back 'Make Amazon Pay' campaign
Reuters - 2 hours ago
More than 400 lawmakers from 34 countries have signed a letter to Inc boss Jeff Bezos backing a campaign that claims the tech giant has "dodged and dismissed ... debts to workers, societies,

4.5M Pinoys jobless in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2 hours ago
With the COVID-19 pandemic and the stringent lockdown shuttering thousands of businesses, about 4.5 million Filipinos became jobless this year and the unemployment rate jumped to 10.4 percent--the

Pfizer supply chain challenges led to slashing COVID-19 vaccine production target - WSJ
Reuters - 2 hours ago
Challenges in Pfizer Inc's supply chain for its COVID-19 vaccine played a role in its decision to slash its 2020 production target, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Spit in a Tube and Mail It In: A New Frontier in Coronavirus Testing
New York Times - 2 hours ago
Communities across the country are starting to roll out at-home saliva test kits. Health officials say they could be a game-changer in detecting and slowing the spread of the virus.

The Wristcam is a camera for your Apple Watch
The Verge - 2 hours ago
A strap for an Apple Watch equipped with front- and rear-facing cameras is finally launching after nearly four years in development. The Wristcam has an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p video and take stills in 4K resolution and a 2-megapixel camera for selfies.

No truce with Reds, AFP urges Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 hours ago
The Armed Forces of the Philippines sees no point in recommending the usual Christmas holiday truce with communist rebels this year because of the insincerity of the Communist Party of the Philippines

QC posts record drop in leptospirosis cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 hours ago
Despite recent flooding in parts of Quezon City, the local government said that it has seen an 83-percent drop of leptospirosis cases this year. Data from the city health department showed that 58

Hiring minors as domestic helpers illegal-DOLE
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 hours ago
Nearly 5,000 minors below 15 years old are employed as domestic workers in violation of the Batas Kasambahay of 2013, according to a government survey. The survey was conducted among the

Duterte: PH aims for comprehensive and inclusive recovery amid COVID-19 pandemic
CNN Philippines - 3 hours ago
It is never too early to think of a bounce-back strategy. The Philippines aims for a comprehensive and inclusive recovery with no one left behind,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells the United Nations General Assembly during its special session on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manila tries to control Divisoria shopping crowd
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 hours ago
Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso said obstructions in Divisoria, including night market stalls, were removed to protect Christmas shoppers from acquiring the new coronavirus disease

COVID-19 vaccination readiness: the last mile - 3 hours ago
In my earlier column, I wrote on the issues of COVID-19 vaccine roll-out readiness in terms of our current capacity to meet the requirements of moving massive amounts of vaccine from arrival at port to the actual point of injection.

Fear grips Boracay folk amid evictions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 hours ago
Reyes and about 20 relatives, among them the elderly and a 2-year-old child from six households, have been staying in a boarding house after leaving

Few Cordillera workers apply for cash grants
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 hours ago
New grants allocated for Cordillera workers who were displaced due to the pandemic remained unclaimed, owing to poor communication signals and overlapping government aid programs, the

Marcopper says no toxic substance in mine site
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 3 hours ago
Marcopper Mining Corp. said it kept industrial chemicals commonly used for mineral processing in its former mine site in Marinduque province, belying reports from two government agencies that it

PSEi leads gains in emerging Asia - 4 hours ago
The Philippines led gains among emerging Asian stock markets yesterday after an upbeat jobs report, while optimism around further coronavirus vaccine developments supported hopes of an economic recovery.

Philippines raises $2.75 billion from global bonds - 4 hours ago
The Philippines successfully raised $2.75 billion from its dual-tranche offering of dollar-denominated bonds, securing the lowest coupon rate ever achieved by the government in the debt market, top government officials said yesterday.

PLDT leads Asia, ranks 4th globally in digital inclusion - 4 hours ago
PLDT, alongside its wireless arm Smart Communications, emerged as the top company in Asia and emerging markets and fourth out of the Top 100 Most Influential ICT Companies worldwide in the 2020 Digital Inclusion Benchmark of the World Benchmarking Alliance.

Two key UK military non-profits join forces to boost veteran training in cyber and tech
TechCrunch - 5 hours ago
Advancements in the tech and the cyber threat landscape are creating vast job opportunities. The global cyber security market is projected to reach £210 billion by 2026. But in the UK, out of 952,000 working aged (16-64) UK military veterans and 15,

CHR calls for consideration to baby of jailed Amanda Echanis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 6 hours ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is appealing to the police officers who arrested Amanda Echanis, daughter of slain Anakpawis Chairman Randall Echanis, to give

YouTube will ask commenters to rethink posting if their message seems offensive
The Verge - 7 hours ago
YouTube is trying to combat offensive comments that appear under videos by following in the footsteps of other social media companies and asking people before they post something that may be offensive: "Is this something you really want to share?

Foreign groups set $50 billion FDI, 3 million job targets - 7 hours ago
The Philippines is capable of attracting $50 billion worth of foreign direct investments and generate three million jobs over the next decade, foreign businessmen said.

UnionBank bond offer 3x oversubscribed - 8 hours ago
Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines has raised P9 billion from its dual tranche offering of fixed-rate bonds to augment its funding base and finance expansion plans.

Philippine tourism sector backs recovery plan in ASEAN - 8 hours ago
The Philippine tourism sector remains committed to the recovery plan of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as this would help the country attract more foreign investments.

Quezon eyed as new cacao hub - 8 hours ago
The government is looking at the province of Quezon as a new hub for cacao production in the country. Cacao farming is being promoted in the towns of Atimonan, Plaridel, Lopez, Gumaca, Perez, Calauag,

Construction works fall 66% in Q2 - 9 hours ago
Building activity fell by 65.5 percent annually in the second quarter of the year, the height of pandemic-control lockdowns, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported.

Export targets under review - 9 hours ago
The Department of Trade and Industry is reviewing the targets under the Philippine Export Development Plan to determine if these can still be achieved given the impact of the pandemic.

Los Baños mayor shot inside municipal hall, dies in hospital
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 9 hours ago
Mayor Caesar Perez of Los Baños, Laguna, was shot inside the municipal hall on Thursday evening and died shortly after in

Econ team eyes extending Bayanihan 2, 2020 budget validity until 2021 as added stimulus
CNN Philippines - 10 hours ago
Economic managers are looking at extending the validity of the Bayanihan 2 and the 2020 budget as an added stimulus measure towards the recovery of the Philippine economy next year.

San Juan restaurants, food establishments can operate at 75% dine-in capacity
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 11 hours ago
San Juan government on Thursday allowed restaurants and other food establishments to operate from the current 50 percent to 75 percent dine-in

Group to Peralta: Exercise compassion before retirement, solidify writ of kalayaan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 11 hours ago
It is not too late to exercise compassion and save human life, the families and friends of political detainees told Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta as they urge him to leave

DOST study: Meals with VCO can reduce symptoms for probable, suspect COVID-19 patients
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 11 hours ago
MANILA, Philippines -- Virgin coconut oil (VCO) taken as a food supplement can reduce symptoms among probable and suspect novel coronaviruses disease (COVID-19) cases, according to a study by the

Power utility worker in Eastern Samar dead after cobra bite
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 12 hours ago
An employee of a power utility in Eastern Samar province died after he was bitten by a snake while he and co-workers were conducting clearing operations last Wednesday (Dec.

Philippines eyes ambitious growth return after record collapse - 13 hours ago
The Duterte administration  is now bracing for a historic economic meltdown this year as the country remains on lockdown.

Mining bureau recommends lifting of quarry suspension around Mayon Volcano
CNN Philippines - 13 hours ago
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau recommends lifting the suspension of 91 quarry operators near Mayon Volcano, who were found to be compliant with quarry regulations.

Profitability of Philippine banks to remain stable - 13 hours ago
The profitability of Philippine banks is likely to remain broadly stable on the back of higher loan growth and lower credit provisioning, which will be offset by compressed margins and lack of extraordinary trading gains,

Joblessness down in October, but largely because people quit looking for work - 14 hours ago
Fewer Filipinos went jobless and out of business in October, but this was largely a result of more people stopping job search for various reasons including going back to school or their old jobs getting killed by the ongoing digital shift.

Quick comeback unlikely for migrant workers after coronavirus - 14 hours ago
Many overseas workers either have had to return home or have been forced to stop work because of massive lay-offs and furloughs, resulting in a sharp decline in earnings and, consequently, remittances,

Spanish startup Jeff raises US$21M in the midst of COVID-19, set to launch in the U.S
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 14 hours ago
The Spanish startup, Jeff, recently raised 21 million US dollars during COVID-19 in a Series B financing round. Jeff is the global solution for entrepreneurs that offers

Toyota gives Hiace Commuter owners livelihood push with Oil-In offer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 15 hours ago
The ongoing pandemic has greatly affected transportation, further underscoring the importance of mobility for people from all walks of life. As quarantine guidelines ease up in different parts of

Pandemics, climate change 'intensify' global health threats - 16 hours ago
The Lancet panel called for an "aligning of climate and pandemic recovery" to deliver near- and long-term health and economic benefits.

Chinese firms could lose access to US stock markets - 16 hours ago
The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that could close US stock and money markets to Chinese firms.

FDA sees possible COVID-19 vaccine rollout in PH by March 2021
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 16 hours ago
MANILA, Philippines -- A COVID-19 vaccine can possibly roll out in the Philippines as early as March 2021 following the positive developments of vaccine usage abroad,

Solon urges immediate release of COVID-19 vaccine protocols
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 19 hours ago
A lawmaker is pushing for the immediate release of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine protocols and guidelines. Ang Probinsyano Partylist Rep. Ronnie Ong said

First in line for COVID-19 vaccine? Some US health care workers say no - 22 hours ago
They can move to front of the line for a COVID-19 vaccine if they want, but some US health care workers are skeptical about taking a vaccine that was developed in record time -- even as the pandemic rages on.

Rainy Thursday in Mimaropa, Bicol, W. Visayas due to LPA -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 1 day ago at 12:16 AM
Pagasa weather specialist Shelly Ignacio, however, said the LPA is less likely to develop into a tropical depression. "Sa may Mimaropa kasama na rin ang Bicol region, dahil naman po sa trough ...

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