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Record high temperatures for February in New York
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-22
NEW YORK, United States -- New York residents on Wednesday enjoyed record heat for the month of February, with the thermometer reaching 24 degrees Celsius (76 Farenheit) in the early afternoon, the National Weather Service reported. The previous record ...

Pagasa: Cloudy skies in most parts of PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-22
Metro Manila and most parts of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies on Thursday, the state weather bureau said. The easterlies is the most dominant weather system at present affecting the eastern section of the country, according to the ...

Pagasa: Cloudy skies in most parts of PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-22
Metro Manila and most parts of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies on Thursday, the state weather bureau said. The easterlies is the most dominant weather system at present affecting the eastern section of the country, according to the ...

Former Google employee files lawsuit alleging the company fired him over pro-diversity posts
The Verge - 2018-02-21
A former Google engineer is suing the company for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination, according to court documents filed today. Tim Chevalier, a software developer and former site-reliability engineer at Google, claims that ...

Suspended lawyer offers quick way to oust Sereno
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-21
There is no need to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno because she can easily be removed from office via a quo warranto proceeding for simply being unqualified. This was the assertion of a suspended lawyer, who believes that Sereno is unlawfully ...

Lacson: Duterte ill-advised on walkout call to Cabinet members
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-21
Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson said on Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte was ill-advised if he was serious about his call for Cabinet members to walk out of ongoing congressional investigations if they felt disrespected. "That will create an ...

Opioids Tied to Risk of Fatal Infections
The New York Times - 2018-02-21
Opioids may be tied to an increased risk of life-threatening infections. Animal studies have shown that opioids suppress the immune system, but their clinical effect in human infections has not been widely studied. In a new report published in the Annals ...

Vectra raises $36M for its AI-based approach to cybersecurity intrusion detection
TechCrunch - 2018-02-21
With the trend of growing cybercrime showing no indication of abating, a startup called Vectra that has built an artificial intelligence-based system called Cognito to detect cyberattacks and mobilise security systems to respond to them has raised $36 ...

Inside Uncle Sam's Secret Bitcoin Hoard
FORTUNE - 2018-02-21
When Alexandre Cazes hanged himself in a Thai jail cell in July, the 25-year-old left behind the trappings of a big-league drug dealer: villas, Lamborghinis, a Porsche, bank accounts in Liechtenstein and Switzerland. But Cazes, who authorities allege ...

Some prominent conservatives and white supremacists are blaming Twitter's bot crackdown for wiping out thousands of their followers
Business Insider - 2018-02-21
Several prominent conservatives and white supremacists on Twitter noticed they had lost thousands of followers on Wednesday morning. Claiming they were targeted because of their political views, they surfaced the hashtag #TwitterLockout. Twitter confirmed ...

Russian bots reportedly pushed a Thanksgiving food poisoning hoax on Twitter as practice for influencing the 2016 election
Business Insider - 2018-02-21
Russian trolls reportedly spread a fake news story about a batch of Walmart Thanksgiving turkeys giving people severe food poisoning in November 2015. The hoax went deep, and included the registration of a fake website that then wrote a compelling news ...

Ex-Synack Engineers Raise $3 Million for Security Startup
FORTUNE - 2018-02-21
Two engineers formerly of Synack, a bug-hunting startup, have raised $3 million in funding for a new cybersecurity venture. The pair of entrepreneurs, Bjoern Zinssmeister and Matthias Kadenbach, formed Templarbit last year with the aim of helping ...

Number of foreign visitors up by 16% in January -- DOT
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-21
The foreign visitors to the country rose by nearly 16 percent in January following efforts by the government and the private sector to boost its promotion campaigns and air connectivity, the Department of Tourism said yesterday. In a statement, the DOT ...

Senators condemn rising incidents of abuse, death of OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-21
Senators denounced on Wednesday the increasing number of incidents of abuse and death of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), amid the recent death of OFW Joanna Demafelis, whose body was found inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait. At a Senate ...

DENR crackdown goes to Palawan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-21
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be cracking the whip in Palawan, particularly in the Subterranean River National Park in Puerto Princesa City and El Nido, according to officials. The DENR has added Palawan to Panglao Island ...

3 system failures hit MRT train; 900 offloaded
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-21
About 900 passengers of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) were offloaded on Wednesday in Makati City after one of its trains experienced three system failures. In an advisory, MRT-3 media relations officer Aly Narvaez said passengers were offloaded on ...

Rappler ban: Aguirre sees no press freedom violation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-21
There was no violation of press freedom when Rappler was barred from covering events of President Rodrigo Duterte, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said on Wednesday. "No, that was not a violation of such right. There is such a thing as proper ...

U.S. FDA says recalls, destroys certain kratom-containing dietary products
Reuters - 2018-02-21
(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday said it recalled and destroyed a large volume of kratom-containing dietary supplements made by a company in Missouri. Kratom is a natural plant grown in parts of Asia that advocates say can ...

Bitcoin Price Drops To Zero After Zaif Cryptocurrency Glitch
International Business Times - 2018-02-21
A popular cryptocurrency exchange in Japan experienced a temporary glitch that allowed investors to purchase cryptocurrency including Bitcoin for free--though no users were able to profit off of the issue. The issue, first reported by Reuters, plagued the ...

SpaceX Internet Satellites: Payload Set To Launch With PAZ Satellite On Falcon 9
International Business Times - 2018-02-21
SpaceX was originally scheduled to conduct its first launch since the historic launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket on Wednesday, a plan that was ultimately delayed and pushed to Thursday due to high winds. The payload that the Falcon 9 was set to launch was ...

Twitter bans bulk tweeting and duplicate accounts in bot crackdown
The Verge - 2018-02-21
Twitter is announcing major limits on how users and apps can automate tweets, in order to combat spam and political propaganda bots. Developers are now banned from using any system that simultaneously posts "identical or substantially similar" tweets ...

Carbs, fat, DNA? Weight loss is finicky, new study shows
Yahoo - 2018-02-21
CHICAGO (AP) -- A precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn't hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters' DNA profiles. Previous research has suggested that a person's insulin levels or certain genes could interact with ...

Cigars and pipes tied to same risks as cigarettes
Reuters - 2018-02-21
(Reuters Health) - Cigarettes are not the only type of tobacco products that can lead to premature death or fatalities from smoking-related cancers, a U.S. study confirms. While people who exclusively smoke cigarettes have twice the risk of premature death ...

DataTorrent: Hard code around streaming data philosophy in 90 days
ZDNet - 2018-02-21
We give you streaming data applications in 90 days, no matter what. And we'll do anything, including building on our closest competitor's engine, to deliver. This is not something we are used to hearing, coming from Big Data vendor CEOs. But it's the ...

Study: Alcohol use biggest preventable risk factor for dementia onset
Upi.com - 2018-02-21
Feb. 21 (UPI) --Heavy alcohol use is the most important preventable risk factor in the onset of all types of dementia, according to a large study conducted in France. The data, published Tuesday in The Lancet Public Health journal, was derived from 31.6 ...

Serena Williams Nearly Died After Giving Birth. Now She's Advocating for Better Maternal Healthcare
Yahoo - 2018-02-21
The major health complications that Serena Williams battled after giving birth to her now-5-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia has inspired the tennis champion to speak out about the importance of affordable health care. In an opinion piece on CNN.com ...

House panel approves substitute bill on divorce
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- The House of Representatives committee on population and family relations on Wednesday approved a measure that would allow divorce in the Philippines. The bill, entitled "An act instituting absolute divorce ...

SC Justice: Assign NAMRIA to name Benham Rise features
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- If the Philippines' central mapping agency names Benham Rise features, China's names will have no bearing, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Thursday. Carpio suggested designating the ...

Competition body readies more rules
Business World - 2018-02-21
In the same forum, Solomon M. Hermosa, head of legal and compliance at Ayala Corp., said competition laws have not affected the operations of the conglomerate, but the process has added another level of regulation that has "slowed down" growth ...

Restrictions on foreign investors to ease soon
Business World - 2018-02-21
"I just signed the one that is going to be submitted to the NEDA Board for approval," Mr. Pernia told reporters on the sidelines of an event hosted by the Makati Business Club yesterday. The negative list identifies sectors where foreign investments ...

Many Asian marts rise as focus shifts to Fed signals
Business World - 2018-02-21
Investors are banking on much higher returns from equities than bonds again in 2018." On oil markets both main contracts edged down on Wednesday after a recent series of gains as the dollar edges higher, while analysts say the output cap led by the ...

Ayala Land plans to raise up to P25 billion
Business World - 2018-02-21
AYALA LAND, Inc. (ALI) plans to raise up to P25 billion from a combination of retail bonds, loans, and qualified buyer notes this year to partially finance its aggressive spending program and to refinance existing debt. In a disclosure to the stock ...

UnionBank of the Philippines raises P3 billion from LTNCD offering
Business World - 2018-02-21
Apart from BPI, Security Bank Corp., Philippine National Bank, East West Banking Corp. and BDO Unibank, Inc., among others have rolled out their own fund-raising plans through separate note offerings announced over the past few months.

Future of Facebook: artificial intelligence, VR
Business World - 2018-02-21
Facebook also looks to boost connectivity through Workplace, a platform where users communicate via groups, and allowing them to use Facebook in a more corporate and professional environment. The company is further propping up search, groups, and video ...

Golden Haven enters mass housing
Business World - 2018-02-21
The diversification into mass housing comes after Golden Haven changed in corporate name last September 2017, where it dropped the words "memorial park" in order to expand its core business outside the deathcare industry. Following the plan to acquire ...

Sara Duterte lashes out at House Speaker Alvarez
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio lashed out at House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on social media Thursday, over his supposed remarks against her and the President. "Kung a***** ka sa Congress, don't bring ...

Duterte: Gov't looking into other countries where Filipino workers 'suffer brutal treatment'
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said the government is looking into countries where Filipino workers are receiving poor treatment. "We are doing an audit now to find out the places where we deploy ...

EXCLUSIVE: VP Robredo supports total deployment ban to Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- Vice President Leni Robredo supports the ban on sending new-hire workers to Kuwait in the wake of the death of domestic worker Joanna Demafelis. "I'm very supportive of that decision of the President.

Pia Ranada's defense of Rappler 'fake news' offended Duterte - Roque
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- President Rodrigo Duterte was offended by Rappler reporter Pia Ranada, who continues to defend her news team's report that the president's right-hand man was involved in an anomalous deal, his spokesperson ...

Rappler to Roque: Palace coverage ban a press freedom issue
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- "No, Mr. Roque. This is about press freedom." This was how embattled online news site Rappler responded on Wednesday to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who had said that the ban on Rappler from ...

Senators question delayed enforcement of Kuwait deployment ban despite OFW deaths
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- Senators on Wednesday grilled overseas employment authorities for not halting the deployment of Filipinos to Kuwait earlier despite increasing overseas Filipino worker (OFW) deaths in the Gulf state.

Alvarez to DFA: File diplomatic protest over U.S. intelligence report
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to file a diplomatic protest against the United States for its intelligence report listing President Rodrigo Duterte as a threat ...

Lawyer threatens criminal charges vs. other SC officials if Sereno won't resign
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- The lawyer behind the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno may bring his case outside Congress as well - threatening to file criminal charges against 12 other Supreme Court ...

SC Justice counters Duterte: Militarization in South China Sea for PH, not U.S.
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- China's continued militarization in disputed islands in the South China Sea is a national threat, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned on Thursday. "Every military and security analyst I know here ...

Duterte: Rappler can cover Palace events once SEC rules it as a 'legitimate' agency
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday assured online news agency Rappler may once again cover presidential events when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules them as a legitimate media outfit.

DOH chief orders filing of civil case vs. Sanofi over refusal to refund used Dengvaxia
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- The government is preparing to file a civil case against pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur for its refusal to refund P1.6 billion worth of used doses of Dengvaxia. Health Secretary Enrique Duque III said ...

DENR issues notices of violation to 81 erring Boracay establishments
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- More Boracay establishments may face closure after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued notices of violation (NOV) to 30 more Boracay establishments with environmental lapses.

Uber pays BIR P41 million VAT to avoid closure
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- Transport Network Company (TNC) Uber has paid the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) P41 million in deficient Value Added Tax (VAT) to avoid the closure or suspension of its operations, BIR said Wednesday.

DOJ asks court to formalize CPP-NPA terror tag
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- The government takes a step closer to formally declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing New People's Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations. The Department of Justice (DOJ) on ...

Windows 10 bug: Google again reveals code for 'important' unpatched flaw
ZDNet - 2018-02-21
Google's Project Zero has revealed another unpatched flaw affecting Windows 10 because Microsoft missed its 90-day deadline to patch or disclose. After last week revealing a Windows 10 exploit mitigation bypass that Microsoft couldn't fix in time, Google ...

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