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Tide Pod Challenge: YouTube is removing 'dangerous' videos
CNN Money - 2018-01-18
YouTube and Facebook are trying to stop the spread of the Tide Pod Challenge, a bizarre and dangerous phenomenon in which social media users eat laundry detergent packets on camera. YouTube, which is owned by Google (GOOGL), says it's taking down clips ...

3rd party to do telecom sector study
Inquirer - 2018-01-18
The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is tapping an independent body to conduct a study on the telecommunication industry. In a briefing, PCC commissioners said the study would take a closer look into the entire industry value chain and the impact of ...

Bitcoin too good to be true?
Inquirer - 2018-01-18
As of this writing, one bitcoin is already equivalent to $10,338. Late last year, it reached an all-time high of $19,783.06. Still, it was a meteoric rise from just $2.00 in December 2011. The average daily volume of bitcoin is $40 million and its global ...

PH launches $2-billion global bond sale
Inquirer - 2018-01-18
The Philippine government has launched its $2-billion global offering of 10-year bonds, with $1 billion in new money aimed to be raised to finance the budget and infrastructure projects. In a notice Thursday, the government said it started to offer the US ...

NBI to investigate Rappler for possible violation of Constitution
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- The Justice Secretary has ordered an investigation on whether online news agency Rappler violated the Constitution and other laws. Under Department Order No. 17 dated January 11, Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre ...

BPI plans P50B stock rights offer
Inquirer - 2018-01-18
Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands plans to raise as much as P50 billion from the sale of new shares to existing shareholders, beefing up its war chest to fund both organic growth and potential acquisitions. BPI has obtained approval from its board ...

Fire hits residential area in Taguig
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- A fire hit a residential area along East Service Road corner C5, Taguig City Wednesday afternoon. Based on initial reports, the fire began at 5:43 p.m. and was put out at 7:36 p.m. Officials declared it under ...

Fuel prices unchanged in Visayas, Mindanao
Inquirer - 2018-01-18
Motorists outside Luzon are still enjoying pretax reform law fuel prices as filling stations in the Visayas and Mindanao are taking more time to sell all their old stocks, according to an industry source. Across the country, prices of diesel and gasoline ...

Bad weather grounds flights between Manila, Tuguegarao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-18
Flights between Tuguegarao and Manila were canceled Thursday due to bad weather, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) said. In earlier reports, both airlines also announced flight cancelations between Manila and Tacloban and between Cebu and ...

How neighborhoods shape life with diabetes
Reuters - 2018-01-18
(Reuters Health) - - People with diabetes who live in poor communities with limited access to exercise facilities or grocery stores may have a harder time managing their symptoms than diabetics living in more affluent areas, a U.S. study suggests.

Cloudy with scattered rain on Thursday - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-18
Cloudy skies with scattered rain are forecast in the eastern part of the country due to the easterlies, the state weather bureau said Thursday. Possible flashfloods or landslides due to moderate with at times heavy rain are expected over Cagayan Valley ...

Grind your teeth at night? Botox may help
Chicago Tribune - 2018-01-18
If you're one of the millions of people who grind and clench their teeth during sleep, an injection of Botox might be the answer, a small study suggests. The condition, called bruxism, can lead to pain, headaches, jaw problems and damaged teeth. However ...

PSEi succumbs to profit-taking
Inquirer - 2018-01-17
There were 120 decliners that edged out 92 advancers, while 49 stocks were unchanged. Ayala Land and Security Bank both fell by more than 1 percent while BDO, SM Investments and BPI also slipped. Outside of the PSEi, one notable decliner was PXP ...

Metrobank sets P70-B rights offering
Inquirer - 2018-01-17
Metrobank, which has grown its loan book by more than 20 percent in the last six quarters, said it believed that the robust growth of the Philippines would continue to boost loan demand across the various segments of the economy. "The capital raising ...

Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials
The Sentinel Cumberlink - 2018-01-17
million since 2009, a bit under 3 percent. During that time, lawmakers have saddled the IRS with responsibility to oversee the phase-in of a new health-care law and, now, a major tax overhaul. Can't the IRS -- and the Americans it is supposed to serve ...

Shortage of public health workers possible as baby boomers retire, researchers say
United Press International - 2018-01-17
Jan. 17 (UPI) --A study published Wednesday questions whether the number of public health workers will be sufficient as baby boomers start to retire and leave their fields. The field of local government public health could find itself without a qualified ...

Scientists trace mysterious origin of Bornean elephants
United Press International - 2018-01-17
Jan. 17 (UPI) --Genetic analysis has offered new insights into how the Bornean elephant, a subspecies of the Asian elephant, came to occupy a small portion of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Until now, the origins of the Bornean elephant were a ...

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to pay Nigeria's $76M polio debt
United Press International - 2018-01-17
Jan. 17 (UPI) --The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation agreed to pay off Nigeria's $76 million debt to Japan to aid in the fight against polio. Nigeria took the loan from Japan in 2014 to help pay for polio eradication efforts. They were expected to start ...

Kind is sending out its competitors' products to 10,000 consumers in an edgy marketing stunt
Business Insider - 2018-01-17
Kind Snacks is shipping its competitors' products alongside its own to 10,000 consumers for them to the two try side-by-side. The stunt is to mark its foray into the protein bar category, which is the fastest-growing category within the energy and ...

PSALM pushes sale of big assets
Inquirer - 2018-01-17
The state-owned Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) is bent on finally pushing through with the privatization of expensive assets this year, including the 650-megawatt Malaya thermal power plant in Rizal and the 210-MW Mindanao ...

Expect rain in Luzon, Visayas - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-17
Metro Manila and most parts of Luzon will have cloudy skies and scattered rain due to the tail end of a cold front, the state weather bureau said Wednesday. The tail-end of a cold front is affecting the eastern section of Central and Southern Luzon ...

Someone is attacking Apple buses outside of San Francisco
Mashable - 2018-01-17
The commute for thousands of Apple employees just got a whole lot longer. The tech giant runs shuttle buses full of employees from San Francisco to its headquarters in Cupertino every day, and, according to a source inside the company, someone is ...

Yelp reviewers are spamming Trump hotels with "shithole" reviews
Mashable - 2018-01-17
Since The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump allegedly asked lawmakers, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" during a White House discussion on America's immigration deal, the president has been getting dragged.

Analysts: Bitcoin's Sharp Decline A Temporary Pullback
Forbes - 2018-01-17
Bitcoin fell below $10,000 recently, but even this sharp correction is only temporary, according to analysts. The digital currency dropped to as little as $9,199.59 today, down more than 50% from its all-time high, according to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price ...

LTFRB cuts down TNVS units nationwide
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 18) -- From over 125,000 down to 45,000. That's how much the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board decreased the number of Transport Network Vehicles Service units plying the roads in Metro Manila.

Ex-Senate President: Con-ass should be inclusive, transparent
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 18) -- A constituent assembly for charter change should be transparent and inclusive -- even if it means holding public consultations in remote areas, a former Senate President said Thursday. "It's all right to have ...

Duterte administration sets a record-high 'excellent' SWS rating
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 18) -- The Duterte administration got a record-high satisfaction rating in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. In the 2017 fourth quarter SWS polls, the Duterte administration left 79 percent of adult ...

Int'l watchdog ranks Philippines as 'partly free'
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 18) -- The Philippines is "partly free," according to the World Freedom Index released by an international watchdog organization. In a report released on Tuesday by U.S.-based nonprofit organization Freedom House ...

Metrobank, BPI plan stock rights offers
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-17
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. (Metrobank) and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) said in separate disclosures to the local bourse that they will offer their common shares to stockholders to raise fresh funds. Metrobank said its board of directors ...

PSALM rejects P57.88-B prepayment from NGCP
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-17
Sought for comment, NGCP spokesperson Cynthia P. Alabanza said in a text message: "NGCP conducts its business in full compliance with its franchise under RA 9511, the concession agreement, and all laws, rules, regulations and other lawful issuances."

Sociologist: Duterte's media criticism has 'grave implications' on news practice
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is free to criticize the media, but such criticism could have grave implications on media practice, according to an analyst. In a press conference Tuesday, the President told ...

Roque: Palace done 'investigating' SAP Bong Go, no evidence seen in 24 hours
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 18) -- Twenty-four hours. That's how long it took the Palace to conclude that Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go is innocent of accusations that he intervened in a controversial multi-billion ...

Sweet tax for health
Business Mirror - 2018-01-17
THE Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) under this current administration is one of the major amendments in the Philippine Tax Code since the ... of the government in passing the law, which is for health and wellness, reducing the victims of obesity ...

Recto: Charter change 'dead' in Senate
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- Despite efforts from the House of Representatives to convene Congress into a constituent assembly (con-ass), Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto believes efforts to amend the Constitution is "dead" in the ...

Why Are iPhone 8, 8 Plus Component Suppliers Halting Production Next Month?
International Business Times - 2018-01-17
Some Apple suppliers are temporarily halting their production next month in response to the low order for the 2017 iPhone lineup components. Others are also preparing for the possible consequences of the decreasing iPhone orders this first quarter.

Davide opposes charter change, warns federalism would be a 'leap to hell'
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- Shifting to a federal form of government is a "lethal experiment" and a "leap to hell," former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. has warned. Davide on Wednesday expressed his opposition to moves to amend the ...

Ferrari wants to make an electric supercar before 2020, rivaling Tesla
Inquirer - 2018-01-17
Italian car maker Ferrari wants to build its own electric vehicle in the same vein as their traditional supercars. The company said its car will be a direct competitor to the Tesla Roadster, reports Bloomberg. Ferrari plans to release its electric supercar ...

SolGen: Petitioners should not fear martial law extension in Mindanao
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday said there is no need to be afraid of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao because the Constitution continues to operate. "All of the petitioners are ...

BSP watches PH liquidity levels
Inquirer - 2018-01-17
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas yesterday said that liquidity in the local financial system had declined in recent weeks, leaving banks with less investable cash and prompting calls for regulators to accelerate the timetable for reducing statutory bank ...

DTI survey shows consumer prices remain stable
Inquirer - 2018-01-17
In a statement on Monday, The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines criticized Lopez for "giving vain lip service" against profiteering.

PSEi tracks upbeat regional markets, closes up
Inquirer - 2018-01-17
Megaworld and PLDT both advanced by over 2 percent. LT Group, URC and Metro Pacific all added more than 1 percent while Ayala Land, SM Investments, Security Bank and AEV also contributed gains. Outside of the main index, notable gainers included PXP ...

Japan funding for key PH infra deals readied
Inquirer - 2018-01-17
The Philippines is set seal within the current quarter a loan deal for the initial funding for the Metro Manila Subway Project, along with the agreement for the Plaridel Bypass Road in Bulacan -- both financed by Japan. According to the Department of ...

Bitcoin falls below $10,000
CNN Money - 2018-01-17
The price of the volatile digital currency briefly dipped below $10,000 around 7 a.m. ET on Wednesday, its lowest level since late November, according to data from Bitcoin has dropped nearly 30% this week and has lost almost half of its $ ...

Classes suspended in Bicol due to heavy rain
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-17
In Albay, Governor Al Francis Bichara said due to the orange warning or heavy rainfall warning issued by the weather bureau, classes in all levels in public and private schools were suspended. Flooding is possible in the low lying areas and near river ...

Amazon won't say if it hands your Echo data to the government
ZDNet - 2018-01-16
Amazon has a transparency problem. Three years ago, the retail giant became the last major tech company to reveal how many subpoenas, search warrants, and court orders it received for customer data in a half-year period. While every other tech giant had ...

Remittances continue to rise
Inquirer - 2018-01-16
Foreign currency remittances of expatriate Filipinos continued to rise in November of last year as both short- and long-term overseas workers sent more money home to their local beneficiaries, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said Monday. In a statement ...

David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital is betting that Twitter will have a winning year
Business Insider - 2018-01-16
David Einhorn's hedge fund Greenlight Capital is bullish on Twitter. The fund cites restructuring and new management at the social media site. The hedge fund said it initiated a small position in Twitter in the fourth quarter at an average of $21.59 per share.

Samsung's Galaxy S9 could be in your hands by mid-March
Mashable - 2018-01-16
Prolific phone leaker Evan Blass has shared what he claims are several Galaxy S9-related launch dates, provided to him from a "C-level executive at a major case maker". Blass's intel suggests the Galaxy S9 will be announced on Feb. 26. Pre-orders will ...

Gallup: Number of uninsured Americans rose by 3.2 million last year
United Press International - 2018-01-16
Jan. 16 (UPI) --The number of Americans without health insurance grew last year by more than 3 million people, the largest increase of uninsured since the Affordable Care Act implementation, according to Gallup data. According to Gallup data released ...

Drop 1 Pound by Next Week With This Plan
Yahoo News - 2018-01-16
If you're trying to drop pounds and new to the whole exercise scene, then knowing exactly what to do can be a struggle. Since cardio, strength training, stretching, and days of rest are all equally important, here's a weekly schedule to help you balance it ...

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