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Brazil Tech Round-Up: Digital Identity, EBANX Expands In Central America, Magazine Luiza Continues Shopping Spree
Forbes - 2021-03-21
The Brazilian government is making inroads towards its digital identity project. Cross-border payments unicorn EBANX expands operations in Centra America and retail giant Magazine Luiza makes more acquisitions of startups to bolster its digital strategy.

Best Samsung phone in 2021
ZDNet - 2021-03-21
Samsung continues to battle Huawei and Apple for the crown of best-selling smartphone, and to help sales, we find the company releasing more mid-range phones that are extremely capable while also offering innovative folding devices. Samsung's latest ...

Why Covid-19 left long-term scars on global job markets
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-21
How much will white-collar professionals continue to work from home, leaving downtown business districts all but empty during the week? Will business travel fully rebound now that companies have ...

PNB starts building digital-only bank business
Manila Bulletin - 2021-03-21
The Lucio Tan-controlled Philippine National Bank (PNB) has started to build its digital-only banking business and is scouting for partners, but its president and CEO Arnulfo "Wick" Veloso is still unsure if this could be set up in six months to a year.

DOH reiterates COVID - 19 health protocols as cases rise anew
Gov - 2021-03-20
BAGUIO CITY, March 20 (PIA) - - The Department of Health- Center for Health and Development (DOH - CAR) reminds the public anew to strictly adhere to the minimum health standards and safety protocols and to avoid the 3Cs (Crowded place, closed-contact ...

PHL new cases jump to 7,999; over 100 variant cases among newly recorded
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-20
Health workers in protective suits walk after performing swab tests on residents at a village under lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Manila, Philippines on Monday, March 15, 2021.

Startups, Supreme, and soft-circling your way to an investment
TechCrunch - 2021-03-20
In an Extra Crunch Live this past week, Cleo Capital founding partner Sarah Kunst broke down what founders can learn from Supreme, a sought-after streetwear brand. She argued that founders, similar to Supreme,

Apple, Epic Games CEOs on list of witnesses in Fortnite case
Reuters - 2021-03-20
(Reuters) - Apple Inc and Epic Games have listed their chief executive officers as potential witnesses in a case between the iPhone maker and the video game developer over the App Store payment system, court documents showed. Apple and Epic Games, creator ...

A look at wildlife farming in PHL
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-20
Meanwhile, other wildlife farms for birds and plants, such as orchids, and crocodiles have been in business for decades, the DENR-BMB chief said, indicating that the demand for wildlife and their ...

Twitter is now testing an 'Undo' feature, but would anyone really pay for it?
Mashable - 2021-03-20
There's some indication it may fall under the umbrella of (still rumored) subscription features, but it's just a text prompt.

Facebook stock jumped more than 4% after Mark Zuckerberg said Apple's privacy update will help the social media giant
Business Insider - 2021-03-20
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DOH: Stay home, follow health protocols amid rise in COVID-19 cases
Manila Bulletin - 2021-03-20
The Department of Health (DOH) urged the public to avoid non-essential travel and strictly follow the health protocols amid the spike in the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. The DOH rei

Local chief execs move up in COVID-19 vaccine priority list
CNN Philippines - 2021-03-20
Mayors, governors, and village chiefs will now be prioritized over indigents in COVID-19 vaccination. The League of Cities or LCP on Friday said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases approved its request to have local chief executives reclassified as "essential workers,

Off The Record: The indie label that can
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-20
but when asked why now, with status quo operations in flux and traditional business models struggling to evolve with the new normal, Ricky simply figured why not? Where most would have shied away ...

Pakistan PM Khan tests positive for COVID-19, health minister says
Rappler - 2021-03-20
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for COVID-19, the country's health minister said on Saturday, March 20, two days after the premier got his vaccination. Khan is "self-isolating at home,

Europe's unicorn founders and investors want to make it easier to spread wealth and compete with Silicon Valley
Business Insider - 2021-03-20
Europe currently produces 36% of global startups but only 14% of the world's unicorn companies, per McKinsey research.

Mixed Virus Data Has Some Experts Questioning Pace of N.Y.C. Reopening
New York Times - 2021-03-20
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week that businesses like indoor fitness studios would be allowed to reopen.

Philippines reports record 7,999 new COVID-19 infections
Investing.com - 2021-03-20
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines on Saturday recorded 7,999 new coronavirus infections, the second straight day that the country posted a record high in daily cases. In a bulletin, the health ...

Apple CEO Cook, execs on tentative list of witnesses in Epic Games case
Business Insider - 2021-03-20
Apple Inc's CEO Tim Cook, software chief Craig Federighi and other executives were named on a tentative list of witnesses in the software giant's case against Epic Games, a court filing dated March 19 showed.

After getting EUA from FDA, solon pushes anew for PH-made Sputnik V
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-20
A lawmaker in the House of Representatives on Saturday expressed hope that Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine can be made in the Philippines after the

Quezon City enforces stricter health protocols amid COVID-19 surge
Manila Bulletin - 2021-03-20
The local government of Quezon City and the QC Police District (QCPD) will enforce stricter health protocols in 142 barangays in the city due to the rising number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the past two weeks.

Philippines reports record 7,999 new COVID-19 infections
Reuters - 2021-03-20
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines on Saturday recorded 7,999 new coronavirus infections, the second straight day that the country posted a record high in daily cases. In a bulletin, the health ministry said total confirmed cases have risen to 656,056 ...

IDSA Updates Guidelines for COVID-19 Treatment: Latest Evidence on Monoclonals, Antivirals, and More
Medscape - 2021-03-20
Monoclonal antibodies, antiretrovirals, and an antiparasitic treatment are among potential COVID-19 therapies addressed in new guidelines from infectious disease experts.

PH foreign debt rises to $98.5B in 2020
CNN Philippines - 2021-03-20
The country's outstanding foreign debt soared to $98.5 billion in 2020 as authorities sought to boost the war chest against the COVID-19, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said Friday.

Without technology, continuing poverty
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-20
We will continue to have much poverty if we continue ignoring technology. Consider our 3.5 million coconut farmers, the poorest agriculture sector. Thanks to the dynamic leadership of ...

Digital-only bank Tonik woos with staggering deposit interest of 6%
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-20
Singapore-based digital bank Tonik seeks to disrupt deposit-taking in the Philippines by launching its local platform with an eye-popping maiden offering of 6-percent per annum interest, the ...

Swiss Firm Says It Has Accessed Servers of a SolarWinds Hacker
Bloomberg - 2021-03-20
A Swiss cybersecurity firm says it has accessed servers used by a hacking group tied to the SolarWinds breach, revealing details about who the attackers targeted and how they carried out their operation.

Here's the Email Factmata's Founder Used to Get a $500,000 Investment From Mark Cuban
Inc - 2021-03-20
A first-time founder with no product yet landed a $500,000 investment from Mark Cuban by sending him a cold email. Dhruv Ghulati, a TechStars and Entrepreneur First alum, is founder of Factmata, whose AI analyzes content for bias,

Scientists probe new theories on whether AstraZeneca shot linked to blood clots
Reuters - 2021-03-20
Scientists are exploring several possibilities that might explain at least 18 reports of extremely rare blood clots in the brain that occurred in individuals in the days and weeks after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Airtable: How It Became A $5.8 Billion Company
Forbes - 2021-03-20
Recently Airtable announced a Series E round for $270 million at a valuation of $5.8 billion (note that Iltchev is currently a partner at Two Sigma Ventures ). OK then, so what are some of the takeaways about the success of Airtable?

Reshaping the future of marketing and branding
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-20
Retirement either came too soon or just in time for many of the boomers, born 1946 to 1964 and Generation X born 1965 to 1976 because of the pandemic. As more companies resort to

Japan exports drop amid lunar holidays and cold U.S. weather
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-20
Japanese exports fell in February for the first time in three months, dropping more than economists expected, as the timing of Lunar New Year holidays cut business days in China, while the coronavirus and extreme weather weighed on other key markets.

Q&A: Virginia AG Mark Herring on putting opioid settlement funds to good use
Reuters - 2021-03-20
Years after litigation against opioid drugmakers and distributors exploded nationwide, the beginning of the end is in sight. Top drug distributors and Johnson & Johnson have tentatively agreed to a $26 billion settlement,

A researcher just turned down a $60k grant from Google because it ousted 2 top AI ethics leaders: 'I don't think this is going to blow over'
Business Insider - 2021-03-19
An assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario turned down a $60k Google grant after the company ousted two prominent AI ethicists.

Avoid These Common Misconceptions When Choosing the Right Social Media Channels for Your Brand
Entrepreneur - 2021-03-19
Mistakes in social media strategy will negatively impact results, and knowing what to look for can help improve success.

U.S. administers 118.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines: CDC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-19
The United States has administered 118,313,818 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Friday morning and distributed 154,199,235 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and

It's been a year. Here's what your home office should look like
CNN Philippines - 2021-03-19
(CNN) -- It's been a year since millions of workers set up shop in their homes. While hovering over your laptop on your bed might have worked at first, by now you should have a more permanent ...

Nearly Half of Frontline Healthcare Workers Not Vaccinated: Survey
Medscape - 2021-03-19
Hospital workers are more likely than physician office staff to have gotten shots; vaccine hesitancy remains a big issue, especially among some groups., the survey shows.

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