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Amazon is putting cameras in its delivery vans and some drivers aren't happy
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-26
But Elizabeth's work environment is set to change as Amazon announced this month that it has begun to roll out cameras inside its delivery vehicles that monitor both the road, and its drivers. Road safety experts say Amazon's driver monitoring should bring safety benefits for the company and everyone it shares roads with.

Chinese vaccine makers say two more candidates are effective.
New York Times - 2021-02-26
Two Chinese vaccine makers have said that their Covid-19 vaccines are effective at preventing serious illness, paving the way for their deployment in China and the developing world over the next few months.

Pfizer will test a booster shot and develop an adapted vaccine to address variant concerns.
New York Times - 2021-02-26
Pfizer and BioNTech believe their existing vaccine still offers good protection against circulating variants, and see the plan as a way of learning how to deal with a more threatening mutation.

India tightens regulatory grip on Facebook, WhatsApp with new rules
Reuters - 2021-02-26
India announced new rules on Thursday to regulate content on social media, making Facebook, WhatsApp and others more accountable to legal requests for swift removal of posts and sharing details on the originators of messages.

Google judge tells lawyers to figure out document dispute
Reuters - 2021-02-26
A federal judge hearing a U.S. government antitrust case against Google on Thursday urged the lawyers to work out a complicated dispute on pre-trial document production among themselves.

Coinbase says unmasking Satoshi Nakamoto might harm its business
Mashable - 2021-02-26
Some things are best left a mystery -- at least as far as Coinbase is concerned. The San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange has been preparing to go public since last year, and in a Thursday prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) it listed a number of issues that could harm its business.

BSP rationalizes DOSRI reporting requirements
BusinessWorld - 2021-02-26
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is rationalizing some prudential reporting requirements from its supervised financial institutions, as part of efforts to improve the ease of doing business in the country.

U.S. administers 68.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines: CDC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
The United States has administered 68,274,117 doses of Covid-19 vaccines in the country as of Thursday morning and distributed 91,673,010 doses. The tally of vaccine doses are for both

BRIEF-U.S. CDC Says Delivered 91.7 Mln Doses Of Covid-19 Vaccine As Of Feb. 25
Reuters - 2021-02-26

Wide Glucose Swings Equal Poor COVID-19 Outcomes in Hospitalized Patients With Diabetes
Medscape - 2021-02-26
Glucose levels outside of 70-160 mg/dL and glycemic variability measured with intermittently scanned continuous glucose monitoring were identified as risk factors for worse COVID-19 outcomes.

Tourism firms fret over survival; seek vaccines
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-26
Also, they are anxious about the loss of key employees (49 percent), permanent business closure (47 percent), and "damage to the brand" (37 percent). Of the total respondents, 44 percent were ...

Corruption deepened poverty in pandemic-U.N.
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-26
Addressing taxation gaps in the digital economy may require the government to boost its digital infrastructure expansion nationwide, according... SAVING in dollars will not lead to higher yields ...

Financial execs call for speedy passage of GUIDE
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-26
THE Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (Finex) is calling for the immediate passage of a bill that seeks to strengthen the lending capacity of government financial institutions for distressed enterprises.

Magnitude 4.4 quake rattles Sarangani
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck Sarangani early Friday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. Phivolcs

RIP Twitter? Aiming to grow revenue, Twitter unveils controversial new feature
ZDNet - 2021-02-26
Twitter plans to let users charge followers, but the "Super Follower" feature saw immediate blowback from users

Policy tightrope
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-26
There have been concerns that rising inflation and the country remaining in recession will be leading to what is known as stagflation. Coined in the 70s during the oil shocks, stagflation is a ...

Ireland sees strong early evidence that vaccines are working
Reuters - 2021-02-26
Ireland is beginning to see strong early evidence that its COVID-19 vaccine rollout is protecting healthcare workers and care home residents from catching the disease, health officials said on Thursday.

Philippines facing oversupply in IT graduates, STEM shortage
BusinessWorld - 2021-02-26
THE PHILIPPINES is facing an oversupply in information technology (IT) graduates in 2025, but needs more students to go into the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, a government think tank said. Jose Ramon G. Albert, a senior ...

Pagasa sees fair Friday weather
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-26
In its weather bulletin posted early Friday morning, Pagasa said clear skies are expected in Luzon landmass on Friday morning to noon, with possible thunderstorms and scattered ra

FDA OKs First 'Targeted Treatment' for Rare
Medscape - 2021-02-25
The FDA has approved casimersen (Amondys 45) injection for treating patients with both Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and a rare mutation of the DMD gene.

Facebook restores news for Australian users after media bargaining deal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
SYDNEY, Australia  - Facebook on Friday restored access to news for its Australian users after reaching agreement with the government on a landmark law requiring it and other tech firms to pay

Gorilla loses appetite, lions develop cough after catching COVID-19 at Prague Zoo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
PRAGUE - A gorilla and two lions have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Prague Zoo, which is closed amid lockdown restrictions in the country. "Lions Jamvan and Suchi and male gorilla ...

FDA allows storage, transport of Pfizer vaccine at higher temperatures
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved storage and transportation of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE at standard freezer

Groups take turns marking Edsa revolt
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
In just 20 minutes, the official program celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution--the bloodless upheaval that ended the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos 35 years

Vehicle inspections optional, DOTr reiterates
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday affirmed that the testing of vehicles by private motor vehicle inspection centers are no longer mandatory and fees for optional inspections have

Lawmaker decries risks of resuming in-person classes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
Resuming in-person classes in Metro Manila and other urban areas is "too risky" without an assured supply of COVID-19 vaccines, the House committee on education chair, Rep. Roman Romulo,

Face shields not required during Palawan plebiscite
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
Wearing face shields will not be required during the March 13 Palawan plebiscite, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said. Juan Gonzales, election officer of Kalayaan town, said the Comelec

Denormalize corruption, young mayor urges
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
While Pasig City Mayor Victor Sotto was grateful to the US government for recognizing him as an "anticorruption champion," he said he expected the award to also help raise awareness on corruption.

Rescued sheep shorn of 35kg fleece
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
A wild and ailing sheep found in a forest in Australia, named Baarack by rescuers, has yielded a fleece weighing more than 35 kilograms--nearly half the weight of an adult kangaroo--after

The Cambrian AI Landscape: GROQ
Forbes - 2021-02-25
Groq is now sampling to select customers and claims to have built the most efficient DNN processor in the industry. However, we need more transparency to substantiate this claim, in my opinion. Groq was founded in 2017 by the engineering leadership team that created the Google TPU,

Amazon said it skipped a Congressional hearing about the SolarWinds hack because the e-commerce giant doesn't use the company's software
Business Insider - 2021-02-25
Amazon said it declined to attend a SolarWinds hearing because it was "not compromised in any way," prompting concern from lawmakers.

Twitter's 'Super Follow' will finally let you charge for your precious tweets
Mashable - 2021-02-25
During a Thursday investor call, Twitter announced a plan to let users charge followers for access to "exclusive content." Dubbed "super follow," the service will bring an element of Patreon-like monetary support to a social-media ecosystem that up until now has largely been fueled by the social capital of likes and retweets.

Employee coaching firm BetterUp valuation hits $1.73 billion in latest fund raise
Reuters - 2021-02-25
Employee coaching service provider BetterUp said on Thursday it raised $125 million, taking its valuation to $1.73 billion.

As ETH Bitcoin continues to rise in value, Telos launches bridge to Ethereum allowing assets to move across blockchains.
ZDNet - 2021-02-25
The Telos bridge to Ethereum will give investors and developers an improved gateway into the Telos ecosystem. By Eileen Brown for Social Business | February 25, 2021 -- 19:07 GMT (11:07 PST) | Topic: Blockchain There are many versions of blockchain platforms, hits 200 million users, says will continue to invest
Reuters - 2021-02-25, which helps small businesses build and operate websites, said on Thursday it had reached 200 million users globally after adding by more than 31 million users in 2020.

Fixing the semiconductor shortage that's hit everything from cars to the PlayStation 5 is far more complicated than an executive order
Business Insider - 2021-02-25
The executive order will likely have little short-term effect: The solution is mostly to just wait it out.

Solon to DFA: Tell US authorities to act on hate crimes vs Asians
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) should ask authorities in the United States to take measures on hate crimes against Asians in America, a lawmaker said Thursday.

Lanao del Sur governor reaffirms support for Bangsamoro extension
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Bombit Alonto Adiong Jr. on Thursday reaffirmed his support towards the extension of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA). Governor

PHL BOP posts $752-million deficit in January
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-25
In a reflection of how free speech is exercised in a pandemic, social-distancing signs are seen alongside Philippine flags placed by members of the Tindig Pilipinas coalition to mark the 35th ...

I dream of travel
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-25
FILIPINOS are sticking closer to home, when traveling, out of convenience and cost considerations. Undersecretary Benito C. Bengzon Jr., spokesman... WITH the promise of Covid-19 vaccines, how ...

Another overseas Filipino sick with COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
Another Filipino overseas has been infected with SARS Cov2, the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases among Filipinos abroad to at least 14,800, the

Marriott Business Council PHL stays firm in giving back to communities despite pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-25
Goeran Soelter, General Manager of Clark Marriott along with Bruce Winton, Multi-Property Vice President - Philippines and President of Marriott Worldwide Business Council - Philippines hands ...

PNP, PDEA clam up on details of gunfight between their forces during buy-bust mission
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
The Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have clammed up on details of the gunfight between their operatives that left four dead and

Malaysian wins challenge against Islamic law banning gay sex
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
A Malaysian man Thursday won the country's first legal challenge against Islamic laws banning gay sex, a victory hailed as "monumental progress" in combating

New normal marketing solutions from Digitalinnov
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-25
Embracing the reality that a business should quickly adapt to the changes that had come with the lockdowns and layoffs, it has kept its good streak as it continuously exemplifies the essence of ...

Kenya bars runners from Kilimanjaro Marathon over COVID-19 fears
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
NAIROBI -- Kenya announced Wednesday that its athletes were banned from competing in Tanzania's top marathon race this Saturday over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Athletics Kenya

GameStop shares surge more than 100%
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-25
GameStop shares climbed rapidly and were halted twice for volatility ahead of the closing bell Wednesday. The gaming retailer's stock was priced at $91.71 at market close, up nearly 104% from the previous day.

Pagasa: Fair Thursday weather, isolated rain showers possible
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will fair weather with isolated rain showers due to the easterlies and localized thunderstorms on Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

Bello denies nurses-for-vaccine offer to UK, Germany
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-25
Labor Secretary Silvestro Bello III on Thursday denied reports that Filipino nurses and overseas Filipino workers were being swapped for Covid-19 vaccines from

Australian parliament passes news media bargaining code
Business Insider - 2021-02-25
The Australian parliament on Thursday passed a news media and digital platforms mandatory bargaining code that will make it compulsory for Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook Inc to pay media companies for content.

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