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Copado used this pitch deck to raise a $96 million round as the startup grows beyond helping customers move to Salesforce
Business Insider - 2021-02-19
Copado raised $96 million in funding from investors like Insight Partners and Salesforce Ventures, even as its business expands beyond Salesforce.

EXCLUSIVE: Read the email Google's new AI exec sent to employees following the latest leadership shakeup
Business Insider - 2021-02-19
In an email sent to staff Thursday, Marian Croak said Google's AI reorganization will give it an "overarching focus" on its work in responsible AI.

Australian news app beats Facebook in App Store
Mashable - 2021-02-19
Take that Facebook . A homegrown app from Australia Broadcasting Company (ABC) topped iOS download charts in Australia, outpacing That's important for one big reason: Facebook just banned news from appearing on Australian newsfeeds in response to a law that would require the social giant to pay for news.

Duque: Metro Manila shift to MGCQ still a go amid COVID-19 mutations, case spike in Visayas
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-19
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III believes Metro Manila will not be affected by the two COVID-19 mutations recently detected in Central Visayas.

Roque: Face-to-face classes, once approved, may only be conducted for few hours
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-19
Should President Rodrigo Duterte approve the trials of face-to-face classes, they may only be conducted for a few hours, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Friday.

The Medical City and Robinsons Hotels & Resorts take health care and hospitality to a whole new level
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-19
Robinsons Hotels and Resorts (RHR) has partnered with The Medical City to provide a seamless and convenient health-care experience for every Filipino with its Hotel and Travel Care Packages. The Hotel Care Package 1 is recommended to those who plan to have their ECLIA Serological (antibody) test from The

Mayor Vico: Cinemas will stay closed in Pasig
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-19
Movie theaters in Pasig City will remain closed regardless if Metro Manila stays under general community quarantine or relaxes its restrictions, Mayor Vico Sotto said.

IATF allows entry of more foreigners to PH, except tourists
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-19
The Inter-Agency Task Force has permitted more foreign nationals with valid visas to enter the country, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque announced Friday.

Auring now a severe tropical storm; Signal No. 1 up in 4 Mindanao areas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-19
Auring" has intensified into a severe tropical storm as it moves slowly over the eastern part of Mindanao, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Friday.

BGHMC readies database of its health workers for COVID-19 vaccination
Gov - 2021-02-19
The Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) is preparing the database of its personnel for the national Coronavirus disease(COVID-19) vaccination and deployment program.On Thursday(Feb. 18),

P1.6-B expanded link between Subic freeport, SCTEx opens
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-19
The P1.6-billion expanded road link between Subic Bay Freeport and 94-kilometer Subic-Clark-Tarlac-Expressway (SCTEx) has been completed after nearly two years and

Auring weakens into tropical storm, but may re-intensify before landfall
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-19
Tropical Storm Auring slightly weakened but state meteorologists said that it can re-intensify into a severe tropical storm as it stays over

It is official: US back in the Paris climate club
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-19
The United States officially rejoined the Paris climate agreement on Friday, reinvigorating the global fight against climate change as the Biden administration plans drastic

Hong Kong is not politicizing any vaccine, says health chief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-19
Hong Kong's Health Secretary said Friday that the government had not politicized any coronavirus vaccine, as she sought to reassure residents worried about China's Sinovac,

La Trinidad dads bat for mental health breaks for students
Gov - 2021-02-19
Local officials here see the need for students mental health breaks during this COVID-19 pandemic following reported suicide cases in the municipality The Sangguniang Bayan presided by Vice Mayor Roderick Awingan passed a resolution requesting

Some senators back shift to MGCQ for Metro Manila, other areas under GCQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-19
At least two senators on Friday expressed support for a shift to a less stringent modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) for Metro Manila and other areas currently

Victory Liner Caloocan maintenance shop re-certified for iso 9001:2015
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-19
MANILA, Philippines - The Caloocan maintenance shop of heritage transportation company Victory Liner Inc., (VLI) has once again been recertified for ISO 9001:2015, making them one of the only bus

LIST: Flight cancellations on Friday, Feb. 19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-19
Some flights scheduled for Friday, February 19, have been cancelled due to bad weather. The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the following flights

Commit to vaccination date, Hontiveros tells NTF
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-19
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday said the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) should commit to a vaccination timeline first before making public statements signaling

Auring to intensify into a tropical storm on Friday
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-19
State weather bureau PAGASA says Tropical Depression Auring may intensify into a tropical storm and make landfall in Caraga region on Sunday morning, and pass Visayas and Southern Luzon after.

Pork Shock Sets Inflation Test for Philippine Debt: SEAsia Rates
Bloomberg - 2021-02-19
Philippine bonds are coming under threat as surging pork prices drive inflation to the highest level in two years, but support from the central bank should help limit further losses.

Two 2020 TOYM awardees vow to contribute more in PH development
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-19
World Bank Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist Lesley Cordero and Army Capt. Ron Villarosa Jr. are motivated to contribute more to the country's development after they were chosen as two of the 2020 Ten Outstanding Young Men awardees.

UPDATE 1-GameStop frenzy sparks fresh investment in stock-trading apps
Reuters - 2021-02-19
The recent trading frenzy centered on GameStop Corp and other "meme" stocks is sparking a wave of investor interest in start-ups aiming to mimic the success of Robinhood Markets Inc, whose no-fee brokerage app has helped drive a trading boom.

Duterte growing impatient over delayed delivery of Covid vaccine -- Palace
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-19
President Rodrigo Duterte himself is already growing impatient over the delay in arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, Malacañang said Friday. "Si Presidente,

UPDATE 1-Undeterred by Facebook news blackout, Australia commits to content law
Reuters - 2021-02-19
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison vowed on Friday to press ahead with laws to force Facebook Inc to pay news outlets for content, saying he had received support from world leaders after the social media giant blacked out all media.

IATF OKs proposed nationwide MGCQ by March, Duterte to decide next week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-19
The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has agreed to place the whole country under the less restrictive modified general community

NASA rover streaks toward a landing on Mars
Business Insider - 2021-02-19
A NASA rover streaked toward a landing on Mars on Thursday in the riskiest step yet in an epic quest to bring back rocks that could answer whether life ever existed on the red planet.

In shock move, Facebook blocks news access in Australia
Business Insider - 2021-02-19
In a shocking act of retaliation Thursday, Facebook blocked Australians from sharing news, a milestone in the increasingly frantic jockeying between governments, media and powerful tech companies that one Australian minister called "an assault on a sovereign nation" and abuse of power.

Google TV users gain access to more shows with the addition of Apple TV+
ZDNet - 2021-02-19
The streaming service will initially be available on the new Chromecast with Google TV device, and Sony and TCL Google TVs.

U.S. and Novavax Will Aid Global Vaccination Campaign
New York Times - 2021-02-19
The Biden administration plans to make good on a promise to donate $4 billion, while the pharmaceutical company Novavax pledged to donate 1.1 billion doses of its vaccine.

Limited impact seen in fresh monetary moves
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-19
Construction work is seen full blast at the Metro Rail Transit 7 (MRT 7) project along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Thursday (February 18). The P63-billion MRT 7 is now 58.95 percent ...

AstraZeneca vaccine 'highly effective', German regulator says
Reuters - 2021-02-19
Germany's vaccine regulator said on Thursday AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine is "highly effective" and reactions to it are short-lived, issuing a message of reassurance after some essential workers refused the shot.

Real growth in technology is not from people but machines, says Applied Materials CEO
ZDNet - 2021-02-19
Today's data growth, consuming ever more chips, is not the product of humans poking at smartphones but rather the rise of non-human systems of sensors and big data.

Lost opportunities and the youth
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-19
The future is digital. When the Covid-19 pandemic required strict quarantine guidelines, it was no surprise that business, financial,... Our experience in the past year demonstrated how shortages ...

DTI to Indian firms: Explore opportunities in PHL infrastructure
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-19
"India was encouraged to consider the opportunities in Philippine infrastructure and construction given the complementaries in the sector," Lopez explained at the Business Conference on India ...

Ayala represents PHL in Vatican-backed group
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-19
Ayala Corp. Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala has joined the Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican--a global nonprofit coalition of business and public sector leaders.

BRIEF-Pfizer And BioNTech Commence Clinical Trial To Evaluate Covid-19 Vaccine In Pregnant Women
Reuters - 2021-02-19

4 areas in Mindanao under Signal No.1 as TS Auring looms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-19
Four areas have been placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 as Tropical Storm Auring threatens the Mindanao region, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Friday morning.

Digital transformation in PHL after a year of COVID-19
BusinessWorld - 2021-02-19
Last year there was a lot of talk about the need for Philippine companies to adapt to the new normal by pursuing digital transformation strategies and pivot their business models. Organizations implemented work-from-home,

QC woman nabbed for fake news
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-18
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) arrested earlier this month a woman who allegedly posted on her Facebook account false information that the city government was distributing P3,000 to its

Tech CEOs to testify before Congress. Yes, again.
Mashable - 2021-02-18
Tech CEOs are appearing (remotely) before congress again, and the question is still whether the event will be more spectacle or substance. The House Energy & Commerce Committee announced Thursday that it is hauling in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg,

The Philippines Has Vaccinated Zero Health-Care Workers So Far
NPR - 2021-02-18
And that's creating anxiety and stress -- and may be contributing to a shortage of health workers. Why is the country having problems getting vaccines?

DepEd chief: Summer break must balance academic ease, impact of long period without classes
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
When it comes to discussions on how long students' summer vacation should be, Education Secretary Leonor Briones says calls for academic ease and the impact of a prolonged absence of classes must be balanced.

What A 30,000-Person Survey Reveals About Day-To-Day Life In The Pandemic
NPR - 2021-02-18
The responses reveal the impact on living standards in nine low- and middle-income countries -- and may help governments find a way to help citizens most in need.

Hill Report: who wants to talk to Reddit?
The Verge - 2021-02-18
Weeks after Reddit community r/WallStreetBets shitposted GameStop stock up to more than $400 a share, the House Financial Services Committee pulled all of the major players in for questioning on Thursday.

Philippines set to take rare, top spot for IPOs in Southeast Asia
Nasdaq - 2021-02-18
A clutch of Philippine firms, including newly launched real estate investment trusts (REITs), could make the country Southeast Asia's biggest IPO market this year, driven by attractive valuations and a recovering economy.

New Data Boost Calls for Single COVID-19 Vaccine Dose
Medscape - 2021-02-18
New calculations that put single-dose efficacy of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine over 90% fortify support for temporarily giving one mRNA shot instead of two. Not all experts are convinced.

Bill prohibits LGUs from buying vaccines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-18
Lawmakers at the House of Representatives have removed from the bill of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco the power to allow local government units (LGUs) to directly procure COVID-19 vaccines from

Pfizer, Sinovac deliveries to PH face more delays
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-18
The delivery of Pfizer and Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines to the country, scheduled for this month, is facing more delays. Even if the Philippines has submitted the indemnification agreement

Gordon slams unfair motorbike dealers in inquiry into killings
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-18
Irregularities in the sale of motorcycles in the country are contributing to the rising number of murders committed by killers on motorbikes and these are being tolerated by transportation

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