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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

DepEd renews call for school opening
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-18
Despite the lack of classrooms, sanitary facilities and health service in public schools, the Department of Education (DepEd) again made a pitch to resume in-person classes in the country on

UK opens? vaccine clinic for delivery of shots
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-18
The British Embassy in Manila has launched a vaccine clinic to help in the safe delivery of the COVID vaccine in the Philippines. The UK-Philippines Vaccine Clinic, in partnership with the

NASA confirms Perseverance rover has landed on Mars
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-18
NASA said Thursday that the Perseverance rover has touched down on the surface of Mars after successfully overcoming a risky landing phase known as the "seven minutes of

2 El Nido tourists nabbed for tampered entry in virus test
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-18
Two tourists were arrested in the resort town of El Nido in Palawan province this week for tampering with their COVID-19 test documents, police said on Thursday. Police Maj.

FDA warns vs. fake COVID-19 saliva tests
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned against the use of fake saliva test kits being sold in the market.

EU says copyright laws make situation different from Australia
Reuters - 2021-02-18
European Union countries are not facing the same situation as Australia, where Facebook blocked all media content from its platform, because of new copyright rules that protect publishers in Europe, the bloc's executive said on Thursday.

Watch researchers find unexpected life under Antarctic ice
Mashable - 2021-02-18
Researchers unexpectedly discovered life after drilling through over half a mile of ice in coastal Antarctica.

Facebook shares dip as Wall Street ponders Australia news fallout
Reuters - 2021-02-18
Facebook Inc shares slipped around 1% on Thursday as Wall Street assessed the wider ramifications of its move to block all news content in Australia.

WHO official says PH should keep strict quarantine rules
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
Amid the push of economic managers to ease quarantine rules even in the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, the WHO'S Representative to the Philippines, Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe, expressed belief it is not yet the right time for the entire country to shift to the most relaxed form of community quarantine.

PBOAP appeals to full re-opening of provincial bus operations
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-18
THE Provincial Buses Association of the Philippines (PBOAP) is now requesting the transport authorities to finally allow them to operate to further spark economic activities as well as narrow down ...

WHO waits on Covid vaccine makers to uphold pledges
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-18
The World Health Organization on Thursday urged Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers to make good on their commitments as the planet's poorest countries await their first

How Taiwanese VC Matt Cheng became the investor that Silicon Valley firms watch and follow, hitting mega returns for his fund in under 7 years
Business Insider - 2021-02-18
Taiwanese former pro tennis player Matt Cheng has become a VC that other Silicon Valley investors watch and follow.

House removes proposal for LGUs to directly buy COVID-19 vaccines
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
The House of Representatives has removed the proposal to allow local government units to directly purchase COVID-19 vaccines from manufacturers.

Signal No. 1 up in some Davao Region towns as Auring intensifies, stays longer above seas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-18
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals have been raised over several towns in Davao Region as Tropical Storm Auring intensifies again, new updates from the Philippine Atmospheric,

PWDs tell BSP: Banks should accept PWD IDs in opening accounts
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
A group of persons with disability urged the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to let banks recognize the validity of PWD identification cards in opening bank accounts.

Philippine leader urges Congress to pass bill to expedite vaccine rollout
Reuters - 2021-02-18
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to quickly approve a bill granting indemnity to COVID-19 vaccine makers from legal claims stemming from their emergency use, in a bid to fast-track a lagging immunisation programme.

Philippine leader urges Congress to pass bill to expedite vaccine rollout
Reuters - 2021-02-18
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to quickly approve a bill granting indemnity to COVID-19 vaccine makers from legal claims stemming from their emergency use, in a bid to fast-track a lagging immunisation programme.

Getting ready to loosen up
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-18
This proposal makes a lot of sense considering that the country is limited in bringing back business and consumer confidence as result of the restrictions. As data of cross country performance in ...

AirAsia: Tweaks in health protocols to spur tourism
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-18
AirAsia said it is optimistic that domestic tourism will start to pick up in the coming months with more and more local government units (LGU) accepting antigen and the saliva Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test,

AstraZeneca vaccine faces resistance in Europe after health workers suffer side effects
Rappler - 2021-02-18
Currently, the reactions reported are as we would expect based on the evidence gathered from our clinical trial program,' says a spokesman for AstraZeneca

Metro Manila mayors alarmed at proposal to let five-year-olds go out - Zamora
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
It took some time before Metro Manila mayors agreed to let people aged 15 to 17 to be out on the streets, and they are alarmed at a proposal to even let children as young as five years old to leave home.

Auring still over sea; likely to turn into severe tropical storm before landfall
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-18
Tropical Storm Auring is still hovering on waters off Mindanao island as of Thursday afternoon, but state meteorologists warned this lingering means it could intensify into

SMC links fresh produce from Luzon farms to Quezon City marketplace
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
San Miguel Corporation's Better World Diliman is bridging food sources to new markets in Metro Manila, boosting farmer incomes and improving access to supply.

Various issues delay delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to PH
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
Authorities say Pfizer has yet to settle its indemnification agreement with the country, while there are manufacturing complications in the deal with AstraZeneca. Sinovac, meanwhile, cannot ship vaccines to the Philippines sans emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.

Maxine Waters is planning to call multiple hearings on the GameStop frenzy
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
US Congresswoman Maxine Waters plans to thoroughly investigate the GameStop trading frenzy by holding multiple hearings on the matter.

Duterte allows advance vaccine payments beyond 15%
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 18) -- The national government can now make bigger advance payments for COVID-19 vaccines. President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday signed a memorandum order ...

Entire health workforce of Ilocos Norte hospital registers for COVID-19 vaccination
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-18
One hundred percent of the health workers of the biggest public hospital in Ilocos Norte would want to be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), hospital

Research foundation calls shift to MGCQ 'a short-sighted, desperate move'
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
Placing the whole country under the most relaxed quarantine classification is a "short-sighted and desperate move" amid continuous spread of the coronavirus, socioeconomic research group IBON Foundation says.

Facebook blocks users in Australia from finding or sharing news
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
People in Australia can no longer find news on Facebook. Facebook said Wednesday that people and publishers in Australia cannot share and view news from local and international outlets. The announcement is a response to proposed legislation in Australia that would force tech platforms to pay news publishers for content.

Temasek backs Canadian clean energy provider in $40m round
NIKKEI - 2021-02-18
Eavor Technologies Inc., a Canadian geothermal technology company, has raised $40 million in a funding round backed by Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings and existing investor Vickers Venture Partners.

Ford is investing $1 billion in Germany as it goes electric in Europe
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
Ford is spending $1 billion to modernize a plant in Germany as part of a plan to sell only electric passenger cars in Europe by 2030.

Sorry, America: China is now Europe's biggest trading partner for goods
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-18
Europe is now trading more goods with China than the United States, a sign of how the pandemic is transforming the global economy.

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