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Covid-19 Live News: The U.S. Has Its Own New Worrisome Variants
New York Times - 2021-02-14
A new study identifies seven variants with the same concerning mutation. Lebanon, enmeshed in overlapping crises, begins its vaccination program.

Cloud computing 'sticker shock' is on the rise, and containing it may be a new career path
ZDNet - 2021-02-14
With concern about cloud spending on the rise, more professionals begin to devote part of their jobs to containing it. 'The dirty little secret of cloud spend is that the bill never really goes down.'

Marvel at UAE Hope orbiter's first image of Mars
Mashable - 2021-02-14
Hope orbiter snapped its first image of Mars on Sunday, as part of the first interplanetary mission from an Arab country. Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE's leader, announced this triumphant news on Twitter,

OzTech: AustCyber becomes part of Stone & Chalk; Woolworths trains staff in digital skills; small enterprises gain in procurement targets; NSW tech startups get funds
Computerworld - 2021-02-14
Stone & Chalk said that, as a subsidiary, AustCyber will remain as a standalone entity and keep its name. Woolworths has announced a $50 million fund to upskill and reskill staff members in digital, data analytics,

Clubhouse says it will improve security after researchers raise China spying concerns
The Verge - 2021-02-14
The developers of audio chat room app Clubhouse plan to add additional encryption to prevent it from transmitting pings to servers in China, after Stanford researchers said they found vulnerabilities in its infrastructure.

3-hour fire hits commercial building in Lanao del Norte town
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
A three-hour fire that started dawn on Sunday, Feb. 14, razed a commercial building on the national highway in Barangay Maranding in Lala town, Lanao

Zillow's CEO is warning that the future of work could create a 'two-class system' where those who come into the office are viewed as better employees
Business Insider - 2021-02-14
Many Silicon Valley companies are planning on a hybrid model of work. But some CEOs are arguing that it could have hidden downsides.

Drones Seen Capturing 30% of Express Delivery Market by 2040
Bloomberg - 2021-02-14
Drones could account for 30% of same-day package deliveries by 2040 as unmanned technology and network scale dramatically bring down costs, according to L.E.K. Consulting. The exact market share will depend on how transport operators configure their networks and the comparable cost of transporting goods through road-based methods,

Hundreds of thousands protest in Myanmar as army faces crippling mass strike
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Myanmar for a ninth day of anti-coup demonstrations on Sunday, as the new army rulers grappled to contain a strike by

Himalayan rescuers recover more bodies as flash flood death toll rises to 50
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
Rescuers pulled out nine more bodies from the site of a flash flood in a Himalayan region of northern India on Sunday, a week after the disaster struck, bringing the

Myanmar junta warns public not to hide fugitive protesters
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
Myanmar's new military regime warned the public not to harbor fugitive political activists on Sunday after issuing arrest warrants for veteran democracy campaigners supporting

Thousands march in Tokyo to protest Myanmar coup, biggest Japan demonstration so far
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
Thousands of mostly silent demonstrators paraded through central Tokyo on Sunday in protest against the coup in Myanmar, many carrying photos of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi in

Facebook has launched a new crackdown on vaccine misinformation. Experts say it doesn't go far enough.
Business Insider - 2021-02-14
Facebook update its vaccine misinformation policies, but the Center for Countering Digital Hate said its response is still inadequate.

Worried Filipinos open up after viral tweet on health emergencies
Rappler - 2021-02-14
As Filipinos were left to fend for themselves, some netizens said they got health insurance for when a medical emergency arises. But what happens to poor Filipinos who cannot afford to pay for a safety net once they get sick?

3.7-magnitude quake hits Antique town
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
A magnitude 3.7 earthquake struck Patnongon, Antique on Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. In its initial

Japan health ministry approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine
Rappler - 2021-02-14
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said vaccinations will begin from the middle of next week, starting with some 10,000 health workers

Phivolcs: Kanlaon Volcano remains 'abnormal', 7 quakes recorded in 24 hours
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-14
The agency reminded people residing close to the area, which includes parts of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, to be vigilant since the volcano

New York police flood subway after spate of stabbings leaves two dead
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
New York City police deployed hundreds more officers to the subway system on Saturday after a string of stabbing attacks apparently targeting the homeless left two people dead. New

Amazon wages legal battle with New York attorney general over pandemic safety response
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-14
Amazon is waging a legal battle with New York's attorney general over the company's Covid-19 protections for workers, filing a federal lawsuit to preempt the state's demands for more safety measures.

Chipmakers urge Biden administration to invest in US manufacturing
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-14
The effort could help resolve the critical microchip shortage currently hobbling industries from automobiles to video games.

Pagasa: LPA off Mindanao may enter PAR in 24 to 48 hours
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
The low-pressure area (LPA) off Mindanao may enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) within the next 24 to 48 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Sunday.

Metro Manila mayors still wary of reopening cinemas, arcades
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
The mayors in the National Capital Region (NCR) are opposing the decision of the COVID-19 response task force to allow the reopening of some indoor leisure establishments,

Sanofi's mRNA COVID-19 vaccine candidate not ready this year - CEO
Reuters - 2021-02-13
A COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by Sanofi and U.S. group Translate Bio "will not be ready this year," the French drugmaker's chief executive told Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

U.S. Senate acquits Trump as Republicans save him in impeachment again
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-13
WASHINGTON  - The U.S. Senate acquitted Donald Trump on Saturday in his second impeachment trial in a year, with fellow Republicans blocking conviction over the former president's

China refused to provide WHO team with raw data on early COVID cases, team member says
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-13
SHANGHAI  - China refused to give raw data on early COVID-19 cases to a World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of the pandemic, one of the team's investigators said,

Over 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered: U.S. CDC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-13
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had administered over 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Saturday morning and delivered about

QC to file charges against recruitment agency for health protocol breach
Gov - 2021-02-13
The Quezon City Government will be filing charges against a manning agency liable for not following health protocols.The recruitment agency, according to Mayor Joy Belmonte, allegedly brought a COVID-19 patient to Quezon City,

COVID-19 UK variant infects 19 more in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-13
The Department of Health (DOH) said it had recorded 19 new infections of the B.1.1.7 variant of the coronavirus first detected in the United Kingdom, which brought the total

Clubhouse says reviewing data protection practices after report points to flaws
Reuters - 2021-02-13
U.S. audio app Clubhouse said it is reviewing its data protection practices, after a report by the Stanford Internet Observatory said it contained security flaws that left users' data vulnerable to access by the Chinese government.

Brazil Tech Round-Up: Government Responds To Massive Data Leak, Totvs Results, Healthtech Growth
Forbes - 2021-02-13
The government reacts as a major new leak emerges exposing millions of consumers, the latest results of local software giant Totvs and new data on the burgeoning healthtech sector in Brazil.

Clubhouse will issue security update over Chinese data-sharing concerns
Mashable - 2021-02-13
The Clubhouse dev also pledged to have "an external data security and validate these changes." The move follows a detailed report from the Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) revealing the audio chat app's previously unreported links to a tech interest in China.

UPDATE 1-Clubhouse says reviewing data protection practices after report points to flaws
Reuters - 2021-02-13
U.S. audio app Clubhouse said it is reviewing its data protection practices, after a report by the Stanford Internet Observatory said it contained security flaws that left users' data vulnerable to access by the Chinese government.

More Koronadal City detainees test positive for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-13
An additional 33 detainees in a  police detention facility here tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Saturday, Feb. 13. Dr.

Juggling in Boracay
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-13
If the employer determines valid reasons for the staff to leave the island, or if on official business, "they shall return to the island within 12 hours, otherwise they have to be quarantined ...

In switch, South Africa to give health workers J&J vaccine
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-13
JOHANNESBURG--South Africa will start vaccinating frontline health workers next week with a shot that is still in testing--an unorthodox strategy announced on Wednesday after officials abandoned plans to use another vaccine that a small study suggests is only minimally effective against the variant dominant in the country.

Police seize ?50-M endangered giant clam shells in Negros Oriental
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-13
An estimated ?50-million worth of endangered giant clam shells up for "unlawful selling" were confiscated in an entrapment operation in Negros Oriental, the Philippine National Police said in a report on Saturday.

Ground cracks open in Zamboanga City village
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-13
Councilor Mike Alavar of this city would want the declaration of an area in Barangay Sangali as a danger zone after the ground moved last

7.1-magnitude quake off east Japan, no tsunami alert
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-13
A strong 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck late Saturday off the eastern coast of Japan but no tsunami warning was issued, Japanese authorities said. The quake produced powerful shaking along

Satoshi & Company: The 10 Most Important Scientific White Papers In Development Of Cryptocurrencies
Forbes - 2021-02-13
Bitcoin, smart contracts, and decentralized applications are transforming global finance and making businesses more efficient. Here are 10 seminal papers that contributed to the rise of bitcoin and blockchain.

CEOs of 3 top battery startups reveal how they'll attack a booming market dominated by LG Chem and Panasonic
Business Insider - 2021-02-13
The leaders of three up-and-coming startups in the EV battery space to find out what is positioning them to compete with battery space incumbents.

PhilHealth to cover treatment costs for adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-13
This is in light of the requirement from suppliers for the national government to set up a compensation fund for COVID-19 vaccine recipients who may suffer serious side effects to avoid liability since their products are still under development.

P50-M endangered giant clam shells seized in Negros; owner at-large-PNP
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-13
Police confiscated P50 million worth of "taklobo" or endangered giant clam shells in Negros Oriental but the alleged owner of the clams is still at large, Philippine

Goldman Sachs is creating an auto-tech joint venture amid a SPAC boom for EV and lidar companies: Report
Business Insider - 2021-02-13
EV, self-driving, and ride-hailing companies have provided a number of dealmaking and underwriting opportunities for Wall Street in recent years.

White House suspends deputy press secretary for one week for threatening reporter over story about him
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-13
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that one of her deputies, TJ Ducklo, had been suspended for one week without pay after a Vanity Fair story revealed Ducklo had threatened a reporter who was working on a story about his romantic relationship with another reporter.

Insufficient evidence of UK variant community transmission, DOH says
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-13
There is insufficient proof to declare a community transmission of the fast-spreading coronavirus variant, even after recording 19 more cases of it, a Department of Health official said Saturday.

QC to resume ban on plastic bags, single-use plastics beginning March 1
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-13
Starting March 1, plastic bags and single-use plastics will once again be banned in Quezon City, its local government announced Saturday. In a statement, the local

Facebook building smartwatch with health features: The Information
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-13
Facebook Inc is building a smartwatch that will let users send messages and also offer health and fitness features, The Information reported on Friday, citing people with direct knowledge of

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