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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 firm...review 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

Clubhouse says it will review its policies after Stanford warned that data may be accessible to China's government
Business Insider - 2021-02-13
As Chinese-language users flocked to the Clubhouse audio chat app, Stanford researchers warned that information may be shared with China's government.

Trump impeachment trial nears end with verdict expected
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-13
WASHINGTON - The US Senate was expected to deliver a verdict in Donald Trump's impeachment trial this weekend after his lawyers argued Friday that the former president bears no

Bumble CEO in billionaire list as stock continues to soar
Reuters - 2021-02-13
Bumble Inc Chief Executive Officer Whitney Wolfe Herd's stake in the women-centric dating app operator was worth nearly $2 billion, as shares rallied for a second straight day after a blockbuster debut on Thursday.

COVID SCIENCE-Vaccinated COVID-19 patients appear less contagious; arthritis drug in spotlight
Reuters - 2021-02-13
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Lesson Of A Ripoff Roku Remote App: Beware App Store Ratings
Forbes - 2021-02-13
A remote-control app's demand for $4.99 a week should be grist for an endless series of one-star reviews. Instead, a third-party Roku remote app that iOS app developer Kosta Eleftheriou found has racked up an average of 4.

No end to pandemic without equal vaccine access, experts warn
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-13
PARIS France  - Developing new Covid-19 vaccines will fail to end the pandemic unless all countries receive doses in a fast and fair manner, disease experts warned Saturday. As several nations

Wall Street's SPAC craze scales new heights with record filings
Reuters - 2021-02-13
Richard Branson and Barry Sternlicht were among more than two dozen investor groups that filed with U.S. regulators on Friday to raise new blank-check acquisition companies, setting a new record.

69 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines delivered, 48.4 mln administered: U.S. CDC
Reuters - 2021-02-13
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had administered 48,410,558 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Friday morning and delivered 69,014,725 doses.

Exclusive: Google's $76 million deal with French publishers leaves many outlets infuriated
Business Insider - 2021-02-12
Alphabet Inc's Google has agreed to pay $76 million over three years to a group of French news publishers to end a more than year-long copyright spat, documents seen by Reuters show, a deal one news publishers' lobby deemed unfair.

On W.H.O. Trip, China Refused to Hand Over Important Data
New York Times - 2021-02-12
The information could be key to determining how and when the outbreak started, and to learning how to prevent future pandemics.

Journo, unionist still detained after case dismissal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-12
The lawyers for detained journalist Lady Ann Salem have asked a Mandaluyong City court to order her immediate release from detention following the dismissal last week of the criminal case filed

Lawmakers worried: Still no vaccine supply agreements
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-12
Senators were distressed that no supply contract for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines has been signed so far due to snail-paced government negotiations with drug manufacturers, while Congress leaders

Low pressure area nears Mindanao, Visayas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-12
The state weather service is monitoring on Friday a low pressure area (LPA) that is forecast to move toward Mindanao and the Visayas next week. As of 3 p.m., the LPA was outside the Philippine area

Filipino recovers from UK variant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-12
The recent swab test of the 35-year-old patient, who was infected with the UK variant of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), came out negative, the Quezon City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit

Free parking, coding exemption sought for seniors
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-12
A Quezon City lawmaker wants to give additional benefits and privileges to the Filipino elderly as "simple economic benefits" in recognition of their contribution to nation-building. Quezon

Eastmincom chief is next Army chief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-12
Maj. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr., the military commander of Davao City-based Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom), is the next Philippine Army chief. In a memorandum dated Feb. 11, Executive Secretary

Jack Dorsey and Jay Z announce bitcoin fund as cryptocurrency goes mainstream
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-12
Bitcoin's big week got bigger with an announcement from rapper Jay Z and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that the pair are establishing a bitcoin development fund.

Globe, Converge battle crooks preying on children online
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-12
Internet services providers are doubling down on efforts to combat the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC). Telecommunications giant Globe Telecom and major fiber internet

The post-pandemic office
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-12
This year brings hope not only to people but also to businesses. As vaccines against the COVID-19 virus are gradually becoming available to many, workplaces are also starting to re-open and assume ...

Coupang files for mega US IPO
TechCrunch - 2021-02-12
Coupang's offering, coming amidst the public debut of a number of well-known technology brands, will be a massive affair.

Android 12: Leaks, rumors, launch date, and everything else we know
ZDNet - 2021-02-12
Google is likely close to releasing the first developer beta of Android 12, but so far, we don't really know a whole lot about the upcoming software update. That said, some screenshots have leaked, and we can use Google's past behavior to make some educated guesses.

SoftBank-backed Coupang reveals revenue surge ahead of U.S. IPO
Reuters - 2021-02-12
South Korean e-commerce giant Coupang Inc, backed by Japan's SoftBank Group Corp, on Friday filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange, hoping to cash in on strong demand for high-growth tech stocks as it reported a near-doubling of annual revenue and narrowing

UK Supreme Court to rule on worker rights case at Uber on Feb. 19
Reuters - 2021-02-12
Britain's Supreme Court will announce a decision on Feb. 19 in a case regarding workers' rights at taxi app Uber that could have ramifications for millions of others earning a living in the gig economy.

Baidu Launches Self-Driving Cars, Shuttles, Buses, Vending, And Even Police Robots
Forbes - 2021-02-12
The Mobility-as-a-Service program in Guangzhou steps beyond previous deployments, in that it pulls together different transportation modalities and use cases into a single service.

Duterte generals in Cabinet are awardees in 2021 PMA alumni homecoming
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-12
The country's defense chief and three Cabinet members at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are among this year's cavalier awardees of

Notion was having technical issues, so I have no idea what my schedule is today
The Verge - 2021-02-12
Online organization app Notion was experiencing technical difficulties this morning and students, project managers, and other users -- like me -- who rely on it to organize our calendars are having minor freak-outs.

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