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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.

Greener pastures: Shell eyes steady drop in oil business
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-12
LONDON--Royal Dutch Shell, one of the multinationals that has defined the oil industry, is slowly turning away from the fossil fuel that made its fortune over the decades but also worsened a global climate crisis.

Tesla's latest update introduces the Chinese version of TikTok to its cars in China
Business Insider - 2021-02-12
Tesla owners in China can now interact with videos from the app on the screens in their cars, according to a video released by the company.

Breaking the hotel industry's glass ceiling with Filipino hospitality, passion for work
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-12
Anna Liza Vergara is the five-star international Sheraton Hotels' first Filipino general manager, and she carries with her the country's trademark hospitality and love for work.

With no LPA and weaker amihan, expect fair weather this weekend
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-12
A fair weather can be expected in most parts of the country this weekend as the northeast monsoon temporarily weakens and no low pressure area

Philippines to allow cinemas, public attractions to reopen to revive growth
Reuters - 2021-02-12
The Philippines plans to allow more businesses, including cinemas and public attractions, to reopen or expand their operations soon, as the country moves to revive its pandemic-hit economy, the presidential spokesman said on Friday.

IATF allows cinemas, game arcades to operate in GCQ areas
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-12
The government is allowing the reopening of cinemas, game arcades, and other leisure activities in areas under general community quarantine, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says.

Twitter permanently bans Project Veritas account
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-12
Twitter permanently banned an account on Thursday belonging to Project Veritas, a conservative group founded by controversial activist James O'Keefe.

With Biden going big, Wall Street economists are growing bullish on the US economy
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-12
Fast forward two months, and the economy is still struggling -- but confidence in the recovery is growing, rapidly. Economists are swiftly upgrading their GDP and unemployment forecasts and pulling forward the date when the Federal Reserve will be able to lift rock-bottom interest rates.

Lufthansa Technik PH to cut 300 jobs by April
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-12
Elmer Lutter, LTP president and chief executive officer, said the dire situation in the sector, which drove LTP's other customer airlines to file for bankruptcy, forced the company to conduct a rightsizing program to ensure it would survive the global health crisis.

A MEANINGFUL CELEBRATION | Why a low-key and more intimate Chinese New Year matters
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-12
Enter Bye2020,... From a repurposed car dealership to an award-winning real estate business, Damosa Land Inc. (DLI) has come a long... As part of their initiative to make education more accessible ...

CHR vows to continue probe on recruitment of child warriors
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-12
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) vowed to continue its  investigation on the alleged recruitment of children as warriors in areas of armed conflict, saying such

90-year-old spends $10k on ads to complain about slow internet service
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-12
A 90-year-old man spent $10,000 (around P480,000) on advertisements to complain about the slow internet service of AT&T in California in the United States. Aaron Epstein, of North

How South Korea's 'CLOY' can help Filipinos create a better future
NIKKEI - 2021-02-12
When the Philippines' Smart Communications chose South Korean actor Hyun Bin to endorse its products in May last year, the advertising matrix went through the roof. Social media went into a frenzy. Despite being in the midst of the pandemic lockdown in the Philippines,

DA pilots rapid test kits for ASF in Batangas
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-12
The Department of Agriculture has started using locally-made test kits that can quickly detect the African Swine Fever.

Budget chief calls to hike downpayment limit for COVID-19 vaccine procurement
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-12
The limitation was hindering the Philippine government to swiftly secure deals with drugmakers, with wealthy countries getting the first claim on vaccines against the virus, DBM chief says

Budget chief calls to hike downpayment limit for COVID-19 vaccine procurement
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-12
The limitation was hindering the Philippine government to swiftly secure deals with drugmakers, with wealthy countries getting the first claim on vaccines against the virus, DBM chief says

New variant patient who stayed in QC now negative for COVID-19, but remains in quarantine facility -- mayor
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-12
The COVID-19 patient earlier detected with the more transmissible UK variant and found to be staying in Quezon City has tested negative for the virus, Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

Asian Markets Lower In Thin Holiday Trading
Nasdaq - 2021-02-12
Asian stock markets are lower on Friday in thin holiday trading with investors treading cautiously following the lackluster cues overnight from Wall Street and lower commodity prices. Many of the markets in the region,

Disney is still getting hammered by the pandemic, but Disney+ remains a star
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-12
Disney kicked off its 2021 fiscal year much as it spent most of 2020, with the pandemic hammering many of its businesses. But Disney+ continues to be the star of the company.

Bumble's $14 billion date: Blackstone-backed dating app soars on market debut
Reuters - 2021-02-12
Shares of Bumble Inc, backed by Blackstone Group Inc, soared more than 76% in their stock market debut on Thursday, fetching a $14 billion valuation for the operator of the dating app where women make the first move.

Car chip shortages a sign of wider demand crunch: ASML executive
Business Insider - 2021-02-12
The chip shortages slowing car production are a symptom of broader increased demand that is placing strains on suppliers across the semiconductor sector, according to Dutch equipment maker ASML.

U.S. Justice Department seeks to delay appeals on WeChat, TikTok restrictions
Reuters - 2021-02-12
The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday asked a federal appeals court to pause a government appeal of a lower court ruling blocking restrictions that the Trump administration had imposed on Tencent's messaging app WeChat.

BSP maintains interest rates at 2% with PH still in recession, says inflation 'likely to remain elevated'
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-12
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has kept interest rates at an all-time low once again, banking on lower borrowing costs to help jumpstart economic activity.

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