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Instead of Cha-cha hearings, Cayetano says prioritize cash aid for families
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-11
Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday asked his fellow lawmakers to tackle his proposal to provide a new set of cash aid for Filipino families instead of

Health experts 'strongly oppose' bills allowing LGUs to directly buy COVID-19 vaccines
Rappler - 2021-02-11
The Healthcare Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19 warns that allowing for such a setup could severely impact public health safety and lead to the inequitable rollout of vaccines in the Philippine

New LPA forms east of Mindanao; easterlies to warm PH this weekend - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-11
A new low-pressure area (LPA) has formed 2,055 kilometers (kms) east of Mindanao, according to the state weather bureau, but it will not affect the country's weather

69% of Filipinos believe worst of pandemic is over, SWS survey says
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-11
Sixty-nine percent of Filipinos believed that the worst is already behind them with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic, which infected a total of 543,282 people

RPT-UPDATE 1-Philippine c.bank keeps rates steady, cites manageable inflation
Reuters - 2021-02-11
The Philippine central bank kept its monetary policy settings steady on Thursday to support the country's pandemic-hit economy, saying inflation is expected to remain elevated but manageable in the coming months.

Ahead of Chinese New Year, Covid hits tikoy, lucky charms sales in Binondo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-11
With the lockdown restrictions, Gerik Chua of Eng Bee Tin said a "sadder" Chinese New Year will be expected in the streets of Binondo, Manila. In an interview with the

Philippine cbank keeps key rate at record low, as expected
Reuters - 2021-02-11
The Philippine central bank left key interest rates steady on Thursday, as expected, saying current monetary policy settings were appropriate as inflation is still expected to stay firmly within target over the policy horizon.

China donates 100,000 Sinovac doses for PH troops, vaccine shipment to arrive on Feb. 23
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-11
China has increased its donation of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines, strictly allocating 100,000 doses to protect Filipino troops from coronavirus, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says.

House panel OKs bill allowing LGUs to directly purchase COVID-19 vaccines
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-11
The House Committee on Appropriations has approved a consolidated bill which seeks to fast-track vaccine purchase by allowing local government units to directly buy doses from pharmaceutical firms.

More ships for PH Navy needed, says Lorenzana
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-11
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he was hopeful that more new ships would be acquired soon for the Philippine Navy to sustain operations around the archipelago. The

Philippines to get China-donated vaccines this month for troops, medical staff
Reuters - 2021-02-11
The Philippines is set to receive 600,000 doses this month of Sinovac Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine donated by China, a portion of which will be used to inoculate military personnel, a senior government official said on Thursday.

Duterte to certify as urgent bill relaxing procurement rules on LGUs purchasing COVID-19 vaccines
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-11
President Rodrigo Duterte will certify as urgent the passage of a bill relaxing procurement rules on local governments in the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines, his spokesman Harry Roque said Thursday.

Covid-19 cases on downward trend in PH except in 4 regions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-11
The Department of Health (DOH) has noted a slight decrease in the national growth rate of Covid-19 cases, but it also observed a continuous increase in cases of infection in

Filipinos most disapproving of gov't pandemic response in SEA, survey finds
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-11
A survey by the ASEAN Studies Centre shows that 53.7% of Filipinos are not in favor of the Duterte administration's pandemic response, making them the most disapproving of their government's COVID-19 efforts among other Southeast Asian countries.

Japan has the most beds per capita in the developed world. So why is its health system crashing?
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-11
Japan's national healthcare system, which has the most hospital beds in the world per capita, has been praised in the past for its high quality of service.

Snake named after national scientist and ex-DENR chief Alcala
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-11
A new species of reed snake discovered in Mindoro was named after National Scientist Angel Alcala in honor of his contributions to the study of amphibians and reptiles in

China reports 2 new COVID-19 cases, fewest in over 5 months
Reuters - 2021-02-11
China reported the fewest number of new COVID-19 cases in over five months, official data showed on Thursday, after a combination of robust countermeasures helped stamp out a new wave of the disease in the northeast that emerged last month.

65.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines delivered, 44.7 million administered: U.S. CDC
Reuters - 2021-02-11
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had administered 44,769,970 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Wednesday morning and delivered 65,972,575 doses.

AWS and NHL partner to turn game data into new ways of experiencing hockey
ZDNet - 2021-02-11
Soon-to-be Amazon CEO Andy Jassy has touted the partnership will bring an entirely new perspective and layer of fan involvement to the game of hockey.

UPDATE 1-Twitter has thought about holding bitcoin, not decided yet - CNBC
Reuters - 2021-02-11
Twitter Inc has thought about whether to hold bitcoin on its balance sheet, but has not made any changes yet, the social media platform's chief financial officer, Ned Segal, told CNBC on Wednesday.

Biden says Pentagon to review strategy toward China
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-11
WASHINGTON  - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday the Pentagon would review its strategy toward China, looking at pivotal areas including intelligence, technology and Washington's

Food Ordering Platform Flipdish Secures $48.5 Million In Fresh Funds
Forbes - 2021-02-11
Flipdish, an Irish food delivery software start-up, has raised EUR40 million ($48.5 million) in funding from Tiger Global Management to ramp up operations in Europe.

ACCC raises competition concerns about MYOB's proposed acquisition of GreatSoft
ZDNet - 2021-02-11
The consumer watchdog is concerned the deal would likely lessen competition in an already small accounting software market.

Economic recovery sans Charter change
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-11
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Cashless payment, courier services-finding opportunities in crisis
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-11
Conspiracy theories surrounding elections have a way of sounding crazy everywhere. In the Philippines, in election after election since 2010,... IT looks like the Duterte administration--probably ...

SpaceX just got a big contract to launch two pieces of a future Moon space station
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-10
NASA is giving SpaceX more than $330 million for a mission that will launch two key pieces of the Gateway, a space station that NASA plans to put in orbit around the moon as part of the space agency's Artemis program.

Five storms in 10 days loom amid bitter cold in north United States
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-10
Icy blasts pummeled parts of the U.S. Midwest on Wednesday, the first of five storms threatening a blitz of snow and sleet from Washington state to Washington, D.C., and as far south as

Reporter must disprove Parlade, says AFP chief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-10
The military investigation of the social media posts made by Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. who alleged that Inquirer.net reporter Tetch Torres Tupas was a propagandist for the

In Myanmar coup response, Biden approves order for sanctions on generals, businesses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-10
U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday he had approved an executive order for new sanctions on those responsible for the military coup in Myanmar and he repeated demands for the

US envoy raps Lunar New Year message
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-10
HANOI--The US ambassador to Vietnam has rapped a Lunar New Year video to the country that has set the local internet alight, drawing a measure of admiration--and cringing--from those

17 UK variant patients in Cordillera now well - DOH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-10
All of the 17 remaining patients in Cordillera with the more contagious UK variant of the coronavirus have recovered, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) said on

YouTube star MrBeast just gave away $10,000 to a stranger on Clubhouse, and the winner was a Gen Z VC
Business Insider - 2021-02-10
The winner of a Clubhouse giveaway was a 25-year-old associate at a venture capital firm based in Chicago.

Palace sets food summit amid price, agri woes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-10
Malacañang on Wednesday said it would convene a food security summit to tackle the spike in pork prices, drop in farm-gate prices of palay, spread of the African swine

Teen pregnancies could rise during pandemic - Popcom
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-10
Two 10-year-olds were reported to be the youngest of at least 62,500 adolescents who became very young mothers in 2019, a finding that has alarmed population monitors who

Conservationists warn on environment impact of splitting Palawan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-10
Splitting Palawan into three provinces would adversely impact its unique biodiversity and already threatened wildlife, conservationists warned on Tuesday, as the clock ticks nearer the

Philippines Seen Settling In for Long Rate Pause: Decision Guide
Bloomberg - 2021-02-10
The Philippine central bank is set to leave its key interest rate unchanged Thursday, in what could be an extended rate pause amid a recession and quickening inflation.

He died by suicide thinking he owed $730,000. Now his family is suing Robinhood
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-10
Robinhood is being sued for the wrongful death of a 20-year-old college student who died by suicide last summer after he saw a negative balance of $730,000 in his trading account and mistakenly believed that was the sum of money he owed.

Cebu City hospital denies fraud in claim of PhilHealth benefits
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-10
A private hospital on Tuesday said it did not mishandle the processing of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) benefits due their patients after the National Bureau of

Singaporean insurtech inks agreement with Philinsure
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-10
"This partnership with Philinsure aims to support a very important sector in the Philippines, such as small business owners whose work have a very real and immediate impact on their communitie

Facebook to temporarily reduce political content for some users in few countries
Reuters - 2021-02-10
Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would temporarily reduce political content appearing on New Feeds for some users in Canada, Brazil and Indonesia this week and in the United States within the coming weeks.

EU countries agree joint stance ahead of WhatsApp, Skype privacy talks
Reuters - 2021-02-10
EU countries on Wednesday agreed to take a joint position in forthcoming negotiations with EU lawmakers and the European Commission on planned privacy rules governing Facebook's WhatsApp and Microsoft's Skype,

'We're going to f--- you over': Seed-stage VCs are in a fight for their lives against giants like Sequoia and Coatue.
Business Insider - 2021-02-10
Giant multi-billion venture firms have been swooping into tiny seed-stage funding deals and starting bidding wars. It's a dangerous game, some say.

Facebook is reportedly working on a Clubhouse copy
The Verge - 2021-02-10
Facebook, a company known for ripping its ideas from competitors, has reportedly set its sights on social audio. The New York Times reports today that the company is working on a copycat of Clubhouse,

U.S. Cyber Weapons Were Leaked -- And Are Now Being Used Against Us, Reporter Says
NPR - 2021-02-10
New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth says the U.S. went from having the world's strongest cyber arsenal to becoming most susceptible to attack. Her book is This is How They Tell Me The World Ends.

Microsoft's CEO quietly took credit for Slack's success as the go-to workplace chat app: 'Would Slack have even existed' if not for Windows?
Business Insider - 2021-02-10
Satya Nadella said that Microsoft's free access was a major reason for the success of messaging app Slack, which competes with Microsoft Teams.

DOH sees rising COVID-19 cases in Cebu Province, but not close to overwhelming hospitals
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-10
The Department of Health says the Province of Cebu is seeing an upward trend in its coronavirus cases, but the hospitals are still able to manage the number of COVID-19 patients.

The food of the future is mostly plant-based
BusinessWorld - 2021-02-10
To ensure that the Philippines is adequately fed 30 years down the road, NAST envisions a system, dubbed "Feeding Metro Manila 2050," that nurtures the health of the people and the planet, adapts to the changing climate,

Globe reports lower income in 2020 but ramps up spending on network upgrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-10
Globe Telecom reported lower earnings in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic hit some of its largest business segments but increased its investment to improve service quality. In a

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