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Instagram wants Reels to be more than a hub for 'recycled' TikToks
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-10
Instagram's short-form video feature has been flooded with popular TikToks -- and the Facebook-owned company seems to have noticed.

The global quantum computing race has begun. What will it take to win it?
ZDNet - 2021-02-10
Plenty of nations want to be the quantum computing leader, but with billions in investment flying around, coming out on top won't be easy.

Colin Kaepernick launches SPAC to target socially-driven firm
Reuters - 2021-02-10
A blank-check firm backed by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and private investment firm Najafi Companies is aiming to raise about $250 million in its initial public offering (IPO), a regulatory filing showed on Tuesday.

Alsons targeting to raise P2 billion via sale of commercial papers
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-10
The rest, meanwhile, will fund the project of its unit Sindangan ZamboRiver Power Corp. The company was incorporated on December 24, 1974 as Victoria Gold Mining Corp. to engage in the business of ...

Create to ease the burden due to pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-10
The Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (Finex) is one of the 32 local and foreign business organizations that have called on Congress to quickly act and deliberate on this.

U.S. to start sending COVID-19 vaccines directly to community health centers
Reuters - 2021-02-10
The U.S. government will begin shipping COVID-19 vaccines directly to community health centers next week in an effort to speed vaccinations and ensure doses are reaching vulnerable people, U.S. health officials said on Tuesday.

Coke is launching a new bottle size for the first time in a decade
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-09
Coca-Cola is launching a new bottle size for the first time in a decade, but it's what the bottle's made of that marks an even more notable first: 100% recycled plastic material.

As Biden Pushes for Racial Equity in Vaccination, Data Is Lagging
New York Times - 2021-02-09
The administration has race and ethnicity data for just 52 percent of vaccine recipients. Next week, it will begin shipping doses directly to clinics in underserved communities.

White House Announces Plan for Vaccine Equity
New York Times - 2021-02-09
The White House said on Tuesday that it would begin sending coronavirus vaccines to federally funded clinics in underserved areas starting next week to ensure a more equitable distribution of doses.

COVID may have taken 'convoluted path' to Wuhan, WHO team leader says
Reuters - 2021-02-09
The head of a World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of COVID-19 said bats remain a likely source and that transmission of the virus via frozen food is a possibility that warrants further investigation,

AFP provost marshal to probe Parlade socmed posts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
The chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday said he had directed the provost marshal general to look into the social media posts of Lt. Gen.

PGH staff to get vaccinated next week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
Health-workers in the General Hospital are getting vaccines against COVID-19 next week. Dr. Jonas del Rosario, spokesperson for the PGH, said the Pfizer vaccines were scheduled to arrive in

We got an exclusive look at the pitch deck Canadian AI startup Symend used to raise $43 million
Business Insider - 2021-02-09
Canadian tech startup Symend has almost doubled the size of its Series B as it expands into new geographies.

Lawmaker wants Polish envoy declared persona non grata
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
Rep. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla of Zambales filed a resolution in the House on Monday seeking to declare an official of the Embassy of Poland in Manila as persona non grata after

ERC urged to avert power crisis in Romblon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Romblon and nine municipal mayors of Tablas Island appealed Tuesday to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to help avert an impending power crisis in the province.

Cold War spy gadgets up for auction
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
Cyanide-filled fake teeth and cigarette packs concealing cameras are among the Soviet spy gadgets going under the hammer at a Beverly Hills auction this

Prostate Drugs Tied to Lower Risk for Parkinson's
Medscape - 2021-02-09
Men taking terazosin, doxazosin, or alfuzosin for benign prostatic hyperplasia, drugs that enhance glycolysis, had lower risk of incident PD vs tamsulosin, a similar drug that does not affect glycolysis.

House OKs bill updating Philippine passport law on third reading
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-09
The 'New Philippine Passport Act' seeks to harmonize the existing Philippine passport law with present domestic and international agreements such as simplifying passport application procedures and issuance of passports.

Most Senators, Including All Democrats, Have Received Vaccine. But Trial Still Risky
NPR - 2021-02-09
At least 72 senators have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, but the hours required in the chamber still raise health concerns.

Volkswagen is exploring flying vehicles in China
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-09
Volkswagen is looking into flying vehicles in China, becoming the latest automaker to probe the possibilities of personal air travel.

SC denies petition of 2 Aetas seeking help vs anti-terror law
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
The Supreme Court has unanimously denied the petition-in-intervention filed by two Aetas seeking to join the call to declare the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 as

UPDATE 1-EU Parliament seeks binding targets to tackle overconsumption and waste
Reuters - 2021-02-09
The European Parliament on Tuesday called for the EU to introduce binding targets to use recycled content in products and consume fewer raw materials, to curb the pile-up of plastic pollution and stop reusable materials being wasted.

Why You Should Buy the Post-Earnings Dip on Spotify
Entrepreneur - 2021-02-09
This story originally appeared on MarketBeat Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) reported its year-end earnings last week, and grew its user base faster than the average expectations. Paid subs

Ads, GameStop raise Reddit price tag to $6 billion in latest fundraising
Reuters - 2021-02-09
Reddit Inc has doubled in value to $6 billion as the social media platform at the heart of last month's retail stock trading frenzy raised more money to handle the rush of new subscribers.

A new unicorn a day: January broke venture capital records across the board
Business Insider - 2021-02-09
The venture capital industry smashed records in January, achieving an all-time high number of unicorn valuations.

Romblon officials seek ERC help in preventing provincial power crisis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
The Provincial Board of Romblon and nine mayors have sought the help of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to help them prevent a power crisis on Tablas Island. The

Microsoft February 2021 Patch Tuesday fixes 56 bugs, including Windows zero-day
ZDNet - 2021-02-09
Microsoft has released today its monthly batch of security updates, known as Patch Tuesday. This month, the OS maker has fixed 58 security vulnerabilities, including a Windows bug that was being exploited in the wild before today's patches.

DOTr official admits info campaign on child car seat law lacking
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) could have implemented a better information campaign on the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act, Assistant Secretary Mark Steven Pastor,

Chinese health official says Huanan market might not be the first place of the COVID-19 outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-09
A Chinese health official working with the team of World Health Organization experts in Wuhan said that the Huanan seafood market may not be the first place of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Holiday boost trims bad loans in December 2020
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-09
Ricafort attributed the lower NPL ratio in December to better business and economic conditions amid the Christmas season. These allowed many borrowers to settle their debts before the year ended ...

Unctad rates poorly PHL capacity to tap resources
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-09
Private sector looks into the ease of cross-border trade and support to business on credit, contract enforcement and registration; while natural capacity assesses the availability of extractive ...

China Health official says that experts failed to identify SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife in China
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-09
Viruses genetically related to SARS-CoV-2 have not been identified in different animals including horseshoe bats and pangolins, and all animals tested in Wuhan tested negative for the virus, China's leading health official said.

PCC five years on
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-09
For all the grumblings it initially provoked in the business sector, the system works effectively and efficiently, weeding out only the most problematic of transactions but otherwise promptly ...

Aetas who filed petition vs anti-terror law were not forced - NUPL, Karapatan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
The Aetas who filed a petition before the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the Anti-Terrorism Act were not forced to do so, progressive groups Karapatan and

Automobile group suggests review of height requirement for kids on car seats
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-09
Even children 4'8" tall could already use an ordinary seat belt instead of a child car seat as mandated in the Child Safety Motor Vehicles Act, an automobile group said on Tuesday. Automobile Association of the Philippines president Gus Lagman said authorities should consider conducting an experiment with kids of certain age,

UK hospital mourns death of Filipina nurse
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
A hospital in the United Kingdom is mourning the death of a "much loved" Filipina nurse whose husband is from Negros Occidental. The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

New Normal-proofed advertising trends
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-09
Antonio M. Claparols, President and CEO of JRS BUSINESS CORPORATION receives the Gawad Filipino Bayaning Filipino Frontliners Award from... Looking for a unique dining experience this Valentine ...

De Lima granted medical furlough - lawyer
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-09
Detained Senator Leila de Lima can leave jail for a day after a court granted her request for medical furlough, her legal counsel said Tuesday.

LTFRB ensures PUVs compliance with health protocols
Gov - 2021-02-09
The LTFRB Region 02, amid the threat of COVID-19 in Tuguegarao City, deploys its enforcement team to check compliance of Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) with health protocols.As the city's status of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) is expected to

ADB think tank: PH MSMEs need targeted support to survive prolonged pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
Tokyo-based Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) has urged the Philippine government to give small businesses targeted financial support and help in shifting to digital

PH gov't holds dry run of COVID-19 vaccine arrival, gives itself a score of 80 out of 100
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-09
Less than a week before the anticipated arrival of 117,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines, government agencies practice the steps once the shipment arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and how it will be brought and stored at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City.

JRS Business Corp. CEO feted with Gawad Filipino Bayaning Filipino Frontliners Award
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-09
Antonio M. Claparols, President and CEO of JRS BUSINESS CORPORATION receives the Gawad Filipino Bayaning Filipino Frontliners Award from... Welcome the year of the metal ox and celebrate the month ...

For a brief period, there was a platform for sensitive political debate in China. Then censors shut it down
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-09
It gave a brief and tantalizing glimpse into what a free Chinese internet might have looked like. But on Monday night, social media app Clubhouse appeared to have been blocked in China just days after it became the go-to app for uncensored conversations on a host of sensitive issues banned on other platforms.

Without teamwork-no progress in future
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-09
I am glad to see the growing focus on the "Future of Work" and how we prepare for the business take-off in 2021. Today, I would like to cover three areas in the Future of Work," hoping that ...

Tieza eyes completion of 35 ongoing projects
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-09
SPOOKED by the recent closure of the Makati Shangri-La Manila, hotels are now appealing to the Department of Tourism... TOURISM frontliners will be among the first to receive the Covid-19 vaccine ...

Conditions are getting better
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-09
The Philippines is not out of the woods yet, but I strongly believe things are looking up. For one, the worst is over for the Philippine economy. It has bottomed out after contracting 9.5 percent for the whole of 2020,

Moderate to heavy rains expected over Bicol Region, E. Visayas due to LPA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
Moderate to heavy rains are expected over the Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas due to a low-pressure area (LPA) in Surigao del Sur, the state weather bureau said

Here, there and everywhere
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-09
I initially wanted to be an ambassador," she shared. As she looks forward to her 10th year in this crazy business, Gutierrez can perhaps be an ambassador of beauty, grit and talent, changing the ...

Pagasa: Rain over Luzon, Visayas due to new LPA, tail end of a cold front
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-09
A new low-pressure area (LPA) east of Northern Samar and the tail end of a frontal system were causing precipitation over parts of Luzon and Visayas on Tuesday, state

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