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UPDATE 3-TikTok to block users in Italy who say they are under 13, after girl dies
Reuters - 2021-02-03
The video-sharing app TikTok said on Wednesday it had agreed with Italian authorities to block all users who gave their age as under 13, among other measures, after the death of a 10-year-old girl was blamed on a breath-holding social media challenge.

PayPal beats Q4 expectations, fiscal 2020 ends as its strongest year on record
ZDNet - 2021-02-03
he company added 16 million net new active accounts during the fourth quarter, bringing its total active accounts to 377 million.

Electrical Stimulation Stabilizes BP in Spinal Cord Injury
Medscape - 2021-02-03
It is hoped that the device may prevent the debilitating episodes of orthostatic hypotension experienced by many patients with a spinal cord injury.

Child car seat law: Cost not the only issue
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-03
When the child car seat law took effect this week, public school teacher Anj Ela Cabal had to look for child restraint systems (CRS) for her three kids, but she found

COVID SCIENCE-COVID-19 also attacks the pancreas; one vaccine dose may be enough for those previously infected
Reuters - 2021-02-03
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.

'We've lost so many': Brazil starts vaccinating Amazon river dwellers
Reuters - 2021-02-03
Health workers sped along the Amazon river this week to start vaccinating riverside communities, bringing hope to a region hard hit by COVID-19 and now facing a lethal surge driven by a new Brazilian variant of coronavirus.

How the founder of NewNew wowed Andreessen Horowitz partner Connie Chan in just 10 minutes
Business Insider - 2021-02-03
Courtne Smith says a16z investor Connie Chan was impressed by a daring new business model she proposed for NewNew, her new social media startup.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos is the latest major tech founder to step down as CEO. Here's what others are up to now.
Business Insider - 2021-02-03
Bezos was one of the last founder-CEOs of a major tech company. Here's what Bill Gates, Larry Page, Sergey Brin and others are doing in "retirement."

Rollout of COVID Monoclonal Antibodies Lacked Unified Plan: Expert Panel
Medscape - 2021-02-03
Not enough thought was given to the administration and reimbursement for the therapies, according to a new expert report.

German sniffer dogs detect Covid-19 with 94% accuracy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-03
A German veterinary clinic has trained sniffer dogs to detect the novel coronavirus in human saliva samples with 94% accuracy. The dogs are conditioned to scent

Philippines to cut corporate tax to 25% to aid recovery from COVID
NIKKEI - 2021-02-03
The Philippines is poised to cut income tax levied on companies under a proposed law that businesses have banked on to help them recover from the pandemic. The House of Representatives on Wednesday ratified the final version of the proposed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act,

Open insulin can be stored at up to 37 C -- study
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-03
Opened insulin can be stored for four weeks in warm conditions without losing efficacy, a study showed Wednesday, giving hope to diabetics in hot countries without

Tiktok strengthens content review with new pre-share prompts
Reuters - 2021-02-03
TikTok will flag unverified content to users before they share it, the video-sharing app said on Wednesday, the latest effort to combat misinformation on its platform.

BOI targets P1.25 trillion project approvals this year - 2021-02-03
The Board of Investments is targeting investment approvals to reach a new record-high of P1.25 trillion this year.

Deep Science: AIs with high class and higher altitudes
TechCrunch - 2021-02-03
Researchers are using AI to analyze MRI scans and even track elephants using satellite photography.

Comcast Delays New Broadband Fees for Northeast After Backlash
Bloomberg - 2021-02-03
Comcast Corp. will delay a new fee on heavy internet users in the Northeastern U.S., following criticism of plans to expand the controversial strategy during the pandemic.

Pampanga wetland on list of international importance - 2021-02-03
The Sasmuan Pampanga Coastal Wetland was included on the list of Ramsar sites or wetlands of international importance during the observance of the World Wetland Day on Tuesday.

Spotify outlook weakens as pandemic uncertainty persists
Reuters - 2021-02-03
Spotify on Wednesday forecast that revenue and paid subscribers would miss Wall Street estimates this quarter due to uncertainty over how long the coronavirus crisis would last and with it a surge in demand for its music streaming.

Landbank opens credit line for small agriculture enterprises - 2021-02-03
Government-owned Land Bank of the Philippines has opened a new credit facility for small farmers and enterprises engaged in the value chains of some high value commodities.

AirAsia partners with GCash, PayMaya for cashless options - 2021-02-03
AirAsia Philippines is providing more convenient and secure options to pay for flights, baggage, and meals as it teams up with mobile wallet giants GCash and PayMaya.

$14 billion Elastic simplified its license to clear up confusion for developers as it takes a stand against Amazon
Business Insider - 2021-02-03
Elastic simplified its homegrown Elastic License, which it launched to take a stand against Amazon selling its code, in order to make usage clearer.

3 Boracay tourists who faked swab tests found infected - 2021-02-03
Five tourists from Metro Manila who visited Boracay have presented fake reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test results for COVID-19.

Covax sets out vaccination plans in first distribution list
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-03
The Covax program for Covid-19 vaccines published its first distribution list Wednesday, planning enough doses for dozens of countries to immunize more than three

Cop shot dead in Negros - 2021-02-03
Motorcycle-riding gunmen killed a policeman in Barangay Lumbangan, Mabinay, Negros Oriental on Monday. Police said M/Sgt. Jeseden Carriaga, 54, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was declared dead on arrival at the Mabinay Community Hospital.

Food self-sufficiency a must - 2021-02-03
The Department of Agriculture , together with local government units, should play a more decisive role in rolling out urban farming technologies that will encourage and enhance food production while addressing a widening food security issue because of the pandemic.

The Kerygmatic Jesus
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-03
The fourth and last Sunday of Advent, immediately before Christmas, focuses our attention on Mary, the mother of the... "The day of the messiah" (Isaiah 35:5-6; 61:1-2) manifesting the glory ...

PMFTC streamlines plant operations, investing in BPO - 2021-02-03
Tobacco firm PMFTC Inc. is streamlining manufacturing operations at its facility in Marikina amid low production volume.

Stabilizing the economy while awaiting the vaccine - 2021-02-03
While we continuously connect with vaccine suppliers to secure doses of hope for everyone, the Go Negosyo Team, with our private partners, continues to look for ways on how we can aid the business sector in stabilizing the economy - gradually opening up the economy in the safest way possible while we wait for the vaccines to arrive and be rolled out.

New lifestyle app launched to boost beauty, wellness market
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-03
"It was a very difficult time for everybody, not only for business owners, but also to each and everyone of us for that time period," Zoi Lifestyle App Founder Patrick Victoria told reporters ...

Epson Singapore appoints regionall managing director - 2021-02-03
Seiko Epson Corp. is pleased to announce the appointment of Siew Jin Kiat to the position of regional managing director for Epson Singapore (SEA Headquarters) effective Feb. 1.

EDC taps Mitsubishi Group for BacMan geothermal plant - 2021-02-03
Lopez-led Energy Development Corp. has tapped two companies of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group to provide equipment and local support for the expansion project of its Bacon-Manito geothermal power plant.

Ambassador-designate Luc Véron meets DFA Secretary to discuss EU-Philippines bilateral cooperation
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-03
Ambassador-designate Luc Véron (right) discussed with Locsin the implementation of the Asean-European Union Strategic Partnership and the forthcoming Philippine coordination for Asean relations with the EU.

MSME loans down 15% to P464.3 billion in end-September 2020 - 2021-02-03
Loans extended to micro, small and medium enterprises declined by 15.2 percent as of end-September last year despite regulatory relief measures extended by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to banks to assist the sector in jumpstarting the economy amid the pandemic.

Term deposit rates continue to decline - 2021-02-03
Term deposit rates continued to ease further amid the liquid environment in the country, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Bank lending drops in December - 2021-02-03
Loans disbursed by big banks contracted in December last year, ending more than a decade of credit growth in the country due to uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported yesterday.

S&P sees global credit losses hitting $909 billion - 2021-02-03
Credit losses of global banks are expected to rise to $909 billion this year due to deteriorating asset quality arising from pandemic-related defaults, according to S&P Global Ratings.

Quezon City in talks with other drug firms for vaccine - 2021-02-03
The Quezon City government is in talks with other pharmaceutical companies for the purchase of additional COVID-19 vaccines, Mayor Joy Belmonte said yesterday.

NBI to wrap up Dacera case probe - 2021-02-03
The National Bureau of Investigation is not rushing its probe on the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said yesterday.

House OKs bill lowering height requirement for cops - 2021-02-03
The House of Representatives has passed a measure seeking to lower the minimum height requirement for police officers.

Cop in Atimonan rubout promoted - 2021-02-03
A police official implicated in the 2013 killing of 13 men in an alleged rubout in Atinoman, Quezon was promoted last week.

DENR to ban plastic straws, coffee stirrers - 2021-02-03
Plastic softdrink straws and plastic coffee stirrers will be included on the list of non-environmentally acceptable products to be banned as part of the implementation of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

Philippine bank lending drops for the first time in 14 years in Dec
Reuters - 2021-02-03
Philippine bank lending fell for the first time in more than 14 years in December, reflecting weak consumer and business activity, with the trend expected to persist as coronavirus restrictions remain in place in many parts of the country.

P3.4-M worth of shabu seized from 4 suspects in Parañaque -- PDEA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-03
Around 500 grams of crystal meth or shabu, estimated to be worth P3.4 million were seized from four suspects during a drug bust in Parañaque City, the Philippine Drug

Physical campaign ban in 2022 polls only for rich candidates -- Bayan Muna
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-03
Plans to do away with face-to-face campaigning for the 2022 Presidential elections may only serve the interests of rich candidates and eventually disenfranchise poor

United States, Philippines sign new P7.25-Billion agreement to protect the environment
Gov - 2021-02-03
The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Philippine National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) signed a new, five-year bilateral assistance agreement valued at more than P7.

Amihan expected to continue surge over the weekend -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-03
The northeast monsoon or Amihan is expected to continue bringing colder weather over the weekend, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services

Bridging the Filipino youth to their big dreams
BusinessWorld - 2021-02-03
These are the youth for which "Tatang" opened the SM Scholarship Program in 1993. Reaching underprivileged yet deserving students for almost three decades, the SM Scholarship Program continues to make an impact on the Filipino youth,

DOH: Possible for a person to be infected with two Covid-19 variants
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-03
It is possible for a person to be infected with two variants of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday. This comes after researchers

Philippines logs 1,266 COVID-19 cases, total tops 530,000
Big News - 2021-02-03
The Department of Health DOH of the Philippines reported on Wednesday 1266 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the Southeast Asian country total tall

Bank lending plunges to worst in over 14 years as banks avoid risks amid pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-03
Bank loans fell in December by 0.7% from the year prior as banking institutions remain averse to risk in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the worst bank lending has performed since its 1.9% contraction back in September 2006.

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