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The recent efforts to introduce some amendments to the 1987 Constitution have sparked renewed public interest in the topic. And for good reason. These efforts, which

Firefly will light up the Moon with $93M lunar lander contract from NASA
TechCrunch - 2021-02-04
NASA has awarded Firefly Aerospace with a $93.3 million contract to take a lunar lander module loaded with experiments to the surface of the Moon. While the company will not be performing the launch itself,

5.1-magnitude earthquake rattles parts of Southern Luzon, NCR
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-04
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake rocked Camarines Norte, Bulacan, Metro Manila, and other parts of Southern Luzon Friday morning, the Philippine Institute of

Google launches News Showcase in Australia against Media Bargaining Code backdrop
ZDNet - 2021-02-04
Google has launched a limited version of its News Showcase in Australia despite threatening to pull Search from the nation a fortnight ago. News Showcase, Google claims, provides an "enhanced view" of articles,

Fact check: COVID-19 vaccines not deadly to two-thirds of over-65s; UK post-mortems not suspended
Reuters - 2021-02-04
False claims about vaccine deaths and post-mortems in the UK are currently being shared by two widely followed Facebook pages.

Teenagers Get in the Queue for COVID Vaccines
Medscape - 2021-02-04
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being tested in adolescents, with results for teens age 12 years and up expected in the next few months.

Fact check: Staff administering COVID-19 vaccines are not war criminals
Reuters - 2021-02-04
A video of a man claiming that healthcare professionals who administer the COVID-19 vaccine are "war criminals" has gone viral on Facebook.

Trump rejects call to testify at his impeachment trial
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-04
Former President Donald Trump's lawyers on Thursday rejected a request from Democrats to testify at his impeachment trial in the US Senate next week, dismissing their invitation as

Comelec eyes more machines for 2022 elections
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-04
More than 15 months before the May 9, 2022, elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) plans to buy more vote-counting machines (VCMs) in a bid to reduce the possibility

PRC plans 101 licensure exams this year
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-04
The Regulation Commission (PRC) is scheduled to conduct 101 licensure examinations this year, and would follow health protocols in the test venues to prevent the

Child car seat law: House inquiry set
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-04
The House committee on transportation will look into the implementation of the child car seat law and the operation of Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers

Marikina to pay residents with vaccine side effects
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-04
Residents of Marikina City who may experience adverse side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine will not have to worry about their medical expenses and funds for their livelihood,

Indonesia and Malaysia will be the 'next big battleground' for Amazon and Alibaba's clouds, analyst says
Business Insider - 2021-02-04
Indonesia and Malaysia are seeing the world's highest growth in cloud spend and both Alibaba and AWS have their ambitions set on the region.

Woman seeks help for sister with painful stomach infection
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-04
Mary Grace Rizaldo spent her 40th birthday in the hospital last month after being admitted for a recurring stomachache and nonstop fever. Her sister Laarni Trinidad Pongpong said that what

Biden set to accept more refugees after years of Trump restrictions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-04
U.S. President Joe Biden will issue an executive order to build up the country's capacity to accept refugees, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said during a White House

What Sen. Klobuchar's Antitrust Bill Means for Big Tech and Which Companies Have th
Inc - 2021-02-04
Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota, along with four other Democratic Senators, unveiled a major change to antitrust law that would dramatically affect the biggest tech companies. The biggest change is that the law would shift the burden of proof when considering whether an acquisition or merger is anticompetitive.

French president warns of risks of Chinese vaccines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-04
French President Emmanuel Macron warned Thursday about the lack of information about China's coronavirus vaccines, saying they might even encourage the development of variants

Xilinx to supply chips to Fujitsu for U.S. 5G network gear
Reuters - 2021-02-04
Xilinx Inc said on Thursday it will supply chips to Fujitsu Ltd for 5G telecommunications network gear to be used in a new U.S. network.

Walmart will have PS5 and Xbox Series X / S available online at 3PM ET today
The Verge - 2021-02-04
If you have been having a hard time trying to find PS5 or Xbox Series X/S consoles in stock, you have another chance to get your hands on one or both of these next-gen consoles. A Walmart spokesperson told The Verge that the retailer will have the consoles available for purchase today at 3PM ET.

How HBO Max aims to keep subscribers from canceling, including personalization tactics and new types of content for Gen Z
Business Insider - 2021-02-04
The HBO Max exec said the company is exploring giving users control of personalization and creating interactive and short-form content.

Apple's VR headset will have dual 8K displays, report claims
Mashable - 2021-02-04
Apple's mixed-reality headset will come with some top-notch hardware, a new report claims. According to The Information, which claims it has seen Apple's internal images of a late-stage prototype of the device,

Ex-Googler organizer says Biden and the Pentagon need more than an ethics paper to win back tech workers
Business Insider - 2021-02-04
Meredith Whittaker, the former Google AI researcher who protested Project Maven, told Insider the Pentagon needs true accountability to win over tech.

Ovialand to take out P1 billion housing loan - 2021-02-04
Ovialand Inc., the housing developer led by its president Pammy Vital, is targeting to take out P1 billion in housing loans for 2021 through the PagIBIG Fund, the state-owned lending agency for the housing sector.

Biñan measures up
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-04
"(This is) usually associated with activities that create stable expansion of business and industries and higher employment. This is the concrete representation of productivity as it matches the ...

PCC clears merger of semiconductor firms - 2021-02-04
The Philippine Competition Commission has approved the merger of US-based semiconductor firms Analog Devices Inc. and Maxim Integrated Products Inc., which have operations in the country.

PSALM seeks offers anew for Malaya thermal power plant - 2021-02-04
State-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. is seeking offers for the 650-megawatt Malaya thermal power plant in Rizal, which will be bid out in April.

SEC issues CDO vs Chiyuto Creative Wealth - 2021-02-04
SEC barred Chiyuto Creative Wealth Documentation Facilitation Services from selling and offering securities in the form of investment contracts until they have secured the necessary license. The SEC issued the order after finding that Chiyuto offered investments to the public with promised returns of 100 percent in one day,

SMC to start seafood processing program for Bulacan residents - 2021-02-04
Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. will start a seafood processing program for former residents of Barangay Taliptip, where the P734-billion international airport will soon rise.

3,934 motorists held for traffic violations - 2021-02-04
A total of 3,934 motorists were apprehended on Wednesday by the Highway Patrol Group for violating traffic laws during a one-day campaign nationwide.

Easing restrictions seen to push growth to 6.8% - 2021-02-04
Easing restrictions will likely drive economic growth to an average of 6.8 percent this year, with a sharp bounce-back in the second quarter, a prominent economist said.

Smooth transition may help BARMM Region attract more investments
BusinessWorld - 2021-02-04
Region may attract more investments if violent conflicts and political tensions continue to decline, with the infrastructure sector seen to benefit the most. Analysts also noted the key role that intergovernmental relations will play in ensuring a smooth transition and addressing long-standing conflicts.

Madrona to ERC: Move on Tablas power woes
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-04
This will avoid a foreseeable power crisis should STEC reduce its operations because of business losses," Madrona said. In its notice, STEC has informed the ERC that it is constrained to scale ...

PCC gives nod to merger of electronics companies
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-04
The PCC concluded the merger will not result in the substantial lessening of competition in the semiconductor market, as both camps maintain a business that is international by nature and ...

Philippines on its way to recovery - DOF - 2021-02-04
The Philippines is on its way to recovery after slipping into a pandemic-induced economic recession last year due to the impact of the pandemic, according to the Department of Finance.

Grab ordered to reimburse P6.25 million to select passengers - 2021-02-04
Grab Philippines will reimburse P6.25 million to select passengers next week after incurring pricing violations from the Philippine Competition Commission.

Stocks rebound as selling pressure subsides - 2021-02-04
Stocks recovered yesterday as selling pressure eased and last-minute buying lifted the index to its intra-day high.

Duterte orders extension of no-disconnection policy for lifeliners - 2021-02-04
President Duterte approved several measures as additional assistance to lifeliners or low-income households, including the extension of the no-disconnection policy until this month in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic,

Kiddie car seats - 2021-02-04
Requiring the use of kiddie seats in cars is a good idea. It could save children from serious injuries or death in car accidents.

Quakes strike Batanes, Zambales - 2021-02-04
Two earthquakes, with magnitudes of 5.1 and 5.5 hit Zambales and Batanes, respectively, yesterday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the first quake, which struck west of San Antonio,

AC Energy to raise up to P16 billion from follow-on offer - 2021-02-04
AC Energy Corp. is looking to raise from P12 billion to P16.4 billion from its follow-on offering targeted in the middle of the year.

Jobs, food, health top Pinoy concerns - survey
The Manila Times - 2021-02-04
EMPLOYMENT, food security, food accessibility, and access to health and nutrition programs are among the priority concerns of Filipinos, especially during pandemics and disasters, according to a survey commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute.

PDEA destroys P904 million shabu precursors - 2021-02-04
Controlled precursors and essential chemicals estimated to be worth P904.3 million as well as laboratory equipment used in manufacturing shabu were destroyed yesterday by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Valenzuela City.

BIR simplifies requirements for VAT refund - 2021-02-04
The Bureau of Internal Revenue has further simplified the documentary requirements for value added tax refund claims to speed up the process as claimants are encountering difficulties in complying with the requirements due to the pandemic.

HSBC hikes inflation forecast to 3.8% this year - 2021-02-04
British banking giant HSBC has raised its inflation forecast to 3.8 percent this year as consumer prices continued to rise at an uncomfortable pace.

Tourists faking swab test results face raps - 2021-02-04
Local tourists have been warned against submitting falsified travel documents, including reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction tests for COVID-19.

Second fatality in Navotas ammonia leak found - 2021-02-04
A second fatality was found yesterday near the blast site of an ammonia tank leak that hit a cold storage facility in Navotas.

Parañaque holds mock vaccination - 2021-02-04
The Parañaque government has started its vaccination drill ahead of the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the second quarter of the year.

Fishkill in Batangas due to ammonia leak? - 2021-02-04
The Environmental Management Bureau in Batangas is investigating if a fish kill in Lian town on Wednesday was due to an ammonia leak that hit an ice plant.

Economic think tank: PH gov't policies not enough to keep economy afloat
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-04
IBON Foundation executive director Sonny Africa points out the government's current economic policies are not enough to save the Philippine economy's plunge due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Philippines' tepid demand reflects broader Asia Pacific struggle - 2021-02-04
"Asia is saving more and investing less, relative to the rest of the world during the recovery," the credit rater said.

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