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Biden appoints Fil-Am as acting administrator of USAID
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-27
US President Joe Biden has appointed Filipino-American Gloria Steele as acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Biden

Goldman Sachs slashes CEO pay by $10 million over massive scandal
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-27
(CNN) -- Goldman Sachs cut chief executive David Solomon's annual compensation by $10 million, or 36%, following a penalty deduction that resulted from the bank's role in a corruption scandal ...

PH will be storm-free until end of January -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-27
No storm may develop and affect the country for the rest of January, but the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) expects the

Baguio hotel told to explain reported protocol breaches at celebrity party - 2021-01-27
The Department of Tourism-Cordillera Administrative Region and Baguio City government on Tuesday asked the hotel where a controversial celebrity party was held to explain why it should not be sanctioned.

Duterte urged: Scrap pork tariffs to lower prices
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-27
A group of manufacturers of meat products on Tuesday asked President Rodrigo Duterte to remove duties imposed on imported pork to immediately cover a meat shortage in the

You should update your iPhone right now
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-27
Apple is urging iPhone and iPad users to promptly update their operating systems to fix security bugs that may have already been exploited by hackers. On its support webpage, the company said three security flaws "may have been actively exploited.

Lockdowns amid pandemic adversely affected job sector
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-27
The survey aims to provide quarterly data on labor turnover and existing job vacancies as indicators of labor market activity and general business situation of the country. This provides the ...

Cover your nose: Duterte tells public to wear face masks properly - 2021-01-27
"Because there are some who wear masks and then I see your nose hanging out there just on the edge of the mask, the upper portion," Duterte said in Filipino.

UPDATE 1-LG Display reports strong Q4 profit on iPhone demand, rising panel prices
Reuters - 2021-01-26
South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd on Wednesday reported a bigger than expected profit in the fourth quarter, as increased shipments of Apple Inc's new iPhones helped drive the firm's second consecutive quarterly profit.

How hedge funds are tracking Reddit posts to protect their portfolios after the WallStreetBets crowd tanked Melvin Capital's short positions
Business Insider - 2021-01-26
Web-scraping company Thinknum is creating a Reddit-focused data product for clients to track the most popular tickers on the platform.

Microsoft beats revenue expectations as pandemic continues to fuel sales
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-26
(CNN) -- Microsoft exceeded Wall Street analysts' expectations for quarterly revenue by nearly $3 billion, it reported Tuesday. The results signal that the pandemic is continuing to buoy the tech ...

Daily Crunch: Calendly valued at $3B
TechCrunch - 2021-01-26
A popular scheduling startup raises a big funding round, Twitter makes a newsletter acquisition and Beyond Meat teams up with PepsiCo. This is your Daily Crunch for. The big story: Calendly valued at $3B Calendly,

Exclusive: Alan Mnuchin-backed SPAC in talks to take Sharecare public - sources
Reuters - 2021-01-26
A blank-check acquisition firm backed by veteran investment banker Alan Mnuchin is in talks to merge with digital health startup Sharecare Inc and take it public, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Brazilian Researchers Tracking Reinfection by New Virus Variant
Medscape - 2021-01-26
A case report from the Brazilian state of Bahia details reinfection by a variant that contains one of the mutations at the center of global spread.

Xbox Game Pass subscribers hit 18 million
The Verge - 2021-01-26
Microsoft is continuing to attract people to its Xbox Game Pass service. The "Netflix for video games" service now has 18 million subscribers, up from the 15 million previously reported in September.

4 dead in Zamboanga Sibugay road mishap - 2021-01-26
Four persons died when a motorcycle and a pickup collided along the highway in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay on Monday.

UPDATE 1-EU drugs agency says it is advising makers of Russian vaccine
Reuters - 2021-01-26
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is in the process of offering advice to the developers of the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, but is not currently reviewing it for approval, the agency's chief said on Tuesday.

Charles Schwab, Robinhood users face glitches for second day - Downdetector
Business Insider - 2021-01-26
Users on retail trading platforms Charles Schwab Corp and Robinhood reported operational problems in the market session for a second day in a row on Tuesday, according to outage monitoring website Downdetector.

Five things you should do to prepare your business for 2021
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-26
The convenience of learning how to start a business from the confines of your home, and with the help of other business owners willing to lend a helping hand, has created a space for SMEs to ...

Canada to unveil more steps to restrict foreign travel, sees no vaccine supply problems
Reuters - 2021-01-26
Canada will soon take more steps to restrict foreign travel as part of its campaign to clamp down on the coronavirus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Tuesday, but did not give details.

Shopee makes going online easy for MSMEs through education, enhanced tools
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-26
Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, continues to enhance its robust e-commerce ecosystem to help entrepreneurs and MSMEs go digital more seamlessly and effectively. With most physical stores forced to close due to the pandemic,

Indonesia tops 1m COVID infections in never-ending first wave
NIKKEI - 2021-01-26
Indonesia has set several daily records since the new year began, the last being 14,224 new infections reported Jan. 16. Government officials suspect year-end travel caused this explosion in cases. Authorities tightened movement restrictions on the islands of Java and Bali,

DOF chief: Open PH economy to foreigners, but not land
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III on Tuesday said the Philippines should open its economy "as wide as we can" but insisted that the ban on foreign ownership of land

11 regions post Covid-19 spike
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
The use of health-care facilities in Davao de Oro province and Baguio City has reached a critical level as the Department of Health (DOH) and local governments confront the

2 former Supreme Court justices push back vs Parlade threats
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
A group led by two retired Supreme Court justices has asked the High Tribunal to act on the "threats" made by a controversial army general against individuals who

Police to submit new evidence vs respondents in Dacera case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
Metro Manila police chief, Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., hopes that additional evidence will boost the case against the respondents in the death of flight attendant Christine

DOH warns vs imminent outbreak of measles
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
A health official has warned that the polio outbreak in the country has yet to be placed under control, while a major measles outbreak is imminent without a massive immunization

Bill lets Duterte suspend PhilHealth premium hike
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved House Bill No. 8461 authorizing President Duterte to suspend the scheduled increase in PhilHealth premium rates this year. Under

DENR orders closure of 200 open dumps by March
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu on Tuesday ordered the closure of some 200 remaining open dumps across the country by March in

Limited in-person classes for medical courses allowed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
The country needs to make sure it would have enough doctors to take care of the people amid the pandemic, which is why the President has allowed limited in-person classes for

Blast fishing blamed for dolphin deaths in Camarines Sur
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
Thirteen of 25 dolphins stranded on the shores of Del Gallego town in Camarines Sur province on Tuesday died from what fisheries officials described as injuries suffered from blast

Belmonte to UP Diliman: QC will protect academic freedom
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has assured students and officials of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman campus that the city government supports and will protect

Grindr faces $11.7 million fine in Norway for breach of data privacy
Reuters - 2021-01-26
Norway's Data Protection Authority said on Tuesday it planned to fine dating app Grindr 100 million Norwegian crowns ($11.7 million) for what the regulator said was illegal disclosure of user data to advertising firms.

WHO issues new clinical advice on treating COVID-19 patients
Rappler - 2021-01-26
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued fresh clinical advice on Tuesday, January 26, for treating COVID-19 patients, including those displaying persistent symptoms after recovery, and also ...

A widespread internet outage on the East Coast disrupted work and school.
New York Times - 2021-01-26
Verizon said on Twitter that a fiber optic cable had been cut in Brooklyn, but it was not clear if that was the only cause of the outage.

EU green light for $3.5 billion pan-European battery project
Reuters - 2021-01-26
EU competition regulators on Tuesday approved a 2.9-billion-euro ($3.5 billion) battery project funded by Germany, France, Italy and nine other EU countries, responding to the growing demand for car and industrial batteries in the 27-country bloc.

Invite-Only Social App Clubhouse Is Slowly Getting Pried Open
Bloomberg - 2021-01-26
Once a playground for early adopters, the private chat app is attracting tech leaders, celebrities and politicians--and the media attention that comes with them.

Virtual Agencies Will Be The New Norm In A World Of Empty Offices
Forbes - 2021-01-26
After the pandemic is over, will clients, accustomed to working remote, still be quite as willing to accommodate the agency overheads that come with expensive office space?

Twitter is opening up its full tweet archive to academic researchers for free
The Verge - 2021-01-26
Twitter on Tuesday announced a significant shift in the type of data it makes available for free to third-party academic researchers interested in studying user behaviors and trends related to online discourse.

Hacker pleads guilty to blackmailing Adafruit, Bleacher Report, and other sites for bitcoin
The Verge - 2021-01-26
A Cypriot man pleaded guilty to hacking and blackmailing several US companies. Joshua Epifaniou admitted to computer fraud and paid $600,000 in restitution to his victims. He was extradited from Cyprus and will be sentenced on March 3rd.

Telegram, Pro-Democracy Tool, Struggles Over New Fans From Far Right
New York Times - 2021-01-26
The app has helped fuel democracy movements in Iran and Belarus but now faces scrutiny as extremists and conspiracy theorists flock to it amid crackdowns by Facebook and Twitter on disinformation.

The digital push
BusinessWorld - 2021-01-26
Digital technology in all its permutations has become an accessible ... the IMD World Competitiveness Center uses the subfactors of regulatory framework, capital, and technological framework to gauge digital capacity. But there is a bright spot.

Government asked to allow hog producers to import pork to stabilize prices
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-26
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said P642.45 million worth of farm produce was damaged and lost due to flooding... AN advocacy group is urging the government to open investments in dams, rivers ...

Samar councilor killed in gun attack - 2021-01-26
A councilor of Pinabacdao town in Samar was killed in a gun attack on Monday. Samuel Lagario was on a motorcycle with Roberto Balundo, also a councilor, on their way to attend a municipal council session when unidentified men in a black sport utility vehicle asked them to pull over.

Mayors ready for GCQ or MGCQ in Metro Manila by February -- MMDA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
Mayors of Metro Manila are prepared to stay under a general community quarantine (GCQ) or move to the relaxed restrictions of a modified general community quarantine

Dutch police detain more than 180 in third night of curfew violence
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-26
Dutch police detained more than 180 people in the third night of unrest in cities across the Netherlands, where roaming groups of rioters set fires, threw rocks, and looted

DTI to ensure compliance of firms with health protocols
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-26
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is focusing on efforts to improve the compliance of business establishments with minimum health protocols to raise consumer confidence. Trade Secretary Ramon M.

Survey: Google, Nestle top sustainable brands in PHL
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-26
Technology giant Google, its subsidiary YouTube and multinational Nestle were listed by Filipinos as brands they trust in terms of employing sustainability in their operations, according to a study. A survey carried out by data firms Blackbox Research and Dynata showed nearly all of Filipino buyers are willing to

Security Bank rolls out e-Learning hub for staff
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-26
During the pilot run, the tool allowed the participants to choose from thousands of business, creative and technology courses curated by industry experts and learn in-demand skills at their own ...

Learnings for 2020 and beyond
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-26
The best speech delivered during the inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 20 was actually a poem read... SEVERAL months ago, our normal lives as we knew it, came to a grinding halt ...

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