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Venmo adds a check-cashing feature, waives fees for stimulus checks
TechCrunch - 2021-01-05
Venmo this morning announced it will begin to offer a new check-cashing service, "Cash a Check," in the Venmo mobile app. The feature, which is being rolled out to select users starting today, can be used to cash printed,

Who will police the police?
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-05
WE have dedicated, intelligent, honest and hardworking policemen in the Philippine National Police. But there are many corrupt cops whose criminal activities have been destroying the image of the PNP.

Wall Street places bet on solid revenue growth for Airbnb, DoorDash
Reuters - 2021-01-05
A slew of brokerages initiated coverage of Airbnb Inc and DoorDash Inc on Monday, having high hopes for their revenue growth and supporting eye-popping valuations obtained by both last month in stock market launches.

Most of Luzon, parts of Mindanao to have rains due to amihan, ITCZ
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-05
Northern and Central Luzon as well as Mindanao will experience rains on Tuesday due to the northeast monsoon or amihan and the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), according

Philippine aviation faces turbulent ride to recovery - 2021-01-05
The Philippine aviation sector is facing a turbulent ride on its way to recovery with travel restrictions still in place, industry experts said.

Montinola elected 2021 MAP President
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-05
Retired banker Aurelio Montinola III has been elected the new president of influential professional organization Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) for 2021. Montinola, chair of Far

Vivant helps Cebu schools implement distance learning
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-05
Most, if not all, public schools in Cebu are struggling to meet the requirements for distance learning, such as printers or photocopying machines, paper, toner and, for the few that chose the

Jack Ma's disappearing act fuels speculation about billionaire's whereabouts
Reuters - 2021-01-04
Alibaba founder Jack Ma's absence from public view in the past two months, including missing the final episode of a TV show on which he was to appear as a judge, has fueled social media speculation over his whereabouts amid a Chinese regulatory clampdown on his

Google employees form Alphabet Workers Union to bring back the 'Don't be evil' motto
ZDNet - 2021-01-04
Workers from Google's parent company Alphabet have announced they are unionising, with the Alphabet Workers Union open to all of the tech giant's 120,000-plus employees. The union, currently boasting a membership of 226,

UK PM Johnson announces new national lockdown in England
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-04
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new national COVID-19 lockdown in England on Monday, instructing people to stay at home to contain a more contagious variant of the

Teledyne is buying FLIR to create a super-sized sensor shop with thermal and laser vision
The Verge - 2021-01-04
Industrial sensor giant Teledyne will acquire FLIR, an Oregon-based company that makes thermal-imaging and night vision technology, the companies announced Monday. The deal is worth $8 billion in a mix of cash and stock.

Applied Materials Lifts Bid for Kokusai to $3.5 Billion
Bloomberg - 2021-01-04
Applied Materials Inc., one of the largest makers of machines used to manufacture semiconductors, said it raised its offer for KKR & Co.-owned Kokusai Electric Corp. by 59%, citing higher valuations in a growing industry.

Gun-toting US Rep. Boebert aims to pack more than her lunch on DC streets
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-04
Newly elected Representative Lauren Boebert, who has vowed to carry her Glock pistol when she is at work in the U.S. Capitol, has so far failed to fulfill that promise and earned a

Experts Debate Wisdom of Delaying Second COVID-19 Vaccine Dose
Medscape - 2021-01-04
Controversy surrounds a proposal to delay the booster dose of COVID-19 vaccination in order to increase the number of people who could get immunized with at least one dose.

Mental health is one of the biggest pandemic issues we'll face in 2021
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-04
As the physical risks are better managed with vaccines, however, what will likely still remain is the indelible impact of the pandemic weighing on the collective psyche.

3 reasons why Haven, Amazon's joint healthcare venture with JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway, was doomed from the start
Business Insider - 2021-01-04
Haven set out to fix healthcare, but quickly found itself up against a culture of secrecy and the competing interests of its founding companies.

Physician-Level PCI Mortality Data May Be Misleading
Medscape - 2021-01-04
Percutaneous coronary intervention mortality data do not adequately reflect the quality of care delivered by cardiologists who perform this procedure at multiple centers, researchers report.

Where is Jack Ma? Tech tycoon silent as China gets tough with his business
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-04
Jack Ma hasn't made a public appearance or social media post since late October, just over a week before a much anticipated stock market listing of Alibaba's financial affiliate, Ant Group, was blocked at the last minute by Chinese regulators.

100,000 Chinese in PH vaccinated, says Chinoy leader
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-04
Some 100,000 Chinese based in the Philippines were inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine in December, according to prominent Chinese-Filipino civic leader Teresita

NBI to probe officials in secret vaccine use
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday said it would go after government officials behind the illegal importation of and use of an unregistered vaccine from

Philippine president lauds guards' courage in using unauthorised vaccine - spokesman
Reuters - 2021-01-04
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has commended his security detail for their "loyalty and courage" in inoculating themselves with unauthorised COVID-19 vaccines, his spokesman said on Monday, as some lawmakers called their actions illegal.

More local governments inclined to purchase vaccines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-04
More local governments are inclined to make their own purchases of COVID-19 vaccines even as the Department of Health discouraged them from taking this initiative. Makati

UK scientists worry vaccines may not protect against S.African coronavirus variant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-04
UK scientists expressed concern on Monday that COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out in Britain may not be able to protect against a new variant of the coronavirus that emerged in South Africa

No recorded surge yet in COVID-19 cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) will not know until Jan. 15 whether there has been a surge in coronavirus infections in the country because of the Christmas and New Year

DOJ orders indictment of 9 Sulu cops in killing of 4 soldiers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-04
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday ordered the criminal indictment of nine policemen who killed four military intelligence agents in Jolo, Sulu province, last year, an incident that the Armed

Ayala Group orders 450,000 doses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-04
Ayala Corp. president and chief operating officer Fernando Zobel de Ayala on Monday said the Ayala Group has decided to order 450,000 doses of vaccines from the United Kingdom-based manufacturer

Malware uses WiFi BSSID for victim identification
ZDNet - 2021-01-04
Malware authors are using the WiFi AP MAC address (also known as the BSSID) as a way to geo-locate infected hosts.

The cauldrons of gold theory of media and startups
TechCrunch - 2021-01-04
Another week, another email newsletter. This time, the story is Punchbowl, a politics-centric newsletter founded by a crop of recent Politico alums including Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan.

Bitcoin plummets after surpassing $ 34,000 per unit
Entrepreneur - 2021-01-04
One day after surpassing $ 34,000 per unit and hitting a new all-time high, Bitcoin (BTC) had its biggest daily drop since last March. This Monday, the cryptocurrency registered a 17% crash, reaching a price below 30 thousand dollars.

Sotto files fresh bill to revive ABS-CBN franchise
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-04
Senate President Vicente Sotto III has filed a measure seeking to renew the legislative franchise of television giant ABS-CBN. In filing Senate Bill No. 1967 on Monday,

Byton partners with Foxconn, but extends shutdown
The Verge - 2021-01-04
Chinese EV startup Byton has signed a manufacturing deal with iPhone-maker Foxconn, which according to Bloomberg could be worth around $200 million. In exchange, Foxconn -- which has been eager to get into electric vehicles -- will provide Byton with "advanced manufacturing technology,

Apple Leads Big-Tech Slump With Worst Drop Since October
Bloomberg - 2021-01-04
Apple Inc. led shares of the largest technology companies lower in the first trading day of the year, suffering its worst decline in more than two months amid a broad market sell-off.

VCs say 2021 will see a 'major overhaul' of the tech recruiting process where diverse companies win the talent war
Business Insider - 2021-01-04
Employees will be demanding tech companies do more than pay lip service to diversity.

Big tech companies like Microsoft and Salesforce are using this buzzy young startup to send gifts to employees working remotely
Business Insider - 2021-01-04
Meet Snappy, a hot young startup beloved by Silicon Valley's top tech companies as a way to send corporate gifts to employees working remotely.

Jack Ma continues to lose money while his company is investigated by the Chinese authorities
Entrepreneur - 2021-01-04
Alibaba and AliExpress founder Jack Ma has lost about $ 11 billion, dropping his net worth to $ 50.6 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Last year the fortune of the Chinese millionaire reached 61.

New tax relief for small businesses
BusinessWorld - 2021-01-04
Lower the corporate income tax from 30% to 20%; 3. Implement a tax holiday from business taxes which will eventually transition to a flat tax for self-employed and professionals (SEPs); Still pending in Congress is the general tax amnesty which was ...

Damage control wreaks more damage
BusinessWorld - 2021-01-04
Oscar P. Lagman, Jr. is a retired corporate executive, business consultant, and management professor. He has been a politicized citizen since his college days in the late 1950s. Unilever makes sustainable living accessible through its new Clean Future ...

Agriculture modernization still priority for 2021 - 2021-01-04
As the new year ushers in, the government is still banking on the mechanization and industrialization of the agriculture sector to boost the growth of the farm sector and contribute further to economic recovery.

Sotto files bill to renew ABS-CBN franchise - 2021-01-04
Senate President Vicente Sotto III filed yesterday a bill seeking to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN, which was shut down last year after Congress rejected its application for the renewal of its license to operate.

PHL slaps safeguard duty on imported cars, LCVs
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-04
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has imposed an additional tariff per unit of P70,000 on passenger cars... The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has imposed an additional tariff per ...

Philippine couples have more free time to make babies amid lockdown
BusinessWorld - 2021-01-04
A pandemic that has sickened almost half a million and killed more than 9,000 people in the Philippines has given couples more time together and would likely result in a baby boom this year after years of easing population growth,

Only a new law can stop PhilHealth, SSS rate hikes-DOH chief
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-04
IT will take a new law to stop the looming implementation of the premium hike of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.... IT will take a new law to stop the looming implementation of the ...

Predictions for the year 2020
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-04
"Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini, who tested positive for Covid-19 four weeks ago, has died at age 52 after... You may have noticed that those who make a living out of predicting the ...

Using fintech to benefit the unbanked - 2021-01-04
Without doubt, new and improved financial technologies many spawned by the pandemic-induced quarantine restrictions are bringing more unbanked Filipinos into the realm of digital banking, and more importantly,

AREIT Inc. plans 2nd equity offer - 2021-01-04
AREIT Inc., the listed real estate investment trust (REIT) of the Ayala Group, is planning to do a second equity offer in 2022 and more equity funding in 2023.

Ex-cop shot dead in Quezon City - 2021-01-04
A former policeman previously charged for illegal drugs was killed by six suspects on three motorcycles in Barangay Old Balara, Quezon City over the weekend.

OK of law seeking fiscal rules for mining sought
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-04
WITH a digital economy increasing demand for electronics, the chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means is pushing for the immediate approval of House Bill (HB) 6135 or the Fiscal Regime for the Mining Industry.

MGen raises stake in PFBSI - 2021-01-04
Meralco Powergen Corp., the power generating arm of Manila Electric Co., has hiked its stake in its first solar power project.

Singapore investment unit buys 17.5% stake in AC Energy - 2021-01-04
A unit of Singapore state fund GIC Private Ltd. is acquiring a 17.5 percent stake in AC Energy Philippines Inc. for P20 billion.

Nueva Ecija player wins P34.6 million lotto pot - 2021-01-04
A lone bettor fron Gapan, Nueva Ecija won the jackpot in the 6/49 Super Lotto on Sunday night, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office reported yesterday.

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