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Apple Project Titan to start electric vehicle production in 2024, says Reuters
ZDNet - 2020-12-21
Apple plans to start producing its own electric vehicle in 2024, according to a report this afternoon by Reuters that says the company's on-again, off-again Project Titan has a renewed momentum. According to the report,

Exclusive: Apple targets car production by 2024 and eyes 'next level' battery technology
Reuters - 2020-12-21
Apple Inc is moving forward with self-driving car technology and is targeting 2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Apple wants to build its first car in 2024, Reuters says
The Verge - 2020-12-21
Apple once again appears to be seriously looking at making a car. Reuters reports that Apple is pursuing production of a passenger vehicle by 2024 as well as the creation of self-driving systems and a "breakthrough battery technology.

PH to get 30M doses of Indian-made Novavax
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
The Philippines has been assured of at least 30 million doses of the Indian-made Novavax coronavirus vaccine, according to Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. "Thirty

DOH to monitor coronavirus strains
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said it would ramp up surveillance of circulating strains of the new coronavirus after the United Kingdom reported a more infectious

Brutal killings involving cop spark outrage
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
The brutal killing of a woman and her son by an off-duty policeman in Paniqui, Tarlac province, on Sunday, which was caught on video that went viral on social media, was an

Policeman linked to 2 homicides, says PNP chief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The policeman who shot dead a 52-year-old woman and her 25-year-old son in Paniqui, Tarlac province, on Sunday avoided prosecution for two homicides last year and kept his

Many US Health Experts Underestimated the Coronavirus...Until It Was Too Late
Medscape - 2020-12-21
When Chinese officials revealed that their pneumonia outbreak was caused by another new coronavirus, Asian countries hit hard by SARS knew what they had to do. The US learned all the wrong lessons.

Novartis Receives FDA Complete Response Letter on Inclisiran
Medscape - 2020-12-21
The FDA was unable to approve the new drug application for inclisiran, a novel treatment to lower LDL cholesterol, owing to unresolved facility inspection concerns, the company said.

Databricks salaries revealed: From $127,000 to $190,000, this is what the $6.2 billion big data unicorn pays employees
Business Insider - 2020-12-21
Databricks salaries revealed: this is what the $6.2 billion data analytics unicorn pays its employees.

Diesel prices up for the 7th straight week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
Pump prices of diesel went up for the seventh week straight, this time by 85 centavos per liter, as rising optimism about COVID-19 vaccines rev up international demand for

Colombia to receive 1.7 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in February
Reuters - 2020-12-21
Colombia will receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE in February, the country health ministry said on Monday.

Fewer students in online classes seen
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- As public schools brace for the second quarter of the school year in January, teachers like Nestor Reyes are lamenting the difficulties brought about by distance learning ...

NBI asked to probe cops in Benguet slay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
BAGUIO CITY -- The National Bureau of Investigation has been asked to look into the alleged involvement of two policemen in the abduction and beheading of a Baguio resident, city officials said ...

Governance crisis - 2020-12-21
With this dismal vaccine performance, how can you expect the government to properly, efficiently and promptly vaccinate 70 million Filipinos against COVID?" Bad governance has brought our country down to the pits.

BREAKING: Phivolcs: Magnitude 4.9 quake jolts General Nakar in Quezon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Earthquake rocked General Nakar town in Quezon province early Tuesday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. Initial information ...

GitHub got rid of annoying cookie banners by eliminating tracking cookies altogether. A product manager explains why it was worth the trade-offs.
Business Insider - 2020-12-21
A GitHub senior product manager told Business Insider about how the company pulled it off and how other websites could follow its example.

IBM to buy European cloud startup Nordcloud
Reuters - 2020-12-21
International Business Machines will acquire European startup Nordcloud, the latest in a series of acquisitions for the 109-year old firm preparing a mega spin-off to focus on cloud computing.

Aramco to bring Google Cloud services to Saudi Arabia
Reuters - 2020-12-21
Saudi Aramco Development Co, a subsidiary of Aramco, has teamed up with Google Cloud to offer cloud services to customers in Saudi Arabia, Aramco said on Monday.

Megawide insists financial capacity to fund NAIA rehab project
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
Megawide Construction Corp. and GMR Infrastructure have maintained that they have the financial capacity to fund the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) renovation as

Best Bets: The Safest And Most Reliable Used Cars That Hold Onto Their Values Best
Forbes - 2020-12-21
You can save a bundle buying a pre-owned vehicle instead of a new one--here are the models that should be at the top of your short list.

Philippines orders 240 Japanese train cars for first Manila subway
NIKKEI - 2020-12-21
Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. and an East Japan Railway unit announced Monday that they won a 57.5 billion yen ($556 million) order for train cars that will serve Manila's first-ever subway system.

Google Cloud quietly recruited 5 long-time SAP executives this year as part of its enterprise push against Amazon Web Services and Microsoft
Business Insider - 2020-12-21
Google Cloud hired Robert Enslin as its cloud sales president from SAP. This year, it hired several new executives who are SAP veterans.

DOLE: 13th month pay not convertible to gifts - 2020-12-21
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday reminded employers to release the 13th month pay of workers. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said the 13th month pay is not convertible to baskets of goodies or any kind of gift as it is mandated by law.

Murder raps filed vs cop who killed mother and son in Tarlac, says Año
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Cases have been filed against Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca after undergoing inquest proceedings for two counts of murder for shooting to death a mother and ...

Ang: Toll fees waived by SMC for health workers hit P138 million
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-21
DIVERSIFIED conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) said on Monday that waived toll fees for frontline workers have reached over P138 million as of Sunday, nine months since the company implemented ...

DBP, DA to distribute cash aid to 900,000 farmers
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-21
Cebuana Lhuillier Rural Bank (CLRB) is beefing up its micro savings-account offering with additional features to provide... The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) inked an agreement with ...

Bankers see bumpy road ahead - 2020-12-21
Philippine banks expect another challenging year for the industry as uncertainties brought about by the pandemic translated to higher loan defaults and a sharp slump in credit growth.

Toyota donates P5 million to typhoon relief operations - 2020-12-21
Local automotive leader Toyota Motor Philippines has pledged P5 million as aid for typhoon relief operations in several locations in the country affected by Typhoon Ulysses.

Silangan Mining MPSA extension to lure more investors - 2020-12-21
One of the biggest mining projects in the country is expected to start attracting more investments after the government granted a 25-year extension to its contract, another move to spur economic growth amid the pandemic.

US-based firm offers to underwrite $200 million loan for Trackway project - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- A US-based financial institution has offered to underwrite a $200-million loan needed by a local consortium to develop a mass transit system along the heavily congested EDSA. "The offer is to underwrite our proposed $200 million ...

Reliable data system needed for rice sector - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The local rice sector is in need of a reliable and timely data system to unlock its potential and create sound policies for the benefit of farmers amid a liberalized rice regime. In its latest policy note, research and advocacy ...

PAL domestic flights up 103% from Nov. 2020
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-21
including the tourism sector which is a major provider of jobs and business. At the same time, we are here to help our fellow Filipinos come home to be reunited with their families this Christmas ...

Bill pushes issuance of vaccination passports after Covid inoculation
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-21
A party-list lawmaker is pushing for the passage of a measure seeking to provide vaccination passports for all those who would receive their Covid-19 vaccine shots. In House Bill 8280, or the Vaccination Passport Act,

Tilting towards digitalization - 2020-12-21
The amendment of the 38-year-old Corporation Code through Republic Act 11232, or the Act Providing for the Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines is a welcome development in efforts to improve the ease of doing business in the Philippines.

DOE to award new geo, hydro contracts by May 2021 - 2020-12-21
The Department of Energy is eyeing to award new geothermal and hydropower contracts under the third round of the open and competitive selection process by May 2021.

SEC extends more reprieve to businesses - 2020-12-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is providing more reprieve to businesses, this time for real estate players, amid the challenges brought about by COVID-19. SEC chairperson Emilio Aquino said the real estate industry ...

Megawide seeks OPS reinstatement - 2020-12-21
Megawide Construction Corp. has officially appealed to the government for the reinstatement of its original proponent status for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport rehabilitation project following its revocation last week.

Body found in Tarlac is missing CA justice - 2020-12-21
The National Bureau of Investigation yesterday confirmed that a cadaver found in Tarlac in October was the missing retired Court of Appeals justice Normandie Pizarro.

A year of anguish - 2020-12-21
This was a terrible year, a time when what we experienced was something we could never have imagined happening in our lifetime.

11,515 Quezon City residents tested for COVID-19 - 2020-12-21
The Quezon City government has tested 11,515 residents for COVID-19 who were found in contact tracing measures by local health authorities from Dec. 14 to 19.

Angat Dam hits critical level - 2020-12-21
Continuous heavy rains in the past three days have pushed the water level in the Angat Dam to its critical level, the National Power Corp. announced yesterday.

Vicky death toll climbs to 8 - 2020-12-21
The number of fatalities in the onslaught of Tropical Depression Vicky, which submerged several areas in Mindanao, has increased to eight, authorities reported yesterday.

Manila police commander sacked - 2020-12-21
Another police station commander in Manila was relieved from his post, Manila Police District director Brig. Gen. Leo Francisco announced yesterday.

First Metro bares new business strategy - 2020-12-21
First Metro Investment Corp., the investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group, is embarking on a new business strategy as it adapts to the changing market and business environment.

4 suspects killed in P272 million drug bust - 2020-12-21
Four men believed to be members of a major drug trafficking ring were shot dead during an anti-narcotics operation that yielded at least P272 million worth of shabu in Taguig City yesterday morning.

4 killed in Lanao del Sur explosion - 2020-12-21
Four wild boar hunters were killed in a powerful explosion that occurred in the jungles of Madalum town in this province on Sunday.

Cebuana Lhuillier Rural Bank eyes 8 million accounts next year - 2020-12-21
The banking arm of Cebuana Lhuillier expects a 60 percent jump in accounts by the end of next year as it boosts financial inclusion efforts amid the pandemic.

RCBC urges investors to diversify portfolio, investment abroad - 2020-12-21
Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. is urging investors to diversify their portfolios by taking a look at the offshore debt markets amid the impending recovery of the global economy from the pandemic.

AUB to focus on IT platforms - 2020-12-21
Rebisco-led Asia United Bank is focusing on information technology platforms to increase its market presence as it obtained an Aa plus credit rating and stable outlook from Philippine Ratings Services Corp.

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