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PH COVID-19 cases exceed 143,000 with over 4,000 new infections
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-12
The Department of Health on Wednesday reported more than 4,000 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the Philippines' coronavirus tally to 143,749.

Apple ordered to pay $500-M after losing patent case - 2020-08-12
PanOptis, which specializes in licensing patents, took Apple to court in February last year, claiming it refused to pay for the use of 4G LTE technologies in its smartphones, tablets and watches. "The plaintiffs have repeatedly negotiated with Apple to reach an agreement for a FRAND license to the Plaintiff's patent portfolios which Apple is infringing,

CebuPac sees brighter days ahead despite pandemic gloom
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-12
Budget airline Cebu Pacific expects to weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic despite suffering a major financial loss in the first six months of 2020. In a stock exchange filing on Wednesday

After entering recession, Philippines set for record collapse this year - 2020-08-12
The Philippine economy's collapse this year could be greater than what the government projected, analysts at First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC) and University of Asia & the Pacific (UA&P) said Wednesday.

Duterte won't intervene in Echanis' case probe - Palace
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-12
It would be difficult for President Rodrigo Duterte to intervene in the ongoing investigation into the killing of National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultant Randall 'Randy' Echanis,

Philippines records 93 more coronavirus deaths, biggest jump in nearly a month
Reuters - 2020-08-12
The Philippines on Wednesday reported 93 more coronavirus fatalities, the highest daily increase in the Southeast Asian country since July 18, taking its death toll to 2,404.

Petron backs bill mandating tighter rules for LPG sector
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-12
Petron Corp. said it fully supports the passage of the LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) bill pending in Congress, saying this will address illegal practices in the LPG sector. "Similar to fuel smuggling,

House health panel tackles bills calling for creation of PH CDC
Manila Bulletin - 2020-08-12
The House of Representatives has started discussing the creation of a national body geared towards disease prevention and control -- one of the key appeals of President Duterte during his State-of-the-Nation Address (SoNA) last month.

Global threat of substandard mask amidst pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-12
As of August 10, 2020, there are 19.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 700,000 deaths and counting. International Monetary Fund (IMF) considered the present circumstances as the "worst recession since the 1930s Great Depression,

GMA Network to buy back all issued PDRs
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-12
The board of GMA Network Inc. on Tuesday approved to buy back the Philippine depositary receipts (PDRs) it issued to protect its non-Filipino investors. In its disclosure, GMA said it will buy back the said PDRs,

Flattening the mental health curve: Doctor shares mental wellness tips amid COVID-19 pandemic - 2020-08-12
Psychiatrist Dr. Robert Buenaventura imparted some timely mental health care advice for individuals struggling to cope and adjust to the new normal.

365-day debt moratorium excessive, to harm both FIs, borrowers-fintech group
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-12
THE yearlong grace period for loan and interest payments proposed under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act Part 2 or Bayanihan II may do more harm for both the financial institutions and borrowers than relief,

DOH: Physical distancing, wearing face mask & face shield cuts virus transmission by 96%
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-12
As the the confirmed Covid-19 cases rose to 139,538 on Tuesday, the Department of Health (DOH) urged the people to follow the behavioral changes that can cut down the virus transmission by up to 96 percent.

Is competition crucial for economic recovery in the Covid-19 crisis?
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-12
This year, we have witnessed hard times dawning upon us due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Because of this virus, our economy has suffered a setback, affecting every sector of society, men and women, rich and poor,

Lockdown cuts Century Properties profits
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-12
Parañaque, Philippines--As the ongoing rise of Covid-19 cases continue to disrupt business operations, brand events, and company celebrations both local and abroad, Aseana Holdings Inc. welcomed ...

Operator of LRT 1 cuts work force
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-12
This will aim to right-size the organization to better suit the current and future business conditions, as well as maintain stability while navigating through the uncertainty of this global crisis."

Flight restart in June offers little reprieve to Cebu Pacific - 2020-08-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Gokongwei-led Cebu Air Inc. took a turn for the worse on the first half of the year as losses mounted due to the coronavirus pandemic that kept most of its fleet grounded. A gradual recovery is seen from reopening routes.

Cathay Pacific suffers $1.27 billion net loss in first half - 2020-08-12
The Hong Kong carrier provides another evidence on the impact of the pandemic on the airline industry due to travel concerns.

Beirut blast trauma adds new wounds to old scars
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-12
Tanya can't be alone in a room. Carla, for days, thought a war was starting. Survivors of Beirut's August 4 blast are still in shock over a disaster that disfigured

PhilHealth officials asked to allow anti-corruption body to check bank records
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-12
Officials of the embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corp. were asked on Wednesday to allow an anti-corruption body access to their bank records.

Thai protesters up pressure for monarchy debate with 10-point manifesto
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-12
BANGKOK -- Proposals for reform of the monarchy by youth-led protests have met with both praise for their bravery and fierce criticism for touching on a taboo topic in Thai society. The latest

House panel OKs bill providing free annual medical checkup for Filipinos
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 12) -- Filipinos may soon avail of a free annual medical checkup in any government hospital or health care institution. The House Committee on Health has ...

Keeping the Lights On
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-12
Meralco personnel are seen upgrading its distribution transformers and installing new metering facilities to serve the Angono-Binangonan Center of Dialysis Inc. located along J. Sumulong Avenue in

Bringing out the best in others
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-12
Empathy is the hallmark of a good leader. You have no business being a leader if you have no empathy. The bottomline is that you manage people and not statistics or numbers. So if you think your ...

Life insurance for children: Pros and cons of buying one
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-12
Philippines--As the ongoing rise of Covid-19 cases continue to disrupt business operations, brand events, and company celebrations both local and abroad, Aseana Holdings Inc. welcomed the second ...

UCAP defends PHL coco oil production
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-12
The United Coconut Associations of the Philippines (UCAP) said the production of coconut oil production in the country is not an environmental and biodiversity threat. UCAP issued the statement after the recent publication of articles which indicated that the process of producing coconut is an environmental threat and is

Disney just ended the 20th Century Fox brand, one of the most storied names in entertainment
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-11
Disney announces it would be rebranding one of its TV studios, 20th Century Fox Television, as 20th Television.

Lukashenko challenger leaves Belarus as EU threatens sanctions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-11
The main challenger to Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko in disputed presidential polls said she had left the country on Tuesday to protect her children as the European

Facebook removed seven million posts in second quarter for false coronavirus information
Reuters - 2020-08-11
Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it removed 7 million posts in the second quarter for sharing false information about the novel coronavirus, including content that promoted fake preventative measures and exaggerated cures.

Xbox Series X is coming in November while 'Halo Infinite' will be delayed to 2021
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-11
But the release of "Halo Infinite," the splashy blockbuster shooter game starring protagonist Master Chief, which was planned for release alongside the Xbox Series X, was postponed until some time in 2021.

Google Botched Startup Support. This Ex-Employee Built a Business Around It
Inc - 2020-08-11
He helps founders make the most of cloud tools. When Covid-19 hit, his service was critical to companies that could no longer afford it. He helped them anyway.

Hospitals, expats blast Trump plan to block U.S. citizens over coronavirus
Reuters - 2020-08-11
A Southern California-area hospital system, immigrant advocacy groups and Americans living in Mexico criticized on Tuesday a U.S. government draft proposal that could block U.S. citizens and permanent residents from entering the country if they are suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus.

Twitter users can now control who replies to their tweet
Reuters - 2020-08-11
Twitter Inc on Tuesday rolled out a moderation feature that would allow its users to limit how many people can reply to their tweets, giving account-holders more control over conversations on their page.

Apple Owes Tech Companies $506M For Patent Infringement, Jury Says
Forbes - 2020-08-11
The case in Texas federal court was one of the few in-person jury trials to take place since the Covid-19 pandemic shuttered courtrooms nationwide.

US: IMF economic outlook too pessimistic - 2020-08-11
The IMF is too gloomy in its outlook for US growth and oversteps its mandate in calling for Washington to reshape the American economy, a US official said Monday.

TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones
Business Insider - 2020-08-11
The report follows President Trump's executive order seeking to ban TikTok's parent company from operating in the US over national security concerns.

Palace says lockdown extension unlikely, cites dwindling funds
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-11
President Duterte is wary about extending the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite and Rizal amid dwindling funds for cash aid. Malacañang said

SC sets hearings on anti-terrorism law in September
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-11
The Supreme Court will hear in open court next month the various petitions seeking to nullify the newly enacted Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 for alleged violation of the

Reddit bans racist subreddit after co-founder Alexis Ohanian calls it out on Twitter
The Verge - 2020-08-11
Reddit has banned another community dedicated to posting racist remarks on its platform -- but only after co-founder Alexis Ohanian decided to report the subreddit. And not by actually reporting it to Reddit,

YouTube star Jackie Aina describes the 2-year process of creating her new 'affordable luxury' brand launching with candles inspired by her memories
Business Insider - 2020-08-11
Beauty YouTuber and influencer Jackie Aina launched a lifestyle brand, FORVR mood, on Monday with a line of candles, headbands, and silk pillowcases.

Baguio folk wary over opening doors to visitors by September
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-11
The tentative reopening of this city to tourists by September drew opposition from some residents here who expressed concerns over rising new coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Update: Mask Comparisons, Chloroquine Psych Side Effects
Medscape - 2020-08-11
Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Here are the coronavirus stories Medscape's editors around the globe think you need to know about today.

4 dead, cop hurt in Zamboanga shootout - 2020-08-11
In Cotabato City, Abdulhamid Bandal was killed in an alleged shootout with anti-narcotics agents in Cacar area, also yesterday. Juvenal Azurin, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao director,

Caloocan residents get color-coded quarantine passes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-11
The Caloocan City government is implementing a color-coded quarantine pass system that will make it easier for authorities to regulate the movement of residents outside their houses during the

Peza investment pledges down 27%
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-11
Investment pledges at the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) dropped 27 percent in the seven months to July to P52.01 billion from P71.21 billion a year ago as the agency struggled to get new

Ad giant Publicis Groupe's consulting firm Sapient froze raises and promotions for the rest of 2020. Read the internal memo.
Business Insider - 2020-08-11
The memo attributed the shift to the pandemic's economic effects, which are expected to impact the company the rest of the year and beyond.

How Moovit went from opportunity to a $900M exit in 8 years
TechCrunch - 2020-08-11
Now a private investor, former Moovit president Omar Téllez offers a look inside the company's early growth strategy, its efforts to achieve product-market fit and how rapid growth in Latin America sparked its rapid ascent.

In Victory for Qualcomm, Appeals Court Throws Out Antitrust Ruling
New York Times - 2020-08-11
A three-judge panel reversed a 2019 ruling that found that Qualcomm had abused its monopoly position in wireless chips. By Don Clark SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court threw out an antitrust verdict against Qualcomm on Tuesday, overturning a ruling ...

Shroud Signs A Streaming Deal With Twitch After A Stint On Microsoft's Defunct Mixer
Forbes - 2020-08-11
Shroud joined Mixer during a period last fall that found Twitch's competition buying up talent in hopes of carving away at Amazon's lead in the live-streaming space, sparked by Ninja signing an estimated $30 million exclusive contract with Microsoft in August.

Google dodges lawsuit over Genius lyric scraping
The Verge - 2020-08-11
Google beat back a lawsuit over alleged scraping of song lyrics from Genius, a lyrics and commentary site. A federal judge in the Eastern District of New York found that while the claims of scraping were credible,

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