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HSBC denies colluding with US to 'frame' Huawei as pressure from China mounts
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-28
HSBC's struggle to balance its global role with protecting its huge business in China is getting even more difficult.

DFA temporarily closes Roxas Boulevard office to assess health, safety measures
philstar.com - 2020-07-28
In a statement released Monday night, the DFA said the temporary closure is part of its "assessment of public health and safety measures currently in place," and that it would make another announcement,

Roque taps private crew for press briefing after Malacañang's communications staff catch COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-28
Malacañang was forced to tap outsiders to serve as cameramen and technical crew for Tuesday's press briefing as the Presidential Communications Operations Office reports additional COVID-19 cases.

House vows thorough discussion of death penalty bills
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-28
Two congressmen promised a meticulous deliberation of proposed death penalty bills after President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress to revive capital punishment.

Zamboanga del Norte towns upgrade waste management programs with DOST help
philstar.com - 2020-07-28
Three towns in Zamboanga del Norte province have upgraded their solid waste management programs through assistance from the Department of Science and Technology. The DOST partnered with the local governments of Katipunan,

BSP eases credit curbs for banks providing bond market liquidity
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-28
The cap imposed by regulators that limits financial institutions' exposures to too much credit risk from a single entity will be lifted temporarily for debt securities

Hong Kong's Nasdaq-like tech index has a volatile first day of trading
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-28
But Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng inched down 0.1%, and Japan's Nikkei lost 0.3%. Investors are continuing to monitor the progress of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide, along with tensions ...

EMERGING MARKETS-Philippine peso weakens after Duterte address, telecoms threat
Nasdaq - 2020-07-28
The Philippine peso slipped and Manila stocks touched a near-two-month low on Tuesday after an address by President Rodrigo Duterte fell short of market hopes for coronavirus recovery plans while aiming threats at the country's telecom firms.

Powerful BSP body faces pandemic with 2 new members
philstar.com - 2020-07-28
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed two new members of the Monetary Board, in charge of ensuring there is ample liquidity in the financial system.

Manila police: Placards confiscated 'before activists could do what they planned to do'
philstar.com - 2020-07-28
Miranda said that when police confiscated the banners, there was no commotion and did not disrespect the conduct of the Holy Mass.

Shares in Philippines' New Telecom Firm Surge After Duterte Threatens Rivals
New York Times - 2020-07-28
Shares in top Philippine telecom firms PLDT Inc and Globe Telecom Inc fell on Tuesday after a threat by President Rodrigo Duterte to shut them down, while firms run by a telecom newcomer with ties to the president soared.

DFA temporarily closes Roxas Boulevard office to asses health, safety measures
philstar.com - 2020-07-28
In a statement released Monday night, the DFA said the temporary closure is part of its "assessment of public health and safety measures currently in place," and that it would make another announcement,

Lawyer appeals SC dismissal of petition on release of Duterte's health info
philstar.com - 2020-07-28
De Leon urged the SC to reconsider its earlier ruling and, citing the importance of the issue his petition raises, set the case for oral arguments.

Almost 2,000 more jeepneys back on the road on Wednesday
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-28
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has announed that 1,943 public utility jeepneys may operate in designated routes without applying for special permits.

Google will let employees work from home until at least next summer
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-27
The company had previously said most employees would be working remotely through the end of 2020, with some employees being allowed back into the office sooner. But the decision to extend the remote work policy well into next year indicates that one of the world's largest tech companies is bracing for a long pandemic -- and could prompt other businesses to follow suit.

Covid-19 forces LA Michelin Star restaurant Trois Mec to close
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-27
Trois Mec, which earned a Michelin Star in 2019, is the latest Los Angeles restaurant to throw in the white napkin after the pandemic destroyed its profits.

Duterte pushes for return of death penalty
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-27
For the third time, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday used his State of the Nation Address (Sona) to press Congress to pass a law reviving the death penalty for heinous

Internal source code from 50 high-profile companies including Microsoft, Disney, and Nintendo has been leaked and posted online for people to access
Business Insider - 2020-07-27
"Losing control of the source code on the internet is like handing the blueprints of a bank to robbers," a security expert told tech blog Tom's Guide.

Dentsu Study States A Fifth Of Generation Z Deactivates Social Media
Forbes - 2020-07-27
A new global report indicates a fifth of Generation Z (ages 18 to 24) deactivated their social media accounts in the past year to reduce their online profiles over concerns of data use and well-being.

Nebraska and Iowa win advanced wireless testbed grants for rural broadband
TechCrunch - 2020-07-27
Everyone wants more bandwidth from the skies, but it takes a lot of testing to turn laboratory research projects into real-world performant infrastructure. A number of new technologies, sometimes placed under the banner of "5G" and sometimes not,

Morgan Stanley Tells Clients To Reduce Tech Exposure On Bubble Fears
Forbes - 2020-07-27
The bank has warned that current valuations are "not sustainable", saying investors should take profits and look to buy back in after any "material correction".

72% of Pinoys received COVID-19 cash aid
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-27
Seven out of 10 Filipinos said they received money from the government since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, results of the special Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey

Why this week is crucial for Metro Manila
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-27
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said it needed to see this week that the health system, particularly in Metro Manila, could cope with and manage the increasing number

Coronavirus Live Updates: G.O.P. Seeks to Cut $600 Weekly Jobless Aid by Two-Thirds
New York Times - 2020-07-27
President Trump urged more governors to reopen. Two M.L.B. games were postponed after members of the Miami Marlins tested positive.

UK COVID-19 Update: Obesity Incentives, Cat Case
Medscape - 2020-07-27
GPs will get incentives to help deliver the Government's new obesity strategy in England. At the weekend Public Health England released a report confirming worse COVID-19 outcomes and higher mortality among obese patients.

Methotrexate Treat-and-Extend Tested for Vitreoretinopathy
Medscape - 2020-07-27
A methotrexate protocol that involves treat-and-extend dosing can be used to successfully treat proliferative vitreoretinopathy, a case series shows.

People who refuse to wear face masks are criminals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-27
With over 80,000 cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and rising, parts of the country, including Metro Manila, may yet again be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz asks the DOJ to launch a criminal investigation into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly lying to Congress
Business Insider - 2020-07-27
Gaetz cited a recent sting operation by the dubious right-wing activist group Project Veritas to support his allegations against Zuckerberg.

Top mobile apps see declines in consumer engagement amid increased competition
TechCrunch - 2020-07-27
Mobile consumers are downloading and using more apps than ever before. According to recent data from App Annie, mobile users now have 93 apps on their phone as of the end of 2019, up from 85 apps at the end of 2015.

Amazon revamps its Alexa app to focus on first-party features, more personalization
TechCrunch - 2020-07-27
After launching a number of new developer tools for Alexa last week, Amazon today introducing an updated version of its Alexa mobile app for consumers. The new app aims to offer a more personalized experience,

Google Employees Can Work From Home Until July 2021
NPR - 2020-07-27
Tech companies have led the way on remote work during the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to a workforce that can perform many jobs outside of the traditional office.

Bitcoin Price Hits $10,900 For First Time Since 2019: What Traders Are Saying
Forbes - 2020-07-27
The price of Bitcoin (BTC) reached $10,956 on BitMEX, officially surpassing $10,900 for the first time since 2019. It has broken out of a multi-year trendline, dating back to 2017. Traders and technical analysts are generally optimistic toward the breakout ...

Some Garmin services are still offline several days after a giant cyber attack shut them down, the company said
Business Insider - 2020-07-27
Many Garmin Connect features are still down as part of an outage caused by a recent cyber attack, the company confirmed.

SEC revokes accreditation of R and L accounting firm
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-27
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has penalized and disqualified accounting firm KL Siy and Associates (KLSA) from securing accreditation as external auditor for gross negligence over a scheme that resulted in the collapse of brokerage firm R and L Investments Inc.

BIR tells Pagcor: 5% Pogo franchise tax not a new rule
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-27
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has insisted it is not changing the rules in the middle of the game as it debunked the claim of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. that the 5-percent franchise tax on foreign-based Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) was not previously imposed.

BDO shifts to net loss of P4.5 billion in Q2
philstar.com - 2020-07-27
Sy family-owned BDO Unibank Inc. reported yesterday that it incurred a net loss of P4.5 billion in the second quarter, reversing the net income of P10.39 billion in the same period last year.

More traditional jeepneys back in Metro Manila roads
philstar.com - 2020-07-27
Starting tomorrow, another 1,943 traditional jeepneys will be allowed to ply 17 routes set by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Metro Manila.

More traditional jeepneys back in Metro Manila roads
philstar.com - 2020-07-27
Starting tomorrow, another 1,943 traditional jeepneys will be allowed to ply 17 routes set by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Metro Manila.

BFAR gets third golden bangus
philstar.com - 2020-07-27
Another golden bangus or milkfish was turned over to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Barangay Bonuan Binloc in this city yesterday.

AllHome to help Vista Residences unit owners maximize condo space
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-27
Ibarreta told the BusinessMirror her group has... Attending a forum in late 2017 organized by a major business group, we were shocked to be told by the speaker, Truly Savvy, or T.S. that the world ...

NCMH chief, driver shot dead
philstar.com - 2020-07-27
The director of the National Center for Mental Health and his driver were gunned down by motorcycle-riding assailants in Quezon City yesterday morning.

Meralco 2020 core profit to slip to P21 billion
philstar.com - 2020-07-27
Manila Electric Co. expects core profits to slip to P21 billion this year as the power distributor started to register the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on power demand and the economy, its top official said yesterday.

Credit growth slows in Q2
philstar.com - 2020-07-27
Bank lending slowed in the second quarter as the economy came to a grinding halt due to the implementation of quarantine measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

UnionBank hikes bad loans provision to P7 billion for H2
philstar.com - 2020-07-27
Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines has hiked its provision for impairment losses to P6.99 billion in the first half of the year in anticipation of the potential impact of the novel coronavirus disease 29019 or COVID-19 on its loan book.

Emperador net income up 24% in Q2
philstar.com - 2020-07-27
Emperador Inc., the Andrew Tan-listed brandy company, managed to deliver double-digit growth in earnings in the second quarter despite the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working from home works, but the office has its place too
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-27
Some companies had to make radical changes after Covid-19 broke out in Singapore in order to allow staff to work from home. Curtains and blinds retailer mc.2, for instance,

2-week ECQ sought for Bacolod
philstar.com - 2020-07-27
Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to place this city under enhanced community quarantine or ECQ for two weeks to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019.

Pateros health officer dies of COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-07-27
The chief of the Pateros health department succumbed to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) yesterday. Ronald Raymundo, 54, was confined at the Lung Center of the Philippines where he died of complications caused by COVID-19,

Over 2,000 cops test positive for COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-07-27
The number of police officers testing positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 has breached the 2,000 mark, according to the Philippine National Police.

Housing agency flagged over delayed Bulacan project
philstar.com - 2020-07-27
The Commission on Audit has flagged the state firm Social Housing Finance Corp. in connection with a P551-million unfinished housing project in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

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