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South Korea platform Naver terminates Hong Kong servers - 2020-07-20
South Korea's most popular search engine has shut down its servers in Hong Kong, following the passage of the Hong Kong national security law.

Aurora expands to Texas in bid to ramp up self-driving truck efforts
TechCrunch - 2020-07-20
Aurora, the autonomous vehicle technology startup backed by Amazon, is expanding into Texas as it aims to accelerate the development self-driving trucks. The company said it plans to test commercial routes in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area with a mix of Fiat Chrysler Pacifica minivans and Class 8

Coinbase says it halted more than $280,000 in bitcoin transactions during Twitter hack
The Verge - 2020-07-20
The cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase said that it stopped around 1,100 customers from sending bitcoin to hackers who gained access to high-profile Twitter accounts last week. Last Wednesday, over 100 Twitter accounts,

Man slain in gun duel - 2020-07-20
A man was killed following a gun duel with a village chief, who was wounded in the incident that occurred in Sta. Teresita, Batangas on Sunday night.

Mindanao anti-polio vaccine drive starts - 2020-07-20
As the country strives to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, the Department of Health yesterday started the mass anti-polio vaccination campaign for children in Mindanao.

US donates P14.8 million PPEs to PGH - 2020-07-20
The United States has donated P14.8 million worth of personal protective equipment to the Philippine General Hospital and other medical facilities nationwide.

Parañaque COVID-19 count nears 2,000 - 2020-07-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The number of Parañaque residents infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has reached nearly 2,000. As of Saturday, the city health office said 1,944 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Parañaque with 72 deaths and 1,017 ...

Belmonte allays fears on warrantless arrests - 2020-07-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte yesterday denied that the local government is "out to indiscriminately arrest people" as she apologized for the confusion and alarm caused by a memorandum she issued last week that listed ...

MMDA COVID-19 cases reach 62 - 2020-07-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has recorded 62 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 among its personnel since March, MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago reported yesterday. Of the number, 20 are active cases.

Man, son shot dead by kin - 2020-07-20
A 52-year-old man and his son were shot dead allegedly by their relatives in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental on Sunday.

30 Zamboanga areas on lockdown - 2020-07-20
At least 30 areas in this city have been placed on lockdown due to rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, authorities said yesterday.

Government infrastructure spending down in May - 2020-07-20
Government spending on infrastructure slowed down in May due to the suspension of construction activities amid strict movement restrictions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Department of Budget and Management.

Index climbs on strong property sector - 2020-07-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi), the stock market gauge, climbed yesterday on last minute buying, gaining 61.95 points to close at 6,150.70. Likewise, the broader All Shares index rose by 26.08 points, or 0.72 ...

URC to produce pharma-grade alcohol - 2020-07-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Universal Robina Corp., the Gokongwei-owned listed snacks food giant, will expand into the production of pharmaceutical-grade alcohol and other similar products. The move comes at a time when the country is dealing with the ...

3 comedians nabbed for quarantine breach - 2020-07-20
Three movie comedians were arrested for allegedly violating quarantine protocols in Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur on Saturday.

Philippines, World Bank sign agrarian reform loan agreement - 2020-07-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines and the World Bank have signed a loan agreement of $370 million or approximately P18.3 billion to fast-track the distribution of land to agrarian reform beneficiaries, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).

CebuPac requires swab test for Davao-bound passengers - 2020-07-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Budget carrier Cebu Pacific is requiring passengers bound for Davao to show swab test results certifying they are negative for coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19. Cebu Pacific said passengers should undergo the reverse transcription ...

LPA spotted off Eastern Samar - 2020-07-20
MANILA, Philippines -- A low-pressure area was spotted off Guiuan, Eastern Samar yesterday and is expected to bring rains over some parts of the country in the next 24 hours. As of 3 p.m. yesterday, the low-pressure area was located 480 kilometers east of ...

Ship catches fire off Batangas - 2020-07-20
MANILA, Philippines -- A cargo vessel caught fire as it was sailing in the waters off Batangas yesterday morning. The fire that broke out at around 4:53 a.m. in M/V Moreta Venture was declared out at around 8 a.m. The Philippine Coast Guard dispatched its ...

Cayetano proposes the creation of Department of Arts and Culture
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 20) - House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday proposed the creation of a government agency that would support people in the creative and performing arts ...

Creation of e-commerce bureau approved at House committee level
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 20) - The proposal to create an e-commerce bureau that will help safeguard the rights of online consumers and merchants has been approved by the House ...

Hong Kong's stock market sees its future in Chinese tech
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
Hong Kong is launching a new Nasdaq-like technology index. It's a sign that the Asian financial hub, caught in a battle for its future between East and West -- is prepared to embrace its role as a gateway for China's tech industry to the world.

Offers to buy celebrity fan pages possible poll strategy, says cybersecurity expert
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 20) - A cybersecurity expert said Monday that offers to buy fan pages of celebrities could be a strategy ahead of the 2022 general elections "There are troll ...

Senate President Sotto files resolution seeking probe on Bilibid deaths
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
The Senate President has filed a resolution asking for an investigation into the deaths of inmates at the New Bilibid Prison allegedly due to COVID-19.

Biases in algorithms hurt those looking for information on health
InterAksyon - 2020-07-20
YouTube hosts millions of videos related to health care. The Health Information National Trends Survey reports that 75% of Americans go to the internet first when looking for information about health or medical topics.

Snack maker Universal Robina Corp. to sell rubbing alcohol amid fight vs pandemic - 2020-07-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Snack maker Universal Robina Corp. announced Monday it will venture into the manufacturing of pharmaceutical grade alcohol amid high demand as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic. In a disclosure to the stock exchange, the ...

Coca-Cola, DTI, institutions create P157 million fund for micro-retailers - 2020-07-20
Cola Philippines has partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and two of the country's leading micro-financial institutions, to allocate and distribute P157 million in funds to more than 15,

LIST: Robredo releases recommendations for PH COVID-19 response
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
Among the recommendations the Vice President wrote in her letter was the creation of online portals to help the public monitor data of the COVID-19 response, including funds, loans, and donations.

China's e-payments giant Ant Group nears mammoth IPO - 2020-07-20
Ant Group, the online payments giant affiliated to Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba, said Monday it had taken the first steps toward a blockbuster dual listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong that could be among the biggest in years.

Guevarra orders NBI probe on deaths of Bilibid drug convicts
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra will order the National Bureau of Investigation to probe the deaths of drug convicts at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

Philippines Reports 4 New Coronavirus Deaths, 1,521 More Infections
New York Times - 2020-07-20
MANILA -- The Philippines' health ministry on Monday confirmed four new coronavirus deaths and 1,521 new cases, its fifth straight day of reporting over a thousand infections. In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have increased to 1,835 while ...

Philippines, World Bank sign $370-M loan to speed up land distribution under agrarian reform program - 2020-07-20
The Philippines and World Bank last week signed a $370-million loan agreement meant to fast-track the distribution of about 1.4 million hectares of land to an estimated 750,000 farmers who are beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

How OFWs and business owners can pursue their financial goals despite the coronavirus
Rappler - 2020-07-20
With approximately 70% of firms in the Philippines sold or liquidated after the retirement or death of its respective founders, Casipit said that business owners should start taking a look at ...

PNP to investigate Sinas' alleged harassment of retired cop's family in Taguig
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
The Philippine National Police will look into the viral video of Metro Manila police chief Debold Sinas and his men where they were supposedly forcing the family of a retired cop to vacate their home.

People 'more inclined' to follow quarantine rules with police, military presence -- Galvez
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez says local government units prefer having cops and soldiers around in order for people to easily obey quarantine protocols.

IPO drought seen persisting in second half as pandemic lingers - 2020-07-20
Non-listed companies will likely shelve plans to go public for the rest of the year, as they await for better business conditions and signs of economic recovery.

DOH probes alleged understaffing in hospitals as COVID-19 infects almost 4,000 healthcare workers
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
The Department of Health said on Monday that it is looking into complaints of understaffing in some hospitals, including the state-run San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.

Quzon City to lose 'quite a lot' from reduced ABS-CBN operations -- mayor - 2020-07-20
Asked in an interview over ANC just how much the closure of the company affected the city government, Belmonte said: "Quite a lot. I can't give you the exact numbers at present, but yes, from the perspective of a chief executive.

Sotto confident Supreme Court will not strike down anti-terrorism law
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
Senate President Tito Sotto is confident the Supreme Court will not strike down the anti-terrorism law, despite the rising number of petitions challenging its constitutionality.

Duterte to physically deliver fifth SONA in Batasan next Monday - Roque
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
President Rodrigo Duterte will show up at the House of Representatives next Monday to deliver his fifth State of the Nation Address, his spokesman says.

COVID-19 testing centers must undergo proficiency test before using new UP test kits
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
Personnel of accredited COVID-19 testing centers ought to go through training and take a proficiency examination before using the new batch of local test kits developed by Filipino scientists, the Department of Health said Monday.

PNP files charges against J&T Express over multiple violations, orders shutdown of Muntinlupa hub
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
PNP Chief Archie Gamboa says a closure order has been served for the Muntinlupa hub of cargo delivery business J&T Express, while separate complaints have been filed after police investigation revealed multiple violations.

DTI allows restaurants to open until 11 p.m. despite curfew hours
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
Restaurants are allowed to stay open longer and can accept more dine-in customers beginning Tuesday, July 21, according to new rules released by the Department of Trade and Industry.

Duterte signs law allowing school calendar adjustment amid state of emergency
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into a law a bill that allows moving the date of school opening amid a state of emergency or calamity.

QC Mayor Belmonte back to city hall after quarantine period - 2020-07-20
The City Health Department gave Mayor Belmonte clearance after she tested negative on the rapid diagnostic test yesterday," it also said in Filipino.

DILG exec says sorry for "shame campaign" remarks, but favors "martial law style" measures vs COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-20
Interior Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño apologizes for being "misquoted" for a controversial suggestion, but he is in favor of stricter measures to ensure people follow health and safety protocols.

Trump called Dr. Fauci 'a little bit of an alarmist' after the infectious disease expert offered a stark assessment of coronavirus in the US
Business Insider - 2020-07-20
Fauci, who serves on the White House coronavirus task force, said recent surges mean the coronavirus pandemic has turned into his "worst nightmare."

Lift-Off! First Deep Space Mission By An Arab Country Is On Its Way To Mars. This Is What It Will Do
Forbes - 2020-07-19
After a few false starts due to bad weather, the Emirates Mars Mission and its Hope probe has successfully launched from Tanegashima Space Center off the coast of Kyushu, Japan. It will spend the next seven months moving towards Mars at an average speed of 121,

GPT-3 Is Amazing--And Overhyped
Forbes - 2020-07-19
GPT-3 is the most powerful language model ever built. This is due more than anything to its size: the model has a whopping 175 billion parameters. To put that figure into perspective, its predecessor model GPT-2--which was considered state-of-the-art and shockingly massive when it was released last year--had 1.

UAE's historic first Mars mission launches from Japan - 2020-07-19
The United Arab Emirates' launched the Arab world's historic first interplanetary mission to Mars from Japan on Sunday evening.

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