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U.S. lawmakers accuse Big Tech of crushing rivals to boost profits
Reuters - 2020-07-30
Google and Facebook took the sharpest jabs for alleged abuse of their market power from Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday in a much-anticipated congressional hearing that put four of America's most prominent tech CEOs in the hot seat.

Authorities recommend placing Metro Manila, Cebu City under GCQ by August 1
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30) - Metro Manila and Cebu City should to be placed under general community quarantine for the first two weeks of August, authorities on the ground ...

Switzerland celebrates National Day in cyberspace
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-30
Billed #MabuhaySwitzerland, the online experience will highlight Swiss-Philippine bilateral relations, as well as Swiss gastronomy, tourism, business,... With Cebu City still battling with a ...

SM Hotels and Conventions Corp. repurposes its Radisson Hotel Group properties to bolster hospitality industry
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-30
Due to the economic effects of company shutdowns and reduced work hours, employees and business owners are facing many financial setbacks. The closure of schools and restrictions in malls and...

First Gen sets capex for gas business, geothermal unit
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-30
Due to the economic effects of company shutdowns and reduced work hours, employees and business owners are facing many financial setbacks. The closure of schools and restrictions in malls and...

House panel OKs VAT on digital business
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-30
Risa Hontiveros... First Gen Corp. said it is setting aside capital expenditures (capex) of $128.3 million and P7 billion to P8 billion next year for its gas business and geothermal unit ...

What will push China and US to decouple?
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-30
Billed #MabuhaySwitzerland, the online experience will highlight Swiss-Philippine bilateral relations, as well as Swiss gastronomy, tourism, business,... With Cebu City still battling with a ...

Nlex Corp. to reopen Bulacan interchange
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-30
Billed #MabuhaySwitzerland, the online experience will highlight Swiss-Philippine bilateral relations, as well as Swiss gastronomy, tourism, business,... Now more than ever, people see the ...

Ascott's co-living brand lyf adds 6 new properties in Australia, China, Philippines
The Straits Times - 2020-07-30
SINGAPORE - CapitaLand'S wholly-owned lodging business unit, The Ascott, is adding over 1,000 units across six new properties in Australia, China and the Philippines, under its co-living brand lyf. With this, Ascott will have a total of 14 lyf properties ...

BIR extends the deadline for online business registration to August 31
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-30
Online sellers now have until end of August to register their business, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Irregularities in COVID Reporting Contract Award Process Raises New Questions
NPR - 2020-07-30
The administration awarded a contract for a COVID-19 database to TeleTracking Technologies using a process reserved for innovative research. Its CEO had links to the New York real estate world.

LTFRB: More PUV routes to be opened
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-29
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) plans to offer more routes "every week or every other week" for all modes of transport in Metro Manila

Fake letter seeks aid for bishop
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-29
The Archdiocese of Manila has warned the public against people or groups asking for donations so that its priests and staff can supposedly undergo swab tests for the new

Robredo suggests ways government can cope with pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipinos are not "pasaway" (hardheaded) nor inutile, Vice President Leni Robredo stressed on Wednesday in a recorded speech titled "Message of Hope," that bared

Over 1,000 Filipino workers, seafarers from Singapore return to PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-29
Over 1,000 overseas Filipinos and stranded seafarers were recently brought home from Singapore as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) continues with its repatriation

PNP chief: Death for those with 50 grams of illegal drugs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-29
With President Rodrigo Duterte seeking the revival of the death penalty, Philippine National Police chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said on Wednesday that people caught with at least

Watch Rep. Pramila Jayapal make Mark Zuckerberg squirm
Mashable - 2020-07-29
During Wednesday's congressional hearing with Big Tech CEOs on potential violations of antitrust law, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a grilling on his company's search-and-destroy business tactics.

Snap releases diversity report for the first time in its history, shows Black and Latinx employees comprise 10.9% of staff
Business Insider - 2020-07-29
Since its 2011 founding, Snap has not released its diversity numbers publicly. The report also laid out a plan to increase diversity at the company.

Snap just released its first diversity report. Like the rest of tech, it's not very diverse.
Mashable - 2020-07-29
The analysis, which the company conducted internally, includes current representation statistics alongside numerical goals to increase representation of women and minorities. It also details organizational commitments to more deeply integrate diversity,

Rainy in Luzon, Visayas as LPA moves closer - 2020-07-29
A low-pressure aresure area monitored off Bicol moved closer to landmass yesterday and continued to dump rains over Luzon and the Visayas.

Newly Digital Florence Tradeshow Pitti Uomo Launches Custom Experience Enriched Platform
Forbes - 2020-07-29
With the Coronvirus pandemic halting large crowd gatherings, the classic menswear wholesale buying exhibition in Italy goes virtual

Report Slams Doctor at V.A. for Dismissing Suicide Risk of Patient Who Later Killed Himself
New York Times - 2020-07-29
Six days after being removed by the police from a veterans hospital in Washington, the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Top VCs say these 9 legal tech startups are poised to take off as clients pressure law firms on costs
Business Insider - 2020-07-29
Investments in legal tech startups have steadily increased as law firms, in-house general counsel, and clients seek greater efficiency.

Five tips when raising venture capital in New Zealand tech
Computerworld - 2020-07-29
The NZ startup scene has a few differences from how startup funding works elsewhere, even as the basic principles are global.

Palawan provincial board suspends town mayor - 2020-07-29
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Palawan suspended the mayor of Narra town on Tuesday. In an 11-page decision obtained by The STAR, the provincial board said it found sufficient grounds to suspend Gerandy Danao for 60 days in connection with the administrative complaints filed against him.

Mangrove planting activity in Bulacan launched - 2020-07-29
A mangrove planting activity in a 10-hectare coastal area in Hagonoy has been launched. Emelita Lingat, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bulacan provincial officer, said they provided technical assistance for the project,

U.S. near 150,000 COVID-19 deaths; Florida sets record again - 2020-07-29
For the second day in a row, Florida has set a single-day record for COVID-19 deaths, health officials said on Wednesday.

Recovery to take longer for global airline industry - 2020-07-29
The recovery of global passenger traffic and numbers may take longer than expected as the International Air Transport Association revised its outlook given continuing restrictions in international travel.

Manila opens third walk-in testing facility - 2020-07-29
The Manila city government yesterday opened another testing facility for the coronavirus disease 2019 using serology machines at the Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital.

Consumers lament lack of plan for power sector - 2020-07-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Various consumer groups have expressed dissatisfaction over the lack of concrete plans for the sector. The Power for People Coalition (P4P) has been advocating for relief and reform programs as well as renewable energy development ...

Makati frontliners get free flu, pneumonia shots - 2020-07-29
The city government of Makati is providing frontliners and essential workers free flu and pneumonia shots to boost their immune system against the coronavirus disease, Mayor Abby Binay announced yesterday.

LTFRB to open new PUV routes - 2020-07-29
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board will approve new routes for public utility vehicles (PUVs) every week as Metro Manila gradually reopens its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Index ends in green as massive selling eases - 2020-07-29
Stocks managed to end in positive territory again yesterday as massive selling eased, although most investors remain on the sidelines while waiting for catalysts and more encouraging signs from the local and global fronts on the fight against the COVID pandemic.

Shift to home-cooked meals boosts RFM income in H1
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-29
First Gen Corp. said it is setting aside capital expenditures (capex) of $128.3 million and P7 billion to P8 billion next year for its gas business and geothermal unit, respectively. During the ...

Bird flu hits Pampanga egg farm - 2020-07-29
Bird flu has been detected in an egg farm in Pampanga, resulting in the culling of around 40,000 heads of layer chickens.

Woman, 78, infects 26 neighbors with COVID-19 - 2020-07-29
A 78-year-old woman who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 has infected 26 of her neighbors in this city.

San Juan lifts lockdowns - 2020-07-29
The San Juan City government has lifted the localized lockdowns it enforced in areas declared as "critical zones" due to clustering of coronavirus disease 2019 cases, Mayor Francis Zamora announced yesterday.

354 distressed OFWs from Saudi home - 2020-07-29
Overseas Filipino workers who were forced to sell blood to buy food after losing their jobs in Saudi Arabia returned home yesterday, the Department of Labor and Employment said.

Philippines suffers 20% slump in Q2, says think tank - 2020-07-29
Economic output likely contracted by as much as 20 percent in the second quarter, making the Philippines one of the worst-performing economies in Asia, said London-based think tank Capital Economics.

Keeping GCQ status is key to reviving the economy - 2020-07-29
If implemented successfully, maintaining GCQ status and imposing selective barangay quarantine will help restore public confidence and revive the economy. In addition, with proper testing and containment of the virus at the barangay level,

Economic reforms being sidelined - 2020-07-29
As the pandemic rages, pushing forward the agenda of economic reforms in Congress is getting more and more sidelined in favor of the popular political promises that the President made while campaigning for office four years ago.

Landbank launches P10 billion lending program for COVID-19 recovery - 2020-07-29
State-run Land Bank of the Philippines yesterday launched a P10 billion lending facility to help local government units recover from the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mixed results for term deposits - 2020-07-29
Cash-rich banks continued to park excess funds in the liquidity absorption facility of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas with the term deposits fetching mixed results on the back of strong demand.

Quezon City taps AI to fight COVID-19 - 2020-07-29
MANILA, Philippines -- In an effort to contain the local transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 and ease the burden of contact tracing, the Quezon City government has tapped artificial intelligence (AI) to automate tracking and monitoring of suspected ...

Senator urges govt to build field hospitals to increase bed capacity for Covid patients
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-29
The continuous threat of COVID-19 to public health has severely hit business process outsourcing (BPOs) firms and enterprises who rely on agents to provide critical frontline support for customers.

Care Homes 'Thrown to the Wolves' in Coronavirus Pandemic
Medscape - 2020-07-29
The social care system was treated as a 'poor relation' to the NHS during the COVID-19 crisis, the Government's spending watchdog says.

Baguio City RTC orders transfer of PMA cadets tagged in Dormitorio hazing death
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
The Baguio City Regional Trial Court orders the transfer of three PMA cadets tagged in the fatal hazing of Darwin Dormitorio to Baguio City Jail while it has yet to decide on AFP's motion to retain their custody.

BIR extends online trade registration to Aug. 31
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-29
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has given online businesses one more month, or until Aug. 31, to register without penalty as movement restrictions remained in place despite a less-stringent

DILG-Region 3 warns of scam callers asking for payment to conduct COVID-19 tests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-29
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Central Luzon office has warned the public of supposed scam callers who will ask for payment before conducting ...

Six candidate vaccines may undergo trials in PH, FDA says
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-29
The Food and Drug Administration said six candidate vaccines for COVID-19 may be up for clinical trials in the country. FDA Director General Eric Domingo announced this on Wednesday, citing a report by the Department of Science and Technology.

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