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FBI criticizes Apple for not helping crack Pensacola shooter's iPhones
ZDNet - 2020-05-18
In a press conference today in Washington, the Justice Department announced that FBI technicians managed to crack and gain access to two locked iPhones belonging to the Pensacola naval airbase shooter.

'Wait for PS5 sales': Sony remains quiet but confident about the PlayStation 5, even as Microsoft shows off the next-gen Xbox
Business Insider - 2020-05-18
Sony's not worried about Microsoft's next-gen Xbox leading the conversation: "Wait for PS5 sales," Sony's CFO said in a recent earnings call.

Uber requires masks for riders and drivers, plans to lay off 3,000 more - 2020-05-18
Beginning Monday, ride-sharing giant Uber will require all drivers and riders to wear face coverings as more governments start to lift coronavirus restrictions for businesses.

Deep Instinct Vies With McAfee And CrowdStrike For $17B Market
Forbes - 2020-05-18
CrowdStrike faces a formidable challenger in Manhattan-based Deep Instinct. Which can save companies the most money by fending off cyberattacks before they happen?

A court in Texas is holding the first jury trial by Zoom
The Verge - 2020-05-18
A court in Texas is holding the first jury trial on Zoom. The news comes as court systems across the country face a choice between postponing trials until the pandemic ends or holding remote proceedings.

DOH says daily testing capacity now at 11,000
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said it can conduct more than 11,000 Covid-19 tests a day from the previous 6,000 daily testing. "As of May 15, we were able to conduct 11,127 tests in a day.

Standard Chartered continues giving PPE kits to Metro Manila hospitals
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
Philippines announced it is distributing over 6,600 personal protective equipment (PPE) to several hospitals and treatment centers in Metro Manila. In partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress,

Uber confirms it will lay off thousands more employees and close 40 offices to further cut costs
Business Insider - 2020-05-18
The ride-hailing company has seen its core business hit the skids as the coronavirus pandemic forced most of the world to stay home.

Quezon City Hall of Justice under lockdown - 2020-05-18
The Quezon City Hall of Justice was placed under lockdown yesterday after an employee of another agency holding office in the building died of suspected coronavirus disease 2019.

Fake news post an honest mistake - Mocha Uson - 2020-05-18
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration deputy administrator Mocha Uson appeared at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday to comply with a subpoena sent to her over the alleged fake coronavirus post she shared on social media.

AFP opens Rizal Memorial quarantine facility - 2020-05-18
The Armed Forces of the Philippines facilitated yesterday the opening of the Rizal Memorial Coliseum quarantine facility in Malate, Manila.

Traffic builds up on first working day under MECQ - 2020-05-18
There was no traffic buildup along EDSA during the first working day under the modified enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said yesterday.

PRC regional offices resume operations - 2020-05-18
Eight more regional offices and eight service centers of the Professional Regulation Commission have re-opened following the downgrading of the community quarantine in several provinces nationwide.

Tricycles back on the road as lockdown protocols eased - 2020-05-18
After lockdown protocols were relaxed under the modified enhanced community quarantine, tricycles started transporting passengers in Pasig City yesterday.

Index tumbles as investors remain wary of coronavirus - 2020-05-18
Stock market investors found no comfort in the easing of the enhanced community quarantine as they continue to monitor the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 situation in the country.

DA tries to lure OFWs to agriculture sector - 2020-05-18
The government is bent on attracting more people, especially overseas Filipino workers, to return to the countryside as it allots P2.5 billion in loanable funds for agriculture and fishery ventures.

Youth leaders present post-COVID policy recommendations - 2020-05-18
Over 400 youth leaders have given the government 10 policy recommendations to help the Philippines recover from the ill effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Finance said yesterday.

Sara to quarantine violators: Prepare P2 million - 2020-05-18
Carpio yesterday dared quarantine violators to prepare their last will and P2 million for their medical expenses in case they get infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Lambanog kills 3 in Laguna - 2020-05-18
Three persons died and another was hospitalized after they drank coconut wine or lambanog in Los Baños in this province on Saturday.

BSP readies guidelines for virtual assets risks - 2020-05-18
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is finalizing the guidelines for virtual assets and the operations of virtual asset service providers to prevent the country from becoming a haven for the financial transactions of criminals and terrorists.

DTI accepting CARES loan applications - 2020-05-18
The Department of Trade and Industry is now accepting loan applications from micro and small enterprises struggling with the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 crisis in areas that have shifted to general community quarantine.

Mall operator taps military, police for crowd control as malls reopen
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-18
Ayala Malls President Jennylle Tupaz says aside from their own security and operations teams, some police and military personnel are helping to ensure crowd control in their malls amid the resurgence

Over 2.6 million small-business workers receive cash grants amid COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
Cash grants have been given to more than 2.6 million small-business employees to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte said in his eighth

Gov't to ramp up daily COVID-19 testing capacity to 50,000
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-18
The national government is aiming to step up its daily testing capacity for COVID-19 to 50,000 once it reached the 30,000 target at the end of May, says coronavirus testing czar Vince Dizon.

MMDA: Up to 40 percent more people out on streets amid modified ECQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-18
Two days after the government eased community quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila, authorities say the number of people who went out of their homes has increased by up to 40 percent.

DOH allocates P18M for trial of antiviral drug Avigan -- Duterte report
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) allocated P18 million for the trial of antiviral medication Avigan on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients, President Rodrigo Duterte

DOJ to NPS: Speed up preliminary probe of 23 barangay execs linked to SAP distribution mess
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
Secretary Menardo Guevarra has directed the National Prosecution Service (NPS) to prioritize the preliminary investigation of the cases filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) against 23 barangay officials allegedly involved in anomalous distribution of social amelioration program (SAP).

More than 18k detainees have been released since March - SC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
More than 18,000 persons deprived of liberty have been released from detention since March, said the Supreme Court, in its effort to decongest the country's detention

Century Properties Group income hits P1.48 billion in 2019
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
Property developer Century Properties Group Inc. (CPG) said its net income last year increased by a third to P1.48 billion, from P1.12 billion in the previous year, mainly due to project completions in its residential condominium and the horizontal segments.

Globe gets nod to install cell sites along LRT Line 2
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
The Light Rail Transit Authority  (LRTA) has allowed Globe Telecom Inc. to build its network along the LRT Line 2 (LRT 2) while Metro Manila is under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

ABS-CBN tells NTC not to recall its frequencies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
CBN said its assigned frequencies should not be recalled by the government given recent moves by lawmakers to extend its broadcast franchise, which expired last

From mecca to ghost town, Mykonos awaits tourism relief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
The lodestone of Greece's travel season alongside Santorini, Mykonos has paid the price of the coronavirus lockdown.

House bill on Kapamilya franchise a welcome development pat p - 2020-05-18
Sadly, because ABS-CBN is off the air there, those who reside in these remote areas will not be getting the accurate weather updates and pandemic situationers. They count on us to deliver.

Ayala pays P9.9 billion in taxes to 'boost' gov't outbreak response - 2020-05-18
We are committed to help the president tackle the many challenges he has to deal with...," the Zobel brothers said.

Japan sinks into recession with steeper fall looming
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
"Companies are struggling to secure funding and that suggests business investment will remain weak and many workers are concerned about their wages." The crisis has put pressure on policy ...

32 more medical frontliners recover from COVID-19; no new deaths recorded
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
An additional 32 healthcare workers were reported to have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) announced Monday. This

EastWest expects lower profits for 2020 due to pandemic, ECQ
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
East West Banking Corp. revised its revenue projections this year after allocating markedly higher reserves for nonperforming loans (NPLs) amid potential losses due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic and the measures undertaken by government to stem the infection.

Metro Manila water shortage unlikely this year - 2020-05-18
Water in Angat Dam will remain above normal level this year even as supply in Metro Manila was increased to meet high demand.

Cashless fare transaction for PUVs, shuttle services for employees preferred during quarantine period -- LTFRB
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-18
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is pushing for revisions in fare collection in public utility vehicles to help prevent more infections during the COVID-19 crisis.

Pagasa sees cloudy skies, rain showers in MM, other Luzon areas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
As of now, no other weather disturbance is seen near the Philippine area of responsibility. "Wala na rin ho itong direktang epekto sa anumang bahagi ng ating kalupaan, meron na lamang ho tayong ...

DOH records 205 new COVID-19 cases; total now at 12,718
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
MANILA, Philippines --The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 205 new cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the country's total to 12,718 on

Over 20 million families to receive next tranche of cash aid, says Roque
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-18
Over 20 million families are set to receive additional cash aid from the government, which include 4.9 million additional beneficiaries for subsidies, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

'I can't send money back home': How a lifeline for the world's poorest is being cut off due to Covid-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-18
Saiful Islam sent about half of the money he made as a construction worker in Bahrain back to his aging parents in Bangladesh. When the 25-year-old lost his job due to the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year,

Mocha Uson says post on PPEs was an 'honest mistake'
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-18
The NBI's Cyber Crime Division said OWWA Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson, who is being investigated for spreading fake news, must submit an affidavit so it can be decided whether or not she committed a violation.

Philippines Records Seven Novel Coronavirus Deaths, 205 More Cases
New York Times - 2020-05-18
The Philippines' health ministry on Monday reported seven new coronavirus deaths and 205 additional infections.

DOF payouts reach beneficiaries faster with data, cashless systems - 2020-05-18
DOF reached the bulk of its recipients and Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino said the agency has started distributing the second tranche of aid to workers that already got their first.

T-bill rates slide further as investors seek safe haven
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
T-bills rates further slid on Monday (May 18) as the Bureau of Treasury sold P24 billion or 1/5 more than it offered as investors sought safe haven for their money amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The

Ayala group pays P9.86B taxes ahead of deadline
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
Conglomerate Ayala Corp. and key operating units settled P9.86 billion worth of taxes ahead of the extended June 14 deadline, wanting to help the government boost revenues during the difficult

Complaint vs cop who killed ex-soldier Ragos returned 'for further investigation' - 2020-05-18
"May pagkukulang pa on the evidence yata that would not warrant for filing of the appropriate case. Kaya binalik sa kapulisan for further investigation. Sa administrative cases it's still ongoing," PNP chief Gen.

De Lima hits crackdown on online Duterte critics
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Monday slammed the arrest of individuals who criticized President Duterte online, calling it "double standard at its

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