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    📱|Google, DICT partner to make Pinoys more tech-s…

    Ranier Allan Ronda – The Philippine Star October 8, 2022 | 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Google Philippines has partnered with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to provide Filipino workers and learners the ICT training they need for work here and abroad. Jeffrey Ian Dy, ICT assistant secretary for upskilling, said Google Philippines coordinated with the agency’s ICT Literacy and Competency Development Bureau for the initiative to make the training program available to the Filipino workforce and even the student population. “As the country is embarking on a jour…

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    📱|Smart opens iPhone 14 pre-order with offers sta…

    Philstar.com October 7, 2022 | 11:08am MANILA, Philippines – Smart, the Philippines’ fastest and best mobile network as recognized by Ookla, has opened the pre-order for the iPhone 14 lineup at Smart Stores nationwide and online from October 7-14. Touted as the most advanced iPhone lineup ever, the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max all come with a durable and sophisticated design, superfast 5G, impressive camera upgrades, and vital new safety capabilities powered by A16 Bionic, the fastest chip ever in a smartphone. “We are excited to finally bring the much-awaited…

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    📱|Google to provide digital skills training to 39…

    Janvic Mateo – The Philippine Star September 30, 2022 | 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Technology company Google will provide scholarships to help thousands of Filipino students and jobseekers land opportunities in high-demand industries. Google Philippines launched last Wednesday its career certificate scholarship program, which aims to equip 39,000 Filipinos with in-demand and job-ready skills. “Google is committed to supporting the Philippines’ economic growth through the opportunities created by the country’s growing digital economy,” said Google Philippines country director Bernadette Naca…

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    👍|Negros mayor’s Facebook account hacked

    Gilbert Bayoran – The Philippine Star February 7, 2022 | 12:00am BACOLOD CITY , Philippines — A city mayor in Negros Occidental has asked the National Bureau of Investigation to identify the people who hacked her Facebook account. The account of Mayor Gina Montilla-Lizares of Sipalay City was reportedly used by the hacker to solicit money. The local government said the hacking occurred on Feb. 3, two days before Vice President Leni Robredo arrived in the city to lead the distribution of temporary shelter kits to typhoon-affected families in Barangay Gil Montilla. The city government advised th…

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    📱|Am I late?

    SINGKIT – Doreen G. Yu – The Philippine Star February 5, 2022 | 12:00am I did not expect to ever have occasion to use the often misquoted (because he did not actually use those words) line of Mark Twain, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” On the evening of the first day of the Lunar New Year, my cousin Enrique brought to my attention an introduction to an anthology that mentioned “the late Doreen Yu.” I was on my way home from work and looked at the screenshot he Viber’d to me when I got home and indeed, in a list of Filipino-Chinese writers that included Caroline Hau, Charlson…

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    👍|Marcos camp disowns Twitter network suspended f…

    Philstar.com January 22, 2022 | 10:26am MANILA, Philippines — (Updated 10:36 a.m.) The campaign of presidential aspirant and former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. disowned the accounts which Twitter suspended for violating its policy against platform manipulation and spam. “While it is true that there could have been hundreds of Twitter accounts that were suspended, there is no certainty that all of them belong to the supporters of Bongbong Marcos,” said Vic Rodriguez, spokesperson for the late dictator’s son. Twitter said Friday that it suspended more than 300 accounts promoting Marcos …

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    📱|EDITORIAL – Fighting disinformation

    The Philippine Star December 24, 2021 | 12:00am In the US presidential race last year, popular video-centered social networking service TikTok took down false content and launched an in-app voting guide. In the Philippines, Google has announced that it will stop accepting election advertisements, from the official start of the campaign period on Feb. 8 next year until election day, May 9. Google has also committed to expand its information panels on YouTube covering well-established topics that may be prone to disinformation, including the Holocaust, the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US and ma…

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    📱|Google disrupts cybercrime web infecting 1 mill…

    The Philippine Star December 9, 2021 | 12:00am WASHINGTON – Google said Tuesday it has moved to shut down a network of about one million hijacked electronic devices used worldwide to commit online crimes, while also suing Russia-based hackers the tech giant claimed were responsible. The so-called botnet of infected devices, which was also used to surreptitiously mine bitcoin, was cut off at least for now from the people wielding it on the Internet. “The operators of Glupteba are likely to attempt to regain control of the botnet using a backup command and control mechanism,” wrote Shane Huntley…

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    👍|OCD Twitter account hacked

    Michael Punongbayan – The Philippine Star November 15, 2021 | 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The Twitter account of the Office of Civil Defense, which is among the social media platforms being used by the OCD to make disaster-related announcements and public advisories, has been hacked. The OCD assured the public that its services are not affected by the supposed cyber attack. Information technology specialists are working to get the OCD’s Twitter account back to normal, the agency said. “We regret to inform the public that the Civil Defense PH Twitter account has been hacked,” the OCD said. “T…

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    👍|Office of Civil Defense Twitter account hacked,…

    Philstar.com November 14, 2021 | 2:33pm MANILA, Philippines — The official Twitter account of the Office of Civil Defense was hacked Saturday night, leading to “unusual tweets” posted on the platform typically used to coordinate and disseminate information on the department’s risk reduction efforts. This was confirmed by the OCD, a bureau of the Department of National Defense and the implementing arm of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, in a public statement Sunday morning. “We are asking for your understanding in relation to leaked posts about matters outside the ma…

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    👍|Facebook to take ‘more proactive measures’ to m…

    Rosette Adel – Philstar.com November 3, 2021 | 7:59pm MANILA, Philippines — Social media giant Facebook said it would implement platform policies that would prohibit inappropriate posts during the upcoming local and national elections. Asked if Facebook is applying the same community standard policies against posts on terrorism for posts related to the 2022 polls, Facebook said it would “take more proactive measures.” “Obviously, we don’t allow any kind of bad content. When there is an election coming up, we take more proactive measures,” Nawab Osman, Facebook head of Counter-Terrorism and Dan…

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    👍|The Facebook we don’t see

    BIZLINKS – Rey Gamboa – The Philippine Star September 28, 2021 | 12:00am The series of explosive stories run by the Wall Street Journal about Facebook is not likely to be the last that will hound the world’s immensely popular – and highly profitable – social media company. Regulatory agencies and media coverage have dogged Facebook for years, and for a long list of reasons. The one thing that stands out for its billions of Facebook users, though, is the unauthorized harnessing of personal data, often for monetary gain, sometimes for sinister deeds. Going deep into Facebook’s history since its …

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    👍|DepEd looking into Facebook group where student…

    Philstar.com September 20, 2021 | 5:30pm MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education is coordinating with authorities to look into reports of students cheating through a Facebook group, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said Monday. Briones said they will look into whether the answer keys for modules were leaked to the group or to the students and whether they have been copying answers from each other. “We are now seeking the assistance of the authorities and tracing because there are really questions — there are questions and we have [the answer] key for the answered questions,” she sa…

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    📱|Google commits additional $7.5 milion in COVID-…

    Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) – July 30, 2021 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Google yesterday announced a total commitment of $7.5 million in new grant funding and other support to help alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on the Philippines and four other Asian countries. Google.org, the tech giant’s philanthropic arm, said it will provide a $1.5 million grant to the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to support urgent COVID-19 response needs in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Pakistan. From this grant, $300,000 will go to the Philippines for the training of …

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    📱|Google launches earthquake alerts system in Phi…

    Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) – June 18, 2021 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Technology company Google has launched in the Philippines its earthquake alerts system feature using Android mobile devices. Google Philippines country director Bernadette Nacario said the system, which uses accelerometers in active Android smartphones to detect seismic activities, is part of their mission to bring helpful products and services to Filipinos. “Our country, being located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, is prone to natural calamities and this update will play an important role in disaster preparedness…

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    👍|Facebook tags government media organizations as…

    MANILA, Philippines — Government media organizations are being labeled as “state-controlled media” on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. Started in the United States last year, the social media company recently rolled out the policy in other countries, including the Philippines. The Facebook pages of Philippine government organizations such as PTV, IBC TV 13, Radyo Pilipinas, Philippine News Agency and Radio Television Malacañang now have the label “Philippines state-controlled media” in their posts. “Facebook has designated this (gov’t) publisher because it believes that it may be…