The Buzz | Microsoft buying speech recognition firm Nuance in $16B deal

Microsoft, on an accelerated growth push, is buying speech recognition company Nuance in a deal worth about $16 billion. Microsoft will pay $56.00 per share cash. That’s a 23% premium to

The Buzz | Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics who come down with minor symptoms of COVID-19 could be isolated in a hotel lined up by local organizers of the games. The Japanese news agency

The Buzz | Philippines one of the latest countries to restrict use of the AstraZeneca vaccine

Philippine health officials are temporarily suspending the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people below age 60. The Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration said experts are reviewing

The Buzz | China warns Washington not to boycott Winter Olympics

China’s government warned Washington yesterday not to boycott next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing after the Biden administration said it was talking with allies about a joint approach to complaints

The Buzz | Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Marco Cavaleri, head of health threats and vaccine strategy at the Amsterdam-based agency, said yesterday there’s a clear association between the AstraZeneca vaccine and the dozens of rare blood clots

The Buzz | Pfizer say vaccine effective up to six months later

Pfizer says its vaccine continues to be effective against COVID-19 up to six months later. Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, announced updated results yesterday from their ongoing late-stage study of

The Buzz | Coffee, Ikea furniture, livestock among the Macau-bound objects stuck at the Suez Canal

Livestock and lumber. Oil and automobiles. Exercise equipment and instant coffee. Those were just some of the products that were blocked by the ship just dislodged from the Suez Canal, in a

The Buzz | BioNTech increases vaccine production estimates

German pharmaceutical company BioNTech says that after ramping up its manufacturing and supply systems, it expects to manufacture this year up to 2.5 billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine it

The Buzz | Hungary first in European Union for vaccinations, and deaths

Hungary has vaccinated more of its population than any other country in the European Union, according to figures from an EU agency, but it continues to be one of the

The Buzz | 32,647: Macau records highest daily number of visitor arrivals since Covid outbreak

The Macau SAR recorded 32,647 visitor arrivals on Friday, the highest daily number since the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic last year, the Government Tourism Office announced over the weekend. During

The Buzz | Philippine leader orders mayors investigated

The Philippine president has ordered at least nine city and town mayors investigated for possible charges after they reportedly jumped ahead of a priority list led by 1.7 million health

The Buzz | Israel election: Netanyahu falls short of majority amid vote count

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu could struggle to secure enough seats in parliament to stay in power, incomplete results from Tuesday’s election show. With almost 90% of votes counted, his right-wing bloc

The Buzz | Sinovac: CoronaVac vaccine effective in children

Sinovac said that its COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac is safe and effective in children ages 3-17. The results were from early and mid-stage clinical trials with over 550 subjects, said Geng Zeng,

The Buzz | AstraZeneca: US data shows vaccine effective for all ages

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection against sickness and eliminated hospitalizations and deaths from the disease across all age groups in a late-stage study in the United States, the company

The Buzz | US, Belgium, France and Japan hold Mideast naval exercise

The U.S. Navy said yesterday it will hold a major naval exercise alongside Belgium, France and Japan in the Mideast amid tensions over Iran’s nuclear program in the region. The Group

The Buzz | China summons technology firms over voice software security

Chinese authorities summoned 11 companies including Alibaba and Tencent for talks regarding the security of voice software, as Beijing steps up scrutiny over the internet sector. The internet watchdog the Cyberspace

The Buzz | Biden questions ‘macho’ move to refuse vaccine

U.S. President Joe Biden is suggesting that some Americans who are unwilling to get vaccinated for the coronavirus are unpatriotic. Speaking to ABC News in an interview that aired yesterday ,

The Buzz | EU countries pause use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Sweden is pausing the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a precautionary measure amid concerns about reports of blood clots in some recipients in Europe. “The decision is a precautionary

The Buzz | Vatican excludes gay union blessing as God ‘can’t bless sin’

The Vatican decreed that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.” The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal

The Buzz | Japan to tighten border control against variants

Transportation minister Kazuyoshi Akaba says Japan will tighten border controls and limit the number of entrants to up to 2,000 per day to guard against the more contagious variants of

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