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(MENAFN - AFP) Google announced it is working with iconic US jean maker Levi Strauss to make clothing from specially woven fabric with touch-screen control capabilities.

The Internet titan used its annual developers conference in San Francisco to reveal its so-called Project Jacquard and to spotlight Levi Strauss as its first partner.

Named after a Frenchman who invented ...

(MENAFN - AFP) It's an achievement that Napoleon himself might have been proud of: a huge tableau of the French emperor's life made entirely out of 1.2 million Lego blocks.

The exhibition in the Belgian town of Waterloo marks the 200th anniversary of the famous battle which saw Napoleon defeated by British and Prussian forces.

Called "History in Bricks" it features ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Too much love can be a bad thing: Paris city officials, exasperated with lovers sealing their passion by clipping padlocks all over the city, are set to remove 45 tonnes of the locks next week.

Starry-eyed tourists from all over the world flock to the Pont des Arts bridge spanning the Seine River to attach a lock representing their eternal love, and throw the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Congolese expert Jean-Jacques Muyembe may be little known to the public, but he has been one of the world's top Ebola investigators since the first epidemic erupted in central Africa in 1976.

Now, amid a decline in a west African outbreak that has taken more than 11,000 lives, Muyembe warns that Ebola will strike again in the future and that the deadly virus ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Turkish authorities announced they had taken control of the country's 10th largest lender, Bank Aysa, which is linked to an ally-turned-foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

In a statement, the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency said it had handed over the reins of the bank to the state-run Savings Deposit Insurance ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Another volatile week marked by distrust over the US growth rebound and Greece's debt talks prevented US markets from locking in recent record highs.

Tech stocks brooked most of the selling pressure, with the Nasdaq Composite scoring a fresh record Wednesday, but investors mostly saw more to worry about than reason to push ahead.

That included a mix of ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Moscow international airports on Friday delayed or cancelled more than 100 flights due to stormy weather.

A weather warning issued by the emergencies ministry in Moscow predicted storms and strong winds of more than 50 miles per hour that could topple trees and bring down power lines.

At around 10 pm (1900 GMT), 73 flights were delayed and eight cancelled ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Google said this week one of its least expensive innovations -- virtual reality headgear made of cardboard -- has become a huge hit.

And the tech giant said it has a new version of its cardboard gadget, which consumers can buy for as little as $4.

Playfully named Google Cardboard debuted last year at the Internet giant's annual developers conference.

One ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Snapchat on Friday informed US regulators that it has raised $537 million in a new round of equity funding that could climb as high as $650 million.

The vanishing-message service did not disclose who bought stakes in the Los Angeles-based company, which came at a price estimated to give Snapchat a value of more than $15 billion, according to media reports.

US ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Oil prices sank this week to one-month lows on the back of the strong dollar and global supply glut fears, ahead of the OPEC cartel output meeting next week.

The rising greenback makes dollar-denominated commodities more expensive for holders of other currencies. That tends to dent demand and prices.

Meanwhile the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting ...

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