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(MENAFN - AFP) Microsoft said Wednesday it acquired British-based software keyboard maker SwiftKey, saying it would be integrated with the tech giant's "intelligent systems" for mobile devices.

SwiftKey makes keyboard apps which are used on some 300 million Android and Apple devices, replacing the default interfaces with a more efficient one.

The price was not disclosed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Global stocks stumbled for most of the day Wednesday, but an afternoon rally in oil prices helped to lift key US indices.

Both the Dow and S&P 500 finished higher following a topsy-turvy session that also featured a big drop in the dollar versus other leading currencies.

"The turnaround was the big story today," said Mace Blicksilver, director of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A South African cabinet minister on Wednesday slammed as "illegal" a new scholarship scheme for female students who must pass virginity tests during the holidays to receive grant money.

Uthukela municipality near Durban city last month awarded "maidens' bursaries" to 16 university students on condition they remain virgins until they completed their studies.

Beneficiaries ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Could "Manolos" come to the high street The legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik told AFP he could work with retailers such as H&M and Topshop -- but only if they give him the creative freedom he needs.

"If I have freedom and no kind of conditions to do that or that, I would do it, with pleasure," the 73-year-old Spaniard said at the opening of a new ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An Indian drugmaker on Wednesday said it was developing the world's first vaccine against Zika after the World Health Organization declared an global emergency over the rapidly spreading virus.

Bharat Biotech, a vaccine manufacturer based in the southern city of Hyderabad, said two vaccines had been in development for a year and were ready for pre-clinical ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The world's latest health scare is Zika: a tropical, mosquito-borne virus that holds little danger for most people, but could completely derail the lives of some.

Most often, the virus which is sweeping Latin America causes only mild symptoms -- with many people never even realising they have it.

But health officials suspect it may be behind a surge ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) South American health ministers launched emergency talks Wednesday on fighting the fast-spreading Zika outbreak after a US case of sexual transmission of the virus, which has been blamed for brain damage in babies.

Ministers from 13 countries including the two reportedly worst affected, Brazil and Colombia, gathered in Uruguay to coordinate their fight against ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Wells Fargo will pay $1.2 billion to settle a US lawsuit that accused it of improperly certifying loans for a federal mortgage insurance program, the bank said Wednesday.

Wells Fargo said it had reached an agreement in principle with the US Department of Justice and other US agencies on allegations the bank improperly certified Federal Housing Administration ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The US services sector's activity sputtered in January, the third straight month of lower growth, a closely watched private survey showed Wednesday.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) purchasing managers index for non-manufacturing activity fell to 53.5 in January, down from 55.8 in December.

The fall in the PMI index for services was more than ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Luxembourg positioned itself Wednesday to pioneer the potentially lucrative business of mining asteroids in space for precious metals such as gold, platinum and tungsten.

The government announced steps to create a legal framework for exploiting resources beyond Earth's atmosphere, and said it welcomed private investors and other nations.

With a well-established ...

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