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(MENAFN - AFP) Sharp said Friday it was eyeing an overhaul of its sluggish European business after a major daily said the Japanese electronics giant would pull the plug on its home appliance unit on the continent.Shares in the struggling firm jumped 2.10 percent to 340 yen ($3.30) in Tokyo, outpacing the broader market, following a report in the Nikkei business daily.The ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) More than 70,000 people have already asked Google to delete links about them under Europe's "right to be forgotten" ruling, with some of the world biggest news sites the first to be hit.The search engine has restricted access to a BBC blog posting and several British newspaper stories under a legal ruling granting people a right to be "forgotten" in search ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Ker-pow! Batman is celebrating his 75th birthday this month with a series of comic-book, video-game and other events putting Gotham's famed Caped Crusader firmly back in the spotlight. July 23 is officially Batman Day, and to mark the occasion in Hollywood, Warner Bros has organized a VIP studio tour including Batmobiles, masks, capes and other souvenirs ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Heavy Twitter use can lead to conflicts and other damaging effects on marriages and romantic relationships, a study said Thursday.The study followed up on previous research which showed similar impacts for Facebook and raises questions about whether social network use in general is bad for relationships.The study appearing in the journal Cyberpsychology, ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Business is booming along Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach, with throngs of World Cup fans buying flip-flops, devouring Brazilian-style fried chicken and drinking coconut water right from the fruit.Juan de Lima, manager of the Ray e Ysarah food and drink stand, has had to hire two extra employees and extend working hours to cater to tourists all day during ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The traditional Gallic "pot" - a convivial office drinks party - may be a thing of the past after the French government on Thursday allowed employers to ban wine from the workplace.The government had so far exempted wine and cider from the list of alcoholic drinks that employers could ban in offices.But after a decree published in the official government ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) American world-record holders and pretenders to the crown of hot-dog chomper of the year weighed in for the hugely popular annual July 4 Coney Island competition set to draw thousands.Seventeen men and 13 women are competing to see how many beef franks they can down in 10 minutes at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at the cheesy Brooklyn seaside resort on ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Terrified of spiders Then get down and personal with the venomous beasts at one of New York's top museums as it debunks the Hollywood myth that they're dangerous.Arachnophobia, the excessive fear of spiders, is one of the most common animal phobias - felt by millions of people worldwide.And yet scientists say eight-legged creatures, tarantulas and ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Black Pete, the jolly sidekick of the Dutch Saint Nicholas is a negative stereotype, an Amsterdam court ruled on Thursday, ordering the capital's mayor to review a traditional children's festival because of the caricature's presence."The image of Black Pete with his thick red lips, being a stupid servant, gives rise to a negative stereotyping of black people," ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Many people would rather inflict pain on themselves than spend 15 minutes in a room with nothing to do but think, according to a US study out Thursday.Researchers at the University of Virginia and Harvard University conducted 11 different experiments to see how people reacted to being asked to spend some time alone.Just over 200 people participated ...

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