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(MENAFN - AFP) Microsoft is cutting more jobs from its smartphone hardware and global sales divisions by shedding an additional 2,850 positions, the company said.

The news came in a corporate annual report filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

It noted the company had announced in May it was cutting 1,850 jobs and that the new cuts were "an extension ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Transgender identity should no longer be classified as a mental disorder in a World Health Organization list of diseases, according to a study presented in Mexico on Thursday.

Violence and social rejection are the cause of mental distress and impairment among transgender people, not their gender identity, according to the research published in the journal The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The World Food Programme warned Thursday that it could be forced to suspend humanitarian aid for malnourished infants in Niger from September because of a lack of money.

WFP said a shortage of funds was threatening all its activities in Niger, one of the world's poorest and least developed countries, where more than four out of every 10 children are chronically ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US regulators Thursday called for a halt to blood donations in the Miami area as investigators probe four potential non-travel associated cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause birth defects.

If confirmed, the cases would mark the first time that mosquitoes carrying the virus are known to be present in the mainland United States.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japan on Friday published another batch of tepid inflation and spending data, heaping pressure on the central bank to respond with a fresh round of stimulus to boost the faltering economy.

Bank of Japan policymakers wrap up a meeting later in the day as speculation runs high that it will make a move, in a one-two punch after Tokyo announced a huge government ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Baidu reported lower second-quarter earnings Thursday as the Chinese Internet giant experienced slower user growth following a scandal over its policies for displaying paid ads.

Net income for the quarter ending June 30 was 2.4 billion yuan ($363.2 million), down 34.1 percent from the year-ago period.

Revenues rose 10.2 percent to 18.3 billion yuan ($2.8 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Online giant Amazon said profit in the second quarter surged ninefold as cloud computing and other services helped produce a fifth consecutive profit.

Net profit soared to $857 million from $92 million a year earlier. Revenues jumped 31 percent to $30.4 billion, Amazon said in stronger-than-expected results.

While Amazon developed a reputation for delivering ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Google parent Alphabet beat expectations Thursday with robust profit growth for the past quarter, fueled by gains from its leading online advertising platform on mobile devices.

Second quarter profit jumped 43 percent from last year to $4.9 billion.

Revenue increased 21 percent to $21.5 billion, the California tech giant said, in results that topped most ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A Massachusetts judge Thursday ruled that a lawsuit may proceed challenging the mental competency of media mogul Sumner Redstone when he ousted longtime business ally Philippe Dauman from his trust.

The ruling is the latest twist in the drama surrounding the health and mental capacity of 93-year-old Redstone, who controls entertainment conglomerate Viacom as ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Some 30,000 passengers were affected Thursday on the second day of a weeklong strike by Air France flight crew with the cancellation of one in five flights, a company spokesman said.

The disruption was slightly greater than on Wednesday.

The new CEO of the Air France-KLM group, Jean-Marc Janaillac, said in an interview with the daily Le Figaro that the ...

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