Facebook buys fitness app Moves

Apps are arranged on the display of a smartphone in Berlin, Germany on February 20, 2014Facebook has bought the fitness app Moves, which helps users monitor daily physical activity and their calorie counts on a smartphone. The two-year-old Finnish startup ProtoGeo, which developed the app, said Thursday it had been acquired by the US social networking giant, and that key members of its team would be moving to the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Both companies said Moves would continue as a standalone application, rather than be integrated into the Facebook framework. "The Moves team has built an incredible tool for the millions of people who want to better understand their daily fitness activity, and we're looking forward to the app continuing to gain momentum," Facebook said in a statement.



Bloody souvenir 'not from decapitated French King Louis XVI'

A picture taken on October 7, 2010 shows the memorial built in 1830 to King Louis XVI (left) and Queen Marie-Antoinette in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, outside ParisTwo centuries after the French people beheaded King Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, DNA analysis has thrown new doubt on the authenticity of one such rag kept as a morbid souvenir. Researchers have been trying for years to verify a claim imprinted on the calabash that: "On January 21, Maximilien Bourdaloue dipped his handkerchief in the blood of Louis XVI after his decapitation" in Paris in 1793. In 2010, a study said DNA analysis of blood traces found inside the ornate vegetable revealed a match for someone of Louis' description, including his blue eyes. One of the authors of that paper, Carles Lalueza-Fox of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, also participated in the latest study, which contradicts the blue-eyed finding.



Ukraine rebel chief says held US journalist to be freed soon

This picture taken on April 21, 2014 shows US journalist Simon Ostrowsky (C) working in front of the City Hall of SlavyanskSlavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - An American journalist being held by pro-Kremlin separatists in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk will be freed soon, the local rebel chief said Thursday.



US stocks mixed after good economic data, Apple results

A trader works on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 7, 2013 in New YorkNew York (AFP) - US stocks were mixed in early trade Thursday following a good report on US durable goods and strong earnings from Apple and some other big companies.



E-cigarettes to be regulated under new US plan

This September 25, 2013 photo illustration taken in Washington, DC, shows a woman smoking a "Blu" e-cigaretteThe changes would also apply to other, previously unregulated tobacco products, including cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels, and pipe tobacco, and are aimed in large part at keeping these substances away from young people. "This proposed rule is the latest step in our efforts to make the next generation tobacco-free," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a press release announcing the reform. The proposal by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would bring these products under the same rules that already apply to traditional cigarettes. And they would be prevented from advertising a lower health risk, compared to traditional cigarettes, unless the FDA confirms scientific evidence backing up the claim.





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