Sierra Leone, Liberia deploy troops as Ebola toll hits 887

By Umaru Fofana and Clair MacDougall FREETOWN/MONROVIA Mon Aug 4, 2014 9:51pm EDT (Reuters) – Hundreds of troops deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia on Monday to quarantine communities hit by the deadly Ebola virus, as the death toll from the worst-ever outbreak reached 887 and three new cases were reported in Nigeria. With healthcare systems in the West Africa nations overrun by the epidemic, the African Development Bank and World Bank said they would […]

Action camera maker GoPro reports bigger loss as costs double

Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:45pm EDT (Reuters) – GoPro Inc, which makes wearable cameras used by surfers, skydivers and other action junkies to post their exploits online, reported a bigger quarterly loss as costs nearly doubled. GoPro shares fell 11 pct to $42.70 in extended trading after its first financial results since its initial public offering in June. Research and development spending more than doubled to $34.7 million while costs from its Nasdaq share market […]

BlackBerry opens up BBM to Windows phone users

TORONTO Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:41pm EDT (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday its popular messaging system BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, would now be open to those using the Windows phone platform, a move that potentially makes the messaging service more appealing to its enterprise clients. BlackBerry, which is seeking to reinvent itself as a more software and services driven company as its smartphone market share has dwindled, has been lately touting new BBM […]

Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729

By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:45pm EDT (Reuters) – Sierra Leone has declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, joining neighbouring Liberia in imposing controls as the death toll from the outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. The World Health Organisation said it would launch a $100 million response plan on Friday during a meeting with the affected nations in Guinea. It is […]