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Google Removes ‘Bomb Gaza’ Game from App Store After Backlash

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What could possibly be offensive about a mobile game that makes light of the bloody and ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict by encouraging bored Android and tablet users to drop animated explosives on Gaza, where over 1,800 real, human Palestinians have been killed since the start of the fighting? Oh, that’s right — everything.

To make matters worse, the game, titled “Bomb Gaza,” released by developer PLAYFTW, had a “low” maturity rating, meaning children were given the green light to play it. Excellent.

Angry and disgusted complaints flooded the game’s (now-deleted) comments section, and while some comments were political and defended one side of the conflict or the other, the overwhelming sentiment of the outraged objections can be pretty-well summed up by this simple, straight-forward one (heads-up for some swearing):

“WTF There is ongoing conflict in which people are dying and you seem to find it acceptable to make a game of it. That’s fucked up.”

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Mindy Kaling Helps Google Teach Girls to Code

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Pic via Taylor Hill/Filmmagic for Google

We’re all aware that the tech world faces a gender balance issue that is much more than just a simple “public relations problem”. We recently posted on a coming documentary designed to highlight female entrepreneurs, but Google is spending millions of bucks to address the lack of women in the coding community–and they picked an unlikely celebrity to help spread the message: actress/writer Mindy Kaling.

This morning Kaling explained a bit more about the strategy and her status as spokeswoman for “geeky” girls everywhere in an interview with WNYC’s New Tech City.

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Google Employees May Need Children to Get Parents a Day Off

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Just when you thought this was the best place on Earth to work…

Google has become the perennial best place to work on the planet. Sure, Disney has perks with that six-foot-tall rat walking around in a field of tinsel and magic dust, but that’s nothing to a place with a slide in it. Other theme parks are fun but long lines and all.

So, Google pretty much wins the contest. And in a place as happy-happy-joy-joy as that one, you would think working overtime wouldn’t suck so much. We presume that paychecks from the owners of the Internet might lead some to cancel a few lunches to work late.

Everything is fun-and-yuks until someone’s adorable daughter writes a boss at Google to send Daddy home early. In crayon. Yeah .. heartwarming stuff.

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Two Thumbs Up? The Movies are the Latest Victim of the Internet (STUDY)

thumbsupshirtBeen to the movies lately? The nice seats, the big screen, the sweet sound system — it’s all part of the experience.

You know what else is part of said “experience”? The $12 ticket, $8 coke (with no refills, thank you very much), $5 (half-full) box of Starburst…sounds about right.

That’s not the worst part, though:

You find that one seat for yourself and your crew  nestled in the upper left part of the theater. As you prop your feet up and wait for the festivities to begin, a family of eight decides that is where they want to sit too.

Soon, all of these first world problems will be things of the past because Internet.

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Google Has Become eBay’s Panda in the Butt

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As a copywriter, PR professional, and overall Class-A nerd, I love Google.

Why? If you understand the ‘Google Zoo’ — Penguin, Panda, and Hummingbird — then you would know about the many changes Google has made to the search algorithms. In fact, the Internet guardian has practically declared war on Black Hat hackers and other ne’er-do-wells living in Mom’s basement with the latest version of Alienware.

NEWS FLASH: Google is making us better writers. Of course, in the process, they are so angering brands who spam the Internet. Latest on its ess-list is eBay. Not good.

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Google Glass Attack Victim (and Tech Publicist) Illustrates Challenges in Promoting Google Glass

We have absolutely no idea what went down in San Francisco last week, when tech PR and I Love Social Media founder Sarah Slocum claims she was robbed and assaulted for wearing her Glass into a punk rock bar.

One thing we’re sure of based on the clip she released this week: we’re very, very glad we weren’t there.

Being (thankfully) unfamiliar with the politics of the SF tech scene, we think the story is most interesting as an illustration of both the inherent challenges of promoting such a product and the various ways to respond to public criticism of that product.

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WWD Keeps It Glassy for New York Fashion Week

You know, we really doubted Google Glass there for a minute.

Somehow, the world’s nerdiest eyewear continues to score media wins: the latest is the news, announced this morning, that WWD will include a “Glass Menagerie” in its New York Fashion Week coverage. What does that mean? Here’s your answer:

WWD isn’t just highlighting Glass, either.

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Google Has ‘Waze’ of Making You Click on its Maps

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Last summer, Google acquired the Israeli mapping startup Waze for close to $1 billion dollars. At the time, people were uncertain why the owner of the Internet — and its own GPS-enabled mapping system — would do such a thing for such a price.

Now, thanks to a nice read by Digiday, we have an inkling to the methods of Google’s madness. Introducing logos run-a-muck on maps. Yes, kids. It’s all about the Benjamins and advertising…

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