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Google bans offensive games from Google Play store

In this edition: Google removes two Gaza-themed games from its Google Play app store; a male baby doll sparks outrage in the US; and an extreme skier on a dazzling descent in an American ski resort.

GOOGLE BANS OFFENSIVE GAMES FROM GOOGLE PLAY STORE

The smartphone game "Bomb Gaza" which has been available on the Google Play app store since July 29th and sees players trying to bomb the Gaza Strip without killing any civilians, was taken off the market by Google on Monday August 4th. The decision came after strong mobilization online with outraged social networkers urging the web giant to ban the game. 

The Mountain View firm has also banned another game of a similar nature, "Gaza Assault: Red Code". Google has justified the move by saying the games violate its policies; the company is officially opposed to the sale of any content which incites hatred or violence. 

But although the American multinational says the controversial games have been banned because they breach its terms of service, surprisingly enough there are similar apps still available for download; "Gaza Defender" for example, "Israel Under Attack" or "Iron Dome ". And so the "Big Browser" blog is now wondering if Google is about to be a hit with fresh opposition, with web users campaigning for these games to also be removed. 

USA: MALE BABY DOLL SPARKS CONTROVERSY ONLINE

New Jersey mum Donna Wood Burgmann took her daughter to buy a new baby doll at a toy store. And as she explained in a Facebook post, her daughter was very excited to find a baby boy doll, but when she went to change the nappy, she got a bit of a surprise. The doll was anatomically correct and had a penis. The mum was outraged and she's not alone, the story has sparked controversy among web users in the United States. 

Many have taken to social networks to criticize the toy manufacturers for including genitals on a doll for a young child. Facebook users are reaching out to the bosses of “Toys R` Us” which stocks the contentious doll, voicing their annoyance. This man for example says the company has crossed the line. 

But not everyone agrees, there are a lot of web users saying they are not shocked by the doll, and that they cannot see what all the fuss is about. Some have even thanked the toy manufacturer for including a penis, as they say it will help teach children about body parts. 

American author and parenting expert Monica Beyer has voiced a similar opinion in an article published on SheKnows.com. She says it is not shocking for a child to see a naked baby. She also wonders why a baby doll is seen as sexual simply because it has genitalia. 

STATS OF THE DAY

If the world only had one hundred people living on it, 60 of them would be from Asia, 15 from Africa and 11 from Europe. Twelve of them would speak Chinese and 5 would speak English. This infographic was put together by Jack Hagley who did a bit of number crunching using global statistics to highlight the inequality on earth. Because if just 100 people lived on our planet, 70 of them would have no Internet access, 23 would have nowhere to live, 13 would have no safe drinking water and 15 would be malnourished. 

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The "Fat and Furious Burger" Instagram page is run by two French graphic designers who decided to merge two of their favorite things ; fast food and photography to create some very interesting hamburgers indeed and put them in some unusual scenarios… the page is proving extremely popular, and already has over 17,000 followers … 

BODY PAINT ARTIST BLENDS INTO NYC LANDMARKS

American body paint artist Trina Merry seamlessly camouflages her models into some well-known New York City landmarks, like the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and also the Empire State Building. The extremely realistic collection which required hours of work for each photo is called “New York Camouflage”, and is available to view on the artist’s Facebook page

VIDEO OF THE DAY

You can now take on the ski slopes of the Jackson Hole resort in Wyoming, USA from the comfort of your own home … this video was posted online earlier on this week by extreme skier Owen Leeper. You can see him speed down narrow paths, pull off some stunning moves and more on Vimeo.

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