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(MENAFN - AFP) Google's mapping service rolled out a gamefied version inspired by the classic Pac-Man, turning the real streets of a city into a labyrinth to gobble up pellets and ghosts.

A Google spokeswoman said the game was an early April Fool's joke. It allows users to play the game featuring the popular character created in 1980 in select locations.

If there are ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Flaws in computer modelling led to apocalyptic forecasts of how the deadly Ebola virus would spread in West Africa, specialists said.

Many of the models were off-the-shelf software that failed to take into account complexities and uncertainties in the way the disease spread in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, they said on Tuesday.

"In the early days ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Kraft Foods and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will end a controversial children's nutrition awareness initiative for a processed cheese product, a Kraft spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The food giant said it will remove the academy's "Kids Eat Right" logo from Kraft Singles, individually wrapped slices of a processed cheese product, after it was criticized ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Spain's conservative government said Tuesday it would restore free health care for illegal immigrants, overturning a controversial decision taken three years ago.

Under a reform that came into place in September 2012, foreigners without residency papers lost their national health cards which allowed them free treatment in local public health clinics.

Illegal ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets mostly retreated Wednesday following losses on Wall Street, with Tokyo also hurt by a disappointing reading of Japanese business confidence while Hong Kong and Shanghai climbed on a rebound in Chinese manufacturing activity.

After a strong performance for global equities in the first three months of the year, analysts have warned of a rocky road ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) South Korea's inflation rate dipped further in March to the lowest level in nearly 16 years as falling oil prices stoked deflationary fears, state data showed Wednesday.

Consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in March from a year earlier -- compared to February's 0.5 percent, state-run Statistics Korea said.

Both were the lowest rate since July 1999 when inflation ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China's manufacturing activity expanded in March for the first time since December, the government said Wednesday, a bright spot as the world's second-largest economy fights a broad slowdown in growth.

The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) came in at 50.1 last month, up from 49.9 in February and the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Latin America spends billions of dollars subsidizing fossil fuels each year, but also has some of the world's largest renewable power programs, highlighting the energy-hungry region's divisions as it charts its future.

Exhibit A is Venezuela, estimated to have the biggest oil reserves on Earth, where drivers can fill their gas tanks for about $1.

Exhibit ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Confidence among major Japanese manufacturers came in lower than market expectations, a central bank survey showed Wednesday, underscoring growing doubts about the prospects for a rebound in the world's number three economy.

The Bank of Japan's closely watched Tankan survey showed confidence at the country's biggest manufacturers stood at plus 12 in March, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) GoDaddy, which has built its reputation trying to make Web hosting sexy, storms into Wall Street with a stock offering Wednesday aiming to revive the public markets' appetite for technology.

Arizona-based GoDaddy is expected to raise more than $400 million in an initial public offering (IPO) which marks the end of a noticeable drought for the sector, which ...

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