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Google faces potential class-action lawsuit over Wallet privacy

Google faces potential class-action lawsuit over Wallet privacy

Google is about to face the music about Wallet. A district court denied Google’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that the company shared too much of a customer’s personal information with a Developer. Lead plaintiff in the case, Alice Svenson, says Google sent “unnecessary” info about her to YCDroid, whom she paid $1.77 to for an email app. Filed in September of 2013, the lawsuit is seeking up to $1,000 per incident and class-action status so others can pursue litigation.

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Google Play gets new rating system to reflect regional tastes

Google Play gets new rating system to reflect regional tastes

The apps you’re looking to download will soon be judged based on age and region rather than adhere to a worldwide standard. The ratings you find for apps will soon reflect a more regional flair, which Google says is an effort to make their ratings reflective of what is deemed appropriate content where you are. The new ratings system will have a questionnaire for Developers before they’re allowed to assign a rating, and will have oversight from various ratings agencies around the globe.

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The Nexus 5 is officially old news for Google

The Nexus 5 is officially old news for Google

That phone you were no longer interested in is now officially dead to us all. In making their announcement of the new Pixel, and revamping their online hardware portal to reflect all they’ve got to sell you, Google also quietly discontinued selling the Nexus 5. The device was originally kept on as an offering to those who wanted Nexus, but didn’t want to tote around a 6-inch screen all day. Now, Google is officially discontinuing sales of the device via Google Play.

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Google experiencing widespread outage affecting most services

Google experiencing widespread outage affecting most services

Having trouble signing into Google stuff today? You’re not the only one. According to several Tweets sent out over the last hour or so, Google services are seeing disruption. Hangouts, Gmail, Google Play, and Play Music all seem to be seeing interruptions. Google has yet to comment on the outages, but so many complaints can’t lead to some sort of user error. Some users are even seeing authentication errors, while others simply can’t access services they rely on, like Hangouts or email.

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Google bringing sponsored app search to Play Store

Google bringing sponsored app search to Play Store

Searching for apps in the Play Store or App Store is often a pain. With so many apps available, many offering the same features, it can be hard for Developers to distance themselves from the herd. According to a new blog post from Google, the company is about to let Developers pay to be featured in the Play Store via a ‘sponsored’ Search program. Saying “app discovery plays a critical role in driving your continued success”, sponsored results are set to start showing up in the coming weeks.

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Google Play Store merchants can sign up in 12 more countries

Google Play Store merchants can sign up in 12 more countries

Google has announced an expansion of its Play Store that will allow merchants from 12 new countries to register. This means that developers from the dozen new countries will be able to offer free and paid apps to Android fans looking for new games and other content. Add these new locations to the existing locations and merchants can sign up for Google Play in 74 countries.

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Your Chromecast may have something special for you today

Your Chromecast may have something special for you today

Google’s Chromecast is a handy little tool for streaming media from your smartphone or tablet, but most rarely use it Chromecast outside of casting Netflix or another app on our phone to the TV. If you weren’t aware, there’s a Chromecast offers page, which provides you with promotional offers from Google, as well as third-party services who want your attention. It doesn’t always supply you with fun stuff, but from time to time, you get something cool — and today might be your day.

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Google Play device pages now have video chat via Helpouts

Google Play device pages now have video chat via Helpouts

Google Helpouts is meant as a way to connect customers with sage advice from ‘experts’, and has a very strong retail angle that was evident at launch. It sounds so clever and easy, but retailers and others have been slow on the uptake. Google it seems, is ready to show them just how wonderful Helpouts can be, and is working on a service that will get customers interested in Android and Chrome OS devices paired with Google Device Experts so they can ask questions and see devices ahead of purchasing.

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Google Music may soon play YouTube videos natively

Google Music may soon play YouTube videos natively

Recently the folks at Google's Play Music Chrome "Mini Player" extension released an update with a whole bunch of new permissions. While this would normally be a non-news sort of situation, it just so happens that the answer to the question "why does Play Music require all these permissions now?" turned out to be truly interesting. This question was answered by the Google Chrome extension developer team that created the Chrome app in a Reddit thread for Google on the subject at hand.

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‘Restaurant concierge’ app Reserve comes to Android

‘Restaurant concierge’ app Reserve comes to Android

Have you ever wanted to walk into a restaurant, eat, and not pay? Android users can, now that Reserve has come to the Play Store. The app allows users to simply get up and leave at participating restaurants, as it takes care of your bill for you. It can even make a reservation, and currently has “more than a hundred of the country’s best restaurants” signed up for the service. The app is currently available, and is free to download.

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