Google continues on its quest to expand its Play Store gift cards worldwide availibility

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Google took to its support page earlier today to notify consumers that its Play Store gift cards are now available in an additional six countries in Europe. Denominations of the gift cards vary depending on the country; Norway, Denmark, and Sweden will offer 150, 250, and 500 Krona cards, whilst the standard 15, 25, and 50 Euro cards are being sold in Belgium, Ireland, and Finland.


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Google deletes multiple Pirate Bay related apps from the Play Store

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In a bid to curb piracy related websites and services, Google has cracked the whip on a wide range of Pirate Bay related apps. Applications like The Pirate Bay Proxy, The Pirate Bay Premium, The Pirate Bay Mirror and PirateApp have been removed from the Play Store completely.

The developers were given the following warning - REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of the intellectual property and impersonation or deceptive behavior provisions of the Content Policy. Please refer to the IP infringement and impersonation policy help article for more information.

Existing users of these applications can continue to use them as normal, although new users will not be able to get it from the Play Store. The Pirate Bay Proxy app has been made available on the developer’s website, allowing users to sideload it on their devices.

Gavin, who is responsible for the app claims that Google has wrongly deleted his app as it does nothing different than what a myriad of other browsers do, including the Chrome browser. The Pirate Bay Proxy app directs users to a proxy website beforehand and lets them use the web browser as normal. We can expect Google to continue its anti-piracy push over the coming months with several other piracy related apps taking shape each day.

What do you make of this new revelation?

Via: Torrent Freak

Google adds 7 additional countries to its list of supported Play Store Merchants

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Google has broadened international availability of its Play Store Merchant accounts by adding Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Qatar, and Venezuela to the mix.

For those unaware, Merchant accounts are designed exclusively for developers, enabling them to receive payment for premium apps through Google Play. Prior to today’s announcement, developers in the above seven locations were only able to list apps for free.


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Google now lets you use your Play balance to pay for subscriptions

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Google customers can now use their Play Store balance to purchase subscriptions for Play Music All Access and Play Newsstand. According to Google’s Support page, the ability to use credit to purchase memberships is being restricted to just those two platforms for now, but compatibility will be added for other services in the not-too-distant future.


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Official Amazon Seller app now on Play Store

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For those of you who stand on the other side of Amazon and supply your goods to the world through the popular shopping site, Amazon has released its official Seller app onto the Google Play Store. Now sellers everywhere can easily check on their merchandise on the go with convenience. The app enables sellers to manage inventory, search for new items to sell, estimate the profitability of items before listing them, message customers, and have access to Amazon support. While this may not directly benefit most of us, when sellers are more able to provide a more efficient experience to us, everyone benefits. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.


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LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live available today via Play Store, Moto 360 waiting in wings for summer launch

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Now that the full features of Android Wear have been officially unveiled at Google I/O 2014, Google thought it was time to let us know when some of the first Android Wear devices will be available to the public.

And you won’t have to wait — at all.


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