Google To Pay $19 Million Settlement In FTC In-App Purchase Suit

September 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Trade Commission announced that Google has agreed to pay $19 million to consumers (parents) whose children made purchases through Google Play without their express consent or permission. The FTC alleged that Google was unfairly billing account holders on its Google Play market for Android-based mobile and tablet devices by not getting express authorization from parents when kids bought things both in the store and within apps.

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Google Anti-Abuse Research Head Hacks 'Hearthstone,' But Keeps Code to Himself

September 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Back in August, Elie Bursztein, the man in charge of Google's anti-abuse research team, detailed how he developed a tool to exploit Blizzard's popular collectible trading card game, Hearthstone. Bursztein gave a lengthy presentation on how he accomplished the hack during the Defcon 22 hacking conference in Las Vegas, but broke from convention by refusing to release his work online.

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'Destiny Planet View' Powered by Google Street View

September 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Destiny's Planet View is pretty fascinating. It looks and feels a lot like Google's Street View, in case you hadn't noticed, because it is powered by the same technology. Located at www.destinyplanetview.com, Destiny Planet View lets players explore the universe of Bungie's upcoming action game, offering lore and other important information for each planet - all while the game's soundtrack plays in the background.

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Report: Google was Afraid of Antitrust Investigation if it Acquired Twitch

August 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Prior to yesterday's announcement that Amazon had purchased Twitch, the prevailing rumor was that Google was going to snap up the video streaming service for over $1 billion.

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CONFIRMED: Amazon, Not Google, Buying Twitch

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UPDATE: Twitch has confirmed that it has been acquired by Amazon.

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Report: Google Reaches Deal to Buy Twitch

July 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesBeat is reporting that Google has reached a deal to buy game-focused streaming service Twitch for $1 billion, according to "sources familiar with the matter." Rumors first surfaced about a possible all cash deal between Google and Twitch worth $1 billion back in May.

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Report: Google Play Sees More Downloads in Q2, But iOS Earns More Money

July 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from App Annie suggests that Google Play is winning the app downloads race in the second quarter of 2014, but also points out that iOS is the still the platform that is securing the most revenue.

According to App Annie figures, in the latest quarter Apple's App Store made 80 percent more revenue than Google Play, but Google Play saw 60 percent more downloads. A lot of Google's growth was driven by consumers in Brazil, Thailand and India who helped to drive a 45 percent rise in downloads over the previous quarter.

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The Internet Association Asks The FCC For 'Strong' and 'Enforceable' Net Neutrality Rules

July 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A group of more than two dozen companies doing business in the tech and Internet space have asked the Federal Communications Commission to create strong and enforceable net neutrality rules.

The companies, who are members of The Internet Association, include Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Netflix. The groups say that they want to prevent the segregation of the Internet into fast lanes and slow lanes because it would distort the market, discourage innovation and harm Internet users.

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Report: Apple Tattled on Google to FTC About In-App Purchase Policies

July 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In January of this year Apple was the first company to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over Apple’s handling of in-app purchases. The company agreed to make it harder for children to purchase in-game content and apps without the express consent of parents or guardians, and Apple agreed to pay out $32.5 million to parents affected by its lax policy - and if the payouts were less than that amount the balance of the settlement would go to the FTC.

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The Future of VR is Made of Cardboard?

June 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While Sony works on Morpheus for PS4 and Oculus continues to developer Oculus Rift, Google is offering a more mundane approach to the virtual reality space called Google Cardboard. It sounds like an April Fool's Day prank, but Google Cardboard is a DIY VR headset offering developed by a two-man team (in Europe) at Google that uses a simple cardboard headset, and a few household items to offer VR using an Android phone and a Google app.

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Why Google Fiber Doesn't Charge for 'Fast Lanes'

May 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday in a blog post, Google Fiber's director of network engineering, Jeffrey Burgan, explained why Google's Internet service provider doesn't charge Netflix and other content companies for direct connections to its network. Obviously this makes Comcast, who is charging Netflix and other content providers for direct access to its customers, look bad.

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Poll: Google Might Buy Twitch. Your Thoughts?

May 21, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion back in 2006.

Now, I've only been using YouTube as a content producer for a couple years so I can't talk about the "good old days" but I can say this:

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Report: YouTube in Buyout Talks With Twitch

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rumors are circulating that Google's YouTube video service is in talks to buy out streaming service Twitch. According to reports in the Wall Street Journal and Variety, those talks are still in the preliminary stages. The deal is rumored to be worth $1 billion to Twitch if it comes to fruition.

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PSA: Vint Cerf Google Hangout April 2

March 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Vint Cerf is one of the men responsible for creating the Internet. Cerf is a strong advocate of keeping the Internet free from the prying eyes of governments around the world and has spoken out on treaties, laws and government surveillance that threatens the integrity of the Internet around the world.

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U.S. Consumers Bought More on iOS Devices Than Android on Christmas Day

December 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to IBM's newly released "Digital Analytics Benchmark Report," purchases made from iOS devices accounted for about 23 percent of the online shopping done on Christmas Day in the U.S. The report tracked millions of transactions from approximately 800 U.S. retail websites. Around 4.6 percent of purchases were made on Android devices.

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Google Wants Change of Venue in Rockstar Consortium Patent Fight

December 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Rockstar Consortium (partly owned by Apple and Microsoft), a patent-holding company formed from the bankrupt Canadian telecom company Nortel, sued Google and manufacturers of Android phones over patents almost two months ago. Earlier this week Google punched back at the company, filing a counter-suit seeking to invalidate Rockstar's patents. That's a normal step for a defendant in a patent lawsuit, but Google didn't file its counter-claim in the East Texas court where Rockstar sued them. Instead it filed in Northern California.

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Google Online Rights Petition Surpasses Required 100K Signature Milestone

December 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Google passed along a note letting us know that its petition on the White House web site has surpassed 107,000 signatures. The "We The People" petition calls for the White House and lawmakers to give the stuff we store online the same legal protections (Fourth Amendment) as the stuff we store offline. The petition only needed 100,000 signatures to ellicit a response from the White House at some point in the future, so it is good that it has passed this particular milestone.

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Google: 'PS4' The Top Gadget Search for 2013

December 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The PlayStation 4 was the most "googled" gadget in 2013, according to Google. Google's "Zeitgeist" list for the most popular terms in 2013 related to gadgets was dominated by Sony's PS4.

The list also included the Nexus 5, Google Chromecast, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and various Apple products. You can check it out below. Oddly enough the 3DS, PS Vita, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox One were nowhere to be found on this particular list...

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Indie Developers Rail Against YouTube After Being Targeted with Copyright Claims

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Indie developers including the makers of The Witness, Thomas Was Alone, VVVVVV, and Ridiculous Fishing, are railing against YouTube and Google over their new copyright detection policies after being the target of false copyright claims on videos of their own games.

Mike Bithell, creator of puzzle platformer game Thomas Was Alone, was the target of a claim by a group called 'Indmusic' for "systematically" claiming rights to footage of his game. He lashed out at the group via Twitter:

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Google Defends YouTube Automated Content ID System

December 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

In an email to YouTube content creators yesterday (obtained by Kotaku), Google defended its automated "Content ID" system deployed last week and offered some advice on what those affected by it could do if they feel they have become the target of a false copyright claim.

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Game Companies Push Back Against New YouTube Copyright Enforcement System

December 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Google has implemented a new system that auto detects content that is supposedly in breach of copyright this week, and it is affecting many YouTube stars. They are claiming that dozens or even hundreds of their videos are being removed. Since these claims are automatic because of the new system, many game companies who own the copyrights in question are doing their best to help those affected by the new system.

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Microsoft, Google, and Facebook Call on U.S. Government to Limit Spying Activities

December 9, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Eight software technology companies have called on the United States government to limit its spying activities to specific targets, to overhaul the country's secret spy courts, and let service providers publish more detailed information about surveillance requests from the government. Companies signing the letter include Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, AOL, and LinkedIn. The open letter was sent to President Obama and members of Congress as well as being reprinted in a full-page ad in The New York Times and other newspapers.

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Google Urges Support of Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform Petition

December 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Google sent out a call to action today urging internet users to sign a petition on Whitehouse.gov demanding that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) be reformed to include more protections for online activity and to reflect the change in the way people use the Internet. As is the case with petitions on the site, the White House is only obligated to respond once the petition has reached 100,000 signatures. As of this writing the petition has 43,928 of the signatures it needs by Dec. 12.

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Report: Google Play Sees More Downloads Than Apple's App Store, But Generates Half the Revenue

November 4, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While more people are downloading apps via Google Play for Android devices of various shapes and sizes, Apps on the Apple App Store are making more money, according to the new App Annie's third quarter 2013 report.

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Microsoft Wins Big in Motorola Patent Case

September 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A U.S. District Court jury in Seattle has awarded Microsoft $15 million in damages related to its long-running patent infringement lawsuit with Motorola. This signals the end of litigation (save the appeals process) in the long-running legal dispute over claims by Motorola that the Xbox 360 infringed on several of its patents related to video decoding and wi-fi technology.

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Gaming with Google Glass

August 9, 2013 -

While a majority of the stories about Google Glass are about privacy concerns, people being idiots with the wearable device, or some Google Glass wearer getting banned from a business because it creeps everyone around them out, it can be used for pursuits many of us are interested in - like gaming.

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Bill Gates: Google's 'Loon' Project Won't Help Children Dying from Malaria

August 8, 2013 -

Before Google's Loon initiative brings internet access to remote regions in places like Africa, Microsoft founder and former front man Bill Gates thinks people should be more concerned about the diseases that kill children in poorer nations around the world.

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Google to FCC: Google Fiber Legally Prohibits Servers to Avoid Network Congestion

July 31, 2013 -

Ars Technica points out that Google Fiber's terms of service has a clause that a lot of its subscribers probably don't know about: if you don't have a written agreement with the company in advance, you are not allowed to host any type of server on its connection.

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Google's Motorola Files Appeal of ITC Decision on Xbox 360 Exclusion Order

July 22, 2013 -

According to a tip sent over by Foss Patents, Google has appealed Motorola's loss to Microsoft in its ITC patent case which sought to have the sale of its Xbox 360 banned in the United States.

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Riot Games Beats Google in Employee Survey

July 15, 2013 -

Riot Games is the fourth best technology company to work for beating out such tech heavyweights as Google according to a survey conducted by recruitment company Glassdoor and Business Insider. Riot Games came in at #4 behind Riverbed Technology at #3, Guidewire at #2, and Facebook at #1. Other notable entries included Apple at #19 and Intel came at #11.

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E. Zachary KnightMatthew, is that a bad or good thing?09/23/2014 - 7:43am
MechaTama31When you say "youtuber", I picture some sort of customizable potato...09/22/2014 - 10:48pm
Matthew Wilsonthis change will only give youtubers more power.09/22/2014 - 9:54pm
prh99Steam has added a curator system. You can follow your favorites and see their recommendations http://store.steampowered.com/curators/09/22/2014 - 9:07pm
MaskedPixelantePlus there's the whole "we don't use accounts" thing that means if you lose your 3DS and have to get a new one, you have to deal with Nintendo customer service to get your downloads back instead of, you know, logging in and downloading them.09/22/2014 - 8:39pm
MonteIndeed. Their wallet system, the lack of sales, applying tax, the lack of price cuts, the eshop is pretty terrible. Only use it for indie games.09/22/2014 - 8:29pm
Andrew EisenThat's the one I'm eyeballing. Really dug the demo. Didn't care as much for EOIV though.09/22/2014 - 8:19pm
MaskedPixelanteOoh, an Atlus sale, it must be a day that ends in "y". I'd much rather get physical 3DS games because of Nintendo's outdated digital distribution policies, but EOU is near impossible to find anywhere nowadays... conflicted.09/22/2014 - 7:48pm
Andrew EisenOooh, Atlus sale in the 3DS eShop. I might have to bust open my piggy bank. http://www.siliconera.com/2014/09/22/shin-megami-tensei-iv-atlus-games-sale/09/22/2014 - 7:21pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.pcgamer.com/2014/09/23/steam-update/ steam finally adds content Curation. I like that the user can pick which peoples recommendations they want to see.09/22/2014 - 7:16pm
MaskedPixelanteNintendo put three dual-gendered characters in Smash Bros 4.09/22/2014 - 7:13pm
Andrew EisenWhat did Nintendo do thrice in one game?09/22/2014 - 6:48pm
MaskedPixelanteYou know it's a bogus defense when Nintendo of all companies does it THREE TIMES in one game.09/22/2014 - 6:29pm
E. Zachary KnightIt is stupid that they went with the "It would be too much work to add a woman assassin" defense rather than just being honest and admiting they didn't think about it until it was brought up.09/22/2014 - 6:06pm
E. Zachary KnightYeah, this is a different game and it is not out of the ordinary for them. THey did the same for the pirate one.09/22/2014 - 6:05pm
MaskedPixelanteTurns out it's less "impossible", more "part of the season pass, but only in an exclusive game that's separate from ACU proper".09/22/2014 - 6:01pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/09/22/assassins-creed-unitys-season-pass-includes-game-set-in-china/ Remember how Ubisoft said it was impossible to have playable females in Assassin's Creed Unity?09/22/2014 - 5:59pm
ZippyDSMleeIf publishers didn't play the region lock game then it would not be an issue.Tho I have seen more russian/chec games than asia ones on ebay.If they do not like it then mabye lower thier region prices to make alitte vrs none.09/22/2014 - 9:54am
MaskedPixelantehttp://hexus.net/gaming/news/industry/74981-pc-game-code-stripping-widespread-says-report/ Thievery, or perhaps the very idea of capitalism? You decide!09/22/2014 - 9:47am
MaskedPixelantehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDPCmmZifE8 John Oliver exposes Miss America.09/22/2014 - 9:00am
 

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