After a series of Shutdowns, Google today announced its plan to ditch Google Checkout, Google’s ambitious Online Payment Processing system that was launched seven years ago.
Announcing Google Checkout’s retirement on November 20th, Google Wallet’s Senior product manager, Justin Lawyer, wrote in Google Commerce blog that,
we’re letting web merchants know that in six months, Google Checkout will be retired as we transition to Google Wallet — a platform that enables merchants to meet the demands of a multi-screen world where consumers shop in-stores, at their desks and on their mobile devices.
Google also explains how Google Checkout could impact the users after Discontinuation
- Merchants selling digital goods may transition to Google Wallet for digital goods
- Merchants selling through Google-hosted marketplaces (e.g. Google Play) will be unaffected
- Merchants selling physical goods will need to switch to third-party alternatives (see below)
Google has also organized a webinar on May 23 2013 to assist Google Checkout Merchants in transition.
For the past seven years, Google Checkout failed to make a strong impact on the Web-based Payment processing system which is heavily dominated by eBay(Paypal) and Amazon. Google Checkout retirement news came just few days after the launch of Google Wallet Instant Buy feature that integrates Online Checkout with Google Wallet and once again symbolizes Google’s culture of discontinuing worst-performing products without caring about their users.
This is no rumour. It’s official news from WallStreet Journal. Yahoo! board green-signalled for Marissa’s biggest Acquisition deal – The $1.1 Billion purchase of Tumblr, the microblogging website.
As of May 19, 2013, Tumblr has 108.3 Million blogs with 50.8 Billion posts.
WSJ has confirmed the news and tweeted
Rumours about Yahoo! buying Tumblr became talk of the town for the past two weeks, even today Techcrunch blogging about David Karp’s dilemma and now finally with Yahoo’s board clearing Marissa’s request – Tumblr will join Yahoo, But wait, Will David Karp back off? Let’s wait and watch! The official word from Yahoo will come out tomorrow, in the meantime, if you are wondering what’s Tumblr – Here it is www.tumblr.com
Tired of waiting for Google to release its official apps for WindowsPhone OS, Lastweek Microsoft launched a newly redesigned Youtube App which is more than just a link for the video. But Google feels the new Youtube App for WindowsPhone is not efficient ads unlike the company’s official iOS or Android Youtube App.
The cease and desist letter that Google sent to Microsoft demands,
“immediately withdraw this application from the Windows Phone Store and disable existing downloads of the application by Wednesday, May 22, 2013.”
While it’s still not clear why Google the so-called Do-no-Evil company doing evil to Microsoft by not releasing Google apps for WindowsPhone platform, It’s disappointing that Google also wants to remove the app which Microsoft developed of its own.
In return to Google’s letter, Microsoft has replied that,
We’d be more than happy to include advertising but need Google to provide us access to the necessary APIs
- Thus indicating Google’s restrictions to them in creating a proper app.
[Via The Verge]
The feel of plainness without any adulteration is always a great thing to experience and it’s more perfect with Android OS.
If you really want to experience the true feel of Android, It’s only with the Stock Android and if you need Stock Android packed in a powered hardware, you better buy a Nexus device.
India was missing the true flavour of Android without Nexus devices officially landed in the country. Nexus 7 was the first one to enter this Indian market and now, it’s Nexus 4, Google’s recent flagship smartphone which runs the stock Android version of latest Jellybean.
LG manufactured Nexus 4 is officially available in India and It’s up for Pre-order in Flipkart and Infibeam at Rs. 25,990 which is a damn good price for Indian market that sells Galaxy Grand Duos for Rs. 20K .
The device comes with 6 months manufacturer warranty and expected to be shipped in the fourth week of May with Free shipping all over India.
Click here to pre-order/buy Nexus 4 from Flipkart
Click here to pre-order/buy Nexus 4 from Infibeam
If there is a specific reason why Blackberry users don’t jump into other platforms it should be BBM, Blackberry’s Messenger which is one of the most famous messaging platform but available only for Blackberry users.
While everyone else in the world were enjoying Instagram and Skype, Blackberry users couldn’t as Blackberry tied up them tightly with BBM and now the time has come for their release. Blackberry is all set to launch a free app for iOS and Android devices this summer.
BBM app will be compatible with devices running iOS 6.0 and above, and Android 4.0 and above. Announcing this, Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins said,
It’s time to bring BBM to a greater audience, no matter what mobile device they carry.
Well, Finally BB has got it right what analysts have been suggesting them to do for a long time. It’s no doubt that BBM has a tough competition from Kids like Whatsapp and Viber but Blackberry being the Messenger specialist should crack the market.
[via The Verge]