It looks like Google is going bonkers with its spring cleaning this year as they have already announced they’re ending its Google Reader and Google+ Games this year, but it looks like the search giant isn’t done sweeping some of its services under their rug as now, Google Checkout will be getting the axe.
Google Checkout is expected to be retired on November 20 as part of the company’s transition to fully support its multi-platform payment system, Google Wallet. In a blog post published yesterday, Google says merchants will be able to accept payments through Checkout until its retired on November 20. After that date, they’ll need to transition to another payment processing service, which Google has partnered with Brantree, Shopify and Freshbooks to make the process a little bit easier.
Google developers will automatically be transitioned to the Google Wallet Merchant Center within the next few weeks if they happen to be selling through additional Google properties, such as Google Play or Google’s Chrome Web Store. A Google Wallet button will also be available for shoppers for making purchases on merchant apps and sites, as well as Google properties.
Seen at: googlecommerce.blogspot.au
When it comes to advertisements, it’s always better to get the approval of the artist whose music you’re “borrowing” rather than end up in a publicized lawsuit, which is exactly what’s happening between Eminem’s music publisher and Facebook as the company is suing both the social network and its advertising agency, claiming they infringed the rapper’s copyright.
The complaint contends a Facebook ad which was broadcast online on April 4 copied music from Eminem’s song, Under The Influence. The ad, which was called “Airplane,” was used in Facebook’s webcast during the company’s announcement of Facebook Home. Eight Mile Style, which is the company in charge of overseeing the rights and licensing of Eminem’s song catalog, claims Facebook’s ad agency copied the song “in an effort to curry favor with Facebook by catering to Zuckerberg’s personal likes and interests, and/or to invoke the same irreverent theme” as Eminem’s song.
After listening to both the Facebook Home Airplane commercial and Eminem’s Under The Influence (NSFW), we certainly see there are some similarities, but certainly not enough where the song played during the commercial could be considered a complete copy of the original track. What do you think?
Seen at: freep