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Don't want that app? Google Play expands refunds up to two hours after purchase

Regretting that $7 purchase of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on your Nexus 7? There's time to turn it around now that Google has expanded the window for refunds on app purchases. Google Play shoppers now have two hours to return an app to the store, whereas refunds were previously limited to just...

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Google to refund at least $19 million over in-app purchases

If we were to face a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, having a bunch of irritated parents on the other end of things is pretty low on our list of ideal situations. We're thinking Google feels the same way, now that they've agreed to pay a minimum of $19 million in refunds over...

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Report: Ouya talking to Google, Tencent about acquisition

Ouya is looking to be acquired, and it's in talks with Google, Amazon and a few Chinese companies, including Riot Games owner Tencent, Re/code reports. Re/code's sources say there aren't any offers on the table yet, but talks are proceeding. Ouya sees acquisition, rather than another funding round,...

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Take a tour of Destiny with Planet View

Destiny players can get an early look at the game's sprawling otherworldly environments with Planet View, a Google Street View-like feature powered by Google's technologies. In addition to offering combat-free tourism, Planet View catalogs the game's enemies and makes it easier to find hidden...

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Report: Amazon to acquire Twitch for $1 billion

Now Amazon is reportedly ready to buy Twitch for a billion buckaroos? Nearly a month after the video game streaming service was reportedly being purchased by YouTube parent Google, TheInformation and others (like the Wall Street Journal) are saying that Amazon is gonna be Twitch's sugar daddy. ...

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Crazy Taxi: City Rushes to Android

Hot on the heels of its iOS counterpart, the mobile-exclusive Crazy Taxi: City Rush is now available on Android devices. Designed by Crazy Taxi creator Kenji Kanno, City Rush has been built specifically for the touchscreen interface found on mobile devices. Though the game still centers on...

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Twitch deleting past broadcasts, muting third-party audio

In-line with the reported Google acquisition, game streaming service Twitch is changing its rules to be more... YouTubey. The change that many shirtless, death-metal Hearthstone streamers will run afoul of is the newly implemented tech that'll mute archived videos that contain "unauthorized...

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'Bomb Gaza' among controversial games found on Google Play store

The Google Play store is under criticism for recently hosting multiple games centered around the Israel-Gaza war. Apps such as Bomb Gaza and Gaza Assault: Code Red recently appeared on the Android marketplace before eventually being removed today. A cached version of Gaza Assault's store listing...

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Report: Google deal to acquire Twitch for $1 billion is so on

Google has acquired Twitch for $1 billion, Venture Beat reports, citing people "familiar with the matter." This follows a report in May that Google (via YouTube) was in talks to acquire Twitch. Twitch offered no comment on the new claim. Venture Beat notes that details are scarce on the deal and...

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Google won't call games with in-app purchases 'free' anymore

In an era where video games can be sold as "free-to-pay" and/or "freemium" products, it's important to know what "free" really means. A "free" game might actually cost you nothing and generate revenue purely through in-game advertising, or it might be free to download, but in-game purchases can set...

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