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  • Google announced in a blog post on Monday that it’s closing a loophole which allows some developers to side-step its 30% tax on in-app payments.
  • Developers will have until September 31 2021 to integrate Google’s billing system.
  • Google also said it will make it easier for users to install alternative app stores to its own.
  • The change may mean apps such as Netflix, Spotify, and Tinder which have avoided the 30% fee put up their prices on the Play Store.
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Google said it will clamp down on a loophole that allows big developers like Netflix and Spotify avoid paying 30% commission on in-app payments.

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Until now, developers have been able to side-step the 30% commission that comes with using Google’s in-app payment system by getting users to enter their card details directly.

Google’s vice

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a close up of a sign: Alibaba Group Holding’ Singles’ day online shopping festival on November 11, 2018, which has become the world’s largest 24-hour e-commerce extravaganza, bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events. Photo: SCMP


Alibaba Group Holding’ Singles’ day online shopping festival on November 11, 2018, which has become the world’s largest 24-hour e-commerce extravaganza, bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events. Photo: SCMP

China’s property developers, stymied by a months-long ban on showroom exhibitions and the worst economic growth pace in decades, are girding themselves for a new sales strategy in the age of the coronavirus – online sales.

Country Garden Holdings and other major Chinese developers are putting some of their new homes on Tmall Haofang, a new sales channel by the world’s largest e-commerce platform, operated by this newspaper’s owner Alibaba Group Holding. Selected real estate projects sold on the channel, which means “good homes,” will be entitled to discounts of up to 15 per cent off their catalogue prices.

“Developers are all under pressure to sell homes this year and we are hoping that Tmall Haofang can help

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