Google Says Goodbye to Checkout to Focus on the Wallet

We never knew how many people had signed up for Google Checkout, and now we probably never will. Checkout was used as the primary way to pay for apps in the Android Market, but was largely assumed to lack mass adoption, since it was never required. In a blog post, Google said it is merging Checkout with its newest payment strategy, called Google Wallet, which will be used to pay for things on Android Market, YouTube, Google+ Games and other Google sites.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik