Google tightens Android app rules for device interference and in-game purchases

Google occasionally updates its Play Store rules to weed out inconsistent or shady behavior in Android apps, and we’re witnessing one of its larger clean-ups today. The company’s new guidelines more explicitly ban device interference: titles in th…


IMDb updates Android and iOS apps, lets US users buy movie tickets directly

Last year IMDb updated its mobile application to bring folks HD-quality movie trailers to aid in their cinematic decision making. Today, iOS and Android users living in the US can act on those decisions with the addition of in-app movie ticket pur…


Parents who sued Apple over in-app purchases can now claim compensation

Apple’s dedicated “in-app purchases litigation administrator” has had a busy few days. According to CNET, he or she has been emailing some important news to the 23 million parents who’ve been involved in a long-running class action lawsuit over in…


UK investigates in-app purchases for possible consumer law violations

Suffice it to say that unmonitored in-app purchases by kids have proved problematic — most of all for the parents who first learn about them through a gigantic bill. The UK’s Office of Fair Trading is concerned enough that it’s launching an investig…


Apple adds in-app purchase disclaimer to iTunes App Store pages

iDevices make for great 21st century babysitters, what with all the free, kid-friendly apps. But that techno-garderie does have an unfortunate downside for distracted parents: unauthorized in-app purchases made by children. In response to lawsuits an…


Amazon adds in-app purchasing to Appstore for Android devices, Kindle Fire

Amazon’s Appstore has offered a typical application acquisition experience, save for one important detail: in-app purchasing. Beginning today, devs can now take advantage of the familiar revenue booster already available in the iOS App Store and Googl…