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Google bows to South Korea law allowing third-party app payments

Tech giant's compliance marks rare about-face and puts spotlight on Apple

Both Google and Apple have steered users of their app stores to their own payment systems.    © Reuters

SEOUL -- Google will allow South Korean users to choose third-party payment methods for purchases made in apps, complying with a recent law that bans tech platforms from forcing developers to use their system.

Wilson White, Google's senior director of public policy, announced the move in a blog post directed at South Korean developers.

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