Google sinks from 'Don't be Evil' to 'Do what I tell you or else'

First wholesale invasion of privacy, now extortion-y pressure on Android developers? Don't be what?

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Far be it from me to criticize anyone for trying grow beyond the trivial priorities and ethos of their youth, but there's such a strong smell of I-told-you-so coming from the moving crate marked "Google: Don't Be Evil" that it would be harder to say nothing than to point out the source.

According to Reuters (and half a dozen other sites, all of which posted almost identical "exclusive" stories at about the same time yesterday), Google is pressuring Android developers to use its insecure, unpopular Google Wallet rather than less-expensive alternative digital-payment plans.

Developers that sign up with alternative services such as PayPal, Zong or Boku risk having their apps bounced from Android Market, which Google just renamed Google Play because the original name was too well known and its meaning too intuitive.

Unnamed developer sources told Reuters that Google wants to make digital payments simpler by eliminating other methods of payment in the hope that the number of Android apps users buy will rise.

Google Wallet charges developers more per transaction than some other methods, according to Reuters, meaning that app developers agreeing to exclusivity give up some of the revenue they'd get from Android apps, the market for which is a fraction that of the competing market for iOS apps.

Google charges developers 30 percent of revenue per transaction to use Google Wallet.

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