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Google Loses Upper Hand on App Payments in South Korea

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SEOUL—Google can’t punish South Korean app builders for providing fee workarounds, a blow to the U.S. tech big’s efforts to take care of its profitable fee on digital gross sales within the nation.

Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., had sought with coverage adjustments to dam app builders from offering an in-app hyperlink to an outdoor web site to purchase digital items—a fee possibility known as “outlinking” that sidesteps Google’s personal charges. These providing the exterior hyperlinks couldn’t replace their apps beginning this month and may very well be faraway from the Google Play Retailer by June 1, the corporate stated just lately.