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Micropayments, mega angst, and the future of console games

Sony and Microsoft have delivered their next-gen visions, but with this caveat: more microtransactions. Cash grab or survival strategy, it will surely generate controversy as 2014 rolls along.

By Dec. 19, 2013


Micropayments: The business model that never was

Micropayments make a lot of sense intellectually. One problem. They don't work.

By Feb. 10, 2009


Twitpay brings micropayments to Twitter

An experimental app lets you shoot money over to your friends through Twitter messages. It's not perfect, but something Twitter could use to make a buck or two.

By Dec. 18, 2008


Google moves toward micropayments for newspapers

Is it an olive branch for the beleaguered (and Google-bashing) publishing industry, a move to encroach upon Facebook's turf in the micropayment wars, or a bit of both?

By Sep. 10, 2009


Facebook moves into micropayments for gifts

Social network enters micropayments game with its gift store. Is this a money-saving move, or a trick to get users to be OK with spending more of their cash?

By Nov. 3, 2008


App Store network OpenFeint gains micropayments

The popular social network for iPhones is adding micropayments to the mix. What does this mean for Apple's in-app purchase system--and your wallet?

By Feb. 17, 2010


Steam gets into micropayments with in-game DLC

Steam, software that lets users buy and play games via download, has a new feature that lets them purchase additional content from within their titles.

By Mar. 17, 2009


Wall Street Journal plans micropayments model

The newspaper plans to launch an a la carte-style payment plan for access to individual articles, according to a Financial Times report.

By May. 10, 2009


Selective ad blocking lets you support your favorite sites

Help the sites you frequent stay in business by adding them to AdBlock Plus's whitelist, which restricts the obtrusiveness of the ads that open on the page.

By Jul. 11, 2013