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    My concern is that if payments going through the platform provider become a standard, it would give Google et al. even more control over the ecosystem. We already see that with arbitrary demonetization of Youtube videos and TVTropes “google incidents”—that’s corporate censorship. Do we want more of it?

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      Apple forces this already. Every app on iOS must support Apple Pay if it’s taking payments. Right now it’s a good thing because no one has my card number except Apple, and apple likes it because they take a cut, but only the future knows what it holds.

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        Can’t you side load apps now? I know they used to charge $100 or something they got rid of that didn’t they?

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          You still need to pay the $100 to publish apps to the store. You can now sideload without paying, but the apps only stay active for 7 days between each update (for app development purposes only, not longterm use). If you pay the $100, apps either don’t expire or take a long time to expire (I haven’t run into any issues).

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            Ah so that still effectively kills sideloading

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          As an Apple Pay user, I must admit it is extremely convenient to the user.

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          That’s why that kind of services should be decentralized. If these gets decentralized everyone can accept their own payments. Payment processors will vanish with major use of crypto-currencies I guess.

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            I don’t think major use of cryptocurrencies is ever going to happen. A healthy payment processor market with either enough competition to make them care about customers or regulation against abusing them (no arbitrary bans etc.) is still utopic, but more realistic.

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              Or regulation to enforce a standard payment system which is not controlled by any one company.

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          I think Brave could be a standout here, should it choose to do so. Brave already has infrastructure and relationships in place to pay publishers (that is, websites) based on the user’s BAT allocation. I don’t think extensions are included in that payment. I could see a world in which a user has a website budget and an extension budget (or combined) and can pay authors of extensions ~directly through Brave’s existing payment ecosystem.

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            This is silly. Just add your own donation button, use patreon, add a stripe or paypal checkout. You have so much control over your extension, do you really want to cede that control to them for a walled garden?

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                The article is about the finances of of extension developers. This comment has no real bearing on that at all.