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February 13, 2013, 09:01:49 PM
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On a whim and in the tradition of trying to keep the pressure on the established players to support bitcoin, I asked Google Checkout when they would support bitcoin for seller payouts.

The response wasnt yes, but neither was it a "no way". I was pleasantly surprised at the "maybe someday". So...we may be beyond the phase where "they ignore you".

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checkout-merchant-support@google.com   
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Hello XXXXX,
Google Checkout currently doesn’t provide payouts using Bitcoin, though we may introduce this feature in the future. We’ll take your feedback into account as we move forward with product development.
We always welcome suggestions for how we can improve Google Checkout, so please continue to send us your comments in the future.

Sincerely,
Arthur
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February 13, 2013, 09:09:35 PM
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I'd say that's a perfect response =)

As long as they know Bitcoin is growing and customers increasingly ask for it, they will give it serious consideration.

With that said, I doubt any large company will touch Bitcoin until some legal precedent is set. Once set, they'll jump in quickly.
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February 13, 2013, 09:18:01 PM
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I'd say that's a perfect response =)

As long as they know Bitcoin is growing and customers increasingly ask for it, they will give it serious consideration.

With that said, I doubt any large company will touch Bitcoin until some legal precedent is set. Once set, they'll jump in quickly.


Um, what about Satoshi Dice and Wordpress? Those are both fairly large.  Tongue

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February 13, 2013, 09:29:04 PM
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It is a good response but sounds kinda canned to any feature or service request.

I agree, sounds very cookie cutter.  I would suggest sending a follow-up request but substitute Bitcoin with LTC or conch shells or anything and see if you get a similar response.  Nice job on being proactive though.

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February 13, 2013, 09:30:28 PM
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It's a boiler-plate response.

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February 13, 2013, 09:36:34 PM
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On a whim and in the tradition of trying to keep the pressure on the established players to support bitcoin, I asked Google Checkout when they would support bitcoin for seller payouts.

Joe, how much time elapsed between the time you sent your message and the time you received a reply?

A longer time of several days, might indicate a non-boilerplate answer requiring some consultation upstairs.  

Whereas 24hs or less, probably implies a canned response.
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February 13, 2013, 10:00:25 PM
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We know Eric Schmidt knows about bitcoin and likes the idea.   I suspect their concerns are juridic.

At the end of the day, the debate between communism and capitalism is not an economic one, because economics is not a reliable science.  It's a moral one.  It's whether or not people should be allowed to not care about other people's problems. I, for one, am not enthused by the idea of a world where everyone would be enslaved in order to avoid that anyone is miserable.
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February 13, 2013, 10:08:21 PM
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It is a good response but sounds kinda canned to any feature or service request.

I agree, sounds very cookie cutter.  I would suggest sending a follow-up request but substitute Bitcoin with LTC or conch shells or anything and see if you get a similar response.  Nice job on being proactive though.

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February 13, 2013, 10:14:08 PM
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Google must be very very very sure about EVERYTHING before accepting bitcoins, they are a huge company

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February 13, 2013, 10:17:52 PM
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I added google check out as a payment option for my customers. Google will consider all evidence that you provide in the case of disputes unlike PP.
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February 13, 2013, 10:24:07 PM
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Google would not tell anybody in advance if they were researching bitcoin, unless they are sure the exchange rate can take the news. I.e. stiffer price resistance through widespread use, so a kid with 250.000 BTC can't send it on a month long correction.
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February 14, 2013, 10:56:09 AM
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Eric Schmidt of Google thinks positively of Bitcoin already, and already mentioned that Google scrapped an idea to create their own peer-to-peer currency exchange system due to legal liability. Source (scroll to bottom): http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/28/technology/google_future_of_internet/index.htm

But with services like BitPay, Google can accept Bitcoin with 0 liability.
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February 14, 2013, 12:11:15 PM
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Ugh, of course Google would adopt another fiat based currency like Bitcoin (Bitcoins value is inherently tied to the USD). When are we going to have a currency with real value?
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February 14, 2013, 12:20:50 PM
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With that said, I doubt any large company will touch Bitcoin until some legal precedent is set. Once set, they'll jump in quickly.

Or run away quickly, depending on the legal precedent.

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February 14, 2013, 12:24:57 PM
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Eric Schmidt of Google thinks positively of Bitcoin already, and already mentioned that Google scrapped an idea to create their own peer-to-peer currency exchange system due to legal liability. Source (scroll to bottom): http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/28/technology/google_future_of_internet/index.htm

But with services like BitPay, Google can accept Bitcoin with 0 liability.

And it would be a really nice way to counterbalance the newly released Ama-coins. Google would save itself the aggravation of having to design a currency (though Ama-coins are really a gift card), and the possibility of it getting hacked the minute it hits the internet.
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February 14, 2013, 03:28:51 PM
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But with services like BitPay, Google can accept Bitcoin with 0 liability.

Instead of using BitPay, I'm pretty sure they'd rather copy them and offer a similar service if it appears to them that BitPay is totally safe juridically. 

At the end of the day, the debate between communism and capitalism is not an economic one, because economics is not a reliable science.  It's a moral one.  It's whether or not people should be allowed to not care about other people's problems. I, for one, am not enthused by the idea of a world where everyone would be enslaved in order to avoid that anyone is miserable.
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February 14, 2013, 04:20:04 PM
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Ugh, of course Google would adopt another fiat based currency like Bitcoin (Bitcoins value is inherently tied to the USD). When are we going to have a currency with real value?

This makes no sense. Have you seen how the USD/BTC exchange rate has changed over the past couple months? Clearly they are not inherently tied together!

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February 14, 2013, 05:18:16 PM
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Newsbreak : Google to introduce payouts using Bitcoin in "may"

Seriously : Good try, Their reply is very polite yet uninformative.
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February 14, 2013, 11:35:24 PM
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Ugh, of course Google would adopt another fiat based currency like Bitcoin (Bitcoins value is inherently tied to the USD). When are we going to have a currency with real value?

This makes no sense. Have you seen how the USD/BTC exchange rate has changed over the past couple months? Clearly they are not inherently tied together!
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