Google launches 'One Pass' payment service

Payment service will enable publishers to 'have control over pricing of content' says Google.

Speaking in Berlin, Eric Schmidt of Google announced the launch of Google One Pass, an online charging service that will enable newspaper and magazine publishers to develop digital charging strategies.  The announcement comes in the same week that Apple launched its own subscription payment service.  Publishers will keep 90% of the revenue from One Pass sales (comparing favourably with the 70% share offered by Apple).

One Pass, which will be initially available to publishers in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, UK and the US, will enable publishers to charge for content on websites and mobile devices.