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Google may be working on a digital newsstand for Android devices

Unlike Apple, Google still hasn't come through with its own digital content services for the Android platform. We've known for some time that a Google music service is being worked on, and now the Wall Street Journal reports that Google is also working on a "digital newsstand" for its mobile OS.

Major publishers like Time Inc., Conde Nast, and Hearst Corporation have been approached, though the Journal notes that media executives who have spoken with Google say details are very vague at the moment -- as is an actual timetable. In order to entice publishers, Google has apparently offered to take a smaller cut than Apple's 30% and also to offer "certain personal data" about app buyers to publishers.

So far, Google has stated only that "we've consistently said we're talking with publishers about ways we can work together, including whether we can help them with technology for subscription services," and that there is "nothing specific to announce at this time."

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