FILE - This March 19, 2018, file photo shows the Google app on an iPad in Baltimore. Google will give away $25 million to projects that propose ways to use the artificial intelligence of computers to help create a more humane society. The grant program announced Monday, Oct. 29, is part of a broader Google initiative called "AI for Social Good" aimed at easing concerns that advances in artificial intelligence will eliminate jobs and perhaps even be autonomously deployed by militaries to kill people. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

INTERNATIONAL – Google may be working on a subscription service called a Play Pass.

This is according to a report by 9to5Google, which cites a recent XDA Developers story in which lines of code referring to Play Pass was found.

In the report, it also refers to a  Google Opinion Rewards survey, which could mean that the company could soon be crowdsourcing information if the service is needed or not. 

The report further states that the Play Pass could be aimed at some of the Store’s other offerings, such as games, music and movies.

However, Google is yet to confirm if the news is true or not. 

A report by Htxt Africa suggests that it would be beneficial for Google to have such a service as it could be profitable for the company.

In other news,  Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai sought to reassure employees of the internet giant after a newspaper reported a former top executive was paid millions of dollars when he left despite allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct.

In the past two years, 48 people have been terminated for sexual harassment, including 13 who were senior managers and above, Pichai and Eileen Naughton, vice president of people operations, wrote in an email to staff. None of these individuals received an exit package, they added. A Google spokeswoman sent a copy of the email to Bloomberg.

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