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Now Etsy Has A Card Reader Too

Etsy just released a card reader. It works just like all of the other card readers out there, except it’s orange and only works with Etsy purchases. It is also sort of a brilliant thing for Etsy to do.


eBay Is Splitting PayPal Off As A Separate Company

Ebay has just announced that it’s to split PayPal off as an independent, publicly traded company in 2015. The separation — which will see PayPal spun off, tax-free, naturally — means that eBay’s e-commerce business will be distinct from its PayPal payments unit.


PayPal Maybe Sorta Kinda Slightly Accepting Bitcoin

PayPal has just taken its very first baby step towards allowing Bitcoin payments for goods, thanks to a partnership with payment processors BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin. PayPal’s move isn’t a wholesale endorsement of the crypto-currency: by partnering with existing Bitcoin payment processors, PayPal doesn’t actually have to handle (or hold onto) any Bitcoin itself, which basically makes this a risk-free move on PayPal’s part.


PayPal Makes In-App Impulse Buying Way, Way Easier

You know how hard it is to buy anything from your smartphone. You need to look up your card details, tap them out precisely on the tiny screens and pray for the best. PayPal wants to make that process a snap.


Amazon Wallet: Gift Card Central For The Everything Store

There’s a new contender in the digital wallet arena: Amazon has launched Amazon Wallet in the US, the e-commerce company’s would-be answer to PayPal and Google Wallet.


PayPal Is Giving Out Free Coffee In Sydney CBD Today

Fancy a free coffee? If you’re in Sydney CBD at the moment, you’re in luck: PayPal will cover the cost of your coffee if you install its app and visit one of 200 participating cafes.


The Commonwealth Bank Is Launching A Square Competitor

Square hasn’t even launched in Australia yet, and already the Commonwealth Bank is running scared. The bank has plans this week to launch a small, portable mobile payments device to gobble up the small business payments market before competitors Square, PayPal, MYOB or local rival Westpac have the chance. Meet Emmy.


Even PayPal Tries To Get Away With Not Paying For Stock Photos

Thousands of people have probably glossed over the decorative little clock on PayPal’s Political Campaigns page without a second thought. But if you look closely, you’ll see the watermark that proves this e-commerce giant really isn’t so different from you and me — because apparently, PayPal hates paying for stock photos too.


Hacker Swipes PayPal CEO's Credit Card Info, Goes On Shopping Spree

When you own a company specialising in online payments, the constant threat of hackers and phishing schemes is an inescapable part of the job description. So it’s hard not to experience schadenfreude in the fact that PayPal CEO David Marcus’s credit card information got swiped recently and taken on a bit of a shopping spree. Oh, sweet irony.


How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username

I had a rare Twitter username, @N. Yep, just one letter. I’ve been offered as much as $US50,000 for it. People have tried to steal it. Password reset instructions are a regular sight in my email inbox. As of today, I no longer control @N. I was extorted into giving it up.


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