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PayPal Adds Donation Feature to iPhone, iPad App

PayPal has launched an update to its mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It now has a donation feature that lets users donate to over 23,000 charities in the U.S., UK. and Canada.

PayPal to Offer Micropayment Service
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PayPal may release a micropayment service before th year ends if reports are accurate. President Scott Thompson is said to have indicated as much.

The move would make too much sense not to come sooner or later, and sooner would no doubt be in PayPal’s best interest. Not only are social games among the biggest trends of the web, but news organizations are still experimenting with ways to drive revenues, and micropayments are not out of the question for some.

PayPal Launches New Android App with Bump Technology

PayPal has announced the launch of version 2 of its Android app. This feature "bump" technology, which lets two users bump their phones together to send money (much like the existing iPhone app).

PayPal X Platform Toolkit Available for Google App Engine

PayPal is offering a new open source toolkit for Google App Engine that lets you integrate Java apps running on App Engine with the new PayPal Adaptive Payments API. The Adaptive Payments API lets developers embed payments into their apps, services, and platforms.

PayPal Lets Apps Accept Credit Cards
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PayPal has announced that it now accepts credit cards in apps. The company’s payments platform, PayPal X, now has a Guest Payments feature.

"With this new feature, developers will now be able to accept credit card payments without requiring customers to open up a PayPal account," a spokesperson for the company tells WebProNews.

Visa Launches its PayPal Competitor in Australia

Last month we saw MasterCard make a move to start gunning for PayPal. Now it’s Visa. Visa has launched a new payments service called PayClick in Australia, but reportedly has "a view" for global markets.

PayPal Partners with Major Nonprofit Donation Solution Provider
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PayPal announced an agreement with Convio, a provider of solutions for nonprofits to raise funds, to let Convio implement PayPal to collect donations online. PayPal says this will help boost donations for Convio’s 1,300 nonprofits and give them access to the 84 million active PayPal users across the globe.

Microsoft Launches Internet Fraud Alert System
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Microsoft, eBay and PayPal have launched an Internet Fraud Alert system aimed at helping security researchers report information they find online about stolen data.

Microsoft says its Internet Fraud Alert service will allow security researchers to more securely share information with service providers, retailers, financial institutions and government entities about incidents where compromised account credentials have been discovered.

 

Second PayPal X Developer Challenge Announced
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Look for many, many interesting new PayPal apps and services to surface over the next four or so months.  The second PayPal X Developer Challenge was announced today, and the competition is sure to draw lots of participants with $150,000 in prizes on the line.

A PayPal representative explained in an email to WebProNews, "[T]he grand prize is worth $100,000 – $50,000 will be deposited directly into the winner’s PayPal account and the other $50,000 will go towards waived transaction fees."

PayPal Announces First Collaboration with Government Agency on Mobile Commerce

Update:  When asked about PayPal pursuing other collaborations wtih government agencies, Anuj Nayar, the director of globalcommunications at PayPal, tells us:

Our mobile strategy in Asia Pacific covers 5 areas:

1. Provide consumers with a simple, fast, secure checkout experience on the mobile phone.

2. Provide merchants with an easy integration of their online shopping site with the mobile phone.

PayPal Announces Some Pricing Changes
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Today, PayPal announced that it is making some changes to its user agreements and pricing. The changes are specifically related to refunds, chargebacks, and Amex payments.

PayPal senior director of SMB Merchant Services Eddie Davis outlines the following changes:

Is MasterCard Declaring War on PayPal?
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This week MasterCard announced a new developer initiative, which will place MasterCard payment technology in mobile and online apps.

"We are excited about tapping into the ingenuity of software developers around the globe to help create the next generation of game-changing payment applications," said Josh Peirez, Chief Innovation Officer, MasterCard Worldwide. "We feel this will unleash innovation within our industry especially in the burgeoning areas of e-commerce and mobile payments."

What Was Announced At Google I/O 2010?
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There has been a wide range of interesting announcements coming out of Google I/O this week where WebProNews is covering the event.

What do you think has been the most interesting announcement from Google I/O so far? Let us know in the comments!

Update Google I/O

PayPal Has Some Announcements from Google I/O
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I’m out here at Google I/O where PayPal made a couple of announcements: the availability of its Mobile Payments Library for Android and the launch of its PayPal X Toolkit for Google App Engine.

Update: Here is an interview we did with PayPal’s Rasesh Shah on the announcements:

PayPal Partners with Malaysia’s Largest Mobile Provider
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PayPal announced today that it has entered a strategic partnership with Maxis Berhad, the largest mobile operator in Malaysia. The two companies will offer online and mobile payment solutions to Maxis customers, of which there are over 12 million.

PayPal and Other Web Technologies Coming to Cable
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RCDb, which credits itself as the company that used Blu-ray to bring Netflix service to the PS3, made a number of announcements today involving Cable and web technologies.

PayPal: Demand for Electronic P2P Payments Growing Rapidly

A study released this week sponsored by FIS, PayPal and NACHA, found that demand for electronic P2P payments and transfers is growing rapidly, and that the interest of making these and other payment transactions through an ePayment Portal is also strong.

According to the study, of those who were interested in the Portal concept, 70% would be likely to use P2P payment services within that Portal.

PayPal Gives iPhone/iPad Developers In-App Payment Option

Some news from PayPal that slipped fairly under the radar this week is that the company opened its Mobile Payments Library to developers. A representative for PayPal tells WebProNews it will give developers an "easy way to get payments from within their apps."

PayPal Lands Alibaba Deal
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Earlier this week, Alibaba.com launched a new business-to-business platform, and now, it looks like eBay and PayPal will get a boost from it, too.  It’s been decided that AliExpress will offer PayPal as a payment option.

This may turn out to be a significant moment for both sides.  Alibaba is a successful ecommerce platform based in Asia, with about 47 million registered users, but of course AliExpress is brand new.  And PayPal is a big moneymaker for eBay, with roughly 84 million active accounts in existence, but Asia isn’t its home market.

PayPal iPhone App Hits One Million Downloads
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eBay’s PayPal said today its PayPal Mobile iPhone app has been downloaded one million times in less than three weeks.

PayPal Talks This Year’s Twestival Efforts

Update: PayPal says this year, Twestival raised over $450,000 for Concern Worldwide.