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  1. PayPal Is Now Accepting Bitcoin Payments, Kind Of

    But what about Dogecoin?

    You know what I hate about online shopping? No matter how I try to fit cash in the little slot on the side of my computer, I can't seem to get it to send over the Internet. Also, I have no idea where I'm supposed to put CDs with all that cash in there. Luckily, PayPal is now working on accepting digital cash in the form of Bitcoin for digital purchases.

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  2. PayPal Computer Error Briefly Credits Man With $92 Quadrillion Fortune

    We get that money is a social construct, but is there even that much of it in the world?

    Chris Reynolds is your average small-town Pennsylvania resident who uses PayPal to buy and sell vintage car parts on eBay. While a fun hobby, he never expected it to make him successful beyond his wildest dreams or anything -- so you can imagine his surprise when he received his monthly statement in the mail and found that PayPal had mistakenly credited him with approximately $92 quadrillion. Geez oh man, think all of the overpriced hair twigs you could buy on Etsy with that kind of money! Like, at least eight or nine very fancy, very overpriced twigs.

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  3. Don’t Look Now, but I Think PayPal is Getting Into Space Money

    Not all that glitters is gold

    This was not a day that I was expecting to have two posts on The Mary Sue about currency, but here we go: PayPal, with SETI and Buzz Aldrin, has launched PayPal Galactic, a service dedicated to solving the problem of money in space. Which apparently is genuinely a problem, or at least it will be soon. Well, eventually.

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  4. PayPal, SETI, and Buzz Aldrin Team Up to Launch Interplanetary Payment Service

    Paying it really, really, really far forward.

    Ever tried to buy something, only to realize your wallet is sitting on your kitchen counter a billion miles away on another planet? No need to worry. PayPal has decided now is the perfect time to address that very serious problem. The online payment service is joining forces with the SETI Institute, a leader in the search for alien life in the universe, to create PayPal Galactic, a money transfer system that boldly goes where no money transfer system has gone before.

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  5. PayPal Arrives Late to the Party, Updates Policy to Prevent Users From Joining Class-Action Lawsuits

    Over the past year, there's been a slew of Terms of Service updates pushed through by various companies to prevent their users from joining class-action lawsuits. Sony's already on the bandwagon, as is Netflix. AT&T's had a similar clause for some time now. Not content to let other businesses have all the fun, PayPal has finally decided that they too like this idea of not being involved in class-action lawsuits. The update hits November 1st, and they've made opting out of it a hassle, because of course they did.

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  6. TiVo and PayPal Form Unholy Alliance to Sell You Stuff

    The Future Is Now!

    If you're a fan of near-future science fiction, possibly of the cyberpunk genre, you might be familiar with many different kinds of terrifying ways that writers and artists have reimagined advertising in the future, whether it's using subliminal messaging to invade Phillip J. Fry or Spider Jerusalem's dreams with infomercials, or the world of Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age, in which everyone has a 3D printer in their kitchen, capable of creating, molecule by molecule, any product they see advertised in a matter of minutes. TiVO and PayPal, however, want to make sure that just because nobody has nanotechnological 3D printers sitting next to their toasters, they can still order whatever magically absorb-ing one-piece loungewear set that also cuts vegetables and makes their computer run faster they just saw during reruns of Law & Order.

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  7. New PayPal Here Lets You Take Credit Card Payments With Your Phone

    For small businesses, it can be a real pain to have to deal in cash, and while taking credit cards might be an option, it can be a serious hassle. On top of that, it's almost impossible to take credit card payments on the go. These are the problems PayPal Here aims to solve. The small card reader and accompanying app allow small business owners -- or anyone really -- to take credit, debit, and PayPal payments via smartphone, making it much, much easier for them to shut up and take their customers' money in whatever form the customers can offer it.

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  8. To Settle Dispute, PayPal Orders Buyer to Destroy Violin

    It started with the sale of a violin by Erica, with money exchanged via PayPal. The story goes awry when the buyer of the instrument complained to both Erica and PayPal that the violin was a fake -- despite apparently being appraised by several experts. In a move echoing the wisdom of King Solomon, PayPal ordered the buyer to destroy the violin. As you can see above, that's exactly what happened.

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  9. Return Violin To Get Your Money Back? No, Says PayPal, Smash It To Bits Instead!


    Remember when PayPal tried to ruin Christmas? Well now they've gone and ruined the New Year, too. What you see above is the remnants of an antique World War II era violin. Why is it lying in ruins (and being cried over by Dawson)? PayPal told the purchaser of said violin to destroy it so he could get his money back. I would say "cue the violins" but well, as you can see, that isn't possible. 

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  10. Louis CK Sells DRM-Free Comedy Special Direct to Viewers Via Paypal, Makes Profit

    As you are probably aware, Louis CK is a fantastic comedian. In the past couple of years, he's really hit his stride with the release of several comedy specials and the launch of his critically acclaimed TV show Louie. For his most recent release, however, he decided to shake things up a little bit and sell Live at the Beacon Theatre direct to his fans via Paypal for a paltry 5 dollars. No middle-man, no DRM, no hassle, no fuss. At a time when many content holders are pushing for SOPA and trying to DMCA takedown the entire Internet out of existence, this move makes for a particularly interesting experiment. The result? He made money.

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  11. How Paypal Is Ruining Christmas For Regretsy And Countless Children

    Today in things that make us scream incoherently

    So apparently Paypal is making people cry. Again. This time their illogical sights have been set on Regretsy, the "fail blog" equivalent to Etsy. The site attempted a large gift exchange program for children in the Regretsy community but were unceremoniously shut down after Paypal decided helping children wasn't a "worthy cause." What's the deal here? 

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  12. WikiLeaks to Temporarily Stop Leaking, Focus on Fundraising

    Due to the excessive costs of various lawsuits and the problems of a blockcade by nearly all large credit cards, WikiLeaks has stopped leaking and is diverting all power to shields aggressive fundraising in order to get enough money to fight the credit card companies in court. Bank of America, VISA, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union all refused to accept donations for WikiLeaks on December 7th of 2010 and the situation has reached a particularly dire point.

    While it seems that the companies engaged in the blockade have gotten what they've wanted, WikiLeaks doesn't look like it'll be going down easy. The site is not shutting down and is, instead, fundraising like crazy. On every page a "donate" window pops up and upon clicking the donate button, users are provided with several walkthroughs explaining exactly how they can donate so that the money actually gets to WikiLeaks.

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  13. Paypal Glitch Charges OS X Lion Buyer for 122 Purchases, Reports of Others Experiencing the Glitch

    John Christman experienced a fairly inconvenient glitch when he purchased OS X Lion using Paypal: He was charged an extra 121 purchases of the operating system that he did not actually make. Including the intentional purchase, Christman was charged a grand total of $3,878.40, even though he only meant to spend the $31.79 one copy of OS X Lion costs. He claims Apple blames Paypal for the error and Paypal blames Apple.

    He has a theory as to what caused the glitch, and feels it is a new feature that allows iTunes to automatically download previous purchases:

    I fresh installed Lion, because the upgrade caused a lot of problems. My system needed as fresh start anyway.

    I logged into our developer account and got the latest iTunes Beta, and installed it. iTunes has a cool new feature to download all your purchased apps for you. I clicked download all. As each download started it charged me $31.79. Some apps came fast, some took longer, but the timing was directly related to when a new app started to download.

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  14. LulzSec and Anonymous Boycott PayPal, LulzSec Member Reportedly Arrested, Again

    LulzSec and Anonymous have again teamed up and this time they are urging a boycott of PayPal. OpPayPal was announced yesterday and the weapon of choice was not, oddly enough, DDOS attacks, but a comparatively gentle boycott. As per usual, the obligatory Pastebin announcement cited motivations for the operation, which include the arrest of Anonymous and LulzSec affiliates across the globe and PayPal's continuing refusal to be associated with WikiLeaks. Anonymous is currently claiming to have been responsible for the closure of some 35,000 PayPal accounts and a reported 1 billion dollar drop in stock value, but whether this is cause and effect or just a lucky coincidence has yet to be determined. Anonymous definitely has a vested interest in spinning their facts.

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  15. WikiLeaks Threatens Visa, MasterCard with Lawsuit

    Aside from Julian Assange's house arrest and sundry legal troubles, his brainchild WikiLeaks has been at the center of a so-called "financial blockade" by payment processing companies for over six months. In response, WikiLeaks has announced that unless the blockade is ended by Thursday, July 7, they will file a lawsuit against the companies involved. At issue are services such as PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard which have refused to process payments supporting WikiLeaks. The companies claim that they cannot support any illegal activity, and have cut off the secret-spilling website from some much needed donation money. WikiLeaks and their payment processor DataCell counter in their suit that the continued blockade constitutes an unfair use of the companies' market dominance.

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  16. PayPal Sues Google, Two of Its Executives for Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets

    After Google announced Google Wallet yesterday, an NFC-based mobile payment system, PayPal sued Google and two of its executives for allegedly stealing trade secrets. The executives in question, Osama Bedier and Stephanie Tilenius, led the launch of Google Wallet, but were formerly PayPal employees -- Bedier having worked there for nine years and as vice president of platform, mobile and new ventures, and Tilenius having worked at eBay, PayPal's parent company, for eight years, then continuing to work as a consultant to the company for a little under half a year after that. PayPal is making some serious claims in their suit, accusing Bedier of having "misappropriated PayPal trade secrets by disclosing them within Google and to major retailers," accusing Tilenius of recruiting Bedier, thus breaking a contractual agreement she had with eBay, and also accusing Bedier of attempting to poach former colleagues who were still working at PayPal. If that weren't enough, eBay claims PayPal and Google were working together for three years to develop a deal where PayPal would act as a payment option for mobile app purchases made on Android devices, and eBay claims Bedier was the senior PayPal executive in charge of the Android negotiations with Google, and that Bedier also uploaded up-to-date documents outlining PayPal's mobile payment strategies to a non-PayPal computer days before he left PayPal to work for Google.

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  17. Judge OKs PaypPal Subpoenas in GeoHot Lawsuit

    Federal magistrate Joseph Spero has given permission for Sony to subpoena electronic payment provider PayPal as part of the consumer electronic's lawsuit against George Hotz, the hacker who published the PlayStation 3 jailbreak program. The subpoena would cover all transactions made over PayPal between January 1, 2009 and February 1, 2011. Sony is hoping that the information in Hotz's PayPal account will show that he accepted money from northern California residents. Were they to find any, it would bolster their claim that the trial should be held in San Francisco and not Hotz's home state of New Jersey. Readers will recall that this was the same intent behind Sony's early subpoenas aimed at Google, Twitter, and the hosting service for Hotz's website. Many internet privacy advocates have already registered their concerns about Sony's subpoena of social networking services. Of course, simply finding transactions will not be enough. Sony will have to prove that Hotz accepted money for his jailbreaking tool, a claim that Hotz denies. Hotz faces charges under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the federal law which prohibits, among other things, posting tools that subvert copyright protection. The tool Hotz created gave PS3 users complete control over their systems, allowing them to do everything from playing pirated games to installing alternative operating systems. This is only the latests salvo in the ongoing lawsuit, and surely not the last. Remember: The trial hasn't even started yet. The real fun is yet to come.

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  18. SpaceX Gears Up for Falcon 9 Launch at 11am EDT; Delays a Possibility [Update: Success!]

    Starting at 11am EDT today, private space transport company SpaceX is going to take its shot at space flight glory with the test launch of its Falcon 9 rocket. Why is this a big deal? Well, the Falcon 9 is the first fully privately developed medium-capacity launch system, defined as being capable of lifting at least 2,000kg, but less than 20,000kg to low Earth orbit; all that have preceded it have been developed for national space programs. You may also recognize SpaceX founder Elon Musk as the co-founder of PayPal, or, alternately, as that guy who cameoed in Iron Man 2.

    While the SpaceX crew understandably have high hopes for their rocket, today's launch isn't a done deal:

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