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OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform that allows enterprises to essentially run their own version of AWS in their data centers, was founded by NASA and Rackspace in 2010. Today, it’s being used by the likes of Comcast, PayPal, Volkswagen, CERN, AT&T, China Mobile and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in the U.K. The OpenStack Foundation’s bi-annual developer conferences now regularly attract thousands of developers and while the project started with only a few core services (compute, storage and networking), it now features six core services and about 60 small projects under its umbrella.

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The feature was announced today at TechCrunch Disrupt by Facebook’s Messenger chief David Marcus, who noted that the payments system will support most credit cards and payment services including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Stripe, PayPal and Braintree. From the consumer side, users will see "Buy Now" links popping up in relevant chats. Tapping the link will bring up a quick payment confirmation tab that automatically defaults to whichever credit card a user has tied to their Facebook or Messenger account. The feature is currently available for certain developers as a closed beta, but businesses and devs can still apply to be included in the test run before it rolls out to all developers.

In addition to the speedy new payment system, the latest version of the Messenger Platform also allows developers to pull in additional UI elements like quick responses, shipping notifications or flight updates, as well as the ability to make Newsfeed ads point directly to Messenger chats. Finally, there are some new share features that allow users to forward individual chat messages or invite friends to start their own thread with a particular bot.

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There’s no argument that mobile is the most promising frontier for commerce. Delivering on that potential, however, very much depends on making payment as fluid as possible. Today PayPal One Touch is launching in 13 new markets including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. Already the feature is available in the […]

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Microsoft Excel on an iPhone

Outlook is now a more powerful tool if you get a lot of work done on your phone… or just need a quick ride to the airport. To begin with, the iOS versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word have received tight integration with Outlook. You can send a document you’re working on as an Outlook email attachment, or edit someone else’s attachment and return directly to Outlook with a new message ready and waiting. Also, some big, promised third-party Outlook web add-ons have gone live. You can set Uber ride notifications in your calendar, or put Evernote clippings into email. Boomerang will schedule both meetings and messages, while PayPal lets you pay a friend for last night’s meal. Tie-ins with IFTTT, Wunderlist and Yelp are still "coming soon," but there’s already plenty here to keep you busy.

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A FINAL LOOK AT PAYPAL AS PART OF EBAY: PayPal will officially spin off from parent-company eBay beginning July 20, and a number of factors indicate that it will perform strongly as a stand-alone company, according to yesterday’s report of eBay’s earnings. But there’s also some cause for concern. First, let’s look at the numbers. 

PayPal TPV

  • Volume is growing faster than US e-commerce: PayPal’s total payment volume (TPV)… Continue reading