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  1. April 10, 2014

    Activist investor Icahn gains little after agreeing truce with eBay

    Activist investor Carl Icahn has called off his assault on eBay, ending with few of the spoils he had been seeking in his...

  2. April 3, 2014

    SoFi $80m fundraising paves way for growth beyond student loans

    Peer-to-peer lender SoFi has raised $80m from big-name investors and recruited the head of the New York Stock Exchange and...

  3. March 25, 2014

    Frustration with online sales spurs innovation

    The ability to accept customers’ payments is central to any business, yet it can be fraught, especially when it comes to...

  4. March 24, 2014

    Indian start-ups tap into mobile payments technology

    Good luck finding a local store or delivery person in India who accepts anything but cash. Even in a nation of 1.2bn, fewer...

  5. March 20, 2014

    Airbnb: early check-in

    Instead of nagging eBay management for a PayPal spin-off, Carl Icahn should be asking it why it didn’t develop its own...

  6. FT Alphaville

    March 20, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian markets wilted after Janet Yellen stumbled in her first meeting as chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve after...

  7. March 19, 2014

    MasterCard and Visa’s priceless business model

    Some things in life are priceless. It would appear that they include MasterCard as well as Visa, and several other companies...

  8. March 10, 2014

    eBay chief’s pay cut as target missed

    Ecommerce group eBay cut in half the total compensation of its chief executive last year after falling short of its...

  9. March 6, 2014

    Ebay chief defends keeping PayPal

    John Donahoe, eBay’s chief executive, has many of the attributes common to Silicon Valley’s top bosses. An eloquent...

  10. February 28, 2014

    The new market space: billionaire investors look beyond Earth

    Here we are more than a decade into the 21st century and we’re still not there. To be a child of the 1960s and 1970s was to...

  11. FT Tech Hub

    February 27, 2014

    Lenovo invests in cyber security start-up to end passwords

    Nok Nok? Who’s there? Usually someone with a terribly easy to guess password, a cyber criminal’s dream. But perhaps not for...

  12. February 24, 2014

    Icahn hits out at Andreessen over eBay role

    Carl Icahn has launched a stinging attack on Marc Andreessen, one of the heavyweights of Silicon Valley venture capital,...

  13. February 23, 2014

    Rise of mobile commerce fuels rash of rival payment solutions

    With mobile commerce growing so quickly, banks know it is vital to enable customers to pay for goods with their smartphones....

  14. February 21, 2014

    Bitcoin – bonkers or brilliant?

    Not since the dotcom bubble at the turn of the millennium, when business plans that would have been laughed out a bank...

  15. February 20, 2014

    MasterCard, Visa back smartphone payment

    MasterCard and Visa are about to make it easier for consumers to pay for goods with a tap of a smartphone, a payment method...

  16. February 17, 2014

    Pipe dreams of bank payment methods become reality

    Imagine being able to send money to someone’s bank account when all you have is their mobile phone number. What if you could...

  17. February 9, 2014

    Protesters smash iPhones after Apple bans Bitcoin app

    Few protests elicit the same collective gasp from the internet as smashing up an iPhone, so the device-mutilating fury of...

  18. January 28, 2014

    Banking at a digital crossroads

    Banking has reached a crossroads. As the digital revolution transforms virtually every aspect of our lives, so it is shaking...

  19. January 23, 2014

    Ebay / PayPal: payment denied

    Ebay management turned the $1.5bn acquisition of PayPal into a business worth $30bn-plus – a rare instance of success in...

  20. January 23, 2014

    Ebay chief John Donahoe defends integrated company

    The chief executive of eBay defended his company against break-up calls on Wednesday after activist investor Carl Icahn...

  21. January 23, 2014

    Stripe valued at $1.75bn after funding round

    Stripe, an online payments company founded and run by two Irish brothers in their mid-20s, said it had been valued at...

  22. January 22, 2014

    Carl Icahn presses eBay to spin off PayPal payments arm

    Activist investor Carl Icahn has revealed a stake in eBay as he called for the online marketplace to spin off its payments...

  23. January 15, 2014

    If I was...setting out to be an entrepreneur

    Daniel Isenberg has several roles, including professor of management practice at Babson College, founding executive director...

  24. January 15, 2014

    Zapping through the mobile payments maze

    Mobile payments is a hot topic in technology circles – but there are as many definitions of what the term means as there are...

  25. December 23, 2013

    A year in a word: Bitcoin

    (noun) A unit of the first and most famous cryptocurrency. After “bit”, a contraction of “binary digit”, the basic unit of...

  26. December 11, 2013

    India attempts to meet urgent needs with the resources available

    It took weeks for Anita Bhargava, a former executive at online payment service PayPal turned urban governance activist, to...

  27. December 10, 2013

    JPMorgan files patent for Bitcoin-style payment system

    JPMorgan Chase has filed a US patent application for a computerised payment system that resembles some aspects of Bitcoin,...

  28. beyondbrics

    December 6, 2013

    India and Bitcoin: world's biggest market or scam magnet?

    China’s ban on banks doing business in Bitcoin, the volatile digital currency, throws up big questions for Bitcoin...

  29. FT Alphaville

    December 5, 2013

    There's nothing new under the sun, including Bitcoin

    It’s not just the Chinese who are warning about the risks associated with Bitcoin. On Thursday, Business Insider reported...

  30. November 3, 2013

    Ebay to expand the range of digital currencies it accepts

    Ebay is preparing to expand the range of digital currencies it accepts and said that its payments unit PayPal may one day...

  31. September 26, 2013

    Ebay buys Braintree to invigorate PayPal

    Ebay is paying $800m in cash for online payments platform Braintree, as it seeks to compensate for slow innovation by its...

  32. beyondbrics

    September 23, 2013

    VC backer of Google and PayPal heads for Dagestan

    Most investors steer clear of Russia’s troubled North Caucasus, where law enforcers are battling an Islamist insurgency....

  33. September 20, 2013

    Porn sites allowing child viewers could be blocked from bank system

    Hard-core pornography websites will be cut off from the British banking system unless they implement measures to prevent...

  34. September 17, 2013

    Contactless payments: Convenience is the key factor likely to win over customers

    A consortium of mobile phone operators in the UK has ambitions to sell banks a high-tech way of keeping customers loyal....

  35. September 17, 2013

    Business innovation: Mobile payment systems face integration difficulties

    The problems and opportunities that mobile banking and payment systems, and electronic wallets, present for banks, card...

  36. August 16, 2013

    The west desperately needs more madcap schemes like the Hyperloop

    Silicon Valley product launches are a dime a dozen. But Monday’s announcement was something rather special. Elon Musk,...

  37. August 13, 2013

    Technology: Vanity or visionary?

    Growing hamburgers in test tubes. Mining for precious metals on asteroids. Taking a supersonic, ground-level trip from Los...

  38. August 8, 2013

    PayPal co-founder finds fertile ground for growth with Glow app

    One of Silicon Valley’s most successful entrepreneurs has had enough of mobile payments and social media – he now wants all...

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