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March 8, 2015, the world celebrates the 105th International Women’s Day—a day created by Clara Zetkin in 1910 to fight against the oppression and inequality of women. Over the last century, the support of equal treatment and women’s success in and outside of the workplace has grown tremendously. Today, the number of women in business and leadership roles continues to steadily climb. It’s important for us to highlight these women and their achievements to inspire new leaders and celebrate their success.

 

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For decades, advancements in digital Dan_Schulman.jpgtechnology have been unlocking financial opportunity for people around the world. The ATM scrapped the need to scramble to the bank to get cash. Debit cards created a whole new way for consumers to shop and for merchants to charge, creating opportunities at points of sale, and later, online.

 

Now, the increasing use of mobile technology – driven largely by millennials – is set to make an even bigger impact on the ways we manage and move money. Over the next five years, new mobile payment technologies will reshape money more than the ATM, debit cards and all other banking innovations had in the past 50 combined.

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All over the world, men and women will pp_h_rgb.jpgcelebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, and this year the theme is ‘Make It Happen’. Here at PayPal we took a look at some of our awesome female merchants — all entrepreneurs and small business owners — who are paving the way.

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This past weekend, we hosted the second BattleHack LA Winnersv2.jpginstallation of BattleHack 2015 at the beautiful Cross Campus in Santa Monica. The Los Angeles Hack, took off in great style with 29 teams competing in the 24-hour hackathon.

 

Hackers were given the red carpet treatment with an exquisite array of Southern California favorites. This included Umami Burger, the iconic Kogi BBQ, Pink’s Hot Dogs, Bru’s Wiffle and a variety of local craft beer as they transformed their ideas into functioning mobile and desktop apps.

 

In the end, Team DropLock comprised of Israel Torres, Brandon Whitney and Ethan Wessel were awarded first place and will go on to represent Los Angeles at the World Finals in November.

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Online shopping has transformed the retail pp_h_rgb.jpgindustry and the way consumers make purchases. While most people today understand the value of shopping online wherever and whenever they want, there’s still a surprisingly high percentage of people that rarely make Internet purchases or still prefer the in-store experience.

 

 

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Just over a year ago, Braintree was acquiredPaydiant.png by PayPal. With PayPal’s support, Braintree continues its rapid growth. In fact, its authorized payment volume in 2014 was $22.8 billion, more than doubling from 2013.

 

Today, I am excited to announce that we agreed to acquire Paydiant, another great company that is focused on reinventing mobile payments.

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New NFC-Enabled PayPal Here Card Reader to start rolling PP Here_NFC Support.jpgout in the UK and Australia this summer; and in the U.S. later this year

 

We’re excited to be back at this year’s Mobile World Congress. As I’ve said before, 2014 started changing the game for payments and we’re at an inflection point to push more payments than ever into the digital realm for 2015, thanks to innovations across the industry. I have no doubt we will see more momentum for mobile payments this week at MWC.

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pp_h_rgb.jpgToday PayPal Holdings. filed a Form 10 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Form 10 filing is an important step in eBay Inc.’s plan to separate eBay and PayPal into two independent, publicly-traded companies.

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PayPal was recently host to more than one 1617483_1557303647841780_1401221758521275242_o.jpgthousand bright and talented young men and women looking to refine and expand their skills in technology.

 

The event, called HSHACKS, was a huge success. There were more than 1,110 students present on our campus in San Jose, of which 750 were first time hackers. They submitted a total of 160 submissions for a number of prizes across different categories.

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SXSW is a little less than a month away…  PP_SXSW_paidSocial1_408x186.jpgand we want to challenge you to a duel!

 

More precisely, the PayPal Duel. We’ve teamed up with Shark Tank investor Daymond John to give a once in a lifetime opportunity to a small business that’s providing its customers with a unique shopping experience. Moving money from one place to another may be what we’re known for, but adding speed and convenience for shoppers and spurring growth for small businesses is where we really shine. This is why we are excited to tell you about this awesome

contest.

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