PayPal, Braintree combine dev programs, creating a single shop for mobile, online payments


eBay(s ebay) scooped up behind-the-scenes payments company Braintree last year for $800 million, but in the ensuing ten months Braintree has continued to operate separately from eBay’s big money-moving arm PayPal. That changes today, however, as PayPal and Braintree are officially joining forces. They’re launching a one-stop payments shop targeting a broad range of developers from the smallest collaborative consumption startup to the established e-commerce portal.

The new program is called Braintree, and its key component is a modular software development kit that lets developers easily add any of PayPal or Braintree’s payment services to a website or mobile app. That means a developer could do something as simple as plugging in a “Pay with PayPal” button into their website, said Braintree CEO Bill Ready, or they can sign up for more sophisticated features like Braintree’s foreign currency conversion or multiparty transaction processing (i.e. when you split the fare…

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