Pay It Forward

PayPal and Billpoint show how we'll pay bills in the future--online and, eventually, wirelessly

I'm in the middle of writing a book and have been conducting a lot of interviews. A few weeks ago, I decided to get efficient and hire a friend of a friend who lives in Chicago to transcribe the tapes that have been piling up. With a few e-mails, we quickly agreed on a price and a work schedule. In his last e-mail, my new assistant had a novel request. Would I mind paying him through PayPal?

It was the second time in a week I had been steered to PayPal. A few days earlier, I won an auction on eBay,...

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