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Philippines Duterte tells U.N. human rights expert: 'Go to hell'

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has told a U.N human rights expert who said the country's judicial independence was under threat to 'go to hell', warning against interference in domestic affairs.<p>The Philippine Supreme Court voted last month to remove Chief Justice Maria …

Asia

What the Philippines Tells Us About the Broken Promises of Human Rights

After winning the presidency in the Philippines in 2016, Rodrigo Duterte has pursued a relentless “war on drugs,” employing police forces in a brutal …

Rights & Freedoms

Paypal is going to reap the benefits of being ditched by eBay (PYPL, EBAY)

• <b>eBay announced on January 31 that it would replace Paypal with Adyen BV as its payments processor on its site.</b>• <b><br>The contract change gives Paypal an opportunity to pursue other marketplace acceptance deals, which can increase market penetration and drive earnings.</b>• <b><br>Watch Paypal trade in real-time …

FinTech

PayPal buys iZettle for $2.2B to expand retail-store presence

PayPal has bought Swedish payments company iZettle for $2.2 billion to expand its in-store presence, the company announced Friday.<p>With an app and chip card reader, iZettle terminals are a common sight at checkouts across Europe, where the contactless payment ecosystem is well established. The …

FinTech

'I will arrest you': Duterte warns ICC lawyer to steer clear of Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to arrest an International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor if she conducts activities in his country, arguing it was no longer an ICC member so the court had no right to do any investigating.<p>Hitting out at what he said was an …

PayPal wants to give you a debit and ATM card

PayPal is looking to round its digital wallet service with the introduction of debit cards that you can use to make payments and withdraw cash at ATMs, reports The Wall Street Journal.<p>That’s in addition to other banking services like being able to deposit a check to your account by taking a picture …

Britain sold spying gear to Philippines despite Duterte's brutal drugs war

The British government sold £150,000 of hi-tech spying equipment to the Philippines, giving President Rodrigo Duterte the tools to hunt down and kill dealers and addicts as part of his brutal war on drugs.<p>ICC launches crimes against humanity inquiry into Duterte's war on drugs<p>Read more<p>The equipment …

Asia

eBay will soon replace PayPal as its main payment option

eBay and PayPal remained tight even after the two headed to splitsville in 2015. That's bound to change in the near future now that the auction site has decided to offer an integrated payment system built by Amsterdam-based company Adyen. The move will give way to a more seamless payment experience …

Paypal

You can now add your PayPal Business Debit Mastercard to Android Pay

It's been a long time coming, but it appears that you can now add your PayPal Business Debit Mastercard to Android Pay. That means holders of this …

FinTech

PayPal expands “pay with Venmo” to 2 million online retailers

Venmo, the PayPal-owned mobile app best known for peer-to-peer money transfer, is morphing into a full-fledged digital wallet. <b>As of yesterday, any mobile website that accepts PayPal will also accept Venmo as a form of payment.</b> That makes Venmo a viable checkout option at over 2 million U.S. …

WordPress.com makes it easier for bloggers to accept PayPal payments

WordPress.com is making it easier for bloggers to accept online payments using PayPal.<p>While the web hosting service and publishing giant already supported PayPal payments, the process involved a rather long-winded, nine-step sequence, starting with having to find your PayPal button code.<p>Moving …

PayPal to acquire Swift Financial to bolster small business lending

Global payments processing company PayPal announced this morning that it has agreed to acquire Swift Financial, which provides small business owners with working capital. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the acquisition will give PayPal better tools to expand its own Working Capital …

Here are 100 PowerPoint shortcuts that'll make your life a lot easier

Well, get ready to be even fancier (and more productive) because we've curated 100 of the best PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts.<p><i>Courtesy of GoSkills.</i>

PayPal shares up 7% after better-than-expected earnings

PayPal, the payments company, posted first-quarter earnings results after the bell on Wednesday. After surpassing analyst estimates with an adjusted 44 cents per share, compared to the 41 cents that many were predicting, shares rose 7 percent in initial after-hours trading. Net income was $384 …

China, Philippines spar over military visit to island

China has protested about a visit by Philippine military chiefs to a disputed island in the South China Sea, but Manila maintained on Saturday that it owns the territory where Filipino troops and villagers have lived for decades.<p>The public argument comes amid a thaw in once-frosty relations between …

Philippines to upgrade facilities, not occupy new areas in disputed sea: military

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will upgrade existing facilities on its inhabited islands and reefs in the South China Sea and not occupy new territories, adhering to a 2002 informal code in the disputed waters, defense and military officials said on Friday.<p>FILE PHOTO: A Filipino soldier patrols …

​Buyer beware: PayPal drops purchase protection for crowdfunding

Planning on crowdfunding a pair of hamburger earmuffs or those fancy neon hover boots? Be warned: PayPal won't back your purchase if the campaign falls through.<p>Keen to kickstart a community project or back the latest invention on the Internet? Take note: PayPal has updated its terms of service, …

Philippine presidential frontrunner vows to kill his children if they take drugs as poll lead grows

The crime-fighting Philippine mayor who has emerged as surprise frontrunner in presidential elections has said that he would kill his own children if he discovered they were taking illegal drugs.<p>Even before the last presidential debate, there was little doubt about the strongman reputation of …

Presidential Debate

Canadian killed by terrorist group in Philippines, another held hostage

A terrorist group in the Philippines has killed John Ridsdel, the 68-year-old Canadian kidnapped last September – an execution Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called "cold-blooded murder" and the man's family said was "senseless."<p>A second Canadian, 50-year-old Robert Hall, remains captive, a Canadian …

China says Philippine fishermen used fire bombs in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - Philippines fishermen threw fire bombs at Chinese law enforcement vessels in the South China Sea, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, after Philippines media reported that fishermen had been struck by bottles hurled from China’s coast guard ships.<p>A Philippine flag flutters …

PayPal's Braintree is cutting staff and axing a developer outreach programme

Braintree, which is owned by PayPal, announced on Twitter that it is shuttering its @braintree_dev account and cancelling "BattleHack," an annual hacking competition that last year took place around the world and ended with a 24-hour final in Silicon Valley.<p>As a result, Braintree is also axing some …

So this is why PayPal's founding team are called the Web Mafia

PayPal’s founding team are called the ‘Mafia’ for a reason. Not because they’re criminals, but because they’ve had a rather sinister grasp on the startup ecosystem since they sold to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002. The below infographic now makes that clear for all to see.<p>Names like Peter Thiel, …

Zenefits Stumbles Into PayPal’s Old Drama

Eric M. Jackson Contributor<p>Eric M. Jackson is the co-founder and chief executive of Caplinked and the former head of marketing at PayPal.<p>Chris Grey Contributor<p>Chris Grey is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Caplinked.<p>The tech world was stunned last week when Zenefits — the unicorn that …

PayPal Overhauls Its Mobile App

PayPal’s mobile app is getting a massive overhaul today, representing the first time in the history that the company has rebuilt its app from scratch. With the redesign, PayPal is focused on offering a more extensible framework under the hood that will allow it to add new features in the months to …

PayPal shoots self in foot while 'white knighting' for Netflix

With the recent rollout of Netflix Everywhere, the company has been on a tear trying to track down and lock out users who rely on VPNs to bypass its regional restrictions and access the US programming list -- or any other country's local selection of shows. Doing so hasn't been as easy as Netflix …

Track Down

PayPal has a Super Bowl ad, too

At the rate companies are releasing their Super Bowl ads prior to this Sunday, it's a wonder why they even spent the millions to air them during the big game at all. The latest in that YouTube-approved trend is none other than PayPal, which is hoping to sell viewers on the idea that it's "new …

U.S. says open to patrols with Philippines in waters disputed with China

MANILA (Reuters) - The United States is open to the possibility of joint naval patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday, stressing it would continue to exercise “freedom of navigation” in the disputed waters.<p>An aerial view shows the Pagasa (Hope) …

Emperor Akihito honors Japanese war dead in Philippines

CAVINTI, Philippines (AP) — With a mournful bow, Emperor Akihito paid his respects in a war memorial in the Philippines Friday to the largest number …

PayPal's Venmo adds third-party app payment support

After being dogged by scary security concerns last year, PayPal-owned Venmo is focusing on new features for its payment system. The company revealed that it will let you pay for sporting events via Gametime and gourmet meal deliveries from Munchery. The service is only available on iOS for select …

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