July 18, 2012

PayPal announced today that it has acquired card.io, a San Francisco-based startup focused on technology that captures credit card information with smartphone cameras for developers.

The employees at card.io will be joining with PayPal's team in San Jose to simplify the use of PayPal's digital wallet for consumers and merchants, Hill Ferguson, PayPal's vice president of Global Products, wrote on PayPal's blog. Ferguson said that PayPal first met with the card.io team while working with them to integrate their technology into the PayPal Here mobile app. PayPal Here is PayPal's answer to Square: a thumb-sized card reader that turns any iPhone into a mobile payment system. "We were simply blown away by the creativity and drive of their employees," Ferguson commented.

Financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, according to published reports. PayPal said card.io's technology will remain available for developers for use in their own applications.

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Jonathan Camhi is a graduate of the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, where he focused on international reporting and interned at the Hindustan Times in Delhi, ...