PayPal Nears Deal for Braintree Payments

EBay’s PayPal is near a deal to buy Braintree Payments Solutions, according to people familiar with the discussions, potentially thrusting the online payments pioneer into the center of the burgeoning mobile commerce market.

The deal for Braintree would give PayPal access to data and lucrative transaction fees from Braintree’s expanding network, which currently processes more than $10 billion annually for companies like OpenTable, Uber Technologies and Airbnb. Braintree charges merchants a 2.9% commission and 30-cent transaction fee.

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