As Apple Pay rolls out, eBay plans to spin off PayPal business

“eBay Inc. said it plans to spin off its PayPal business into a separate publicly traded company next year, taking a page from the playbook of activist investor Carl Icahn, who had pushed for the company to split,” Michael Calia reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“The decision marks a sharp reversal for a company that spent a lot of time, energy and money earlier this year fighting Mr. Icahn and the premise that eBay would be better as two,” Calia reports. “It comes as Mr. Icahn has taken a bigger role within the company and as eBay faces fresh competition in the payments sector from Apple Inc., which unveiled this month a new mobile-payment service it hopes will shake up the industry.”

“”The industry landscape is changing, and each business faces different competitive opportunities and challenges,” eBay CEO John Donahoe said in a news release,” Calia reports. “The new Apple Pay service is intended to prompt shoppers to ditch their wallets and make purchases with an iPhone, and analysts have characterized the launch as a threat to PayPal.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Behold, yet another industry faces upheaval and disruption at the hands of mighty Apple.

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    1. One ponders why the dolt Analasses do not get it by now. Apple is in a league of its own making. What? 9 bends? Out of 10+ million? Um … Yeah. China approval. What other tech company today has caused such upheaval in unsaid markets? I’m waiting… Dolt naysayers? Anybody?

  1. This isn’t Apple disruption yet. This is another example of Carl Dipshit Icahn disrupting (or destroying) someone else’s business to line his own pockets. Even if this works out well for eBay and PayPal, it will work out better for that snake.

    Although I hope Pay steamroles PayPal.

  2. only time i use paypal is for ebay transactions and when i buy something on another website that accepts paypal with the line of credit they gave me. unless apple does that i’ll always use paypal

  3. Many years ago, PayPal was innovative and was an essential element of making consumer web commercial go mainstream. Then the visionaries all cashed out (Elon Musk for instance) and the company has never recovered. After moving under eBay they had a very short resurgence, only to become mostly the most unpleasant piece of the eBay selling/buying experience. Spinning them off is probably the smart move for investors and yet also quickest way to send them to that grave.

  4. do you think ebay is spliting off paypal in hopes that someone may buy it? seems odd that would be the case, unless ebay has plans to offer another method for their users to process transactions

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