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PayPal announces $500 million investment in Uber ahead of ride-hailing firm’s IPO

PayPal revealed on Friday that it plans to invest $500 million in Uber ahead of the ride-hailing firm’s much-anticipated initial public offering (IPO). It also extended the partnership between the two companies, which goes back to 2013. As part of the extension, PayPal will look into “future commercial payment collaborations, including the development of Uber’s digital wallet”, PayPal president and CEO Dan Schulman wrote on LinkedIn. This is the second major investment PayPal has made in the past few months. In March, it put $750 million into Argentina’s MercadoLibre, its biggest investment to date as an independent company, reported TechCrunch. With auctions, a marketplace for buyers and sellers to connect, and a payments system called MercadoPago, Mercadolibre bears a distinct resemblance to eBay, which PayPal split from in 2014, the report said. In its latest earnings report last week, PayPal…

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