A deal to allow bitcoin as payment would apply only to eBay's PayPal Braintree business and not to eBay itself or to its PayPal subsidiary, says The Wall Street Journal.
The iPhone maker has long been expected to jump into mobile payments. Now a new report says that Apple's talks with payment industry players have "heated up."
The tech giant is reportedly looking to hire some senior executives to head its rumored electronic payments business.
Google Payments chief Ariel Bardin tells attendees at a payment conference that Google's efforts in mobile payments go beyond its initial Google Wallet implementation. And he said Google is in the mobile payments market for the long-haul.
During a conference call to discuss first quarter earnings, CEO Tim Cook says the mobile payments space is intriguing for the company.
The tech giant may be planning to take on services like PayPal, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The app is averaging one-and-a-half stars after nearly 1,400 people have weighed in.
The company will pay around $800 million for Braintree, which provides a payment system for online and mobile startup companies.
Neither near-field communications nor any similar mobile-payment technology appears to be on Apple's agenda at this point.
The company's move makes it easier for Chinese customers to pay for its products.