Braintree’s bitcoin API is now available to merchants in beta

PayPal’s developer arm Braintree has finished its initial integration work with Coinbase, and is opening up a beta program to its online merchants and mobile developers who want to start accepting bitcoin payments. No word yet on specific companies that have signed up for the beta, but Braintree has an impressive customer base of e-commerce and mobile app startups, including Airbnb and Uber. PayPal has made bitcoin an option for certain transactions to its various sellers, but, as my colleague Biz Carson points out, the payments giant is moving cautiously when it comes to cryptocurrency.

Juniper: 1.6B people will make a mobile transaction in 2014

The smartphone may still be a long way from replacing the back-pocket or purse wallet, but people around the world are increasingly turning to their mobile devices to buy goods, transfer money and manage their bank accounts.

Stripe bolsters its mobile payments cred with $80M funding round

The payments startup has become a hot item since PayPal/eBay’s $800 million acquisition of competitor Braintree. As e-commerce increasingly shifts to mobile payments and collaborative consumption, Stripe’s developer-friendly payments platform holds a key advantage.

It’s going to be a very mobile Christmas for Braintree

Payments processor Braintree is seeing a huge year-over-year jump in mobile payments this holiday season. According to CEO Bill Ready we’re witnessing the pent-up demand from consumers to use their phones as shopping tools.