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At TwilioCon in San Francisco today, Twilio is unveiling a new billing system for its API. This new in-app billing solution is called "Twilio Connect," and it provides a much simpler model for developers to implement customer billing when it comes to recurring charges for SMS and phone calls.
X.commerce is the new brand for the developer commerce tools that include the eBay API and PayPal API. The first conference under this new brand is coming in October to San Francisco. As a media partner, we have a promo code, as well as a little more information about how the company is looking to create a sum greater than its parts with the X.commerce platform.
Piryx offers a leg-up to groups with fundraising needs. Of course most groups that need money can’t afford to have slick websites and payment gateways. It’s a tough spot to be in since a little technical investment could go a long way toward gathering funds to meet the organization’s needs. Piryx has made that investment. It offers a social media-ready payment gateway specifically designed for non-profits, charities, and community groups. Now the Piryx API can be used by other web entities that want to support these causes.
The initial releases from credit card provider MasterCard look to be more than a toe-dip into APIs. With its MasterCard Payments API and two others, the company could be diving straight into the deep end. Though the services are still in beta, MasterCard appears to be taking very seriously its creation of a developer ecosystem.
After beta testing for almost a year, the Facebook Credits API is finally being opened to all developers. Before beta testing the service had been in very limited alpha testing for over six months before that. On July 1st, more than two years after the social networking site started working on the system, all Facebook-based games that process payments will be required to use only Facebook Credits. The 350 applications granted early access already account for 70% of such transactions. Facebook credits can be purchased by users at a rate of $0.10 each (with an additional 10 free when buying 100) and redeemed by application developers for $0.07, leaving Facebook with the balance.
Facebook developers--all one million of them--can now monetize their apps using PayPal. The new partnership between the companies was announced at PayPal X Innovate, the online payment service's conference. PayPal's new micropayments will be integrated into Facebook for its virtual currency.
PayPal has officially released PayPal X, its next generation platform that includes a variety of APIs and other resources for developers. Primarily aimed at allowing developers to embed payment processing in a wider array of applications and environments, this is a major expansion of PayPal's APIs.