Via The Verge , Wall Street Journal : eBay's e-payments arm PayPal  is teaming up with Japanese telecom company SoftBank for a new mobile payments  venture. Each corporation will invest 1 billion Yen ($12.45 million)in the 50-50 venture called Japan JV. As a side project, SoftBank is planning to hoist cellular base stations on balloons. That'll keep their customers connected even if towers are knocked over during natural disasters.
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