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Brodia

An earlier online shopping and Web payments service from Brodia, San Francisco, CA. Using preferences, it provided custom searching for merchandise via its shopping portal as well as special offers and discounts. Using customer data stored on its servers, it filled in the order forms. Brodia also offered an email account for contacting merchants and recorded the messages for future review. Brodia ceased operations in late 2001. See Web payments service.



Web payments service

An online service that manages the transfer of funds from a customer to the merchant of an e-commerce website. The money may come from a prepaid account or credit card stored in a digital wallet in the user's device or stored in the service's datacenter.

Credit Cards and PayPal
In the late 1990s, many people were reluctant to pay for merchandise online via their credit cards. In addition, it was believed that information would be widely sold for a few cents (micropayments) per article. As a result, several payment systems emerged to make online payments more reassuring than credit cards. Most of them have faded or evolved into parts of other financial systems. Today, credit cards are widely used online, and PayPal has also endured with its various money transfer methods. See mobile payments service, PayPal, Bitcoin, Brodia, FaceCash, CyberCash, e-cash, eCharge, InternetCash, iPIN, Qpass, Windows Live ID and 1ClickCharge.



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