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                                 Posted at 4:55 p.m. PDT Sunday, July
25, 1999 

                                 New Software lets you 'beam' money

                                 BY MARTHA MENDOZA
                                 AP Business Writer 

                                 WOODSIDE, Calif. -- Sipping coffee at
Buck's Restaurant early Friday, a venture capitalist
                                 beamed a $3 million investment through
his Palm organizer to the happy, startup CEO sitting

                                 Patrons munching their poached eggs and
hash browns couldn't actually see the flurry of
                                 money flying through the air, but
that's virtually what happened.

                                 Within seconds, the words: ``Would you
like to accept the money?'' popped up on Confinity
                                 CEO Peter A. Thiel's Palm organizer. He
quickly tapped ``Yes.''

                                 ``Of course that's an understatement,''
said Thiel. ``It should say, 'Yes, yes!'''

                                 Thus came the official launch of
PayPal, an instant payment service that allows people to
                                 exchange money through their Palm

                                 Here's how it works: registered users
type the amount they want to pay another person into their device. They
tap a ``Pay'' button, and
                                 then point their device at the
recipients' Palm organizer.

                                 The information is sent via infrared
beam, the same way a remote control sends messages to a television. The
recipient later synchronizes
                                 his device at a personal computer,
directing PayPal to either deposit the money directly into their bank
account, send them a check, or just
                                 keep it in an account so they can pay
someone else next time.

                                 Thiel, who successfully pocketed his $3
million through his PayPal on Friday, said he expects most users to be
between 20 and 35 years
                                 old, transferring much smaller amounts.

                                 The software, which is downloaded free
from the Internet, is expected to be ready for widespread use this fall.
In the coming years, plans
                                 are to have the system work with
cellular phones and pagers as well.

                                 Like many startup high tech companies
in the Silicon Valley, Confinity is focusing first on attracting users
-- they're hoping for about
                                 100,000 next year -- before worrying
about how to make it profitable.

                                 In the meantime, they do plan to skim
some ``float cash'' off the interest on accounts from PayPal users while
their money waits to be
                                 beamed away. A similar system is used
by travelers check companies, that profit off interest from money
waiting in customer accounts
                                 between the time when checks are
purchased and cashed.

                                 Thiel, a Stanford graduate and a former
securities lawyer, worked as a high tech investor before launching his
12-employee company last
                                 year. With his Chief Technology Officer
Max Levchin, who founded NetMeridian Software, and backed by hand-held
encryption pioneer
                                 Dan Boneh, a computer science professor
at Stanford University, Thiel said they are confident their system is
``safer and easier than cash,
                                 credit cards or checks.''

                                 Rob Sterling, an analyst for Jupiter
Communications in New York, said he thinks plenty of the 4 million Palm
organizer users will add
                                 PayPal to their device.

                                 ``If two people go out for dinner and
decide to the split the tab, one person points their palm device at the
other persons palm device and
                                 it's done. The money is passed,'' he
said. ``You're basically enabling the person to transmit money, and I
think there's a niche for that.''

                                 EDITOR'S NOTE: PayPal is expected to be
available this fall at www.confinity.com