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Of course, a number of the stories I read mentioned the obvious – that the move comes months after activist investor Carl Icahn suggested the same transaction only to get the brush off.
And let me be clear about one thing. I'm a big believer in the eBay-PayPal spin-off. It will provide eBay investors with shares in fast-growing PayPal as a tax-free special dividend.
After all, PayPal is one of the world's leading payment companies. It has a stunning 152.5 million users, and Wall Street believes PayPal could have a market capitalization of as much as $31.5 billion.
PayPal clearly isn't taking any chances. It's hired a former American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP) executive as its new CEO.
But there's an angle to the story that almost no one has taken the time to mention – the PayPal spin-off is great news for Bitcoin.
How the PayPal Spin-Off Will Boost Bitcoin
The move comes just days after PayPal announced a whole new level of support for the virtual currency.
Taken together, PayPal's moves are a sign that the digital payments world is getting hotter by the minute, and that Bitcoin ranks as the leading virtual currency in this rapidly growing ecosystem.
For more than a year now, I've been saying that Bitcoin is an unstoppable global force that will transform the way people pay for goods and services, particularly over the Internet.
I believe a series of events unfolding daily proves this is true. It also means that Bitcoin has moved well beyond the realm of a pure currency play into an advanced, secure digital payments platform.
Let's start with PayPal's recent Bitcoin news…
Last week PayPal announced it had struck a deal with three leading Bitcoin processors, Coinbase, GoCoin and BitPay. Under the agreement, eBay merchants who work with PayPal can now accept Bitcoin.
Over the last several months, PayPal senior leaders have expressed keen interest in Bitcoin's Web-centric technology. Scott Ellison, the company's senior director of corporate strategy, told CNN Money that integrating Bitcoin was part of PayPal's status as "the original payments disruptor."
For a new company like BitPay this is a pivotal moment, but not the first big break it's gotten. Just six months ago, it received $30 million in venture funding from a group that includes Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) founder Jerry Yang and Richard Branson, chairman of the Virgin Group Ltd.
I met with BitPay CEO Tony Gallippi in late 2013, and I can tell you he's always looking for new ways to further integrate Bitcoin as an online payment system.
Among other things, Gallippi has gone the extra mile to increase Bitcoin's public profile. He played a key role in getting the name of the St. Petersburg Bowl college football game changed to the Bitcoin Bowl, which will be played this December 26 at Tropicana Field.
Now, Gallippi's company and other processors will allow PayPal users to pay for things like online games, music, and other digital goods using Bitcoin as a form of payment.
True, there are some limitations. The transactions will only be viable through the PayPal Payments Hub. And merchant support will only be available for those in North America.
Nevertheless, this is a huge step for Bitcoin considering that hardly anyone had heard of the virtual currency just two years ago.
And PayPal isn't the only large company cozying up to Bitcoin.
PayPal + Apple = A Higher Bitcoin Price
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) recently began allowing Bitcoin apps to be sold on its highly popular App Store.
Here's the thing. This links Bitcoin to another key aspect of the digital payments industry. Apple is soon to launch its Apple Pay mobile wallet that allows consumers to use their iPhones to pay for goods and services.
What really caught my eye is that Apple has some very sophisticated security features embedded in the platform that harken to Bitcoin's approach to keeping payments confidential.
Now, I would like to see a higher Bitcoin price than what we have at present. It was trading earlier today (Wednesday) at around $380.
However, with Bitcoin now gaining critical mass and getting the backing of both PayPal and Apple, I believe the Bitcoin price is set to rise again in the weeks ahead.
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Michael A. Robinson is one of the top financial analysts working today. His book "Overdrawn: The Bailout of American Savings" was a prescient look at the anatomy of the nation's S&L crisis, long before the word "bailout" became part of our daily lexicon. He's a Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer and reporter, lauded by the Columbia Journalism Review for his aggressive style. His 30-year track record as a leading tech analyst has garnered him rave reviews, too. Today he is the editor of the monthly tech investing newsletter Nova-X Report as well as Radical Technology Profits, where he covers truly radical technologies – ones that have the power to sweep across the globe and change the very fabric of our lives – and profit opportunities they give rise to. He also explores "what's next" in the tech investing world at Strategic Tech Investor.