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Google accused of stealing PayPal’s mobile payment secrets

In Tech on May 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm

By Cade Metz

PayPal has sued Google and two Google executives who defected from PayPal to help the search giant’s push into mobile payments. The suit was filed in California on Thursday, the same day Google unveiled its mobile payments system in New York.

The suit (PDF) alleges that Google and Osama Bedier – the PayPal mobile payments exec who departed the company for Google in late January – misappropriated PayPal trade secrets by sharing them within Google and with “major” retailers. It then claims that Stephanie Tilenius, the Google vice president of electronic commerce who also came from PayPal, violated her contractual obligations by bringing Bedier to Google.

According to the suit, Bedier spent three years – from 2008 to his departure from PayPal in January 2011 – negotiating with Google to install PayPal as an option for mobile payments on Android phones. “PayPal provided Google with an extensive education in mobile payments,” the suit reads. Bedier was the senior PayPal executive accountable for…

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