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eBay's payment arm PayPal is to offer a credit card to its UK users.

Backed by GE Money the card will be available to any of eBay's 10m UK users immediately and to anyone else who wants one from mid-May. Online applicants for the cards will get an instant decision.The card offers six months interest free for balance transfers and 12.9 per cent APR after that.

But the cards will be a standalone business - credit cards will not be linked to PayPal accounts. It is PayPal's first venture which steps away from online payments. This month 100,000 PayPal account holders will be offered the cards.

The cards offer the usual protection for online shopping and ID theft.

In separate news courts in the US have decided that the Internal Revenue Service does have the right to ask PayPal for information on US taxpayers who use the service to send money to 30 countries described as known tax havens.

PayPal has not responded but did say it takes users privacy very seriously. More from CNN here.®

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