Amazon Opens Payment System to Other Websites

Amazon.com Inc. has opened its payment system to other Web sites in a move that would pit it against eBay Inc's PayPal.

The program, called Amazon Flexible Payment Service, was launched on Friday in an initial testing period, Amazon said on Monday.

Customers of Amazon.com, the largest internet retailer in the world, can already purchase goods through third-party sellers. Now, software developers operating their own Web sites can choose to use Amazon's payment system.

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