An Anonymous Coward writes: "Pretty interesting and thorough history of PayPal." Not really the usual fare on Slashdot, but this is a very readable account of one of the few dot-com successes. I find PayPal pretty annoying today - a lot of the anti-fraud, privacy-invasive measures which this article applauds make Paypal much less enticing to me than it used to be. And they've been accused of squatting on people's funds at the slightest excuse. But maybe that's the way to success: start off with a very appealing product, then slowly tighten the screws.