Exclusive: PayPal Co-Founder Levchin Launches New Payments Startup, Affirm:

As part of its effort, Affirm will use Facebook for authentication of consumers, and also use a number of other social and data signals to assess risk. It will then guarantee payment to merchants — who will pay Affirm a fee — after this check.

“We are trying to get as close as possible to one-click, which has always been the case on the desktop,” said Levchin in an interview today. “In mobile, it has become an imperative to be able to buy it now or you lose a customer quickly.”

Anything that helps reduce friction in online payments… but is it enough to justify adding another service?

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