September 1, 2015 10:27 am

PayPal now lets you send and receive money through URLs

This March 10, 2015 photo shows signage outside PayPal headquarters in San Jose, Calif

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

TORONTO – PayPal is introducing a new interpersonal payment service in Canada that it says will make IOUs a thing of the past.

Users who sign up for PayPal.Me can send requests for payment via text messages, email, and social media.

The company says the service will help Canadian avoid awkward talks about money and help them split restaurant bills and group gifts.

So-called peer-to-peer payments are the latest innovation from tech companies looking to chip away at the dominance of traditional financial institutions.

In the United States, companies such as Venmo and Squarecash have launched apps that allow users to exchange small amounts of money free of charge.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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