Mastercard lists trademarks in the metaverse

Mastercard has filed 15 NFT and metaverse trademark applications as part of a wide-ranging plan to extend its payment processing system, slogans and branding into the new virtual economy, Finextra reports According to the filings Mastercard sees five key applications for its services in the metaverse: . “Downloadable music files authenticated by non-fungible tokens (NFTs); . “Marketplaces for digital goods and NFT backed media” . “Processing of virtual credit card, virtual debit […]

Mastercard acquires a cryptocurrency intelligence company. „Digital assets have the potential to reimagine commerce” – Mastercard’s president says.

Mastercard will extend its capabilities deep into the field of digital assets with an agreement to acquire CipherTrace, a leading cryptocurrency intelligence company with insight into more than 900 cryptocurrencies. As digital assets, including cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), become more intertwined with everyday activities — from the way people pay and get paid to how they invest — trust and security will be critical enablers to ensure broad adoption and […]

Mastercard expands open banking reach in Europe with acquisition of a new specialized platform, the third in two years

Mastercard today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Aiia, an European open banking technology provider offering a direct connection to banks through a single API, allowing its customers to develop and launch new digital solutions that meet the needs of everyday life, work and play.. Aiia is a licensed Payment Initiation Service Provider (PISP) and Account Information Service Provider (AISP) and operates under the supervision of the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority […]

Joint industry letter on PSD2-SCA implementation for cards. European Banking Federation, Visa and Mastercard recommend EBA an additional timeframe of 18 months.

European Payment Institutions Federation (EPIF), European Association of Payments Service Providers For Merchants (EPSM), European Banking Federation (EBF), European Hotel Forum (EHF), Ecommerce Europe, EuroCommerce, Visa and Mastercard, has taken the lead on a further joint industry letter to the EBA on SCA Implementation. The organisations jointly share the goal of a harmonised EU implementation of SCA. In a first instance they have therefore called on the EBA to use […]

Mastercard and R3 partner to develop new blockchain-powered cross-border payments solution

Blockchain-enabled model to further support banks to deliver a single frictionless real-time payments proposition. Mastercard will act as the network operator to process, clear and settle international payments. Mastercard and R3, a leading enterprise blockchain software provider, have today announced a strategic partnership to develop and pilot a new blockchain-enabled cross-border payments solution that will initially focus on connecting global faster payments infrastructures, schemes and banks supported by a clearing […]