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Emerging payments hot topic on social media, Mastercard study finds

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Consumers are expressing interest in and enthusiasm for emerging payment methods in their social media conversations, according to a new Mastercard report. Paybefore (Banking Technology‘s sister publication) reports that Mastercard’s fifth annual Digital Payments Study analysed more than 3.5 million public interactions in 2016 between consumers on social media channels – including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter […]

Mastercard and Getir power payments bot for Facebook Messenger

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Mastercard has teamed with Turkish mobile retail firm Getir to use its bot for the “first” Masterpass payments in Facebook Messenger. Customers search for Getir (think “get here”) in Messenger, chat with the bot in a “natural, conversational way”, and make a payment with Masterpass. Getir says users can receive a ten-minute delivery from its […]

Mastercard and Singapore’s transport authority test contactless cards while eying mobile payments

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Mastercard and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in Singapore have teamed up to launch a pilot programme enabling commuters to pay for transit fares using contactless payment cards through an account-based ticketing (ABT) system.

Mastercard makes global mobile payments go Qkr

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Mastercard says it will significantly expand the scope and capabilities of its Qkr with Masterpass mobile payment service. Not only is the technology set to debut in the US and five other countries, but it will now integrate with retail software provider Oracle, reports Banking Technology‘s sister publication Paybefore. At the Mobile World Congress in […]

Russian banks and Mastercard launch fintech accelerator

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Four Russian banks, Ak Bars, VTB 24, Bank Saint Petersburg and Home Credit Bank have teamed with Mastercard to launch the “first collaborative” acceleration programme for fintech in Russia. Strategic consultancy will be done by Accenture, and representatives of the Central Bank of Russia (aka the Bank of Russia), the Ministry of Communications, the Association […]

Prepaid gains more love from Canadians

Backbase comes to Canada in style

Reloadable prepaid cards are a hit with Canadian consumers, with 95% of them saying they are satisfied with the products in 2016, reports Banking Technology‘s sister publication Paybefore. The figure represents an increase of 22 percentage points from 2015, and stands as the highest satisfaction rate for all payment tools, according to the second annual […]

UniRush and Mastercard ordered to pay $13m over RushCard outage

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In its first enforcement action against prepaid providers, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced that UniRush and Mastercard will pay a combined $13 million for a 2015 service disruption that left cardholders without access to their funds.

Mastercard victorious in UK interchange lawsuit

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Mastercard can put a notch in the win column after a High Court judge ruled in the payment card network’s favor regarding a lawsuit brought on by retailers disputing cross-border interchange fees on debit and credit cards.

Mastercard growing faster than Visa in Americas

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Mastercard saw faster growth than Visa in the Americas in 2015 but, with 43%, Visa still has significantly the largest market share, according to research by Retail Banking Research (RBR). According to RBR’s Global Payment Cards Data and Forecasts to 2021 study, the number of Mastercard cards grew by 6% in the Americas in 2015, […]

CMA comments on current account switching plans & VocaLink’s takeover by Mastercard

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK has accepted undertakings from the Bacs payment scheme that commit it to delivering the improvements required by the CMA retail banking market investigation within a year.

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