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By Hamza Jawad
Microsoft and Mastercard announce collaboration to advance digital commerce
by Hamza Jawad
Microsoft's recent cloud-centric partnerships include a five-year deal that was signed with PepsiCo yesterday, and a strategic alliance with U.S.-based finance firm MSCI last week, among others. Today, the tech giant has unveiled a collaboration with multinational financial services corporation Mastercard.
The partnership will focus on accelerating digital commerce, empowering fintech innovation, and improving upon financial inclusivity. From Mastercard's point of view, the firm will be gaining cloud and AI support through Azure to advance its research and development activities. More specifically, Mastercard Labs will be able to leverage Microsoft's services to explore further opportunities in the cloud and fintech ecosystem.
Ken Moore, Executive VP and Head of Mastercard Labs, commented on this development in the following manner:
The collaboration will also be building upon the success Mastercard achieved through its Start Path program, building new businesses and creating new cloud-first digital products.
Both firms have also highlighted their commitment to providing digital services to underserved communities. Through Azure, support will be provided to the Mastercard Community Pass platform, which focuses on efforts in this regard. Access to critical services and financial security for people in such communities will be prioritized.
By Jay Bonggolto
Google reportedly working on a smart debit card to rival Apple Card
by Jay Bonggolto
In November of last year, a report from The Wall Street Journal claimed that Google was planning to offer a checking account some time this year in partnership with Citigroup and the Stanford Federal Credit Union. Now, the company could be pairing that effort with a physical debit card that it's reportedly developing, TechCrunch reports.
The official name of the card remains unknown, but it is seen as Google's take on Apple Card, the Cupertino giant's full-blown credit card offering. The only difference is that Google's version is a debit card, with partners like Citigroup and Stanford Federal Credit Union. It will also include support for Visa, though support for other payment processors like MasterCard is also possible, according to the report.
Like Apple Card, Google's debit card can be used to make purchases online and in-store. The report says the card will form a key part of Google Pay, Google's payment system that currently supports online, peer-to-peer, and contactless payments in stores. It will reportedly be linked to a Google app (presumably the Google Pay app) in order to let consumers monitor their payments and purchases as well as lock their account in the event of a loss or theft. The physical card is also said to have a card number that's different from its virtual card number for online use or in-app payments. More importantly, the virtual card number will allow customers to still make payments through their phone in case they lose their debit card. That said, there's no word on when Google will release the card.
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LSEG's technology will power AAX cryptocurrency platform
by Sayan Sen
Over the last few years, cryptocurrency has really taken the world by storm as more and more people are starting to adopt it as a medium of exchange. However, the underlying security and regulatory concerns of the blockchain technology have often intimidated investors from embracing it fully. To deal with this problem, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong decided to issue a set of guidelines for cryptocurrency trading last year.
As a response to that, the ATOM Group, a Hong Kong-based global fintech firm, has decided to collaborate with London Stock Exchange Group Technology (LSEG Technology), and is set to become the first company in the world to leverage the latter's Millennium Exchange™ matching engine in digital asset exchange. This investment could be crucial to the ATOM Group as it should potentially enable it to boost the security and simultaneously improve the efficiency of its AAX digital exchange platform so as to ensure the best practice in the digital asset marketplace.
The Millennium engine is already powering other similar platforms, including the likes of LSEG and the Hong Kong Exchange (HKEX), and is slated to be part of AAX when it launches in the first half of this year.
So I assume that this isn't just an issue/change that's happening in the UK. What do our members think?
I keep a few notes in my wallet, but I tend to use cards (either credit or debit) for all of my transactions and even more so my phone. I can understand why in some places it would be an issue, but I think we need to push to solve those issues, rather than not embracing being cashless.