Mastercard expands access to blockchain via its API

Mastercard opens-up access to blockchain API for partner banks and merchants
21 October 2017   187444

Mastercard, a technology company in the global payments industry, announces that it will be "opening up access to its blockchain technology via its API. As reported, the Mastercard blockchain API will be part of the Money 20/20 hackathon in Las Vegas next week.

The company has tested and validated its blockchain and will initially implement the technology in the business-to-business (B2B) space to address challenges of speed, transparency and costs in cross-border payments. The Mastercard blockchain technology will complement the company’s existing capabilities including virtual cards, Mastercard Send and Vocalink to support all types of cross-border, B2B payment flows – account-based, blockchain-based and card-based.
 

From Mastercard press release

The four key differentiators of the Mastercard blockchain are listed below:

  • Privacy – Mastercard blockchain provides privacy by ensuring that transaction details are shared only amongst the participants of a transaction while maintaining a fully auditable and valid ledger of transactions.
  • Flexibility – Partners can use the blockchain APIs in conjunction with a wider suite of Mastercard APIs to create a range of powerful, new applications. Software development kits are available in six different languages to make the APIs even easier to integrate.
  • Scalability – Mastercard blockchain is designed for commercial processing speed and extensibility by reaching consensus between a trusted network moderator and network participants.
  • Reach – Mastercard blockchain is integrated into the company’s payment network that includes 22,000 financial institutions to move funds that have been committed on the blockchain.

By combining Mastercard blockchain technology with our settlement network and associated network rules, we have created a solution that is safe, secure, auditable and easy to scale. When it comes to payments, we want to provide choice and flexibility to our partners where they are able to seamlessly use both our existing and new payment rails based on the needs and requirements of their customers.
 

Ken Moore
Executive vice president, Mastercard Labs

Further, Mastercard also highlighted its efforts to seek intellectual property rights around its uses of the tech, as well as its work with the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance on use cases "well outside the scope of Mastercard's traditional payments environment".

Old Korean Social Network to Close After Tokensale

Cyworld platform started operating back in 1999 and it conducted an IEO at CoinZest this year
14 October 2019   49

Investors who acquired the clink cryptocurrency issued by the South Korean social network Cyworld are worried about the status of their investments due to the company's sudden closure, reports Korea Times. Some of them are ready to go to court.

The Cyworld platform was launched in 1999 and was especially popular among the country's population until the mid-2000s. The company, however, failed to see the trend towards the development of mobile solutions on time and as a result lost its position in the market. On October 1, it closed her platform without posting any warnings to users.

At the same time, the Clink site was unavailable, and Cyworld management continues to ignore the numerous requests of investors. The Korean exchanges CoinZest and BitSonic, where Clink is still being traded, are considering delisting the asset. Industry officials say Clink's investor losses will be at least 1 billion won ($ 845,000).

Clink's primary distribution was through IEO through the CoinZest platform earlier this year and, according to the Korea Times, it was the company's attempt to bring a fading social network back to life. A total of 24 million Clink tokens were sold for a total of 480 million won ($ 400,000).

In the second half of 2019, employees who have not received salaries since the end of 2018 began to leave the company en masse. Since the start of trading, the Clink price has fallen from 26 won to 0.19 won. According to the Coingecko portal, Clink's current capitalization and revolving volume are unknown, while the marginal issue volume is 10 billion units.