Mastercard to Patent Crypto Payments Speed Up Solution

World payment giant made another step on the field of cryptocurrencies
18 July 2018   308

Mastercard won a patent for the technology to accelerate the cryptocurrency transactions,  CoinDesk reprots.

According to a document published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Mastercard recognizes that "consumers who value anonymity and security increasingly prefer crypto currencies to fiat currencies," but the processing speed of crypto-currency transactions is an obvious "drawback" of this method of payment.

There is a need to improve on the storage and processing of transactions that utilize blockchain currencies. It often takes a significant amount of time, around ten minutes, for a blockchain-based transaction to be processed ... Conversely, traditional fiat payment transactions that are processed using payment networks often have processing times that are measured in nanoseconds … Therefore, many entities, particularly merchants, retailers, service providers, and other purveyors of goods and services, may be wary of accepting blockchain currency for products and participating in blockchain transactions.

Mastercard Patent

To reduce the processing time for transactions, the company proposes to introduce a new type of user accounts, which will be able to carry out cryptocurrency transactions tied to the fiatic currencies. This account will be used to link several profiles that will allow user to set "the amount of currency, the amount of blockchain currency, account ID and address".

Such transactions will be carried out using the means of payment of the financial currencies and transfer the crypto currency. Mastercard notes that when transferring cryptocurrencies in such way, "payment networks may be able to evaluate the likelihood of fraud and assess risk for blockchain transactions using existing fraud and risk algorithms and information that is available to payment networks, such as historical fiat and blockchain transaction data, credit bureau data, demographic information, etc., that is unavailable for use in blockchain networks"

Mastercard hard already made steps on the field of cryptocurrency. Last year, in a patent application, the company described the technology of refunds when working with crypto-currencies.

Gemini & Partners to Launch Virtual Commodity Association

Association is created to develop standards for the industry, promote transparency in the market and cooperate with regulators, including the CFTC
20 August 2018   92

Several major exchanges decided to create a new structure designed to eradicate manipulation in the digital assets market, Bloomberg reports.

The Virtual Commodity Association was formed by the founders of the exchange Gemini Cameron and Tyler Winklewoss. According to a statement released on Monday, the group also included Bitstamp, BitFlyer USA and Bittrex. Representatives of four trading platforms will meet in September to consolidate the provisions for the future functioning of the organization.

The Virtual Goods Association will develop standards for the industry, promote transparency in the market and cooperate with regulators, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission of the United States (CFTC), in order to prevent manipulation of Bitcoin, Ethereum and other currencies.

As the temporary executive director of the organization, Maria Filipakis, who worked in the Financial Services Department of New York, was appointed, where she took part in the creation of a BitLicense.

Earlier, the Winklewoss brothers tried to launch their own ETF, tied to bitcoin, but the US Securities and Exchange Commission denied them twice, as the reasons for its decision, among other things, calling for the absence of adequate measures to prevent cryptocurrency market manipulations.