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Gaming
Mastercard users can now use rewards points in gaming
Mastercard has launched Mastercard Gamer Xchange (MGX), allowing APAC consumers to convert their rewards points into gaming currency.
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Cybersecurity
Mastercard and Openly partners to boost privacy and security
Mastercard and Australian company Openly have teamed up to provide organisations a complete view of their supply chain privacy and cyber risk posture.
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Fintech
GPS and Mastercard help fintechs disrupt traditional banking
GPS, the global payment technology platform catering to a variety of fintechs, has announced a new strategic partnership with Mastercard.
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Cloud
TradeWindow and Mastercard collaboration set to strengthen cross-border trade relations
TradeWindow has partnered with Mastercard in a bid to increase access to trade finance and simplify cross-border payments. 
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Mastercard
Mastercard: Digital resilience and experience spending key trends for 2022
Shifts in household savings, economic growth, leisure travel recovery and consumer spending on stuff versus experiences are in focus as businesses continue to move digital.
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Shopping
New Mastercard research focuses on safer shopping and spending habits
According to new research initiated by Mastercard, with the country slowly starting to open up, NZ consumers are starting to spend less money at home on items and more on experiences.
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Agriculture
Cirralto teams up with Mastercard and Fresh Supply Co to help Aussie farmers
Cirralto is leveraging the Mastercard Provenance Solution blockchain-based innovation and the Fresh Supply Co digital supply chain network, to provide Australia’s farmers with better access to trade finance.
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Cryptocurrency
Mastercard’s new Start Path program supports digital assets, blockchain and cryptocurrency startups
Mastercard has announced its latest Start Path global start-up engagement program supporting digital assets, blockchain and cryptocurrency companies. 
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Cloud Banking Solutions
COVID-19 sees $900 billion spent in retail online
For retailers, restaurants and other businesses large and small, being able to sell online provided a much-needed lifeline as in-person consumer spending was disrupted.
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Cloud
Mastercard evolves contactless technology for quantum world
"2020 brought with it a rapid acceleration of digitisation and reinforced the importance of digital solutions – like contactless – to help meet our everyday needs."
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Digital Transformation
Mastercard launches resource site to support digital transformation of SMEs
The microsite has been launched across most of Mastercard's Asia Pacific websites with information and resources on how to digitalise and run businesses more efficiently.
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Point of Sale / POS
Mastercard ups the digital payments game with latest launch
Mastercard has launched its Cloud Tap on Phone payment technology, and the first live pilot of its Cloud Point of Sale acceptance technology.
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Commerce Systems
Mastercard and Ethoca look out for A/NZ retailers with support package
"In making Ethoca Alerts available to qualifying retailers around New Zealand and Australia for no charge, Ethoca hopes to provide local businesses with a little relief as they adapt to their new way of working.”
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Cloud
Mastercard launches new initiatives to empower those hit by COVID-19 lockdowns
“This is so much more than philanthropy. This is an opportunity to develop commercially-sustainable and scalable social impact with government and private sector partners - and to do it in a way that helps society-at-large thrive.”
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Retailers
Tap-and-go paywave payments the new norm in a COVID-19 world, Mastercard research shows
Consumer polling by Mastercard showed a significant majority of consumers were using the technology during February and March.
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Mastercard
COVID-19: Contactless payment limit increased to $200
PaymentsNZ says the change will be progressively rolled out ‘over the coming days’, but may take weeks in some cases due to the number of cards, payment terminals and businesses involved. 
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Women in Technology
Mastercard extends free access to STEM curriculum for girls
Mastercard and education firm Scholastic have expanded free access to Mastercard’s STEM curriculum designed for 8-12 year-old girls.
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Mastercard
NZ takes #2 spot in best markets for women entrepreneurs
New Zealand is second only to the United States for being the most conducive country to women’s entrepreneurship, a new report from Mastercard revealed today.
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Mastercard
Kiwis need to prioritise online security during Black Friday sales
"Although fake sites and scams have become more sophisticated over time, it’s not that hard to protect yourself."
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Mastercard
OpenText and Mastercard partner dominate financial processes market
“We are excited OpenText is partnering with Mastercard to integrate our digital platforms together to allow companies to quickly identify and vet business relationships and make the end-to-end payments process even simpler.”
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Artificial Intelligence
Kiwi company selected for global startup programme
AI software firm Aider has been named as one of 10 startups to take part in Mastercard's Start Path programme. 
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Artificial Intelligence
Auckland AI startup set for success in New York
Auckland-based AI software company Aider will make New York its home over the next six months, after winning a spot in the Mastercard Start Path programme.
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Microsoft
Cyber Readiness Institute launches global training program
“For small and medium-sized businesses, an incident or breach can have devastating consequences," says Microsoft's Tom Burt.
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Payment gateways
Mastercard opens Global Tech Hub in Sydney
"Enterprises, SMEs or startups are now able to bypass legacy approaches and develop innovation at an accelerated pace."