back to article Mastercard blockchain: Millions. Opening up the API: Priceless

Mastercard is opening up its blockchain API to select partner banks and merchants. For those approved for sign-up, Mastercard boasts that its tech will improve "cross-border, B2B payment flows". There are tons of blockchains out there, and Mastercard isn't the first enterprise actor to work on a B2B distributed payment system …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    International criminals will be delighted

    That is all.

    1. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

      Re: International criminals will be delighted

      IMHO Mastercard being a terra firma entity then, if it is their Blockchain surely they are obliged, on demand, to reveal transactions in there, and show what due diligence they performed in order for any transaction to be stored. In other words, standard money laundering checks for transactions entering or leaving the Blockchain.

  2. Stuart Halliday
    Devil

    Explain 'Blockchain' in one sentence...

    1. MatsSvensson

      Its the thing you point at, when you say: "That's a Blockchain"

    2. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

      Explain 'Blockchain' in one sentence...

      The sentence is one year's* hard labour, the prisoner will have a 90cm blockchain shackled to his leg for the duration, which will, in turn, be attached to a 15cm diameter iron ball with a mass of 8kg.

      *How long do you want the sentence to be?

      1. harmjschoonhoven
        Headmaster

        Re: Explain 'Blockchain' in one sentence...

        A 15cm diameter iron ball has a mass of 13.89kg. Unless it is hollow of course, which would be quite fitting for a Blockchain.

    3. Androgynous Cupboard Silver badge

      Good morning, that's a nice Blockchain.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      >'Blockchain' in one sentence...

      Simples. It's a chain, made out of blocks..

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