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  • MasterCard Worked with Apple on Apple Pay




    Paying with mobile devices is about to become even more Priceless™. Today, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) unveiled Apple Pay that will enable MasterCard cardholders to use their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch for everyday purchases. MasterCard built the foundation for secure mobile transactions, so consumers can use their cards when, where and how they want.

    “Apple has a long tradition of introducing breakthrough products with features that really matter to people. Apple Pay, combined with MasterCard’s payments technology, gives consumers an easy, secure and private way to shop”

    MasterCard worked with Apple to deliver a seamless and secure payment experience. For consumers and merchants alike, that means that every purchase made with a MasterCard using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch will offer the security, benefits and guarantees of any MasterCard transaction.

    Apple Pay transforms mobile payments with an easy, secure, and private way to make purchases. By integrating Apple hardware, software and services, Apple Pay creates a unique and incredibly intuitive experience for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch users.

    Owners of the new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch will be able to use their MasterCard credit or debit cards from participating banks directly through Apple Pay. At a store, consumers can simply pay by just holding their iPhone near a contactless reader with their finger on Touch ID and their transaction will be authenticated. For purchases within an app, consumers will simply touch to pay and authenticate with their fingerprint or passcode for a seamless experience without having to enter their card number or leave the app.


    “Apple has a long tradition of introducing breakthrough products with features that really matter to people. Apple Pay, combined with MasterCard’s payments technology, gives consumers an easy, secure and private way to shop. We have been a pioneer of mobile commerce innovation for years – including the world’s first contactless and mobile payment solutions. We’re thrilled that MasterCard cardholders will soon be able to make payments from their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, knowing that every purchase is secure and offers all the same guarantees and benefits they’ve come to expect from using their MasterCard.” ~Ed McLaughlin, chief emerging payments officer, MasterCard.

    Apple Pay will be made available for U.S. consumers via a free update to iOS 8 this October. MasterCard cardholders will be able to make simple and secure payments in the apps of top merchants, as well as contactless payments at some of the most frequented U.S. locations including major stores, restaurants, transit providers, fuel and convenience stores, and all Apple Store locations. One of the first to accept Apple Pay via iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch will be MasterCard’s long-time partner Major League Baseball. To find a listing of contactless-enabled merchant locations, download the MasterCard Nearby app or go to www.mastercard.com/contactless.

    About MasterCard MasterCard (NYSE:MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter@MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Cashless Pioneers Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau. [Via BUSINESS WIRE]

  • Steve Ballmer is now the proud owner of the Clippers


    It’s all over. The Los Angeles Clippers and the NBA today announced that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s is now the proud owner of the team.  In other words the purchase of the Clippers is a done deal. This comes following the decision of a California court confirming the authority of Shelly Sterling to sell the team. The former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer paid $2 billion for the team. That is the highest price anyone has ever paid for a franchise in NBA history. However, that is pocket change for Steve Ballmer. The TMZ leaked tapes Donald Sterling making racist remarks sparked the demand he sell the team. We all want to know now that Ballmer owns the team, how long before the team gets a new place to call home? One hopes he pulls a Mark Cuban and creates a place people want to come play. So far the current roster of players seem to support him. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have publicly shown their support for Steve Ballmer.


    I am humbled and honored to be the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Clipper fans are so amazing. They have remained fiercely loyal to our franchise through some extraordinary times. I will be hard core in giving the team, our great coach, staff and players the support they need to do their best work on the court. And we will do whatever necessary to provide our fans and their families with the best game-night experience in the NBA. I look forward to meeting our fans at our STAPLES Center Fan Festival on Monday, Aug. 18 at 12:30 pm PT.  ~Mr. Ballmer

    This is an amazing new day in Clippers history. I couldn’t be more excited to work together with Steve as we continue to build a first-class, championship organization. I am already inspired by Steve’s passion for the game, his love of competition and desire to win the right way and I know our players and fans are going to be inspired as well. ~  Doc Rivers



    Manchester United’s game with Inter Milan came down to a penalty shoot-out. Although Manchester United is 100’s of miles away from U.K as part of it’s tour. It seemed like home game for the Red Devils. It was a sea of red at FedEx Field.

    The game came down to a goalless draw with Inter Milan. Manchester United’s 2014 Tour is  presented by Aon. Ashley Young, Javier Hernandez, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa and Darren Fletcher all made their free kicks for the Reds at the FedEx Field to win the game.

  • Carmelo Anthony becomes a Venture-Capitalist


    Everyone is doing it why not a native of the home Wall street. Syracuse standout and New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony is jumping into the venture-capital bandwagon with some help from former NBC executive Stuart Goldfarb. Together they combined to form Voltron… I mean M7 Tech Partners. The New York-based investment firm was creatively (sarcasm) named that way because its a combination of Anthony’s nickname (Melo) and jersey number (7).

    The company will focus on getting in on the early-stage funding of digital media, consumer Internet, and tech startups. Basically get into those hot tech startups before they go viral.  The New York-based children’s media company Hullabalu will be the firms first investment. Hullabalu might be safe place to start out. Alexis Ohanian, Reddit’s co-founder has also invested in the company. Other NBA players who have gone into venture capital and investing are Jamal Mashburn, Steve Nash and San Antonio Spurs star David Robinson. It’s smart that these players start building for life after basketball.

  • Ousseyni Issa Gobitaca vs speeding Lamborghini



    You might see this guy jumps over speeding Lamborghini video all over the place. This guy, Ousseyni Issa Gobitaca has been doing it for some time. His first video hit YouTube 3 years ago. His new video is prepped to go viral on the internet. Lets compare his jump to Blake Griffin’s jump over a hood of a car in the Slam Dunk contest. What am I saying, it’s not even a  comparison. Ousseyni Issa Gobitaca jumps over a speeding car. Blake jumped over a parked Kia’s hood. However, you can watch both and make up your own mind.



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