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The Wall Street Journal: Visa, Mastercard may team up on shared payment button for online shopping

April 19, 2018

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Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc., the two largest U.S. card networks, said Wednesday that they’re planning to drop their longstanding initiatives to get online shoppers to use dedicated payment buttons.

The two payments giants instead want to create a new online option that would amount to a shared single payment button that could succeed the current pay tabs, Visa Checkout and Mastercard Masterpass.

Their announcements, made at a payment-industry conference Wednesday in Las Vegas, mark a sharp turnaround for the companies, which had been investing in and marketing their individual pay tabs for years.

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