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On the Call: MasterCard CEO on mobile payments

Electronics payment processors like MasterCard Inc. and Visa Inc. are trying to adapt to new technologies for making purchases. That includes the use of mobile devices, including smartphones that enable "contactless" payments just by flashing a phone at an electronic scanner. Full story

MasterCard 1Q earns climb, shares hit 52-week high

MasterCard Inc. shares rose to their highest level in a year on Tuesday after the electronic payment processor posted a higher-than expected first-quarter profit, and reported consumers continue to swipe credit and debit cards more frequently despite higher gasoline and food prices. Full story

Earnings Preview: MasterCard and Visa

NEW YORK (AP) — Payments processor MasterCard Inc. reports its first-quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday. Its larger rival Visa Inc. reports after the market closes Wednesday. Full story

Analyst sets Visa, MasterCard at 'Outperform'

Despite pending government regulations aimed at limiting the fees a bank can charge retailers for debit card transactions, payment processors Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. remain an attractive option for investors, according to an analyst report. Full story

Visa lets people use plastic to pay one another

No cash on hand to pay the babysitter? Owe your mom $10? Soon you'll be able to send payments directly to their Visa card. Full story

Man who "Never Missed a Super Bowl" dies at 79

One of the four men featured in a Visa credit card commercial for having never missed a Super Bowl has died, after having to watch the last one from the hospital. Full story

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