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Watch all six episodes of our series Trust Disrupted: Bitcoin and the Blockchain

Our latest video series explores the world of bitcoin and the blockchain, and you can now watch all six episodes on YouTube and TechCrunch.com. The series features Nathaniel Popper, a New York Times reporter and the author of the book on which the series is based, along with several bitcoin developers, influencers and scholars tracing the history of bitcoin and analyzing its future. Episode 1 seeks to explain …

Prepaid card users will finally be protected from fraud and crazy fees

If you’ve been out of touch with the FinTech market recently you may have missed how popular prepaid cards have become. This is especially true when it comes to “open-loop” cards, which are prepaid cards powered by a processor like Visa or MasterCard that can be used anywhere a credit or debit card is accepted. These accounts now look and feel increasingly similar to an actual …

Brazil’s tech-sector bright spots beckon as it begins to emerge from long economic crisis

Brazil showed off its cultural brilliance, spirit and national pride on a grand stage during the recent Olympic Games in Rio. Despite a prolonged macroeconomic crisis, the world’s ninth largest economy is showing positive signs that it may roar back as an investment magnet and innovation powerhouse — especially driven by fast-growing tech sectors that have continued to deliver growth rates of up to more …

Hong Kong unveils a digital hub to boost fintech startups and innovation

Hong Kong is making a move to challenge Singapore and others as the dominant location for fintech in Asia after the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) unveiled a hub and new allowances to spur innovation. Speaking at an event today — first noted by Bloomberg — HKMA CEO Norman Chan announced plans for a ‘fintech innovation hub’ where new financial products and services can be tested and trialled away …

The EU’s new regulatory environment might help fintech flourish

Dennis Mitzner Crunch Network Contributor Dennis Mitzner lives in Tel Aviv and writes about startups and technology trends. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network The EU’s efforts to regulate financial markets has opened new opportunities for global fintech operators looking for universal standards to tap into the lucrative 28-country marketplace. While over-regulation can stifle growth, the fintech industry, in pursuit of consumer …