Finding Nakamoto

By Ben Walsh
March 6, 2014

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Satoshi Nakamoto invented bitcoin in 2008.

Who is he? In the past few years, there have been no shortage of theories:

Tatsuaki Okamoto, a researcher at NTT, the Japanese telecom company.

Micheal Clear, a 23-year old graduate student at Trinity College, Dublin.

Vili Lehdonvirta, a Finnish programmer.

Shinichi Mochizuki, a math professor at Kyoto University.

Neal King, Vladimir Oksman, and/or Charles Bry, whose names were on a 2008 patent application for “updating and distributing encryption keys”.

Jed McCaleb, the co-founder of now defunct bitcoin exchange Mt Gox.

Dustin Trammell, a security researcher.

Or, Satoshi Nakamoto, a 64-year old, LA-area, Prius-driving model-train enthusiast, who Newsweek’s Leah McGrath Goodman tracked down with the help of forensic researchers.

Or not Satoshi Nakamoto, according to Satoshi Nakamoto. — Ben Walsh

On to today’s links:

Demographics
America has a baby problem – Derek Thompson

Real Estate
The recluse who held out for $17 million to leave his 350-square-foot apartment in NYC – Celebrity Networth

Lies
Stanford retroactively revokes Mathew Martoma’s MBA – Matthew Goldstein

Regulations
How banks fight regulations: predict new rules will cause the next crisis – Jesse Eisinger

Economics
Here’s why your internet is so slow: monopolies – John Aziz

The Fed
“There are many worse macro problems than inflation at 3%!” – Ryan Avent

Yikes
“Banks are arranging junk-rated deals that leave companies with debt levels exceeding guidelines set by regulators” – Bloomberg

Inequities
“Fairness is a better measure of social justice than equality” – David Sainsbury

Whoops
More than 1,600 active stockbrokers failed to disclose things like criminal records, bankruptcies, and other red flags – WSJ

Compelling
Interviewing the algorithm – Nieman Journalism Lab

Emerging Markets
The IMF is now calling for capital controls – WSJ

Classic Bess
“Choice number one was to cut bonuses… lose all its investment bankers… and turn the place into a Gold’s Gym” – Dealbreaker

Mysteries Explained
“The key to Apple’s creativity, speed, and adaptability is… a checklist” – Quartz

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