Will the real Satoshi please stand up
"Bitcoin's creator has a(nother) name," reacts Steve Chiotakis at KCRW-LA, sharing the news that yet another person is being called the creator of Bitcoin digital cash: Australian computer scientist and businessman Craig Wright is the latest to claim the moniker of Satoshi Nakamoto (nearing 6,000 shares right now, just for The Economist link alone). "Craig Wright reveals he is Satoshi Nakamoto aka Mr #Bitcoin to @BBC the Economist & GQ. Hang on, GQ??" wonders Louise Lucas at the Financial Times. "The true founder of Bitcoin is secretly Australian, just like Wolverine," jokes Joshua Brown at Reformed Broker. Consequently, Help Net Security and (IN)SECURE Magazine EIC Mirko Zorz is forced to conclude that "@truth_eater and @Newsweek put the wrong man through media hell."
But is Wright the right man? "I thought that the first rule about being Satoshi Nakamoto was that you don't admit to being Satoshi Nakamoto," muses data scientist Daniel Tunkelang. Even while reporting on the reveal, The Economist follows up with another headline: Craig Steven Wright claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Is he? "@TheEconomist story on Wright being Nakamoto does great job of laying out evidence w/healthy amount of skepticism," applauds Fusion's Kashmir Hill. BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith similarly praises, "The Economist admirably resists the temptation to take a side, or express more confidence than it feels, here." There are plenty of warning signs to warrant a little skeptitude, TBH. "'(He doesn’t want to say why he picked 'Satoshi.')' Satoshi is Japanese for 'I didn't invent Bitcoin,'" theorizes Chandra Steele at PCMag.com. Hal Hodson with New Scientist is equally unimpressed, tweteing, "'that guy says so' is apparently enough for the BBC to 'end years of speculation'." Hang on, though, because Ed Zitron is ready to clear this up for all of us: "This is nonsense as I am the Bitcoin man." We're kind of with NYT's Mike Isaac, however, who admits, "i cant take another news cycle of this."
Another story that has everyone talking today is a New York Times analysis from Gina Kolata on the surprising reason why past competitors from the gameshow "The Biggest Loser" have found it nigh impossible to keep off the weight. "Wow. Everything we think we understand about obesity and weight loss is so wrong. We act as if it’s about CONTROL," realizes Rainbow Rowell. "This is the single most profound thing I've read about weight loss in my life," decides MacWorld's Glenn Fleishman. "This already gets my vote for most dispiriting story of the month," resolves Fusion's Alexis Madrigal. In other scoops, the Associated Press discovers that migrant children are being kept from enrolling in school. "Teens sent to adult school? My @AP latest, in which I track where migrant children are blocked from attending school," shares Garance Burke there. At the same time, MPR News investigates how a private juvenile center concealed abuse inquiries and pressured the county to keep its business deal. "Amazing audio. A 15 yo tries to persuade his mom it was ok he allegedly had sex with a staffer in juvy," details Annie Baxter at Marketplace. Also, the Washington Post finds that the nation’s housing recovery is leaving blacks behind. "Black families earning $230,000 a year were more likely to be given subprime loan than white families making $32,000," elaborates Niraj Warikoo at Detroit Free Press. And the first U.S. cruise in decades just arrived in Havana, so now you have even more options to think about when you're ready to use up those extra vacation days.
And in tech, Rebecca Robbins wants to know, "Is Adam Feuerstein the most feared man in biotech?" STAT's Andrew Joseph further explains, "The biotech journalist who's so influential a joke tweet about his dog moved a stock." That could come in handy, considering WSJ's Christopher Mims believes this tech bubble is bursting. "The go-go days of easy money for tech startups are over -- look for more high-profile flameouts in the next 6 months," Mims warns.