Paul Spain joins from New Zealand and we’ll discuss the topic of Newsweek doxxing Satoshi Nakamoto.
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Today’s guest: Paul Spain, host of NZ Tech Podcast, NZ Business Podcast
Bitcoin founder revealed: Newsweek reporter Leah McGrath Goodman published the results of her investigation into the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of Bitcoin. After finding a Satoshi Nakamoto in public records on naturalized citizens, Goodman tracked a model train enthusiast to Southern California. When she showed up at his house, he called the Sheriff’s department. After they arrived, he told her “I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it.” The Internet has largely reacted with rage, accusing McGrath of Doxxing Nakamoto.
The more things change … Engadget reports Facebook has redesigned its news feed to be a bit like the mobile version of the social network and bit like the older version of the feed. Typeface changes to Helvetica for Macs and Arial for PCs, shared stories will no longer indent when a friend leaves a comment, the left-hand column is simplified and photos will be full-width and multiple photos shared in a collage. The design is much simpler than the one showed off last March, which ReCode reports is the result of poor reactions in testing.
Apple vs. Samsung, Part XXIIVIIIIXXXXIIX: CNET reports Judge Lucy Koh gave the latest round of the long-running Apple-Samsung patent fight to Samsung. Apple had requested a ban on 23 Samsung devices found to have infringed on its patents. Early Thursday, Judge Koh denied Apple’s request. Judge Koh did uphold the $290 million in additional damages awarded to Apple by a jury last November. Both sides can appeal both rulings.
Oceans of money: TechCrunch reports cloud hosting company DigitalOcean raised a Series A round of $37.2 million. The company is aimed to compete with Amazon EC2, Rackspace and the like. DigitalOcean provides scalable virtual private servers for $5 a month to start.
How do you feel? How about now? GigaOm reports on an iPhone accessory called Wello. It looks like a typical iPhone case, but the small chip embedded in it along with two sensors, keep track of vitals like blood-oxygen level, blood pressure, ECG, heart rate, temp and more. You just hold your fingers over the sensors to begin tracking. Wello works by Bluetooth and is available for pre-order now in a number of countries. It is expected to retail for $199 in the U.S. and will ship in the fall, pending FDA approval.
Looking so long at these pictures of you: Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports Getty Images has begun a program where bloggers can get an approved embed code of Getty Images and use them for free on blogs and social media pages, as long as the use is not commercial. The embed code sends information about Web traffic back to Getty.
X marks your spot: Reuters reports Flickr co-founder Katerina Fake’s Findery site has launched its mobile app. Findery lets users mark important places on a map and include descriptions, pictures, videos and other information. Fake says Findery is meant to provide more meaningful info. The app is available in the iOS app store.
Doing the CEO shuffle: ReCode reports Sony has announced that Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (fine purveyors of PlayStations) will step down at the end of the month. Sony Network Entertainment International COO Shawn Layden will take Tretton’s place on April 1. Tretton has led the division since 2006 and worked on the team that launched the first PlayStation in 1995. In less disruptive, yet fun Sony news, Deadline Hollywood reports Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems production company has decided to develop a “live-action adaptation” of The Last of US.
News From You
KAPT_Kipper submitted the Next Web article about Firefox investigating why Dell UK is charging £16.25 to install Firefox on its machines. Mozilla, makers of Firefox, say they have no deal with Dell for such a questionably useful service, and it is a violation of the Mozilla terms of service. Dell told TNW it is charging for the service of installation, not the software itself.
TVSEgon sent us the sad AP story of the discovery of virtual currency exchange First Meta CEO Autumn Radke found dead near her apartment tower in Singapore. Singapore’s police say they do not suspect foul play, but did classify it as “unnatural,” which can mean accident or suicide.
And Draconos pointed us to the CNET story that hot on the heels of Dish’s deal with Disney, DirectTV told Reuters IT is in talks for a similar deal to be allowed to include Disney TV content in some future Internet-only video service.
Discussion Section Links: Finding the founder of Bitcoin/CEO of Bitcoin exchange found dead
Pick of the Day: Producer Jennie recommends Intelligentsia coffee. Yeah, so the name’s a little much, and it ain’t cheap, but the fresh-roasted coffee is just that good. Intelligentsia has coffee bars in three cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. If you live elsewhere, they have a great online shop for both coffee and tools of the trade and a tremendous app that helps you make a perfect cup of coffee–whichever method you prefer. (They sell some pretty delicious tea, too.)
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