The Switchboard: Bitcoin’s mysterious founder has finally been revealed

Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.

The face behind Bitcoin. The infamous Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto, Newsweek reports, is "a 64-year-old Japanese-American man whose name really is Satoshi Nakamoto. He is someone with a penchant for collecting model trains and a career shrouded in secrecy, having done classified work for major corporations and the U.S. military."

Tor network used to hide 900 botnets and darknet markets, says Kaspersky Lab. "Tor has long had its dark side but the scale of its use by criminals appears to have expanded quite rapidly in the last year," Computerworld reports.

Setback for Apple: U.S. judge denies renewed bid for permanent injunction against Samsung. "Early on Thursday, Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California somewhat surprisingly denied a renewed motion for a permanent injunction against Samsung that Apple had filed in December," according to FOSS Patents.

The government is dropping the hyperlink charges against Barrett Brown. "The charges," writes the Switch's own Andrea Peterson, "raised broader First Amendment issues: Are journalists complicit in a crime when they point people to illicit information?"

U.S. congressman launches satirical bid to ban the dollar. "Polis wrote that 'the exchange of dollar bills, including high denomination bills, is currently unregulated and has allowed users to participate in illicit activity,' mirroring similar statements made by [Sen. Joe] Manchin about bitcoin," according to Coindesk.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecom, broadband and digital politics. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
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