The Switchboard: ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ says he isn’t Newsweek’s Dorian Nakamoto


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The real-life Satoshi Nakamoto denies being involved in Bitcoin. "Meanwhile, the same pseudonymous online account that kicked it all off in 2009 with a conceptual description of Bitcoin spoke up again Thursday night — this time, to cryptically deny any link with today's events," I wrote last night.

With shouts and hugs, Sprint boss Masayoshi Son of SoftBank drives turnaround. "The 56-year-old Mr. Son, a maverick billionaire and one of Japan's best-known CEOs, wants to use Sprint to upend the U.S. wireless industry much the same way he did in Japan with a takeover of beleaguered Vodafone Japan in 2006," the Wall Street Journal reports in a profile of the CEO.

Privacy Groups file FTC complaint vs. Facebook-WhatsApp deal. "The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission," according to AllFacebook.com, "alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information."

U.S. spy agencies adopt new IT approach. "The CIA's decision to use Amazon's cloud is part of a broader IT shake-up to make the spy business more efficient," Computerworld reports.

Crimean authorities take TV channels off air. "According to local journalists in Crimea and news reports, regional authorities in the administrative centre Simferopol stopped transmitting the two privately owned broadcasters’ analogue signals to the peninsula today on the order of Sergei Aksenov, the recently appointed pro-Russian prime minister of the region," BroadbandTV News reports.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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