If you're reeling from all the Bitcoin news this week, you're not alone. To get you all caught up, we've pulled together the biggest stories surrounding the virtual currency from the past seven days.
More Mt. Gox fallout. The collapsed Bitcoin exchange said it would open up a call center to take questions from users who'd lost their money in the implosion. Mt. Gox's hotline will open up on Sunday night, Eastern time; some are wary of what they'll find when they dial in.
A mysterious death. The American CEO of another Bitcoin exchange, First Meta, was found dead on Thursday in Singapore; authorities do not suspect foul play and have labeled the case an "unnatural" death, which could mean suicide or an accident.
Japan finally weighs in. The country's government on Thursday said Bitcoin is not a currency, and won't be regulated like one. The statement on virtual currency is the clearest yet from Japan, which has been a hub of Bitcoin activity ever since Mt. Gox became a prominent exchange. Transactions with Bitcoin will still be subject to sales and other taxes, and banks will be banned from making Bitcoin available.
Newsweek's Bitcoin exposé. The magazine said it had finally uncovered the identity of Bitcoin's mysterious creator. According to Newsweek, "Satoshi Nakamoto" is a 64-year-old Japanese immigrant living in California named Dorian S. Nakamoto.
Controversy ensues. After appearing to tacitly confirm his role in creating Bitcoin, Dorian Nakamoto then denied his connection to the cryptocurrency, telling the Associated Press that he had nothing to do with it. The denials raised questions about Newsweek's reporting. But Newsweek is standing by its story, with reporter Leah McGrath Goodman saying she gave Nakamoto a clear opportunity to say he wasn't involved.