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TITLE: Desperately Seeking Satoshi, 959GUEST CO-ANCHOR: Joe Panettieri

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It's Friday, March 7, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan - I'm Jason Howell.

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On Tech News Today, we explore the most important stories of the day in conversation with the world's leading journalists.

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Our guest co-anchor today is Joe Panettieri. Joe is editorial director for The VAR Guy, MSPmentor & TalkinCloud. Joe Panettieri
Editorial director, The VAR Guy @JoePanettieri

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Well is he? Or isn’t he? Is a 64-year-old Japanese-American engineer named Dorian Nakamoto the creator of bitcoin? An extensive, heavily researched 45 hundred-word article in Newsweek by Leah McGrath Goodman says yes. Dorian Nakamoto says no. So which is it? http://mag.newsweek.com/2014/03/14/bitcoin-satoshi-nakamoto.htmlhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/03/07/the-switchboard-satoshi-nakamoto-says-he-isnt-newsweeks-dorian-nakamoto/

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2014/03/07/the-satoshi-paradox/

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Brian Fung is a tech reporter for the Washington Post. Welcome, Brian!

Felix Salmon is the finance blogger at Reuters. Thanks for being on the show!

We invited Leah McGrath Goodman to join us today, but she didn’t return our emails.

Q: Brian, you’ve been covering this story heavily. Were you persuaded by Leah McGrath Goodman’s article?

Q: And after the denials and additional research, have you come to any conclusions about whether Nakamoto is the creator of Bitcoin?

Q: Felix, you wrote a really interesting piece titled “The Satoshi Paradox” So what is the Satoshi Paradox?

Q: So what you’re saying is that if you look at the circumstantial evidence presented in the Newsweek article, it seems very likely. But if you look at the evidence on the other side, that also seems likely.

Q: Journalists get into trouble when they assert that something is true, when instead they should be focusing on the facts. Newsweek had a lot of great facts. But did they fail when they asserted a truth that is still unknown or unknowable?

Brian Fung
Reporter, Washington Post @b_fung

Felix Salmon
Finance blogger, Reuters @felixsalmon

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* Newsweek's quoted Nakamoto as saying, "I'm no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it." Goodman interpreted "that" to mean Bitcoin. Nakamoto later said he meant his career in engineering.

* Leah McGrath Goodman is standing by her story, telling the AP, "There was no confusion whatsoever about the context of our conversation — and his acknowledgment of his involvement in Bitcoin."

* A post by “Satoshi Nakamoto” appeared on the P2P Foundation’s Ning page saying: “I am not Dorian Nakamoto.”

* Supposedly made its founder worth $400 million

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washingtonpost.com * @b_fung
reuters.com * @felixsalmon

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Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip AIR-DOE-WAN last night strongly suggested that he intends to ban YouTube and Facebook. The statement came in a televised interview on Turkish TV. “We are determined on this subject,” he said. And “We will not leave this nation at the mercy of YouTube and Facebook.” When asked by the interviewer directly if he might block both sites, he said: Yes. But today, Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul contradicted the prime minister, saying the sites would not be banned. http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2014/03/07/turkeys-erdogan-seeks-youtube-facebook-ban

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Joe Parkinson
Istanbul Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal. @JoeWSJ
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RECORDED AN INTERVIEW EARLIER THIS MORNING * PR battle with US-based Turkish imam Fethullah Gulen

* Posts allegedly leaked audio recordings online purportedly revealing corruption

* Asked if he was considering blocking both sites, Mr. Erdogan added: “Yes, closure included.”

* Google and Facebook, both of which have offices in Turkey, couldn’t be reached

* Turkey is one of the top 15 countries in the world for Facebook usage: 34 million active users from an overall population of 77 million.

* YouTube was previously banned sporadically in Turkey between 2007 and 2010

* That YouTube closure resulted from court orders trying to shut down insults against Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

* Syria, China, Iran and Turkmenistan currently block Facebook

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WSJ.com * @JoeWSJ

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Facebook began rolling out a redesign for the Facebook News Feed yesterday. The new design has bigger everything - bigger pictures, bigger buttons and also less clutter and more similarity to the company’s mobile apps. To me, it looks a little more like Google+. https://www.facebook.com/business/news/An-Updated-News-Feedhttp://gigaom.com/2014/03/06/facebook-will-finally-roll-out-a-news-feed-redesign/

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* Another redesign was soundly rejected by users a year ago. Will this one fail, too?

* Facebook has 1.23 billion members

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The Intercept’s Peter Maass reports this morning that the NSA has an in-house Advice Columnist! An NSA official writing under the pen name “Zelda” is the spy agency’s very own Dear Abby, according the story. Her “Ask Zelda” columns appear on the agency’s intranet and can be read only by those with the right clearance. Her topics include what to do when co-workers smell bad, steal soda’s from the NSA’s employee refrigerators and fall asleep on the job. We learned about Zelda as part of the endless trove of documents uncovered by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/03/07/nsa-advice-columnist-seriously/

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Just in time for March Madness, Motorola introduced new college colors for the Moto X along with custom cases for dozens of universities. If you live in the United States, you can get your college colors, along with the team’s logo, on Motorola’s Moto Maker phone customization site. The phone costs $399 off-contract -- unless you have an .EDU education email address, in which case the price is $339. Nokia’s Lumia Icon Windows phone comes in any color you want, as long as you want either black or white. However, the upcoming Lumia 630 will come in a wide variety of fruity colors, according to a freshly leaked photo by Evan Blass on his Evleaks twitter account. http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/07/moto-maker-march-madness/

https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/441713229790580736

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Wait, a social network for drunk people? The blogs are regurgitating a claim by two guys who’ve put up a web site claiming to be building a social app, service and hardware device called Livr -- spelled L I V R. According to the site and embedded video, you plug in a breathalizer and install the app. Then, when you want to interact with the app, you have to prove you’re drunk enough by blowing into the attachment. Your boozy breath unlocks the app, where you can post messages, play games like Truth or Dare, Drunk Dial and drunk Hot Spots, showing nearby locations and ranking them according to how wasted people are there. My take? I’m skeptical -- I think it’s probably a hoax. And if we ARE being punk’d, I applaud the punkers for creating a brilliant parody of the earnest startup launch marketing so common in the industry. If, on the other hand, this is a real product, then I’ll go ahead and predict that they’ll fall flat on their face. http://livr-app.com/

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IN OTHER, OTHER NEWS: If you’re on the fence about whether South By Southwest is worthwhile, well, here’s the best reason I’ve heard. Starting today, show attendees will be able to get free Oreo cookies created by a vending machine that works like a 3D printer to “print” each cookie in less than two minutes. Cookies are customized by sugar-craving users, who can choose from 12 cream filling flavors and cookie colors. The machine was created in partnership with MAYA Design. The SXSW Oreo lounge will also have a DJ, a milk bar and free WiFi. http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/03/06/twitter-tailored-oreo-cookies-to-sweeten-sxsw/

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On Tech News Today: Desperately seeking Satoshi * Turkey may ban Facebook and YouTube * And the NSA has an advice columnist -- sounds like she's been giving bad advice!

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South by South West, which began Friday, continues through Tuesday in Austin, Texas. The ginormous tech show CeBit Global Conferences runs Monday through Friday next week in Hanover, Germany.

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