Far from leading to a Tokyo-based whiz kid using the name “Satoshi Nakamoto” as a cipher or pseudonym (a story repeated by everyone from Bitcoin’s rabid fans to The New Yorker), the trail followed by Newsweek led to a 64-year-old Japanese-American man whose name really is Satoshi Nakamoto.
Whether or not Newsweek’s man is indeed Bitcoin’s creator is unknown and will probably remain so, since the man in question is refusing to confess.
On Thursday afternoon, the silver-haired, bespectacled Satoshi Nakamoto stepped outside, dressed in a gray sport coat and green striped shirt, with a pen tucked in his shirt pocket.
Bitcoin is not a currency, but transactions involving it could be “subject to taxation,” Japan’s government said today, in a move that might pave the way for formal regulations on the troubled virtual unit.
At the “Spiffy Dapper” cocktail bar on Singapore’s Boat Quay, a strip popular with tourists and local financial traders, one of the city-state’s first Bitcoin vending machines was installed just a few days ago.
A local business owner says he’s not discouraged by the recent shutdown of Flexcoin, a Bitcoin bank in Edmonton.
Today’s CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index is $637.34 as of 7:34amET.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have each purchased tickets for a spaceflight with Virgin Galactic, using some of their immense Bitcoin stash.
A Lamassu bitcoin ATM machine, from Irish provider BitVendo, is to be launched at Hippety’s Cafe in the Temple Bar area of Dublin in the next few days.
A U.S.-born Bitcoin currency executive was found dead in an apparent suicide in her Singapore home, the company said in a statement.