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Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. This man is Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin
Australian entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright came forward this weekend claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the infamous creator of digital currency Bitcoin. In a blog post he offered cryptographic proof of his claim, and offered himself to BBC, The Economist and GQ – who it seems has yet to post a story on the matter. In December, after police raided Wright’s home in Australia, Wired and Gizmodo ran stories fingering him as Nakamoto.
According to some estimates Nakamoto holds around 1 million bitcoin, worth approximately $450 million (USD).
+1: Inside the Chinese bitcoin mine pulling in $1.5 million a month.
2. The Late Show is bad, but it doesn’t have to be that way
“Of course Mr. Colbert knew what he signed up for when he took the job David Letterman held for more than two decades. He seemed sincere last August when he told GQ he was eager to shed his ‘Colbert Report’ character. The great irony is that Mr. Colbert is still learning how to be himself on television after nine years of pretending to be someone else.”
CBS just removed Colbert as executive producer on The Late Show, a role which had him overseeing details large and small. But can the change in focus make Colbert great again?
+1: How HBO’s Silicon Valley is secretly teaching you about the real tech industry.
3. Digital immigrant
“Estonia is one of the most digitally advanced nations in the world, with digital public services, online voting, blockchain-based healthcare records, and paperless cabinet meetings in government since 2000. But its most radical project is e-residency — letting people from around the world become digital residents of Estonia online.”
Here’s Business Insider on why the tiny Baltic nation is rethinking citizenship and governance in the 21st century, and what that means for the rest of us.
4. Trump’s trade war with China would be “destructive” to global economy
“That does not mean, however, that his punitive approach would ease America’s economic pains. In fact, a range of experts agree that Mr. Trump’s proposals are more likely to deepen those problems, particularly if China or other targeted nations retaliate, rather than accept his demands.
“Starting a trade war might be cathartic for workers who have lost jobs, but it is unlikely to create a lot of factory work.”
+1: The New Yorker asks: Who is Melania Trump?
5. How sex toy makers get around uptight social media rules
“Facebook, Twitter, Kickstarter, and other websites don’t want to promote sex toys. But some companies are getting them to do it anyway.”