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Today in Tech News Digest, the creator of Bitcoin is (allegedly) unmasked, Spotify acquires The Echo Nest, Facebook (finally) settles on its new News Feed design, Vine bans pornography, Microsoft’s Siri-alike leaks, and LG releases the creepiest commercial of all time.

THE Satoshi Nakamoto Unmasked?

Newsweek claims to have found THE Satoshi Nakamoto, naming the alleged creator of Bitcoin as a 64-year-old man living in Los Angeles. The Nakamoto they fingered is denying any connection with the cryptocurrency.

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Newsweek now claims to have found Satoshi Nakamoto, who it states is a man actually named Satoshi Nakamoto. The publication is so sure it has its facts right that it published photos of the man, his house, and his car, along with personal details enough for anyone to find him.

The Nakamoto named in the article has denied having anything to do with Bitcoin, granting the Associated Press a two-hour interview over lunch. The journalists who missed out on the scoop chased him through L.A. in a manner unbecoming of the profession.

This story is still developing, and it remains to be seen whether or not this Satoshi Nakamoto is THE Satoshi Nakamoto. If he isn’t then Newsweek should expect some serious backlash for turning this poor guy’s life upside-down.

Spotify Acquires The Echo Nest

Spotify has acquired The Echo Nest for an undisclosed sum of money. The Echo Nest describes itself as a “music intelligence company,” and it uses data to group songs together and better determine which tracks to play for individuals.

The interesting thing about this acquisition is that The Echo Nest powers many of Spotify’s rivals, including Rdio, Deezer, and Rhapsody. These companies are now reliant on technology owned by Spotify, which must surely rankle.

You can see how The Echo Nest analyzes songs by playing with Infinite Gangnam Style Annoy Everybody With Infinite Gangnam Style Annoy Everybody With Infinite Gangnam Style I'm thankful that not everybody in the world likes the same things. It's a fortunate fact of life that each of us as individuals has different interests and hobbies, and also gravitates towards certain genres,... Read More .

Facebook Settles On News Feed Design

After a whole year of trialling a new-look News Feed, Facebook has begun rolling out the redesign it settled on. And, according to The Verge, it’s a disappointing back-to-basics effort that only changes a few things in a few places. This won’t, however, prevent Facebook users from vociferously complaining about the changes Why Facebook Is Right To Force Timeline On Everybody [Opinion] Why Facebook Is Right To Force Timeline On Everybody [Opinion] If you haven't yet switched your Facebook profile over to the new Timeline then the chances are Facebook is getting rather insistent that you do. And it's no wonder. It's been 8 months since Timeline... Read More , as they do each and every time.

Vine Bans Porn

Vine has officially sexually explicit material from its service. The Twitter-owned service has previously taken steps to hide such material by deleting inappropriate hashtags, but this is an outright ban written into the Terms of Service. Thankfully, for those people who like pornography, the Internet is awash with the stuff Pornography Addiction: The Hidden Struggle & How to Break Free [Feature] Pornography Addiction: The Hidden Struggle & How to Break Free [Feature] Anon22 discovered Internet porn when he was just 12 years old. For around 10 years, Anon22 has enjoyed pornography using his computer once or twice a day, a compulsion that he claims ruined his social... Read More . Or so I’m told.

Cortana, Microsoft’s Answer To Siri, Leaks

A video showing a beta version of Cortana has leaked online, though no voice features have yet been added. Microsoft is known to be working on a digital assistant codenamed Cortana after the AI character of the same name from the Halo series of video games. This rival to Siri If You're Not Using Siri By Now, You Should Be If You're Not Using Siri By Now, You Should Be Most of the commercials, jokes, and media hype about Apple's iOS voice assistant, Siri, have subsided, but I still run into iPhone users who don't take advantage of this powerful feature. Just the other day... Read More and Google Now OK, Google: 20+ Useful Things You Can Say to Your Android Phone OK, Google: 20+ Useful Things You Can Say to Your Android Phone Slowly, without us noticing, the future has arrived. Read More will be an opt-in feature for Windows Phone 8.1, but has yet to be officially revealed.

LG Creeps Everyone Out With New Ad

And finally, LG has released what this technology journalist considers to be the creepiest commercial of all time. TechCrunch has gone one better and named it the “worst commercial ever.

The ad is for the LG G Flex, a 6-inch phablet with a curved screen. The phone is depicted in the commercial as a human hand with the features of whoever is speaking on the other end of the line. So, one minute it’s a beard, the next it’s a female mouth. Which the protagonist passionately kisses. Because that isn’t creepy at all.

NB: We’ve had to embed a copy of the ad after LG removed the original upload from YouTube. Because embarrassed.

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  1. Tom W
    March 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I have doubts that the inventor of one of the world's most anonymous digital currencies would be dumb enough to use his or her real name.

    • Dave P
      March 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      I agree. I immediately thought the Newsweek piece crossed the line, even if it is him. But I don't think it is, and when it's proven to be the case, Newsweek's reputation is shot to pieces.

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