Coinbase says unmasking Satoshi Nakamoto might harm its business

Some things are best left a mystery — at least as far as Coinbase is concerned. 

The San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange has been preparing to go public since last year, and in a Thursday prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) it listed a number of issues that could harm its business. Notably, one of those risk factors is the future identification of Satoshi Nakamoto. 

For the unaware, Satoshi is the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin. Satoshi, whose true identity has never been confirmed, published a 2008 white paper titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” and is believed to hold the private keys to around 1.1 million bitcoin. Over the years there have been various efforts to discover Satoshi’s true identity, but as far as anyone can tell they have all come up short.

Coinbase is hoping it stays that way. 

In the risk section of its prospectus, Coinbase explains that its business is tied to the bitcoin market itself (the exchange made a majority of its net revenue off bitcoin and ethereum transaction fees in 2020), and that Satoshi’s identity remaining hidden is tied to the health of that market.

“[In] addition to the factors impacting the broader cryptoeconomy described in this section, our business may be adversely affected if the markets for Bitcoin and Ethereum deteriorate or if their prices decline, including as a result of the following factors,” notes the prospectus. One of those following factors just so happens to be “the identification of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous person or persons who developed Bitcoin, or the transfer of Satoshi’s Bitcoins[.]”

Other listed risk factors seem more intuitive, and include hacks, hard forks, or future technological developments that break Bitcoin’s cryptography.

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Coinbase, which insists in the prospectus that as a “remote-first company” it doesn’t have a headquarters, is currently valued around $100 billion ahead of its direct listing. As of the time of this writing, Satoshi’s supposed 1.1 million bitcoin are worth around $51.6 billion.

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UPDATE: Feb. 25, 2021, 5:10 p.m. ET This story has been updated to reflect recent pricing changes.

UPDATE: June 29, 2020, 12:51 p.m. ET This story has been updated to reflect the length of Noom’s free trial. 

UPDATE: Sept. 29, 2020, 4:02 p.m. ET This story has been updated to reflect the cost of the trial.

UPDATE: Jan. 6, 2021, 4:12 p.m. ET This story has been updated to reflect that the 14-day trial is now free.

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Taking that first step is hard, though, which is why a deal on a weight loss program is always welcome. For a limited time, you can try Noom for free for 14 days and see if it’s right for you.

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Loch Ness Monster: ‘Unexplained’ DNA in Scottish Highlands sparked ‘plausible theory’

Nessie is a folklore creature said to inhabit the waters in Scotland. It is often described as large in size with a long neck and one or more humps protruding from the water, yet physical evidence is scarce. The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a phenomenon without biological basis, explaining sightings as hoaxes, wishful thinking, and the misidentification of mundane objects.

A “plausible theory” tabled by one group theorised that, if the creature ever existed, it was “most likely” a giant eel.

Their theory was developed thanks to a technique that allowed scientists to sample all the life contained within Loch Ness by gathering environmental DNA, or e-DNA.

Dr Neil Gemmell, from the University of Otago, and his research team from New Zealand extracted more than 200 genetic samples at different depths all over the loch.

They were left with a list of all the species that live inside the waters, from bacteria to plants and animals.

The study detected over 500 million individual organisms and 3,000 species.

There were no DNA sequence matches for sharks, catfish, or sturgeon, but there was for various land-living species are seen around Loch Ness, including badgers, deer, rabbits, voles, and different birds.

The most popular representation of Nessie is as a plesiosaur – an ancient long-necked marine reptile that died out alongside the dinosaurs in the last great mass extinction 65 million years ago.

According to Dr Gemmell, there was “not a single reptile in our vertebrate data and nothing that sat in the expected place that a plesiosaur [DNA] sequence might be predicted to lie – somewhere between birds and crocodilians”.

His team deciphered from the data that the most likely candidate for Nessie would be a giant eel, as this DNA was detected at “pretty much every location sampled” in Loch Ness.

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In response, Steve Feltham, who holds the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous vigil on the banks of Loch Ness told the Telegraph in 2019: “I’ll keep looking.

“A 12-year-old boy could have told you that eels live in the loch.

“These scientists are simply out to make a name for themselves.

“The fact is that people have seen large creatures here for years.”

Never lose a signal again with this speedy Netgear mesh WiFi system on sale

Save $350: The Netgear Orbi Pro SRK60 tri-band mesh WiFi system 3-pack for up to 7,500 square feet is $329.99 at Amazon as of Feb. 25. 

With more major premieres for movies and shows on streaming platforms, you can’t take a chance on spotty WiFi. No one wants the next big reveal from WandaVision ruined by a dropped signal. So anyone who needs a little streaming peace of mind should consider upgrading to a powerful Netgear mesh WiFi system on sale at Amazon. 

Shoppers can get the Netgear Orbi Pro tri-band mesh WiFi system 3-pack for just $329.99 from Amazon. That’s after a huge $350 discount for 51% off the original price. Overall, it’s a great value for a bundle that includes a 3Gbps router and two satellite extenders. 

That entire system allows you to cover up to 7,500 square feet of space and over 25 devices. That blankets every nook and cranny in your home so that no device loses a signal while using the same network name. Netgear also makes it easy to set up in minutes and is compatible with any type of internet provider whether it’s cable, satellite, and fiber.

The Orbi Pro also promises blazing fast speeds due to its tri-band connection. That means there’s a dedicated WiFi connection between the router and two satellites so the other bands can connect your other devices. You also get 11 ethernet ports for faster wired connections that are best for computers or gaming consoles. And the entire system is easy to manage. You can group your devices in up to four separate networks to optimize performance between work, entertainment, and smart devices. 

In order to get the most out of your internet service, a Netgear Orbi Pro mesh WiFi system is simply a wise investment at $329.99. 

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Tinder sees massive rise in mentions of ‘courting’ and ‘flirting’ in bios

Romance isn’t dead. Quite the contrary, in fact. 

Tinder has released data showing a dramatic rise in mentions of the words “courting” and “flirting” in dating app bios, spelling a return to good old fashioned wooing. It certainly beats “DTF?”

According to Tinder, “courting” has been included in 81 percent more Tinder bios this year, compared to February 2020. Interestingly, that data pertains to users aged between 18 and 25, meaning Gen Z daters seem to be showing an interest in more traditional forms of romancing. The dating app thinks that the popularity of period dramas like Netflix’s Bridgerton are the reason for this. 

But that’s not the only word that’s getting a lot of action on the app. The term “flirting” has also seen a massive increase in 2021, with 132 percent more mentions in bios than the previous year. 

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of old-school courtship’s return to dating culture. At the height of England’s sex ban last summer, one dater told me about her courtship-style relationship: “I felt like I was in the Victorian day, getting courted and going for walk around a park.” At the very outset of the pandemic, single people quickly shifted towards pen-pal style romancing. Mashable’s Morgan Sung recently wrote about the fact that dating in a pandemic feels like being in a character in a period drama. “In the midst of this pandemic, talking to potential love interests for weeks on end without meeting, let alone hooking up, has felt very much like a drawn-out Victorian courtship,” wrote Sung. 

Even Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton in the Netflix show, has spoken about this topic, comparing courtship in Regency era England to now, in a general sense. “I think the problem today is there is no social etiquette, you can ghost someone and just blank them completely and there’s no repercussions to that,” Dynevor told Conan O’Brien in an interview. “Also, if someone was into you in those days, they would come round and bring you a big bouquet of flowers, it was simple as that. You knew where you stood with people.” 

There’s no doubt that being single has presented its own challenge during the past year of this pandemic — whether it’s a deep loneliness, a yearning for human touch, or (let’s be real here) an intense horniness due to government-imposed sex bans. Dating has changed dramatically too in this period, with many opting for virtual dating, which has brought with it Zoom-dating fatigue, and virtual dating fomo. And, of course, some people have been falling in love at high speed during the pandemic, getting themselves into “turbo relationships”.  

None of us has a crystal ball for how this next year will pan out. Dating app OkCupid thinks Aug. 1 will be the hottest dating day of the year, after the UK government published its roadmap out of lockdown, which set a new goal of July 31 for giving all UK adults their first vaccine dose. 

Some of us won’t be too sorry to bid farewell to virtual dating when the time comes. 

The romance and courtship, however, has my full blessing to remain a permanent feature in our dating culture. 

Microsoft has dropped a bunch of game deals for Gold members

TL;DR: Microsoft has dropped a wide range of deals on hit games for Xbox Live Gold members, saving you up to 95% on list price.

Listen, we know you don’t need an excuse to stock up on Xbox games, but we’re going to give you one anyway. You can save up to 95% on a wide range of Xbox games, so long as you’re an Xbox Live Gold member.

The range of the sale is actually quite staggering. You can pick up Xbox One games, Xbox One bundles and special editions, Xbox One DLC, and even Xbox 360 games. This could be the perfect moment to try something new.

We recommend that you check out everything on offer, but if that seems like far too much work, we’ve highlighted a few standout deals:

These deals are available until March 2, so you still have plenty of time to assess your options, stock up, and save up to 95% on list price.

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