Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of decentralized cryptocurrency Bitcoin, appears to be writing a memoir. 

The post announcing the book (which may or may not be finished) appeared on June 29 on the site, along with an excerpt from the book. 

The excerpt, titled “Duality” and written from a first person perspective, details the early days of Bitcoin. But there’s no way of telling if the real Satoshi Nakamoto is actually the author — and there are several signs that point to “no.” 

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“Announcing the first excerpt to a literary work consisting of two parts. The excerpt is provided. I wanted to include it as a brief glimpse of history. Even for those that can’t read the full book, I wanted to make this available to everyone. A short story if you will, with some of the most brought up questions and answers. I wanted the people and the facts to be known. Or as much of it. I’m still saving most for the books, the best parts hopefully,” says an announcement post on the website.  Read more…

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Guess who’s sending fat checks to Mark Zuckerberg and company? 

Yep, Donald J. Trump. The president’s political action committee (PAC) has spent $274,000 on Facebook ads since May, reports the New York Times

That makes him the biggest political spender on Facebook. Planned Parenthood, which came in second, spent $188,000.

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The numbers were crunched by New York University researchers who scraped data from Facebook, which created a publicly searchable archive of political Facebook ads in May. 

So, what does $274,000 get you? Ads seen by 37 million people, according to the researchers. As an example, the Times highlighted an ad promoting Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.  Read more…

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Snapchat is giving “no hands” a new meaning by introducing Lenses that a user controls with his or her voice.

We’ve seen Bitmoji lenses, enhanced iPhone X ones, and some that react to sound. This is the first time that a specific word can control a Lens in the app.

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Yes, you’ll be able to say “Look Ma, No Hands” and have an effect on screen — although that is not a code word at launch. In a similar fashion to ‘Hey Siri,’ ‘Alexa,’ or ‘OK Google,’ only certain words work.

Trying out the new "Ok" Snapchat voice control Lens.

Trying out the new “Ok” Snapchat voice control Lens.

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Drugs can be bad. But data? That’s some good shit.

The most ingenious of consumers, the illicit substance user, has finally found what they claim to be a practical (albeit potentially dangerous) use for Fitbit health trackers — and it’s just as sketchy as you might expect. 

Apparently, people are doing lots of cocaine and then checking their fitness tracker to make sure their heart isn’t about to explode. 

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So reports CNBC, which spoke with one San Francisco tech worker about the trend. 

“If someone says, ‘Let’s do a line,’ I’ll look at my watch,” the 20-something explained. “If I see I’m at 150 or 160, I’ll say, ‘I’m good.’ That’s totally fine. Nobody gives you a hard time.” Read more…

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Facebook is facing hard questions following news that data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica deceived users and harvested information from 50 million profiles. But we already have the answer to one: Has Facebook learned from its mistakes? Nope.

That’s probably because Facebook doesn’t have a dedicated staffer — or public editor — looking out for the people who use the company’s service. Consider this: Cambridge Analytica’s data-scraping reportedly occurred in 2014, the same year Facebook made another fateful decision that it might not have if someone there was looking out for people like you and me. Read more…

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A data analytics firm linked to both Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and the Brexit referendum has been banned by Facebook.

Cambridge Analytica, the British firm that claimed it helped Trump get elected, has been suspended from Facebook, the company revealed. 

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At issue is Cambridge Analytica’s use of user data obtained by a third-party developer, a University of Cambridge professor named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan. Kogan, according to Facebook, obtained information on 270,000 Facebook users via his app, which he touted as a research experiment.  Read more…

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