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Twittersphere reacts to Bitcoin founder revelation

Twittersphere reacts to Bitcoin founder revelation
Is this bitcoin's creator? Journalists surround Satoshi Nakamoto as he walks from his home in Temple City. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Newsweek grabbed the top tech headline Thursday by claiming to have located the founder of Bitcoin, who appears to be living in the San Gabriel Valley under the name many had believed to be just a pseudonym.

The magazine unveiled the Bitcoin founder, Satoshi Nakamoto, with an extensive cover story titled "The Face Behind Bitcoin." According to the article, the Bitcoin founder really is named Satoshi Nakamoto and he is a 64-year-old Japanese American.

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The magazine tweeted the story early Thursday.

That sent waves through Twitter and the Web. Many were surprised that someone had managed to track Nakamoto down.

The Newsweek story included quite a few details about Nakamoto, including a picture of his home. That led some, including some of our own reporters, to stake out the house.

At least one person was happy to learn of Nakamoto's whereabouts.

But many were disappointed by Newsweek's reporting, saying they revealed the identity of, or "doxxed," an old man.

Meanwhile, others were disappointed that Nakamoto's life wasn't more exciting. Having remained anonymous since the founding of Bitcoin in the late 2000s, many thought Nakamoto would be some mysterious hacker.

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