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Michael Cohen says Trump won't pursue a 2024 White House bid, calls his 'Big Lie' fundraising appeals 'the greatest grift in US history'

Businessinsider - Sun, 11/28/2021 - 19:22
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
  • Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the former president won't run for president in 2024.
  • "This should become a documentary, and it should be called the greatest grift in US history," Cohen said of Trump's efforts.
  • "If he loses, which he will in 2024, what happens to the 'Big Lie?' The big lie disappears," Cohen said.

Former President Donald Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen on Sunday said that the former president would not run for the White House in 2024.

During an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Cohen, a former Trump confidant-turned-critic, told host Chuck Todd that the ex-president's efforts to secure political donations as he dangles another campaign in front of his supporters was being done "to keep the grift growing and to keep the grift going."

"This should become a documentary, and it should be called the greatest grift in US history," he said. "Donald Trump has made it very clear, right, that he is grifting off of the American people, these supporters, these individuals that are just sending money to him at record levels."

"It's really amazing that people don't see exactly what the guy is doing," he emphasized.

Cohen goes on to describe what he perceives to be Trump's calling card.

"I talk about his sociopathy throughout 'Disloyal,'" he said, referencing his memoir that was released last year. "I talk about it on my podcast, Mea Culpa, ad nauseam."

He continued: "Please understand ... and this is really important for all of the viewers as well. One of the things Donald Trump has done is grift off of the 'Big Lie' that the election was stolen from him in 2020. It was not stolen from him."

Cohen said that Trump is using the specter of a campaign to continue airing his debunked election-related grievances, but contended that if the former president lost a 2024 bid, then his claims wouldn't stand up.

"If he loses, which he will in 2024, what happens to the 'Big Lie?' The big lie disappears. He can't now be like the boy who cried wolf. 'Oh, they stole it from me in 2020 — they now stole it from me in 2024.' Right? Now, that goes out the door and there goes his money," he said of the former president's claims.

"There goes the big grift. So like I said before, it's not going to happen. He's going to run it like he did in 2011, right to the very, very last second," he added.

Trump has not yet indicated if he'll run for the presidency in 2024, but earlier this month, he said that he would "probably" reveal his decision after the 2022 midterm elections.

The former president is playing an usually active role for an ex-president in 2022 Republican primary campaigns, seeking to prop up preferred candidates in Senate races while in some instances pushing other candidates to pursue other elected positions.

In a September interview with Insider's Sonam Sheth, Cohen said that Trump would continue to soak up his time in the spotlight while continuing to rake in money from devotees of his presidency.

"His insatiable need for attention is one reason he continues to flaunt this disingenuous 2024 run," he said at the time. "The other is he's making more money doing that than anything he has ever done before."

The New York Times reported in July that Trump had raised over $100 million in the first six months of the year, a total that surpassed every other Republican during that time frame.

Cohen, who was once part of the former president's inner circle, was sentenced to three years in prison in December 2018 after pleading guilty to financial crimes and lying to Congress about a Moscow real estate project.

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The best Apple Watch Cyber Monday deals available now, including discounts on the Series 7, Series 6, SE, and Series 3

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The Apple Watch is the world's most popular smartwatch, and deals are already available on several models ahead of Cyber Monday. Discounts can be found on the brand-new Series 7, and previous generations like the Series 6, SE, and Series 3.  

Below, we rounded up all the best early Cyber Monday deals we've found so far. Keep in mind, however, that we list the base and smallest versions of the Apple Watch. If you're looking for the GPS+Cellular models, or the larger versions, you can still click the links but you'll need to select the specific options you want on each retailer page.

Though deals are available at stores like Best Buy and Amazon, Apple itself doesn't discount its products on its store. That said, it is running a promotion during Cyber Monday. If you purchase either the SE or Series 3, Apple will give you a $50 gift card for use at the Apple Store.

If you're looking for more savings on Apple products, check out these early Cyber Monday Apple deals.

The best early Cyber Monday Apple Watch deals

Apple Watch Series 7

The Series 7 is the best Apple Watch to date. Compared to the Series 6, its screen is a bit larger and the bezels are thinner. It retains the health and fitness sensors as its predecessors, like blood oxygen saturation measurement and an ECG scanner, and it's compatible with all the watch bands that are currently on the market. While it's a modest upgrade from the Series 6, it's appealing for those moving up from a Series 3 or entirely new to the Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch Series 6

While the Series 6 is technically discontinued, you can still find it at many retailers — just not Apple itself. Since performance is basically the same as the Series 7, the Series 6 is still a great product, especially at a discount.  

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Apple Watch SE

The Apple Watch SE is the mid-tier model. It comes with many of the features found in Series 7, such as fall detection and a larger screen than the Series 3, but at a lower price. What's missing are blood oxygen monitoring, an always-on display, or ECG monitoring.

Apple Watch SE (40mm, GPS)With a recent Apple processor and many of the same features as the Series 7, the Apple Watch SE is a great budget-friendly option.$219.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $279.00 | Save 21%$279.00 FROM APPLE

Apple Watch Series 3

Although the Apple Watch Series 3 is still in the lineup, note that it's four-year-old and it's probably entering its final run. However, if you can score one at a low price — no more than $169 for the 38 mm or $199 for the 42 mm — it can be a great watch for those looking to test the smartwatch waters or just want something cheap and basic. It also makes a good gift for a youngster or senior, as the Apple Watch has useful health features.

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Apple Watch Cyber Monday deals FAQsDoes Apple offer Cyber Monday watch deals on Cyber Monday?

You won't find Apple slashing prices on Apple Watch models during Cyber Monday, but it does run promotions. Right now, it's offering a $50 gift card when you purchase an Apple Watch SE or Series 3. If you want actual discounts, you will need to look at other retailers, such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target, or Walmart.

Should I buy from Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Target, or Walmart?

Amazon, Best Buy, Costco (membership required), Target, and Walmart are all offering deals on the Apple Watch, with savings of as much as 20% depending on the model. Regardless of which retailer you buy from, all five are authorized Apple resellers and the products have the same warranty and support from Apple.

Should I buy AppleCare for an Apple Watch?

If you're prone to damaging your tech, AppleCare (extended warranty) may not be a bad idea, especially with a wearable like an Apple Watch. AppleCare+ for Apple Watch offers up to two accidental damage protection every year; each incident costs $69, which is much cheaper than repairing an Apple Watch out of warranty. You also get priority access to Apple support. Depending on the model, it costs $49-$79 for two years of coverage, or $2.49-$3.99 a month until you cancel. If you don't add AppleCare at the time of purchase, you must buy within 60 days and it must not have any damage.

How do we choose the best Apple Watch deals?

Our experienced tech journalists select products that meet high standards based on testing and research. In addition to putting Apple Watches through rigorous real-world tests, we also measure them against competitors, such as Samsung, Fossil, Fitbit, and others.

Our team also monitors prices at retailers throughout the year, like Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. We not only compare them against Apple's prices to determine the best deals, but we also recommend if it's the right time to buy.

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The Omicron variant has a 'record' number of mutations that may hinder vaccine effectiveness, NIH director says

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NIH Director Francis Collins during a November 28, 2021, appearance on "Fox News Sunday."
  • NIH Director Francis Collins said Sunday that the Omicron variant could present challenges to existing vaccines.
  • The new variant has a "record" number of mutations to the spike protein, the part of the virus that attaches to human cells, he said.
  • He added that people should still get the current vaccines and boosters.

The newly discovered Omicron variant of the coronavirus has a "record" number of mutations that could hinder vaccine effectiveness, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said in an interview Sunday, adding that it was too soon to tell if that's the case.

"We do know that this is a variant that has a lot of mutations – like 50 of them, and more than 30 of those in the spike protein, which is the part off the virus that attaches to your human cells if you get infected," Collins said during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday."

"That is a new record in terms of the number of mutations," he added. "It does make you worry, therefore, that it's a sufficiently different virus, that it might not respond as well to protection from the vaccines. But we don't know that."

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus was first identified by genetic sequencing in South Africa, though the variant has since been identified in numerous countries, including Israel, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. While it hasn't yet been identified in the United States, public-health experts have said it's likely to be identified soon.

The World Health Organization on Friday labeled the new variant one of "concern," though public-health experts have stressed that it's still too early what impact the variant will have on efforts to combat the pandemic globally. 

Collins said Sunday it would take around two to three weeks to determine if antibodies from existing COVID-19 vaccines would be effective in protecting against the Omicron variant. Vaccine manufactures, including Moderna and Pfizer, have said they will work to alter existing vaccines should the new variant require they make modifications. 

Collins on Sunday encouraged people to get the existing vaccines, and booster shoots which recently became available to all previously vaccinated adults in the US.

"It's clear that in all the previous examples of variants, the vaccines have worked to provide protection and the boosters have provided especially strong protection against things like Delta," he said.

"Given that history, we expect that most likely the current vaccines will be sufficient to provide protection and especially the boosters will give that additional layer of protection," he added.

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The supply-chain crisis is 'shifting the perception of used' as shoppers turn to secondhand goods amid shipping delays and shortages

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Women shop at a Goodwill store in Boulder, Colorado.
  • The secondhand economy is getting a boost from the supply-chain crisis.
  • Sellers told Insider that more people are willing to buy used goods than before — from couches to holiday gifts.
  • One Poshmark seller said he may reach $1 million in sales as big retailers run low on inventory.

Holiday shoppers have officially found a way around supply-chain delays and shortages: buying used goods. 

"I've had people specifically say 'we just moved here and there are six months delays for Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware ... and we just can't wait that long to have a dresser,'"  Leslie Jarrett, who sells flipped furniture on Facebook Marketplace, told Insider. 

"Why wait three months to find my dresser when I could just go pick it up tomorrow?"

Shannon Jean, who sells purses on Poshmark and eBay, told Insider that supply-chain backlogs have both hurt and benefited his resale business. On the supply side, inventory is more difficult to come by. On the flip side, he's been able to sell more bags at higher prices, even if they're damaged or blemished.

Before this year, most customers would try to bargain over discounts, Jean said. Now, everyone just wants to know how fast he can ship it.

"Because I have them and the retailers don't, my sales have really increased," he said, adding that his business may hit $1 million in sales this year. "People are just like 'oh my gosh, I can't believe you have it.'"

And shoppers aren't just buying the purses for themselves — they're purchasing them as gifts. Jean told Insider that he fields "way more" questions about gifting than before.

In a recent survey by Mercari, three in four of the American adults polled said they expect to buy at least one secondhand item this holiday season. 

"Our research suggests that 20 million people in the U.S. will shop secondhand as a way of avoiding supply chain issues and we estimate they will contribute $7 billion in resale revenues,"  Mercari CEO John Lagerling said in a press release

Executives at AptDeco and Fernish, two companies that rent or sell furniture through a circular business model, told Insider that the secondhand economy's growing popularity is really about shifting consumer attitudes toward used products.

"This consumer behavior is not just because of the supply chain," AptDeco CEO Reham Fagiri told Insider. "The supply chain just accelerated the shifting sort of perception of used."

Fernish President and COO Kristin Smith told Insider that November has been an "incredibly strong" month for her furniture-renting business and that they're still trying to figure out why. 

"Right now we're in a mindset as consumers of access versus ownership. And that is true with cars and media and our closets," Smith said. "There is this ethos for consumers right now where it's like 'hey, I don't have to own things. In fact, owning things kind of ties me down.'"

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The many alleged identities of Bitcoin's mysterious creator, Satoshi Nakamoto

Businessinsider - Sun, 11/28/2021 - 18:49
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  • The identity of Bitcoin's creator is at the center of a Florida lawsuit over Satoshi Nakamoto's $54 billion stake.
  • Since it was created in 2009, bitcoin has become a top digital currency.
  • Many names have been dropped as Bitcoin potential creators, but none have been proven.
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The mystery behind the creator of Bitcoin and their over $54 billion stake has captured public attention once more, as a court case in Florida seeks to verify the creator's identity — an unlikely effort toward unraveling an enigma that has been over a decade in the making.

The family of a deceased man, David Kleiman, is claiming their family member helped create the popular digital currency and is suing Kleiman's alleged business partner in the endeavor, Craig Wright, for half of Satoshi Nakemoto's 1.1 million cache of Bitcoin. 

For the past five years, Wright has been claiming on and off that he created Bitcoin, but has failed to provide any proof of his ownership.

The creator could easily prove their identity by moving even a fraction of the cache of Bitcoin, or using the private key that controls the account.

The identity of Bitcoin's creator, known only as "Satoshi Nakamoto," has long been a point of major interest, especially as their personal wealth continues to grow. Since it was created in 2009, Bitcoin has experienced significant highs and lows. In the past year, the currency has risen over 400%.

Bitcoin is considered the top cryptocurrency in the world by market value, but there's still plenty of mystery surrounding its creation. Who came up with Bitcoin? Was it created by more than one person? And who is Nakamoto?

Here's a rundown on the currency's strange beginnings:

In 2008, the first inklings of bitcoin began to circulate the web.

In August 2008, the domain name bitcoin.org was quietly registered online. Two months later, a paper entitled 'Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System' was passed around a cryptography mailing list.

The paper is the first instance of the mysterious figure, Satoshi Nakamoto's appearance on the web, and permanently links the name "Satoshi Nakamoto" to the cryptocurrency. 




On January 3, 2009, 30,000 lines of code spelled out the beginning of Bitcoin.A copy of bitcoin standing on PC motherboard is seen in this illustration picture

Bitcoin runs through an autonomous software program that is 'mined' by people seeking bitcoin in a lottery-based system. Over the course of the next 20 years, a total of 21 million coins will be released.

To date, about 90% of Bitcoin or about 18.7 million have been mined.


Satoshi Nakamoto didn't work entirely alone.Hal Finney

Among Bitcoin's earliest enthusiasts was Hal Finney, a console game developer and an early member of the "cypherpunk movement" who discovered Nakamoto's proposal for Bitcoin through the cryptocurrency mailing list. 

In a blog post from 2013, Finney said he was fascinated by the idea of a decentralized online currency. When Nakamoto announced the software's release, Finney offered to mine the first coins — 10 original bitcoins from block 70, which Satoshi sent over as a test.

Of his interactions with Nakamoto, Finney says, "I thought I was dealing with a young man of Japanese ancestry who was very smart and sincere. I've had the good fortune to know many brilliant people over the course of my life, so I recognize the signs."

Finney has flatly denied any claims that he was the inventor of Bitcoin and has always maintained his involvement in the currency was only ever secondary. 

In 2014, Finney died of the neuro-degenerative disease ALS. In one of his final posts on a Bitcoin forum, he said Satoshi Nakamoto's true identity still remained a mystery to him. Finney says he was proud of his legacy involving Bitcoin, and that his cache of bitcoins were stored in an offline wallet, left as part of an inheritance to his family. 

"Hopefully, they'll be worth something to my heirs," he wrote.

As of today, one bitcoin is worth over $54,000.  

Nearly a year later, Bitcoin is slowly on its way to becoming a viable currency.

In 2010, a handful of merchants started accepting bitcoin in lieu of established currencies.

One of the first tangible items ever purchased with the cryptocurrency was a pizza. Today, the amount of bitcoin used to purchase those pizzas is valued at about $100 million

Other companies have also started to invest in the currency. In February, Tesla purchased over $1 billion in bitcoins and moved to allow customers to pay for electric cars with the digital currency, before back-tracking a few months later.

In September, Bitcoin gained the status of legal tender within El Salvador. The country plans to build "Bitcoin City," which would operate as the world's first cryptocurrency-based city.

In 2011, the Silk Road, an online marketplace for illegal drugs, launched. It used bitcoin as its chief form of currency.A snapshot of Silk Road's website

Bitcoin is inherently trace-less, a quality that made it the ideal currency for facilitating drug trade on the burgeoning internet black market. It was the equivalent of digital cash, a self-governing system of commerce that preserved the anonymity of its owner.

With bitcoin, anyone could take to the Silk Road and purchase cannabis seeds, LSD, and cocaine without revealing their identities. And the benefit wasn't entirely one-sided, either: in some ways, the drug trafficking site legitimized Bitcoin as a means of commerce, even if it was only being used to facilitate illicit trade.

Two years later, the mysterious figure known as "Satoshi Nakamoto" disappeared from the web.

On April 23, 2011, Nakamoto sent Bitcoin Core developer Mike Hearn a brief email

"I've moved on to other things," he said, referring to the Bitcoin project. The future of Bitcoin, he wrote, was "in good hands."

In his wake, Nakamoto left behind a vast collection of writings, a premise on the workings of Bitcoin, and the most influential cryptocurrency ever created.



Who is this Japanese-American guy named Satoshi Nakamoto?Dorian S. Nakamoto, a man who had zero involvement in the creation of Bitcoin.

Google "Satoshi Nakamoto" and the results will lead you straight to image after image of an elderly Asian man. This is Dorian S. Nakamoto, named "Satoshi Nakamoto" at birth. He is almost 70 years old, lives in Los Angeles with his mother, and, as he has reminded people hundreds of times, is not the creator of Bitcoin. 

In 2014, Newsweek reporter Leah Goodman published a feature story pinning the identity of Bitcoin's creator on Nakamoto due to his high profile work in engineering and pointedly private personal life. Following the story's immediate release, Nakamoto was dogged by reporters, who trailed him as he drove to a sushi restaurant. Nakamoto told a journalist from the Associated Press that he had only heard of Bitcoin weeks earlier, when Goodman had contacted him about the Newsweek story.

Two weeks later, he issued a statement to Newsweek, stating he "did not create, invent or otherwise work on Bitcoin." 

Dorian Nakamoto's claim was corroborated by the actual Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto a day later, with Satoshi's username mysteriously surfacing in an online forum to post: "I am not Dorian Nakamoto."



The Craig Wright controversyAustralian entrepreneur Craig Wright

In 2016, Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright claimed to be the creator of Bitcoin and provided disputed code as proof. Bitcoin developer Gavin Andresen further corroborated Wright's gesture, saying he was "98 percent certain" that Wright was the pseudonymous Nakamoto.

But others were quick to disagree, and Wright's claim drew fierce skepticism from the cryptocurrency community online as well as alleged interest from the FBI. Amid the sudden influx of scrutiny, Wright deleted his post and issued a cryptic apology. "I'm sorry," he wrote, "I believed that I could put the years of anonymity and hiding behind me. But, as the events of this week unfolded and I prepared to publish the proof of access to the earliest keys, I broke. I do not have the courage."

Five years later, Wright continues to claim that he created the digital currency, but has yet to provide any publicly accepted proof.

In November, the family of a deceased man, David Kleiman, sued Wright for half of Nakamoto's cache of 1.1 million Bitcoins. The family claims the two men created the cryptocurrency together. The Florida court case is currently in the process of being reviewed by a jury.



Nick Szabo has been repeatedly identified as the creator of Bitcoin, a claim he denies.The mysterious Nick Szabo

In the course of determining the identity of Nakamoto, there's one person who has been thumbed again and again: hyper-secretive cryptocurrency expert Nick Szabo, who was not only fundamental to the development of Bitcoin, but also created his own cryptocurrency called "bit gold" in the late '90s. 

In 2014, a team of linguistic researchers studied Nakamoto's writings alongside those of thirteen potential bitcoin creators. The results, they said, were indisputable. 

"The number of linguistic similarities between Szabo's writing and the Bitcoin whitepaper is uncanny," the researchers reported, "none of the other possible authors were anywhere near as good of a match."

A story in the New York Times pegged Szabo as Bitcoin's creator, as well. Szabo, a staunch libertarian who has spoken publicly about the history of Bitcoin and blockchain technology, has been involved in cryptocurrency since its earliest beginnings.

Szabo firmly denied these claims, both in The New York times story and in a tweet: "Not Satoshi, but thank you."



Here's how the real "Satoshi Nakamoto" could prove his identity:

He could use his PGP key

A PGP key is a unique encryption program associated with a given user's name — similar to an online signature. Nakamoto could attach his to a post or a message indicating his identity. 

He could move his bitcoin

Nakamoto has amassed a fortune in bitcoin: He's thought to possess over one million coins, which today would be valued in excess of a billion dollars

Theoretically, Nakamoto could move those coins to a different address. 




Dorian Nakamoto, Nick Szabo, and Craig Wright aren't the only ones who have been pinned as the inventor of Bitcoin.

There's a laundry list of people who have been pegged with this claim, but so far, they've all been struck down. Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has been accused of being Bitcoin's creator — a theory he adamantly denied in 2018. 

The Wikipedia entry on Satoshi Nakamoto names at least 13 potential candidates as being responsible for the creation of Bitcoin. 

It's been over a decade since Bitcoin's creation, and we're still not any closer to confirming who invented it. 


Why would the inventor of the world's most important cryptocurrency choose to remain anonymous?Bernard von NotHaus, the creator of the Liberty Dollar

As it turns out, experimenting in new forms of currency is not without its consequences. 

In 1998, Hawaiian resident Bernard von NotHaus dabbled in a fledgling form of currency called "Liberty Dollars" to disastrous results: He was charged with violating federal law and sentenced to six months of house arrest, along with a three-year probation. 

In 2007, one of the first digital currencies, E-Gold, was shut down amid contentious circumstances by the government on grounds of money laundering. 

In January, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen suggested steps that could be taken to "curtail" Bitcoin.

If the inventor of Bitcoin wants to remain anonymous, it's for good reason: by maintaining anonymity, they've avoided adverse legal consequences, making their anonymity at least partially responsible for the currency's success.  

Besides, one of the founding principles of Bitcoin is that it's a decentralized currency, untethered to conspicuous institutions or individuals. In his original proposition on Bitcoin, Nakamoto wrote, "What is needed is an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof instead of trust, allowing any two willing parties to transact directly with each other without the need for a trusted third party."

According to a public filing from top US digital currency trading platform, Coinbase, if Nakamoto chose to come forward it could cause bitcoin's value to plummet.

Why would someone go to all the trouble of creating a decentralized currency without sticking around to receive any of the credit?

Much of the mystery surrounding Nakamoto involves his motivations. Why would someone go to the trouble of creating a detailed and brilliant decentralized currency, only to later completely disappear from the public view? 

A closer look at one of Nakamoto's original postings on the proposal of Bitcoin sheds some light on his possible motivations.

In February 2009, Nakamoto wrote, "The root problem with conventional currency is all the trust that's required to make it work. The central bank must be trusted not to debase the currency, but the history of fiat currencies is full of breaches of that trust. Banks must be trusted to hold our money and transfer it electronically, but they lend it out in waves of credit bubbles with barely a fraction in reserve. We have to trust them with our privacy, trust them not to let identity thieves drain our accounts."

In Bitcoin forums, it's been speculated that Nakamoto might be "a libertarian and hates the corrupt rich people and politicians." Other Bitcoin enthusiasts suggest the timing of Bitcoin's emergence is a clear indication of its raison d'être: The currency, which was created in the years following the housing bubble burst in 2007, might have been invented as a means of disrupting the corrupted banking system.


Here's what we know about Satoshi Nakamoto for sure:

They're a genius

In a New Yorker article from 2011, a top internet security researcher describes Bitcoin code as an inscrutable execution that nears perfection: "Only the most paranoid, painstaking coder in the world could avoid making mistakes."

They speak fluent English

Nakamoto has written extensively about Bitcoin, authoring close to 80,000 words on the subject in the course of two years. His work reads like that of a native English speaker. 

They might be British

Judging by their spelling, and their use of British colloquialisms (they refer to their apartment as a "flat" and call the subject math "maths"), it's thought they might hail from the UK.

The timing of his posts seem to indicate this fact as well: It's been pointed out that Nakamoto posted during UK daylight hours.

They might be more than one person

The foolproof brilliance of Bitcoin's code have left many wondering if it isn't the work of a team of developers. Bitcoin security researcher Dan Kaminsky says Nakamoto "could be either a team of people or a genius."


How does its creator feel about its success?Publican Grant Fairweather talks with a customer from behind the bar where a bitcoin sign is displayed in Sydney, Australia, September 29, 2015.

Joshua Davis, who spent four months researching the possible identity of Bitcoin's creator for a New Yorker story, says he's deeply curious about how the cryptocurrency's creator feels about its success. 

"Every time I see a news post about the rise of the value of the Bitcoin, I wonder if Satoshi is seeing that too. What's he thinking? Is he proud? Is he thinking that, at some point, some day, he'll finally reveal himself?"

If "Satoshi Nakamoto" hasn't revealed himself by now, it's unlikely we'll ever know who is.


Zoe Bernard contributed reporting to an earlier version of this article.


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The PlayStation 5 is hard to find, but restocks are coming on Cyber Monday, and you can already get deals on brand-new games

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The PlayStation 5 is the hottest console on the market and retailers have been regularly struggling to meet the demand. It remains hard to find a console, but some stores, including Walmart, will have restocks for Cyber Monday on November 29. 

Even if you can't snag a PS5, there are still plenty of deals to be found on PlayStation games and other accessories ahead of Cyber Monday. There are solid discounts on PlayStation exclusives like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Deathloop, sales on accessories like wireless headsets, and deals on subscriptions like PSN Plus.

Below, we rounded up the best PlayStation deals we've found so far. Be sure to refresh this page throughout Cyber Monday as we'll be updating it with all the latest discounts.

The best Cyber Monday PlayStation dealsDeath Loop for PlayStation 5“Death Loop” is an unusual first-person shooter that challenges players to escape a day-long time loop by assassinating specific targets. The game is a great pick for fans of spy movies, sci-fi, and creative gunplay.$29.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 50%

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart for PlayStation 5This PlayStation 5 exclusive is the latest in a series of run-and-gun adventure games from the studio behind “Marvel’s Spider-Man. “Rift Apart” features a fully voiced story mode, impressive ray tracing visuals, and an adjustable difficulty curve that suits gamers of all ages.$49.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $69.98 | Save 29%$49.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $69.98 | Save 29%

Call of Duty Vanguard for PlayStation 5The latest Call of Duty game is now on sale for $15 off for PlayStation 5 just a few weeks after its release.$54.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $69.98 | Save 21%

Sony Spider-Man: Miles Morales Launch Edition (PS5)An all-new Spider-Man experience, Spider-Man Miles Morales has you master explosive new powers along with some classic web-slinging acrobatics. The PS5 update even lets you play the game in the gorgeous raytracing mode at a smooth 60 fps.$29.83 FROM AMAZONOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%$29.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%$29.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%

PlayStation Plus 12-Month SubscriptionPlayStation Plus allows gamers to play online, nets them special discounts in the PlayStation Network store, and subscribers get free games each month that remain available as long as the PlayStation Plus subscription is active. $39.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 33%$36.99 FROM CDKEYSOriginally $59.99 | Save 38%$39.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $59.99 | Save 33%

PlayStation console Cyber Monday deals

It's extremely difficult to get a hold of a PlayStation 5, and Cyber Monday won't make it any easier. Walmart+ and Amazon Prime subscribers have received early access to PS5 sales from those retailers, while Best Buy and Target continue to use their standard online purchasing process.

The next PlayStation 5 restock will be available at Walmart's online store on November 29. Walmart+ members can access the sale at 12 p.m. ET. You need to have a paid membership to access the restock, so free trials to Walmart+ are not eligible.

New PlayStation 4 consoles are also relatively hard to find, and even pre-owned PS4s sell for $280 or more at GameStop. If you can't buy a PS5, we recommend investing in an Xbox Series S or Nintendo Switch for $300 instead of picking up an older PS4.

Though there are no discounts on PlayStation consoles right now, we recommend checking the stores listed below to see if PS5 stock gets added on Cyber Monday.

Sony PlayStation 5The PlayStation 5 offers the best console gaming experience thanks to its next-gen hardware, exclusives, and 4K Blu-ray drive. Note: The PS5 remains sold out at most retailers but stores do offer new stock on occasion. $499.99 FROM BEST BUY$499.00 FROM WALMART$499.99 FROM AMAZON$499.99 FROM TARGET$499.99 FROM GAMESTOP

Sony Playstation 5 (All-Digital)More inventory for the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition is still being added to select retailers, though exact days and times aren't always announced. $399.99 FROM BEST BUY$399.00 FROM WALMART$399.99 FROM AMAZON$399.99 FROM TARGET$399.99 FROM GAMESTOP

Cyber Monday deals on PlayStation games

It's been a big year for PlayStation games, with the PS5 getting a full year's worth of exclusive games under its belt and quite a few new games capable of pushing the PS4 to the limit. During Black Friday and during the lead-up to Cyber Monday we're seeing healthy discounts on games that were released just a few weeks ago, like Call of Duty Vanguard and NBA 2K22. 

Some of the best PS5 games of the year are on sale too, like Deathloop and Resident Evil Village. Keep in mind that some games will give you the ability to upgrade from the PS4 to PS5 version after purchase, but the upgrade process may vary depending on the game. Typically, digital purchases are easier to upgrade, and many of these games are also discounted in the PlayStation store, though prices may vary.

Death Loop for PlayStation 5“Death Loop” is an unusual first-person shooter that challenges players to escape a day-long time loop by assassinating specific targets. The game is a great pick for fans of spy movies, sci-fi, and creative gunplay.$29.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 50%

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart for PlayStation 5This PlayStation 5 exclusive is the latest in a series of run-and-gun adventure games from the studio behind “Marvel’s Spider-Man. “Rift Apart” features a fully voiced story mode, impressive ray tracing visuals, and an adjustable difficulty curve that suits gamers of all ages.$49.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $69.98 | Save 29%$49.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $69.98 | Save 29%

'Returnal' For the Playstation 5Designed specifically for PS5, this shooter offers impressive graphics and fast-moving gameplay. The sci-fi story can take 30 or more hours to complete, drawing inspiration from movies like "Alien."$49.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $69.98 | Save 29%$49.94 FROM AMAZONOriginally $69.98 | Save 29%

Call of Duty Vanguard for PlayStation 4The latest Call of Duty game is now on sale for $20 off, just a few weeks after its release.$39.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $59.99 | Save 35%$44.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $59.99 | Save 25%

Resident Evil Village for the PlayStation 5"Resident Evil Village" is a must-play for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners thanks to its unmatched graphics and tight gameplay.$44.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $59.99 | Save 25%$49.99 FROM BEST BUY

Far Cry 6 for Xbox and PlayStationThe latest iteration in Ubisoft’s open-world first person shooter sets players loose on a Caribbean island to try and take down the regime of a dictator played by actor Giancarlo Esposito, from “Breaking Bad” and “The Mandalorian.” The game also supports online co-op play with another player.$35.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $59.99 | Save 42%$59.99 FROM BEST BUY

Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut for the PlayStation 5Players choose between samurai and ninja fighting styles as they defend Japan's island of Tsushima in this open-world adventure.$49.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $69.98 | Save 29%$49.94 FROM AMAZONOriginally $69.98 | Save 29%

Sony Spider-Man: Miles Morales Launch Edition for the PlayStation 4The follow-up to the widely beloved Spider-Man, this game follows Miles Morales as he follows in the footsteps of his mentor.$29.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%

NBA 2K22The standard edition of NBA 2K22 is available for PS5 ($70), Xbox Series X|S ($70), PS4 ($60), Xbox One ($60), Nintendo Switch ($60), and PC ($60). You can select the console version you want on the retailer's listing page.$25.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $69.98 | Save 63%

Other PlayStation Cyber Monday deals and gift ideas

With the PlayStation 5 being so hard to find right now, it's a bit difficult to invest in accessories for the long term. Luckily there are quite a few accessories that will work for both PS4 and PS5, like wireless headsets.

PSN Plus, the subscription service needed to play most PlayStation games online, is available at a discount too. One year of PSN Plus normally costs $60, but you can buy a 12-month gift card for $40, and it will add time to any existing subscription.

HyperX Cloud II Wireless HeadsetThe HyperX Cloud II offers 7.1 surround sound and works with PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch. While the headset boasts a 30-hour battery life, you can also plug it in directly with a standard 3.5mm cable.$142.61 FROM AMAZONOriginally $149.99 | Save 5%

PlayStation Plus 12-Month SubscriptionPlayStation Plus allows gamers to play online, nets them special discounts in the PlayStation Network store, and subscribers get free games each month that remain available as long as the PlayStation Plus subscription is active. $39.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 33%$36.99 FROM CDKEYSOriginally $59.99 | Save 38%$39.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $59.99 | Save 33%

PlayStation Cyber Monday FAQsWill PlayStation 5 restocks be available on Cyber Monday?

Some retailers have restocked the PS5 during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping season, but stock remains extremely limited and sales have been exclusively online. Walmart is letting Walmart+ members get first access to PS5 restocks, while Amazon is prioritizing Amazon Prime members.

The next confirmed PlayStation 5 restock will go live at Walmart's online store on November 29. Walmart+ members will get access to the sale at 12 p.m. ET. You need to have a paid membership to access the sale.

Should I buy the all-digital PlayStation 5 or the standard version?

If given the chance, you should buy whichever version of the PS5 is available when you can. If you don't already have a collection of PS4 games on disc, you might appreciate the $100 savings from buying the all-digital console. However, having a Blu-ray player and being able to trade and share physical games is always nice. Ultimately, both versions of the PS5 function exactly the same, outside of the disc drive.

More Cyber Monday gaming deals

We're also tracking deals for Xbox and the Nintendo Switch during Cyber Monday, along with a full breakdown of GameStop's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Be sure to check out our hub of the best Cyber Monday tech deals too.

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Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) speaks during a hearing on June 15, 2021.
  • Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said kids should go into jobs where there are workforce shortages.
  • Klobuchar said the country faces a shortage of "plumbers, electricians, construction workers." 
  • "We need people, we need kids to go into jobs that we have shortages," she said.  

While addressing issues with the economy and touting the Build Back Better Act, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said recruiting kids into the workforce will combat shortages. 

"We've got workforce issues, and that's why this Build Back Better Act is so important," Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, said on ABC News' This Week

"We need people, we need kids to go into jobs that we have shortages. We don't have a shortage of marketing degrees, we have a shortage of health care workers. We have a shortage of plumbers, electricians, construction workers, and this bill puts us on the right path," Klobuchar said. 

—This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 28, 2021

Klobuchar said addressing key areas of the country's infrastructure will improve the economy, touting the $1 trillion infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden signed earlier this month. The law allocates federal money to the public-works system to repair roads and bridges, renovate ports, replace lead pipes, and expand broadband access, Insider's Joseph Zeballos-Roig reported

Klobuchar also touted key benefits of the $2 trillion social spending bill that passed out of the House earlier this month. The bill, which faces an uphill climb in the Senate, includes universal pre-K, childcare subsidies, monthly cash payments for many American families, as well as Medicare expansion and federal prescription-drug price controls. 

"To me, that's what we do about the problem right in front of us, which is to have the backs of the American people. That's our top priority," Klobuchar said. 

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Black Friday reports show a drop in online sales, as in-store traffic rebounds from last year but fails to reach pre-pandemic levels

Businessinsider - Sun, 11/28/2021 - 17:59
Black Friday shoppers at a mall in Toronto, Canada, on Nov. 26, 2021.
  • Online sales reached $8.9 billion on Black Friday, slightly below 2020 levels, according to data from Adobe Analytics.
  • Meanwhile, physical store traffic rose significantly from last year, but was still well below pre-pandemic levels. 
  • According to analysts, the mixed performance points to shifting consumer trends like buying earlier, particularly amid the supply chain crisis. 

Another Black Friday has come to a close, and early reports show a mixed performance for the annual shopping holiday. 

While the impact of the coronavirus pandemic dampened 2020 sales, this year's Black Friday faced a number of unique hurdles of its own, including a national labor shortage, widespread supply chain constraints, and the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant.

Though retailers made some gains — including in areas like in-store traffic and mobile sales — data shows the industry is still struggling to return to pre-pandemic levels. The findings also indicate a shift in consumer spending patterns, such as starting shopping earlier in the season and taking advantage of newer services like buy-now-pay-later. 

"Consumers have been shopping strategically this season: Buying early and taking advantage of deals retailers have been promoting since late October," Adobe Digital Insights Director Taylor Schreiner said in a statement on Friday. "Black Friday still remains a major online shopping day, but the surge in online shopping is coming from the less marketed days of the season."

We took a closer look at the key findings from Black Friday, below.

People line up to enter a store during Black Friday shopping at Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont of Greater Chicago Area, Illinois, the United States, on Nov. 26, 2021.In-store traffic rose, but failed to reach pre-pandemic levels

While some shoppers were met with traditional Black Friday scenes of lengthy lines and crowded malls, others reported sparsely populated and fairly quiet stores this year.

This mixed bag was also reflected in the traffic numbers: According to data from RetailNext, traffic at brick-and-mortar stores increased by 61% on Black Friday compared to 2020 levels. And while the boost is a marked improvement from last year, in-store traffic was still 27% below pre-pandemic rates in 2019.

Likewise, Sensormatic Solutions, a company that tracks physical store traffic, found that while there was a 48% gain over 2020, rates were still 28% lower than 2019. 

"While in-store shopping is still not back to 2019 levels, more shoppers felt comfortable visiting stores in person this Black Friday than in 2020," Brian Field, senior director of global retail consulting at Sensormatic Solutions, said in a press statement. "One driver of this increased traffic could be ongoing supply chain challenges and shipping delays."

Online sales dipped  

E-commerce sales reached $8.9 billion on Black Friday, slightly below 2020 levels of $9 billion, according to data from Adobe Analytics.

The number was at the low end of Adobe's predicted range, and also came after disappointing flatline sales of $5.1 billion on Thanksgiving Day — marking the first time both days failed to boost year-over-year spending. 

The sales indicate "another sign that consumers started to shift their spending to earlier in the season, responding to promotions and deals from retailers that started in October," Adobe said.

A view of the Afterpay register during Revolve's New York Fashion Week pop-up at Hudson Yards on September 09, 2021 in New York City.Buy-now-pay-later usage surged 

Buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) services like Klarna and Afterpay have been on the rise, and in recent months several major retailers have opted to integrate the option into point-of-sales both in-store and online.

Thanks in part to its newfound ubiquity, BNPL usage is on the rise this holiday season: Accordng to Adobe, total BNPL spending and volume of orders in November is up 422% and 438%, respectively, from 2019 levels. 

Smartphone browsing is on the rise

Mobile shopping comprised 44.4% of online sales on Black Friday, an increase of 10.6% year-over-year, according to Adobe.  However, a majority of consumers prefer to browse deals on their phone before making purchases on desktop, with smartphone visits accounting for 62.2% share compared to desktop, an increase of 2.2% from 2020, the data shows.

Curbside pickup is still thriving

While some pandemic-era shopping habits have fallen away, one remains popular — curbside pickup. According to Adobe, curbside services were used in 20% of all online orders placed on Black Friday. For the month of November, curbside services were up 78% from pre-pandemic levels in 2019.


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