Newsweek Mar-14-14

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the face behind bitcoin

Satoshi Nakamoto stands at the end of his sunbaked driveway looking timorous. And annoyed. He's wearing a rumpled T-shirt, old blue jeans and white gym socks, without shoes, like he has left the house in a hurry. His hair is unkempt, and he has the thousand-mile stare of someone who has gone weeks without sleep. He stands not with defiance, but with the slackness of a person who has waged battle for a long time and now faces a grave loss. Two police officers from the Temple City, Calif., sheriff's department flank him, looking puzzled. “So, what is it you want to ask this man about?” one of them asks me. “He thinks if he talks to you he's going to get into trouble.” “I don't think he's in any trouble,” I say. “I…

15
the zero dark inc.

“What's a burpee?” It's 6 a.m. on a freezing morning in Alexandria, Va., a few miles south of Washington, D.C. A group of electrical engineers, computer scientists and math Ph.D.'s from Seagate Technology, the hard drive manufacturing giant, are gathered around a pile of sandbags, looking nervously at a man dressed in black who's just ordered them to do 100 burpees. These people are among Seagate's top talent - the product engineers, managers, programmers, the folks who figure out how to get more terabytes into our computers. The mystified executive who asked the question is slight, bespectacled; he seems like he would definitely be more comfortable pondering the wiring of a hard drive than the proper execution of a burpee. Whatever that might be. “Who wants to start?” says Mike Hoover with…

4
crimea and punishment

By the time you read this, Russian tanks may have rolled beyond Crimea and deeper into the Ukraine - or Vladimir Putin may have blinked. Either way, Putin's Crimean gamble could prove a fatal mistake, one that may well cost Russia the peace, economic and political stability that stand as chief monument to his decade and a half in power. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the stealth invasion of Crimea as an “incredible act of aggression” and warned that Russia could be expelled from the G8, face economic sanctions, visa bans, asset freezes, and trade isolation. The U.S., Great Britain, France and Canada pulled out of preparations for the G8 summit, scheduled for June. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Russia had “declared war” on Ukraine, and he is right…

3
ten ways the west can punish putin

Kick Russia Out of the G8 Secretary of State John Kerry has said Moscow's Ukraine occupation “puts at question Russia's capacity to be within the G8,” the forum that brings together Russia and the seven largest economies. Kicking Russia out may be the likeliest - and easiest - first step. Russia holds the G8's rotating presidency and hosts the next summit in Sochi in May. As the U.S. and Europe have signaled they will not be there, Putin will face an empty conference hall. Boycott the Sochi Paralympics Putin hoped the Winter Olympics would restore Russia to respectability. After his hostility to homosexuals and his brutal treatment of Pussy Riot, he was lucky to escape angry protests. The U.S. will not send a presidential delegation to the Paralympics, which start on March 7.…

2
two numbers: things went better with bottled water

Coca-Cola is one of the mightiest brands ever created. Known in every corner of the globe, whether in teeming cities or steaming swamps, Coke is the biggest selling soft drink the world has ever seen. But recently the iconic American brand stumbled before a competitor - not Pepsi but Poland Spring. Without a catchy jingle or nary a cute animated polar bear on its side, this lowly bottled water brand outsold Coke by a big margin in the nation's biggest market - the eighth biggest anywhere. In the New York metropolitan area, a region of more than 20 million people spanning New York state, Connecticut and New Jersey, sales of all varieties of Coca-Cola were $374 million versus $507 million for Poland Spring bottled water last year. To hear Poland Spring tell it,…

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how china keeps tabs on tibetan exiles

All the phones started ringing at once, she remembers: Beep-beep, chimes, brrring! About 20 people in a room in San Francisco were getting calls, often, it turned out, from the person sitting right next to them. “Hello?” The room erupted. “Hello? Hello?” Strange voices then came from some of the phones, men with Chinese accents talking nonsense or ordering pizza. Then from out of the phones came the horrifying sound of screams. “It sounded like people being tortured,” recalls Lhadon Tethong, a leading activist for Tibetan independence. She eventually decided the screams were fake, recordings maybe from a horror movie. But for the older people in the room that day in 2008 in San Francisco, those with personal memories of China's brutal repression of Tibet, those screams were a harrowing reminder…