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For an already jittery community worried about price drops and regulation, following bitcoin news on April 1st is a special kind of waking nightmare. With few truly reliable news sources, and many meaningful stories breaking through obscure sites, forums and Reddit posts, knowing what to believe on April Fool’s Day is almost impossible. Of course, some gags are better than others. Here’s a roundup of some of the best fakes stories posted today.

CoinDesk: CEO of Bitcoin Officially Bans China — “Following rumours of China’s plans to ban bank transfers to bitcoin exchanges, the CEO of Bitcoin™ has decided to ban China. … The decision was unanimously approved by Bitcoin’s shareholders, the Bitcoin Board of Directors, HaCkerz4BITZ and the Bitcoin Steering Board.”

Zappos: “In a surprise turn of events, Zappos.com, the company known for delivering WOW through service, announced all returns would be refunded back to customers in the form of bitcoin. … CEO Tony Hsieh broke the news in front of the company’s Customer Loyalty Team to silence and a few coughs. One employee jumped up in excitement, realizing his digital currency would finally prove to be valuable and not just a hobby as his mom told the neighbors.”

CoinFront: Leah McGrath Goodman: “I Am Satoshi Nakamoto”: In a shocking turn of events, journalist Leah McGrath Goodman has admitted she is Satoshi Nakamoto. … “I just can’t keep it secret any longer,” she told The CoinFront in an exclusive interview. “My identity was close to being discovered, and I wrote the piece on Dorian to take some of the heat off me. But it didn’t work, and now the only way to protect myself is to come clean and tell the world.”

These are the fun ones, but others may be less obvious. Keep a sharp eye on any news you read today.

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