were you looking at the first, second, or third log release? The first one was the smallest of the three, but they keep releasing larger sets when demanded to by the press.
no. I explained why it was so “interesting” that they were doing that search, it is explained in the article and is not as “interesting” as you implied. it is rather ho hum.
yes. the article lists the researchers who analyzed the data.
of course, whether or not this is worth looking into further or not won’t be determined by any of those things, so i’m not sure the point of pulling those threads.