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Whispers Emerge Of A Torrent-Free Future

Closing up parts of the BitTorrent protocol may have been a necessary business decision by Bram Cohen and company, but it’s motivated the people behind The Pirate Bay to start working on a new protocol to replace torrents.

Comcast Impersonates China and Gnutella, Too

Some of the uproar last week was regarding Comcast’s blocking of BitTorrent traffic, a move that, by itself raised concerns about the power over content and packets the cable company was usurping. Over the weekend it came to light that Comcast not only blocked BitTorrent, but also Gnutella and Lotus Notes.

Porn Picks Bone With Torrents
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It’s hard to have sympathy for a dirty, exploitative medium when the producers of it cry foul over piracy – after all dirty is as dirty does, and karma can be your friend or your enemy. But at the same time, copyrights are copyrights and are intended to protect the truly artful from thieves as much as they protect the scummy.

Proof of Concept Gives Comcast Headaches
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In the Net Neutrality debate, the last thing phone and cable companies want is a proof of concept. In fact, as one FCC commissioner has noted, avoiding these proofs is what has kept them on relatively good behavior recently. So, it was bad news when torrent users accused Comcast of degrading and blocking torrents over the weekend.

Malware in Advertising

One of the more interesting attacks or hacks coming out the hacker’s world is the idea of malware embedded in advertising.

Lara Croft Gets View-Throughs, Not Click-Throughs

Broadband video advertising company YuMe Networks just got its Lara Croft in your p2p, or got its p2p into…this sentence can’t finish well. Let me try again. YuMe Networks is allowing marketers to insert dynamic video advertising directly into downloadable content on the BitTorrent Entertainment Network. 

That’s what I get for trying to be cute.

The company says the new program is the first of its kind, offering customized and targeted downloaded or streamed content, displayable on any digital content player.

BitTorrent Now Legal

BitTorrent announced today the launch of the BitTorrent Entertainment Network, featuring an extensive library of downloadable digital entertainment content from 20th Century Fox, Lions Gate, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. And MGM. Users will be able to rent movies, buy TV shows, music videos and publish their own content.

First HD-DVD On BitTorrent, MPAA Trembles

The first HD-DVD movie has finally found its way into the hallowed halls of BitTorrent. The move could be the first small pebble that starts an avalanche of HD-DVD content to be ripped, released, and scorned by the MPAA as a bane to civilization itself.

Does Web 2.0 Support Net Neutrality?

Sitting at the Vloggercon show again, and I came to hear on the panel on Net Neutrality – an area that really does interest me, mainly because of the deafening silence in the Web 2.0 community. Huge silence.

BitTorrent, Warner Bros In Summer Of Love

The file sharing BitTorrent system landed its first major Hollywood studio customer, as Warner Bros agreed to distribute movies and TV programs using BitTorrent’s technology.

BitTorrent More than Just a Tool for Pirates

I was listening to Dave Slusher’s Evil Genius Chronicles yesterday; if memory serves, Slusher’s was the very first podcast I ever listened to, back around October 2004.

Torrentspy To MPAA: Go Sue Google

In a nineteen-page response to a lawsuit filed by the MPAA and the major Hollywood studios, Torrentspy suggested in the motion to dismiss that the plaintiffs may as well sue Google for infringement.

Amazon Selling Simple Storage Service

The online retailer has added a new service for users: a low-cost virtual closet where people can put in and take out their data online, and pay for just what they store and transfer.

BitTorrent Deals SXSW Music, Film Trailers

The forthcoming South by Southwest music and film conferences will deliver music compilations and movie trailers using BitTorrent’s P2P technology.

Opera Integrates BitTorrent in Upcoming Browser

Oslo-based Opera Software today announced that it has teamed with BitTorrent Inc. to include the BitTorrent(TM) protocol in the upcoming version of the Opera Web browser.

Opera Seeding New Browser With BitTorrent

The Opera 9 Technology Preview 2 will integrate support for the BitTorrent protocol and should be available soon for testing.

BitTorrent And MPAA Find Common Ground

The creator of the high-speed file sharing application has linked up with Hollywood studios in an effort to clamp down on movie piracy and promote a way for film distributors to get their wares to users online.

Hong Kong Snares BitTorrent Sharer

A movie pirate who misused BitTorrent software to share stolen films was convicted by a Hong Kong court for his actions.

VC Thinks BitTorrent Is A Doll

The file-sharing software company has raised $8.75 million in a funding round from Doll Capital Management.

P2P Shifting Away From BitTorrent

Services like eDonkey have picked up the load for file sharers as a result of law enforcement action against illegal “tracker” sites.