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Editor’s Update: There is allegedly evidence of malware on a fork that purported to be the official domain of Popcorn Time CE – .tk, as shown here. The link has been removed and updated.

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It’s like the service never went away. Popular movie and tv streaming service Popcorn Time is continuing to run and see development due to the advent of its Community Edition, also known as PopCorn Time CE.

It was inevitable. In a month that usually sees an influx of Oscar-chasing movies timed and primed for the awards season, nearly every prominent and likely Oscar contender has already been leaked on the internet. Screeners are everywhere and these days – they reportedly leak even without timestamps and watermarks.

With just a day remaining in 2015, some believed the age of P2P releases is under more scrutiny than ever, and filesharing would never be the same again. Recently, the MPAA boasted about the takedown of a major piracy icon and torrent release group YIFY along with its website YTS. The announcement was made in the confusion and aftermath of PopcornTime.io going offline, a streaming service that relied on YIFY’s YTS website for streaming content.

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Popcorn Time and its Community Edition

YIFY was proclaimed as dead after a series of significant outages suffered by both PopcornTime and YTS, a consequence of MPAA’s actions that were unbeknownst at the time. Despite the doom and gloom, Popcorntime.io’s official replacement is already finding its wheels amid a sea of knock-offs and wannabes. Popcorn Time CE, on its official domain, claims to be “the official (for now) replacement of the original Popcorn Time that was located on the .io domain.”

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Popcorn Time Community Edition Interface

A note from the developers behind the project reads:

It works nearly the same, but uses different APIs and has some other fixes/changes from this team.

Despite initial troubles and bugs that plague most programs, a numerous community with active developer interaction means that Popcorn Time CE is likely to build from strength to strength.

Alternative Forks

While Popcorn Time’s official fork will remain the original .io branch and its official successors (Popcorn Time CE) with a clean disclosure of source code and more, the most popular alternative fork is Popcorn-time.se, formerly Time4Popcorn.

For some time, Popcorn-time.se has been a major fork to use the “Popcorn Time” name, among many websites that claim to be the real thing.

Speaking to TorrentFreak at a time when Popcorntime.io was still active and thriving, developers behind the software stated:

we warn you that we’re victims of our own success and you should always be careful: The ‘Popcorn Time’ branding is used by a lot of malicious people trying to surf the wave and make a profit.

The official developers team behind Popcorn Time also note that they are not affiliated with the Popcorn-time.se fork in any way.

The .se fork has previously been accused of fielding adware, although that is a claim that does not seem to plague the fork any longer. Still, the last time the source code for the desktop version of the .se fork was updated was on August 21, 2015. Suffice to say, there have been updates and releases for newer versions of since that date, a fact prominently picked upon by supporters of the original .io fork.

Regardless of the controversies, Popcorn-time.se remains to be a popular alternative fork with continued development.

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Popcorn-time.se

Meanwhile, the original team of creators and developers behind Popcorn Time announced a new project titled Butter soon after the permanent outage suffered by Popcorn Time.io. The developers deem butter as “basically your beloved Popcorn Time stripped down of the parts that made people wary.” The binaries are expected to be released soon.

All of the above point to the fact that peer-to-peer technology and file-sharing aren’t going to disappear anytime soon. After aXXo disappeared, out sprung YIFY. The same is certain to happen again, among P2P groups and that’s not even considering scene release groups that are far more meticulous and patient while discreet in their ways. PopcornTime or a service similar as an alternative will always be around.

With just a day remaining in 2015, it bears mentioning that some things, never change.

Notice: If you use Popcorn Time, remember to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) in order to stay anonymous.

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    January 4, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    The Popcorn Time situation is very confusing but you can swing by http://getpopcorntime.org for the latest on how to get Popcorn Time.

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Eidoo Ethereum Wallet Takes Out Full Page Ad in WSJ to Troll J.P. Morgan

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A Swiss-based Ethereum startup has taken out a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal to troll J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, who only last month called cryptocurrency a “fraud.”

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Eidoo took out the ad on Wednesday, the same day it launched its digital currency wallet for users of Ethereum, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap. The company also plans to launch a debit card allowing people to spend ether and bitcoin.

The WSJ ad, which is a clear PR stunt ahead of the company’s launch, reads: “Maybe Jamie will fire you. But, you’ll be free to trade in the crypto-world.”

J.P. executive Jamie Dimon came under fire last month after declaring bitcoin a fraud. It later came to light that the Wall Street bank is trading bitcoin for clients.

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“It’s worse than tulip bulbs. It won’t end well. Someone is going to get killed,” Dimon said at a conference hosted Barclays. “Currencies have legal support. It will blow up.”

Dimon’s criticism was ill timed, and not just because his firm was facilitating cryptocurrency transactions. Well-known figures on Wall Street and beyond are starting to embrac blockchain technology. Chief among them is Goldman Sachs, which recently announced that it i considering a bitcoin trading operation.

Morgan Stanley CEO recently said cryptocurrency is “more than just a fad,” but didn’t disclose any plans to launch a trading operation. Like other banks? Morgan Stanley is exploring the potential of blockchain applications.

Cryptocurrency Market Regains Momentum

After a volatile month of September, the cryptocurrency asset class is once again attracting strong bids. The total market cap for all digital currencies is approaching $155 billion, with bitcoin accounting for more than half the total.

Ethereum briefly traded above $310 before paring gains all the way back down to $300 where it currently sits.

Digital currency wallets like Eidoo have grown in popularity as investors look to safeguard their tokens from cyber breaches.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Wants Augmented and Virtual Reality Tech to “Encourage” Human Contact

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So far, Apple has been the slowest of the big boys to getting an augmented or virtual reality product to market. The company’s iPhone is the single most popular smart phone on the planet and its computer products enjoy relative popularity (in early 2014, they were almost 9% of the market, a quadrupling from turn-of-the-century numbers). On a trip to Tokyo this week, CEO Tim Cook told BuzzFeed that he believes there is “no substitute for human contact. And so you want the technology to encourage that.”

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Cook also said he thinks augmented reality can be “huge.” And if the numbers from the recent phenomenon of Pokémon Go are any indication, he’s absolutely right. Apple’s various platforms add up to a big opportunity, but their phones in particular could pave the way for the company making a serious play in the augmented and virtual reality space.

In many ways, modern humans are already experiencing many of the things previously only dreamed of in science fiction. One can walk down the street and have a video call with someone a thousand miles away. Perhaps the next step on this path will be the spectre of hologram calls. Back in 2013, Skype told the BBC that it was already capable of as much. Apple would certainly make waves if it were the first major platform to make this Star Wars-esque technology an everyday reality.

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Other potential exists on the hologram front. Video entertainment and gaming could reach a whole new level. The Apple TV is one of the less successful ventures the company has ever launched, but the advent of holographic television shows taking place in one’s living room might revive interest.

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Apple has made a number of acquisitions that point in the direction of holographic, augmented, and virtual reality technology. The company which created the original Microsoft Xbox Kinect sensors, PrimeSense, is now owned by Apple, along with Faceshift, who provided real-time motion capturing for Star Wars productions. The two main reasons to acquire a company are either to stop it from competing with you or to make use of its assets, and Apple presently has no major dog in the augmented reality/virtual reality fight. Therefore, it’s safe to assume that somewhere in Cupertino, someone is working on something for the future.

Cook also said that he doesn’t think virtual reality is as “broad-based” as augmented reality. The company has been in meetings with immersive technology companies such as Jaunt, a company which makes films compatible with virtual reality technology. Cook seems most interested in the communication aspect of AR and VR, saying that conversations could be made more productive.

I think that things like these are better when they’re incorporated without becoming a barrier to our talking. You want the technology to amplify it, not to be a barrier.

Perhaps Cook, like many, fears a future of people walking around with helmets, totally immune to their surroundings, and would rather find ways to boost traditional communication and technological capabilities. More of a Google Glass than an Oculus approach to the thing, as it were. In any case, it does seem that virtual reality, augmented reality, and even holographic communications are just around the bend for consumers.

It’s important to remember that just a decade ago, a smart phone in every pocket was hard to imagine, so the rise of these technologies could happen faster than anyone expects. The success of Pokémon Go was only a preview of things to come.

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KickassTorrents Domains Seized, Alleged Owner Arrested

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 The world’s largest torrent website has been seized, with its alleged founder arrested by US authorities, in what is a comprehensive blow to the domain and the wider torrenting community.

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Artem Vaulin, a 30-year-old Ukrainian national and the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, the largest torrent website in the world was arrested in Poland yesterday. The US Government is seeking his extradition.

Following his arrest, US authorities have charged Vaulin with criminal copyright infringement and have seized multiple domain names associated with the website.

The complete list of charges are:

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  • One count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement
  • One count of conspiracy to commit money laundering
  • Two counts of criminal copyright infringement

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R.Caldwell made the announcement, revealing that Vaulin had set up servers in multiple locations around the world and moved his domains several times due to several law enforcement seizures and lawsuits.

He stated:

Vaulin is charged with running today’s most illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials.

The criminal complaint against Vaulin alleges some intriguing numbers behind the world’s most popular torrent website.

  • The website gained over 50 million unique visitors per month.
  • It was also the 69th most frequently visited website on the internet
  • Its net worth is estimated at over $54 million.
  • Its annual advertising revenue was in the range of $12.5 million to $22.3 million.
  • The website operated in nearly 28 languages.

Furthermore, the website was already ordered to be blocked by courts in various countries including the United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark, Belgium and Malaysia, the complaint alleged.

As things stand, KickassTorrents and a number of its domains, all of which can be found in its very own server-status page, are all offline and unreachable.

The arrest and the subsequent takedown is certain to leave a void in the torrent community, as KickassTorrents was even bigger in the popularity stakes than the Pirate Bay.

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