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Acquiring Bitcoin: Making A Peer-to-Peer Trade Step-By-Step

Posted on March 10th, 2017.

If you’re new to trading Bitcoin, or having Bitcoin, there is one thing you need to understand right off the bat. Imagine that Bitcoin is cash, and that you are constantly holding it in plain view, and most of the places you can spend this cash can disappear overnight. This is to say, in Bitcoin the risk of a scam is high. In...

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P2P

Spanish Government Nabs eBook Uploader Who Allegedly Pirated Over 11,000 Books

Posted on October 20th, 2016.

Officials at the Spanish Ministry of the Interior say they have arrested a Valencia man who is accused of having uploaded over 11,000 eBook titles – often on the same day of their official release – and causing over €400,000 in economic damage. This figure is, however, based on the number of alleged downloads that took place of the...

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Opinion

The War On File Sharing is the New War On Drugs

Posted on July 26th, 2016.

“It’s called stealing or piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn’t immoral — it’s a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.” — Aaron Swartz Federal authorities recently arrested the...

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Entertainment

KickassTorrents Domains Seized, Alleged Owner Arrested

Posted on July 21st, 2016.

 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. Artem Vaulin, a 30-year-old Ukrainian national and the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, the largest torrent website in the world was arrested in...

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Entertainment

Popcorn Time Is Still Going Strong despite Netflix’s Global Expansion

Posted on January 19th, 2016.

Movie- and TV shows-streaming platform Popcorn Time is still being used as a go-to viewing resource for users around the world. An MPAA-led takedown ensured that headlines were made of the demise of PopcornTime and its streaming resource YTS. YIFY, the group behind YTS was declared to be shut down permanently. An unnamed individual in a...

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Entertainment

Popcorn Time Is Still Running, via Its Community Edition and a Breakaway Fork

Posted on December 30th, 2015.

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. 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...

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Breaches

Report: BitTorrent Malware Risks Call For Better Security Measures

Posted on December 19th, 2015.

Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing has become a popular past time, but malware in some files can make downloading games and applications very dangerous to organizations in all types of  industries when the content is downloaded on employers’ networks. A report recently released by BitSight Technologies, a Cambridge, Mass.-based...

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P2P

Copyright Sleuths May Be Targeting Universities

Posted on December 5th, 2015.

The growth of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks has enabled music and entertainment lovers to download content more easily. It has also created a windfall for copyright infringement lawsuits, with much of the activity focused on college students. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, a copyright owner is...

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Entertainment

MPAA Claims Victory, YIFY Operator Reaches Settlement

Posted on November 7th, 2015.

In a final nail to the coffin of a piracy icon, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) – backed by every major Hollywood Studio has declared a comprehensive victory in shutting down torrent release group YIFY and its website YTS. A joint operation between the MPAA and the group’s ‘international associates’ has resulted in the...

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Entertainment

Popular Torrent Release Group YIFY Is Dead

Posted on November 1st, 2015.

The torrenting landscape undergoes a seismic change as YIFY, a prominent movie-torrents release group goes offline forever. Following outages and the eventual demise of the wildly popular PopcornTime.io fork last week, its movie supplier-YIFY and its website YTS have also shut down permanently, according to trusted sources close to...

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Decentralization

Kim Dotcom Talks about Meganet, His Blockchain-Based P2P Internet

Posted on October 30th, 2015.

Antihero and all-around Hollywood foe Kim Dotcom has revealed his vision for a new, evolved and more secure internet with MegaNet. Despite subtle hints teasing a new project where he proclaimed “…a new internet that can’t be controlled, censored or destroyed by Governments or Corporations with MegaNet,” Kim Dotcom hadn’t revealed much of...

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Business

Flywheel Helps Cabs in War Against Uber

Posted on October 30th, 2015.

Much of the argument in favor of Uber, when not indulging in disgusting tirades against people earning tips as part of their living, has to do with the ease of use that Uber provides by comparison to taxi companies. The user is not required to talk to anyone on the phone, can pay easily by credit card (which is also the case in major...

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Entertainment

Popcorn Time.io May Be Dead, but Alternatives Are Already Around

Posted on October 25th, 2015.

Popcorn Time has had its run in with problems in the form of developers quitting, its video resource (YTS or YIFY) suffering downtimes and inevitably, the well-funded MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) hounding the movie and TV-show streaming platform. Most significant of all, the popular website PopcornTime.io is now dead....

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Entertainment

Popcorn Time and Resource YTS Suffer Total Outages

Posted on October 21st, 2015.

Popular movie- and tv-streaming website Popcorn Time and its social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter are nowhere to be found. So too is YTS.to, the resource from which Popcorn Time streams its content for millions of users around the world. Speculation is rife that the MPAA may be behind the comprehensive takedown. Popcorn Time, a...

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Decentralization

First Steps Toward Implementing Distributed Permanent Web With IPFS

Posted on September 10th, 2015.

According to Neocities Founder Kyle Drake and Brewster Kahle, a programmer and Internet entrepreneur known for founding the Internet Archive, the Internet Credit Union, Alexa, and the early supercomputer company Thinking Machines, HTTP is obsolete. It’s time for a distributed, permanent web based on IPFS.

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Interviews

P2P E-Commerce Network: OpenBazaar CEO Gives Talk To Packed House In San Diego

Posted on July 21st, 2015.

In North Park, a hip and central bedroom community of San Diego, local businesses Airbitz and CoinStructive hosted an evening of craft beer and Bitcoin discussion at Union Cowork last week. Founder of OpenBazaar, Brian Hoffman, who comes from San Diego but lives in Washington D.C., held an hour-long speech about the state of his company....

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Artificial Intelligence

Tesla and Uber – When Disruptive Technical and Social Innovations Collide

Posted on July 9th, 2015.

Tesla and Uber are two companies at the forefront of disruptive technical and social innovation. Their businesses may come together in disruptive synergy bigger than the sum of its parts, which will revolutionize whole industries.

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Business

uTorrent Bundles Bloatware on an “Epic Scale”

Posted on March 10th, 2015.

µTorrent (often spelled uTorrent) is one of the most popular BitTorrent clients in the world. Available on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android, uTorrent was designed to be a lightweight torrenting client that would rival more resource-intensive programs like Vuze and BitComet.

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Decentralization

BitTorrent’s Project Maelstrom Will Protect The Free Internet With Reverse DDoS

Posted on February 5th, 2015.

The Pirate Bay is back online, but its recent take-down shows that there is an urgent need of a new, more resilient, decentralized and distributed Internet infrastructures and software platforms. In December, we reported that BitTorrent is testing a P2P web browser called Project Maelstrom, based on BitTorrent technology. Project...

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Decentralization

The Pirate Bay Is Back Online

Posted on February 1st, 2015.

The Pirate Bay is back online after almost two months of downtime. The popular BitTorrent site was raided by the Swedish police in December and taken offline. Following a period of complete unavailability, the site was resurrected in December, with an image of a phoenix replacing its standard pirate-ship logo, and a timer indicating that...