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BitTorrent Live tries to fix live streaming woes with P2P

BitTorrent Live tries to fix live streaming woes with P2P

BitTorrent, or simply "torrent", may now be more easily associated with piracy, but the technology originated from a desire to distribute files, especially large ones, more efficiently, without being beholden to a single server or its limited bandwidth. That need is greater today with the rise of live streaming, which has practically democratized news and event coverage away from media giants. In a similar vein, BitTorrent, the company behind the technology, is announcing BitTorrent Live, a "multichannel, live and linear video streaming platform". In other words, a peer-to-peer live streaming platform.

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Swedish court rules against The Pirate Bay, domains to be seized

Swedish court rules against The Pirate Bay, domains to be seized

The Pirate Bay is a website that I honestly never thought would still be around. If you've somehow never heard of it, the website is used for searching for and downloading torrents. Many of these are for pirated media and programs, hence the name. It's been around since 2003, and has fought many legal battles to keep itself online for the last 13 years. However, it looks like it may have suffered a major blow today.

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Kanye misses the point, seeks legal action against The Pirate Bay

Kanye misses the point, seeks legal action against The Pirate Bay

In case you missed the news earlier this week, Kanye West released a new album. Normally, a new album from a popular artist would create some ripples, but Kanye won't settle for anything less than Tidal waves. And now he's wanting to take on the most notorious of torrent sites.

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BitTorrent comes to iOS, Apple TV in form of streaming news app

BitTorrent comes to iOS, Apple TV in form of streaming news app

If you've been eagerly awaiting BitTorrent to come to Apple TV or your favorite iOS device, your time has come. But if you're expecting it to allow you to watch your favorite pirated media on said devices, your wait continues. OTT News, an app developed in partnership with BitTorrent and using their peer-to-peer technology, is now available for iPhones and iPads, along with Apple's set-top box, and it offers live streaming news focused on the upcoming US election.

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Torrents Time gets cease-and-desist letter from anti-piracy group

Torrents Time gets cease-and-desist letter from anti-piracy group

Just earlier today I was writing about an interesting new way to stream perfectly legal content. Torrents Time is a new plug-in that will allow you to take any (legal and not pirated) torrent, and stream it straight to your browser. That's pretty cool, right? Well, it seems that an anti-piracy group has taken offense to the new startup, and issued a cease-and-desist letter to the founders of Torrents Time.

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Torrents Time is the real successor to Popcorn Time

Torrents Time is the real successor to Popcorn Time

It's 2016, so we can't just pretend like torrenting isn't a thing anymore. We also still can't pretend that it's completely legal to pirate movies and TV shows. So consider this your warning that if you choose to engage in any of the activities listed below, that the consequences are your own. With that said, there's a cool new way to watch ahem perfectly legal videos.

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BitTorrent Bleep update improves offline message security

BitTorrent Bleep update improves offline message security

In addition to its Sync 2.0 service, BitTorrent also has an offline messaging app called Bleep that allows users to, says the company, “chat privately. srsly.” Unlike other messaging apps, Bleep works straight from user-to-user, no in-between cloud storage to be seen. The benefit of this is security — as BitTorrent says, you don’t have to worry about the online data related to your account being hacked as there is no cloud. The security isn’t perfect, however, and so BitTorrent has pushed out an update.

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BitTorrent Sync apps updated with productivity features

BitTorrent Sync apps updated with productivity features

The Bittorrent Sync mobile apps have been updated with features needed for productivity, not just file sharing. Among the changes is the ability to directly edit files and then sync those changes on other devices where the item is stored. There’s also the option to create different file types that are saved straight into the Sync folder for sharing to other devices or users. The changes have arrived for mobile users on multiple platforms as of today.

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BitTorrent Shoot shares media across mobile devices in a snap

BitTorrent Shoot shares media across mobile devices in a snap

BitTorrent has released a new app to share byte-heavy content like long videos and batches of photos between various mobile devices without ever having to make a detour at the cloud. Just like all things BitTorrent, this app is all about preserving your privacy. Content will go directly between mobile devices, bypassing the cloud entirely to keep anything shared beyond the reach of prying eyes (or a police warrant). The interface is incredibly simple. Choose to send files from your mobile device and Shoot creates a convenient QR code, granting recipients access with a quick scan.

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Supergirl pilot leaks online, 6 months before TV debut

Supergirl pilot leaks online, 6 months before TV debut

Those who are fans of the comic book hero Supergirl, and are looking forward to the pilot of the new TV series this fall now have a chance to skip the summer wait. A full six months before it's scheduled to air on CBS this November, the first episode of Supergirl has been leaked to torrent websites. The show will tell the story of 24-year-old alien Kara Zor-El and how she escaped from the planet Krypton, eventually coming to Earth and learning to use her super powers.

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BitTorrent’s P2P chat Bleep keeps your messages secure across platforms

BitTorrent’s P2P chat Bleep keeps your messages secure across platforms

In the age where nothing is ever truly erased from the internet, BitTorrent's decentralized chat platform, Bleep, is a welcome service. BitTorrent's Bleep aims to create messages out of the hands of any third parties by using the same peer-to-peer technology popular for pirating movies and music. Bleep's chat platform doesn't store personal data or chat logs anywhere except on your own local device, which means that all of your messages are safe from prying eyes and the possible long arm of the law.

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BitTorrent confirms layoffs: 40 workers rumored gone

BitTorrent confirms layoffs: 40 workers rumored gone

BitTorrent has been putting a lot of work into growing, and it has seemingly been progressing well with its BitTorrent Originals entertainment effort and BitTorrent Sync, among other things. Sources have cropped up to reveal that things may not be going so well behind closed doors, however, and they claim that yesterday the company laid off “dozens” of employees. The move was said to be in an effort to focus on a smaller bunch of products, and to “streamline business operations”.

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