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BitTorrent’s Project Maelstrom web browser gets beta release

BitTorrent’s Project Maelstrom web browser gets beta release

In the game of desktop web browsers these days, you have to be different to hope to stand a chance against the big guys. And that's exactly what BitTorrent is attempting with their browser software, dubbed Project Maelstrom. What makes it different? Instead of getting data from centralized servers, websites can be delivered via peer-to-peer connections, just like how that new Hollywood movie gets passed around so quickly. While the browser was in alpha only a few months ago, a beta is now available to download for Windows PC users.

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Popcorn Time iOS installer brings torrent streaming to iPhones

Popcorn Time iOS installer brings torrent streaming to iPhones

Popcorn Time, nicknamed "the Netflix of piracy" started as a website that lets you browse and stream torrents of pirated movies on your desktop computer. It's layout is so easy to navigate that you might forget that you're doing something illegal by using it. Although you won't find an app for it in the iTunes store, people have been finding a way to access the service through jailbreaking their phones. Now instead of having to use a complicated work around to stream on your iPhone, you can use their installer for easy access to a library of content that is practically 100% illegal.

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Doctor Who official BitTorrent Bundles released by BBC

Doctor Who official BitTorrent Bundles released by BBC

While BitTorrent has become nearly synonymous with downloads of free, pirated content, that isn't always the case, as every once in a while the peer-to-peer sharing platform is used as the official distribution method for music and video. Thanks to a team-up between the BBC and BitTorrent, this is one of those rare times, as the popular, long-running TV series Doctor Who is now making its way to the platform in an official way. The British TV network is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the show's relaunch by making two bundles available, including one for free.

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uTorrent’s newest update bundles mining software

uTorrent’s newest update bundles mining software

uTorrent irked some users when it introduced advertisements, but in this ad-filled world many are willing to overlook that. What has proven far less popular is the inclusion of a cryptocurrency miner, which has recently been a source of complaints from users -- some of whom are claiming it was installed without their consent. When installed, the mining software uses the computer's resources, putting the processor under a heavy load and bogging down the user's computer. Presently the uTorrent forums are offline.

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BitTorrent Sync 2.0 arrives: sharing sans the cloud

BitTorrent Sync 2.0 arrives: sharing sans the cloud

We've been waiting for BitTorrent Sync 2.0, and now it is finally here. Sync has already gone through alpha and beta testing (we've previously detailed the service), and it is now ready to go big with a finalized product -- that final product is BitTorrent Sync 2.0, the foundation of which stays the same as we've seen in the previous iterations. Joining that core functionality will be some new offerings, including improvements to the user interface and better security and ease of use.

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Tumblr begins filtering ‘torrent’ searches, tags

Tumblr begins filtering ‘torrent’ searches, tags

Since Yahoo acquired Tumblr, they have been cautious to make changes, if any, to the social network. However, it appears there have been a few adjustments recently to the censorship or filtering of tags searches. But it's not related to adult content, something that many users fond of the site feared would change when Yahoo took over, rather it's mentions of the word "torrent." This could be related to a new initiative to fight piracy, but any searches for "torrent" will come up blank, both for public and logged in users.

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BitTorrent Originals TV shows inbound from Rapid Eye Studios

BitTorrent Originals TV shows inbound from Rapid Eye Studios

Netflix isn't the only company looking to produce original television shows for an increasingly digital audience. Yesterday BitTorrent announced that it has partnered with Rapid Eye Studios, and that together they will be launching new BitTorrent Originals via its BitTorrent Bundle platform. The original TV content will be first available exclusively through BitTorrent Bundles, later opening up to other distribution options, including things like DVDs and other services. This follows BitTorrent Bundle's unveiling back in 2014, and opens another avenue to content creators.

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The Interview download includes Android hacker attack

The Interview download includes Android hacker attack

Several weeks ago Sony Pictures was hacked by a group that claimed to have done so that The Interview would not be released. Once it was clear that the film WAS still going to be released as normal, they issued further threat that anyone who saw the film would be in danger of physical attack. Most recently there's been a hack embedded within a torrent - that's an illegal download, in this case, and it's hitting Android users in South Korea specifically.

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‘The Interview’ racks up 1.5M illegal downloads in only 2 days

‘The Interview’ racks up 1.5M illegal downloads in only 2 days

Like any major movie release these days, it wasn't long after controversial comedy The Interview became available to watch, in this case via streaming or download from sources including Google, Microsoft, and YouTube, that it started showing on illegal file-sharing sites. But due to the media frenzy surrounding the movie's release over the past month, with the Sony hacking and threats from North Korea, followed by theater showings cancelled around the country, The Interview has become the top download on a number of torrent sites in record time.

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