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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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BitTorrent survey finds users are likely to pay for media

BitTorrent survey finds users are likely to pay for media

While there have been plenty of arguments on both sides over the years, a recent survey by BitTorrent Inc. puts some real numbers to just how likely pirates are to actually pay for music and movies. The number of respondents is a little low to paint a general picture of all torrent users, but at least there's evidence that not everyone is a freeloader.

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BitTorrent Bleep gets basic offline messaging

BitTorrent Bleep gets basic offline messaging

BitTorrent's secure work-in-progress messaging service Bleep has taken its first step toward offline messaging, the company has announced. Formerly known as BitTorrent Chat, Bleep is a peer-to-peer messaging app that promises to keep one's messages safe from prying eyes, something that in itself made offering offline messaging problematic. Though that issue hasn't been fully resolved, BitTorrent has taken a "basic" step toward offering it by allowing users to send offline messages...with one catch.

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BitTorrent Sync Beta Review: we’re ready for 2.0

BitTorrent Sync Beta Review: we’re ready for 2.0

The basic premise for BitTorrent Sync is sound: send a folder to a friend or colleague from your device to theirs in as simple a fashion as possible. You can keep that connection open indefinitely, or your can close it after a short period of time. It doesn't rely on cloud servers to do the work, it relies on your computer and the computer you're sharing with. Next year, BitTorrent will be releasing Sync 2.0 and a Pro edition for those users that wish to roll with premium features.

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BitTorrent Paygate swings open for premium content bundles

BitTorrent Paygate swings open for premium content bundles

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file distribution network that has a reputation as a place where people go to share files illegally. The people behind BitTorrent are trying to change that and are doing so by trying to lure artists to a new paygate premium service that will give artists the lion's share of profits from the content they sell.

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BitTorrent downloads of Thom Yorke’s Bundle exceed 1mil

BitTorrent downloads of Thom Yorke’s Bundle exceed 1mil

This past summer, BitTorrent revealed its Bundle paygate, and last month Radiohead's Thom Yorke used that platform to launch his new album Tomorrow's Modern Boxes. This was a notable milestone, being the first paygated torrent to launch, and now a mere week later, more than 1,000,000 downloads have happened.

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Radiohead frontman’s album is first paygated torrent in history

Radiohead frontman’s album is first paygated torrent in history

So you’ve got Radiohead, then you’ve got their frontman Thom Yorke. Then you’ve got a new album called Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes made by Thom Yorke, a project he’s releasing in collaboration with BitTorrent. This is the first paygated torrent in the history of the world and this album is the first solo release from Yorke in 8 years.

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BitTorrent Bleep public Alpha now on Windows, Mac, Android

BitTorrent Bleep public Alpha now on Windows, Mac, Android

After a brief limited alpha testing period that started in July, BitTorrent is ready to give the public an appetizer of its decentralized, peer-to-peer messaging system. With BitTorrent Bleep, you can keep on talking to your friends and family without fear of being snooped on or having your private information harvested.

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BitTorrent Bleep “bleeps out” your chats from prying eyes

BitTorrent Bleep “bleeps out” your chats from prying eyes

BitTorrent, the company, will perhaps forever be remembered for creating bittorrent, the file sharing protocol. However, the concept of a serverless system of sending packets to and fro the Internet isn't just useful for downloading large videos and files, legally acquired or otherwise. It can also be used to ensure secure and private communication lines, as Bleep, BitTorrent's latest product, tries to demonstrate.

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Popcorn Time refuses to quit, adds AirPlay support

Popcorn Time refuses to quit, adds AirPlay support

A service that is being called "Hollywood's Worst Nightmare" is back with another update and its biting back at the powers that be. It has added support for Apple's AirPlay streaming protocol so that not only will users be able to watch streaming torrents on their iOS devices, they can also redirect those to, say, an Apple TV for the ultimate viewing experience.

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BitTorrent reveals Bundle paygates: a bid to fund content creation

BitTorrent reveals Bundle paygates: a bid to fund content creation

BitTorrent is expanding upon its Bundle efforts with "paygates", a newly announced paywall that will give creators the option to charge for their digital wares. To fuel this, Rapid Eye Studios will launch an original series on Bundle called Children of the Machine, which it hopes to fund solely through Bundle.

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Netgear first to support BitTorrent Sync on NAS

Netgear first to support BitTorrent Sync on NAS

BitTorrent Sync is a feature that was announced a while back that is designed to be a cloud-like storage device that lets the user sync files across multiple devices. These files don’t have a home on the web like most cloud storage services, rather the files are shared across all your devices. BitTorrent has announced a new twist for BitTorrent Sync.

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