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BitTorrent app FrostWire bakes Bitcoin into downloads

BitTorrent app FrostWire bakes Bitcoin into downloads

BitTorrent and cloud downloader app FrostWire has become the first open source torrent app to tie the distributed download system with Bitcoin, using the Canadian band 'Aint No Love' as the hook. The service provider has just debuted its in-client Bitcoin tipping feature, allowing fans to pay the band what they think its music is worth.

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Italian government cracks down on piracy with block order

Italian government cracks down on piracy with block order

Italy is cracking down on piracy in a mass shutdown of websites -- in the form of blocking at the Internet service provider level -- that are related in some way to file sharing. The move will see 46 sites blocked to Internet goers in the nation, perhaps the largest move of this nature to happen in Italy.

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Judge rules IP address alone not enough to prove piracy

Judge rules IP address alone not enough to prove piracy

In a ruling that some have called yet another nail in the coffin, a federal judge dismissed a case against one of the defendants in a mass BitTorrent lawsuit. According to him, the IP address being used by the plaintiff as its sole evidence is not enough to prove criminal liability in the act of piracy.

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DissidentX from BitTorrent creator hides messages inside other messages

DissidentX from BitTorrent creator hides messages inside other messages

Recent events in the US and elsewhere have given rise to renewed and more mainstream interest in cryptography. But while the more popular methods are slowly proving to be inadequate, a stronger option might soon be available in the form of DissidentX, a software made by Bram Cohen, more popular for having created the BitTorrent file sharing protocol.

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Ubuntu to add Torrent search to The Dash

Ubuntu to add Torrent search to The Dash

Ubuntu will be including a default new scope with the aim of encouraging its philosophy of Free Culture directly into the user experience via the search engine of the OS. It will allow The Pirate Bay users to perform BitTorrent searches directly from the desktop.

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Torrents surge in 2013 despite anti-piracy push

Torrents surge in 2013 despite anti-piracy push

Torrents increased by 50-percent over the past year, as internet users uploaded rising amounts of content - much of it copyrighted - despite attempts by content owners to lock down access to high profile sites like The Pirate Bay. In fact, the site now lists more than 2.8m files, TorrentFreak points out, predominantly video, and with uploads rising by half in 2013 and doubling compared to two years ago.

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Game of Thrones tipped as the most pirated show of 2013

Game of Thrones tipped as the most pirated show of 2013

The end of 2013 is nearly here with only a handful of days left before we ring in the new year. As we all know, the downloading of TV shows from various websites online is a common and rampant practice. The list of the year's most pirated TV shows has been published and a familiar name sits atop the list as the most pirated show of 2013.

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Iron Maiden using piracy to target concert tour with great success

Iron Maiden using piracy to target concert tour with great success

It would appear that bands that have gotten over the madness hump that is the realization that their music is being pirated have begun taking advantage of that fact. One perfect example is Iron Maiden, a band that this week has revealed that they take the data they’ve gathered on where their music is being pirated, and instead of taking the massive time and resources involved in persecution to punish these areas, they’ve aimed their concert series directly for them.

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AT&T patents anti-piracy measures to “protect” file sharers from selves

AT&T patents anti-piracy measures to “protect” file sharers from selves

AT&T has been awarded a patent that would let the company track subscriber browsing behavior, assign them a "reputation score", and then block "high-risk" subscribers from being able to access file-sharing services. The patent is called "Methods, devices and computer program products for regulating network activity using a subscriber scoring system". In other words, the blocking system could rely on tracking software installed on subscriber computers. The patent was spotted by TorrentFreak and relayed by Gigaom.

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BitTorrent traffic on the downswing in the US for the first time

BitTorrent traffic on the downswing in the US for the first time

For the first time, BitTorrent traffic has declined in the United States, a trend that is said to be caused by more available legal alternatives, such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Prime, and similar streaming and digital-download services. On the flip side, torrenting has continued to increase in Europe, and the most likely reason is similar, if unfortunate -- there are less legal means of acquiring content, and so viewers seek illegal copies.

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GTA V PC Torrent strikes unlucky thieves in the wild

GTA V PC Torrent strikes unlucky thieves in the wild

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 is currently in production. There is no final version out in the wild, nor is there a way for you to download this game for the PC in any way at all - it simply does not exist. That fact hasn't stopped a seemingly large amount of unknowledgeable thieves in the wild, though, as several GTA:V torrents have appeared with big downloads: one in particular bringing on some real dangerous heat.

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BitTorrent Chat promises encrypted P2P chat away from NSA prying

BitTorrent Chat promises encrypted P2P chat away from NSA prying

BitTorrent has revealed BitTorrent Chat, its secure take on instant messaging using the peer-to-peer technologies that made it notorious for file-sharing so as to escape the eyes of the NSA. Described as "a pre-Alpha experiment in server-less messaging" the new chat client promises to shuttle conversations across an encrypted, peer-to-peer network rather than routing them through a central server, as iMessage, Skype, and other services currently do.

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