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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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YouTube Audio Library brings royalty-free downloadable tunes to public

YouTube Audio Library brings royalty-free downloadable tunes to public

The key to Open Source and Royalty-Free and Public Domain media is collaboration, and the furtherance of humankind by using what our predecessors have made and building up and outward. YouTube has taken to this call to action with great enthusiasm this week with the YouTube Audio Library, supporting the likes of burgeoning artists and ancient artists alike with a collection of freely-downloadable music they suggest could - and should - be used as backbeats for future YouTube submissions. They've made it all so easy, that is to say.

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BitTorrent expanding publishing project beyond Madonna

BitTorrent expanding publishing project beyond Madonna

We got a first look at the BitTorrent Bundle back in May when it was introduced as a new file format for content creators. Basically, this Bundle will allow those creators to package several items together for free with additional items being available for those who move forward and unlock it. We recently got a look at a BitTorrent Bundle in action when Madonna offered the secretprojectrevolution Bundle.

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Image Comics becomes first US publisher offering DRM-free downloads

Image Comics becomes first US publisher offering DRM-free downloads

Anyone who enjoys comics and prefers to go the digital route knows the frustrating aspect of not actually owning the material. Though the price for online copies of various comics is often equal to the price of a paper copy, DRM has been a staple of major US publishers as a way to mitigate what is expected to be rampant piracy when the restrictions are removed. Image Comics has eschewed this convention, however, announcing that it will allow a digital comic purchase to be downloaded.

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Google confirms over 900 million Android activations, 48bn app installs

Google confirms over 900 million Android activations, 48bn app installs

Today we've just officially kicked off Google I/O, and to start things off Google's own Sundar Pichai is on the stage talking about the past, the future, personal computing and more. And right out of the gate we're already getting to the good stuff. Talking Android, Chrome, numbers and of course Android. Today Google is proud to announce that they've nearly reached the 1 billion mark.

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BitTorrent introduces new file format for content creators

BitTorrent introduces new file format for content creators

BitTorrent has been moving its way up in the world as far as introducing new features and services, and today's announcement goes right along with that. The company announced a new file format called Bundle, which will allow content creators to require users to pay or register an account before downloading the torrent.

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Comcast upgrades speeds for Xfinity Internet Performance users for free

Comcast upgrades speeds for Xfinity Internet Performance users for free

For those of you who are currently subscribed to Comcast's Performance Xfinity Internet speed plans, you're in for a treat. Comcast has decided to upgrade your data speeds at no added cost. Your download speeds will be increased from 15Mbps to 25Mbps, and your upload speeds will be increased from 2Mbps to 5Mbps. Comcast is upgrading its data speeds because it knows that there is a growing trend of consumers using more than one wireless device in their homes to access the internet.

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Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon: the one April Fool we wish wasn’t

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon: the one April Fool we wish wasn’t

If there's one single joke we've seen today that's so radical and excellent that we'd rather see the real product than laugh at the trick, it's the DLC for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. In an effort to bring us back to the 1990's, a magical time when .gif images were used as webpage decorations, the folks behind this fantastic webspace have created a site, a teaser video, and more pixelated greatness than you can shake a joystick at - enter the Blood Dragon!

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Megaupload shutdown increased legal movie downloads, according to study

Megaupload shutdown increased legal movie downloads, according to study

What once was a haven for illegal downloading is now just an afterthought. After the shutdown of Megaupload last year, it seems users are starting to resort to legal downloading means, according to a study from Carnegie Mellon University. The study suggests that studios saw a boost in digital movie and music sales since the shutdown.

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Pirate Bay flees to North Korea for freedom’s sake

Pirate Bay flees to North Korea for freedom’s sake

It looks like The Pirate Bay has set sail for another country, and a country none of us would have expected. North Korea has taken The Pirate Bay in, and has even offered it virtual asylum. It was only last week when The Pirate Bay was forced from its home in Sweden due to the threats the Swedish Pirate Party received from a local anti-piracy group. TPB was then provided shelter in both Norway and Spain.

UPDATE: Courtesy of The Pirate Bay itself, this news announcement was a complete hoax. Have a peek at the real story in our March 5th report.

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The Pirate Bay forced from Sweden, heads for Norway and Spain

The Pirate Bay forced from Sweden, heads for Norway and Spain

Due to a slew of threats from a local anti-piracy group, Sweden's Pirate Party had to let go of The Pirate Bay. The local anti-piracy group, Rights Alliance, told the Swedish Pirate Party that if they continued to work with The Pirate Bay beyond today, they would be faced with legal action. What makes the Right Alliance more scary than they seem is that they are backed by large movie and music companies throughout the entire world.

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Weekend Watching: TPB AFK “Pirate Bay Documentary” download live!

Weekend Watching: TPB AFK “Pirate Bay Documentary” download live!

This weekend the documentary TPB AFK has gone live: start to finish a free download, entirely appropriate given the subject matter. This documentary covers none other than the rise and current operation of The Pirate Bay, the world's most popular online file-sharing service. This documentary has been four years in the making and makes its mark right at the outset as the first film ever to be premiered at a major motion picture festival and offered as a digital download at the same time - and again, it's totally free.

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