TorrentFreak: ‘Academic’ Torrent Client Hopes to Shake up the Entertainment Industry

TorrentFreak: ‘Academic’ Torrent Client Hopes to Shake up the Entertainment Industry. “Researchers at Delft University of Technology have secured another €3.3 million in funding for academic research into the ‘Internet-of-Trust’. The money will in large part be used to continue development on the Tribler BitTorrent client. Professor Johan Pouwelse, who leads the Tribler lab, hopes that the software and underlying technology will shake up the entertainment industry by shifting the balance of power.”

BetaNews: BitTorrent Inc announces BitTorrent Live, a social streaming platform that’s not based on BitTorrent

BetaNews: BitTorrent Inc announces BitTorrent Live, a social streaming platform that’s not based on BitTorrent. “BitTorrent Inc has announced plans to launch a new social media platform for live streaming. It will be called BitTorrent Live and — at least initially — it will be centralized rather than decentralized, meaning that it is not based on the BitTorrent protocol or other P2P technology.”

TorrentFreak: BitTorrent Launches uTorrent Web’s First Full Release

TorrentFreak: BitTorrent Launches uTorrent Web’s First Full Release. “BitTorrent Inc. has been in the news a lot this summer after it was acquired by the Tron cryptocurrency. However, regular development continues, with the company just announcing the first full release of uTorrent Web. The new in-browser client aims to simplify the torrenting experience and fully supports streaming.”

Variety: BitTorrent Sells to Blockchain Entrepreneur Justin Sun

Variety: BitTorrent Sells to Blockchain Entrepreneur Justin Sun. “File-sharing pioneer BitTorrent Inc. has been sold to Justin Sun, a blockchain entrepreneur best known for the Tron platform and its TRX cryptocurrency. The acquisition closed last week and staff has been notified of the deal, Variety has learned. Company representatives and Sun didn’t respond to repeated requests for comment.”

Ars Technica: uTorrent bugs let websites control your computer and steal your downloads

Ars Technica: uTorrent bugs let websites control your computer and steal your downloads. “Two versions of uTorrent, one of the Internet’s most widely used BitTorrent apps, are vulnerable to a host of easy-to-exploit vulnerabilities that allow attackers to execute code, access downloaded files, and snoop on download histories, a Google Project Zero researcher said. uTorrent developers are in the process of rolling out fixes for both the uTorrent desktop app for Windows and the newer uTorrent Web product.”

BitTorrent users beware: Flaw lets hackers control your computer (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: BitTorrent users beware: Flaw lets hackers control your computer . “There’s a critical weakness in the widely used Transmission BitTorrent app that allows websites to execute malicious code on some users’ computers. That’s according to a researcher with Google’s Project Zero vulnerability reporting team, who also warns that other BitTorrent clients are likely similarly susceptible.”

TorrentFreak: Torrents Help Researchers Worldwide to Study Babies’ Brains

The next time someone tells you that torrents are just for pirating, bust out this article from TorrentFreak: Torrents Help Researchers Worldwide to Study Babies’ Brains. “Researchers from three leading British institutions are using BitTorrent to share over 150 GB of unique high-resolution brain scans of unborn babies with colleagues worldwide. Using the popular file-sharing protocol is a ‘no-brainer,’ according to a Research Associate, who says that dealing with people’s misconceptions toward torrents was one of the biggest challenges.”

TorrentFreak: U.S. Homeland Security ‘Harbors’ BitTorrent Pirates

From TorrentFreak: U.S. Homeland Security ‘Harbors’ BitTorrent Pirates. “Due to the public nature of BitTorrent transfers, it’s easy to see what people behind a certain IP-address are downloading. Last month we reported about a new website that puts this information on public display. According to its operators, this information can help rightholders and law enforcement to track down pirates. In response, we decided to do some field work to see if downloads are also linked to more unusual locations, and the answer is YES.”

BitTorrent Rolls Out an App For Legal Material Only

BitTorrent is working hard to make the torrent format more legit. (Of course it’s just a format; the problem is it is known mostly for illegal/pirated material.) “On Thursday the company took one more step forward, rolling out a smartphone app that gives users access only to legal content, not the pirated copies of ‘Game of Thrones’ and other videos that illegal downloaders gravitate to. It also offered ad-supported streaming as an option to go along with free and fee-based downloads.”

BitTorrent Launching a News Network

Interesting: BitTorrent is going to launch a news network. ‘Whereas OTT News was “a test case’ for live streaming, BitTorrent News looks to be a legitimate grassroots competitor to cable news, albeit without the nonstop, 24/7 coverage of CNN or MSNBC. According to the job listing, the network will stay focused on breaking news events like ‘political campaigns, sporting events, tech and cultural events.’”