The Block: Arweave aims to make the Internet Archive’s data accessible forever

The Block: Arweave aims to make the Internet Archive’s data accessible forever. “The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of digital content, ranging from websites to music and even software. But this ‘amazing resource’ is also ‘fundamentally centralized,’ says Sam Williams, Arweave’s founder. So, Arweave’s developers are adding torrents — files that can be distributed and accessible via a peer-to-peer network — to Arweave’s ‘next-generation archive.’”

TorrentFreak: Torrent Sites Help Game Developer to Share Free Copy of ‘Death and Taxes’

TorrentFreak: Torrent Sites Help Game Developer to Share Free Copy of ‘Death and Taxes’. “With help from some top torrent sites, Placeholder Gameworks has released a free copy of its new game Death and Taxes. The developer torrent has the same features as the $12.99 Steam release. While there’s no significant effect on sales, developer Oak, who once was a hardcore pirate himself, is convinced that the official torrent will help the game in the long run.”

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.”

TorrentFreak: Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2020

TorrentFreak: Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2020. “What are the most-visited torrent sites at the start of 2020? As we continue a long-standing tradition, we see that The Pirate Bay is in the lead once again, taking turns with YTS. What also stands out is that the list has remained relatively intact, which means that none of the major sites were taken down over the past year.”

TorrentFreak: French Court Orders ISPs to Block Torrent Sites and File-Hosters

TorrentFreak: French Court Orders ISPs to Block Torrent Sites and File-Hosters. “A Paris court has ordered five French Internet providers to block access to thirteen websites that link to pirated content. While pirate site blockades are nothing new, this is the first European court order that targets file-hosting services. The order, which also affects torrent sites, was issued following a complaint from the local anti-piracy group SCPP.”

TorrentFreak: Google Search Apparently Indexes Over 80 Million Torrent Hashes

TorrentFreak: Google Search Apparently Indexes Over 80 Million Torrent Hashes. “The popular torrent meta-search engine Torrentz2 is the go-to site for many avid BitTorrent users. Aside from indexing classic torrent sites, Torrentz2 recently expanded by adding Google to its index, which apparently has a pretty impressive collection of unique torrent hashes. More than 80 million in total.”

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.”

TorrentFreak: SkyTorrents Dumps Massive Torrent Database and Shuts Down

TorrentFreak: SkyTorrents Dumps Massive Torrent Database and Shuts Down. “The ad-free and privacy-focused torrent site ‘SkyTorrents’ has become a victim of its own success. With millions of pageviews per day, the site was too expensive to manage, leaving the operator no other option than to shut it down. People who are interested in the site’s 15 million torrent database can now grab a copy before it disappears for good.”

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.”

Gadgets360: With Torrent Sites Facing the Heat, Pirates Get Creative With Google Drive and Other Services

Gadgets360: With Torrent Sites Facing the Heat, Pirates Get Creative With Google Drive and Other Services . “As crackdown on torrent sites continues around the world, people who are pirating TV shows and movies are having to get a little more creative. Cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Kim Dotcom’s Mega are some of the popular ones that are being used to distribute copyrighted content, according to DMCA takedown requests reviewed by Gadgets 360.”

The Mac Observer: Reddit Saved an 80GB Archive of Apple Videos from YouTubs Censors

The Mac Observer: Reddit Saved an 80GB Archive of Apple Videos from YouTubs Censors. It really does say YouTubs. “A teenager named Sam Henri created a YouTube account with every Apple video ever made, from commercials, keynotes, and miscellaneous videos going back to 1980. YouTube censors made him take it down, even though it appeared Apple itself didn’t seem to care. But Reddit stepped in and created a torrent of the 80GB archive that anyone can download.”

TorrentFreak: Google Removes Torrent Sites From ‘Results Carousel’

TorrentFreak: Google Removes Torrent Sites From ‘Results Carousel’. “Google is no longer highlighting the “best torrent sites” in its search results. Following an investigation, the search engine decided to pull the prominent torrent sites ‘carousel’ from its search results. Various streaming sites remain highlighted, but the ‘pirate’ sources have been removed there as well.”