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.”

The Next Web: You’ll need 19 years and $139,346 to download everything on The Pirate Bay

The Next Web: You’ll need 19 years and $139,346 to download everything on The Pirate Bay. “Since its inception 17 years ago, users have uploaded 6,720 terabytes — or 6.7 petabytes — worth of content to The Pirate Bay, according to a data shared by Pirate Bay admin Winston… Out of this, only 2.58 petabytes are still being seeded.”

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.”