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LimeWire shutdown leads to massive drop in music piracy

LimeWire might not have been the downloading program of choice for elite users like those of you reading Download Squad right now, but there's no denying its popularity with the average user. So when the Gnutella-powered LimeWire was shut down once and for all, there was little doubt that the impact on music piracy would be significant. As TorrentFreak reports, the number of users utilizing P2P...

Sendoid offers simple zero-config P2P file sharing, doesn't work that well

Yet another file sharing tool is doing the rounds, but this time it has a rather interesting selling point: zero-config peer-to-peer transfers. Sendoid, which has nothing to do with Android and everything to do with sending, lets you send files directly between two users without a server in between. Simply pop open the Sendoid website, and use either the built-in Flash client or download the...

Khan Academy and BitTorrent partner to deliver P2P educational video

Despite what some detractors say, torrents have plenty of legitimate uses -- one of which is helping organizations distribute digital content at little or no cost. That's especially important for a non-profit like Khan Academy, which is why its partnership with BitTorrent Inc. makes perfect sense. Khan Academy is a provider of free, online educational videos. A wide range of subjects are cover...

uTorrent 3 alpha goes 64-bit

If you've been waiting for a native 64-bit version of uTorrent, your wait is over! The team has released its first alpha version for testing, and it's ready to download and install on your Windows x64 system. Just head on over to the uTorrent 3.0 alpha 64-bit forum post for the link. So what does the 64-bit version get you? Not a lot, as far as your torrent experience is concerned. Support for...

uTorrent Android app manages torrents, pushes downloads to your device

We've played with some good remote torrenting apps in the past, but now, at long last, the most popular desktop torrent client has a companion app as well. uTorrent Remote for Android is available for download from the Android Market, and it's one of the slickest mobile torrent apps we've seen. With uTorrent Remote you can fully manage your uTorrent desktop client: add and remove downloads, pau...

Vuze 4.6 adds uTP support, speeds up torrent downloads

Vuze is a solid torrent downloader, especially for less-savvy users. Its built-in media streaming and transcoding features make it a nice start-to-finish app for downloading and playing videos on just about any device. With the release of version 4.6, Vuze has added even more playback kung-fu, as well as one very important piece of bittorrent support. Both the free and plus versions of Vuze no...

DroidG does Gnutella P2P searches, downloads on your Android device

Gnutella -- the venerable peer-to-peer file sharing network -- doesn't get as much time in the spotlight today, what with the rise of BitTorrent. It's still around, though, and Android users now have an app which lets them connect to the Gnutella network, search for files, and download directly to their device: DroidG. Fire up DroidG and connect to the network, then begin your search. Within a...

iControlBits for iOS lets you manage your Transmission torrents

There's a New Year's treat for Transmission users waiting in the App Store. It seems Apple has approved iControlBits -- a new app that can remotely manage your torrent downloads. Apple has historically blocked any torrent-related apps, like Drivetrain, an app very similar to iControlBits, which was submitted last May. The app sells for $1.99 and gives you the ability to monitor and control (pa...

Skype outage caused by server overload, bug in Windows client

Now that Skype has recovered from the serious worldwide outage on December 22nd, CIO Lars Rabbe has blogged about what went wrong behind the scenes. The problem began when a group servers that handle Skype's offline instant messaging became overloaded, in turn causing some Skype clients to receive delayed responses and crash. The bug only affected users of version 5.0.0.152 on Windows -- unfor...

BitTorrent debuting second installment of Pioneer One, the made-for-torrent sci-fi drama

Alright sci-fi fans, it's that time again -- it's been a month since we last heard from the folks behind Pioneer One, and the word then was that come mid-December, there'd be a second episode. Well, it's now officially the middle of December, so let's get campy. Support from the P2P community hasn't waned in the months since the show's premiere, and may even be stronger than before. BitTorrent...

uTorrent 2.2 arrives with apps support, privacy features

Way back in May, uTorrent 's Project Griffin gave us a sneak peek at its new App Studio. Today, the new version has gone live -- and uTorrent 2.2 will be bringing app support to its 65 million users. Among the app options on launch day are BitDefender's Virus Guard, TuneUp (which we've covered before), and content apps for TED, ZuluMusic, and VODO. There's also TorrentTweet, which lets you post s...

FrostWire for Android brings quick, slick P2P file sharing to your phone

Until now, there hasn't been a true peer-to-peer application for Android, or indeed any smartphone. There are a slew of helper apps, like the excellent Transdroid, but their main purpose is to allow remote, on-the-move management of your installed-at-home BitTorrent and Gnutella clients. FrostWire is different: it brings P2P transfers to your phone -- yes, FrostWire shares ringtones, camera photos...

Breaking: LimeWire P2P network shut down by RIAA

The New York District Court, at the request of the RIAA, has forced LimeWire to shut down its network and cease distributing its software. TorrentFreak has the full story, and updates will surely follow as more data becomes available. That a U.S. federal judge would finally grant RIAA's request comes as a numbing shock to the system. Perhaps the RIAA simply drew the right judge -- this is the s...

BitTorrent Mainline 7.1 now has uTorrent's apps

BitTorrent Inc's Mainline client (i.e. the one you can download from their homepage) now has the ability to use apps that, until now, were only usable with uTorrent. These apps allow you to augment your BitTorrent client much in the same way that Firefox add-ons or Chrome extensions alter your browser. Built using JavaScript, HTML and CSS -- the same 'Open Web' technologies that Mozilla has be...

BitTorrent open sources more "polite," congestion-aware protocol

Peer-to-peer applications -- including torrent apps like BitTorrent and µTorrent -- are often given the smackdown by ISPs because they can be a little hard on networks. With the open-sourcing of their µTP protocol, BitTorrent hopes, despite the outcry from various private trackers, to usher in a new era of more gentlemanly P2P file sharing. µTP is network-aware, detecting con...