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Take.fm: the movie torrent indexer that's a little bit Netflix, a little bit PirateBay

Last year saw the arrival of Coda.fm, a torrent site which offered a different take on music downloads. It's design is more reminiscent of a music discovery site or download store than a torrent indexer like isoHunt or TPB. Take.fm offers a similar experience, but for movie downloads. The site is relatively new, so you won't find virtual shelf after virtual shelf of titles to choose from, but...

Torrentreactor.net claims to have bought Russian village and renamed it "Torrentreactor"

Remember when the Pirate Bay tried to raise enough money to buy the Principality of Sealand? Well, this is a bit different. Torrentreactor.net, one of the most popular torrent sites on the Internet today, says it has bought the small village of Gar, in the Tomsk province of Russia. The single requirement was that the town rename itself to "Torrentreactor." Whether this is legit or not is still...

BitTorrent finds another legal use: Facebook's server farms

Say what you like about BitTorrent and the culture of piratical drugged-up junkies that it fuels, but the fact is: big businesses keep finding excellent, legitimate uses for torrents. Today, Facebook came out and admitted that BitTorrent powers the transfer of new code between each and every one of its servers. You wouldn't have thought it troublesome -- source code is fairly lightweight after...

Windows 7 SP1 leaked -- but you should probably wait for the final version

OK, so the Windows 7 service pack 1 beta has been leaked online and you can now download it from various torrent sites. For the sake of some of our less-experienced readers, here's a short PSA: you might not want to install it. Apart from the obvious reason that it's a beta release, there's an annoying little problem I've been fighting with on a handful of my customers' systems. It seems that...

Transmission 2.0 gets ever lighter, still a top BitTorrent app for Mac and Linux

Transmission is one of the fastest, lightest Bittorrent apps on Mac and Linux, and it just reached version 2.0. Although it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the flashier torrent apps like Vuze, the new version is built for speed. Awesome under-the-hood improvements to the way Transmission handles torrents just confirm why Transmission is my Mac torrent client of choice. You might...

Watch the first "made-for-torrent" drama series: Pioneer One

It's pretty amazing what $6,000 USD can accomplish when there are enough people willing to work for free. That's how much the pilot episode of Pioneer One cost to shoot, and the entire amount was raised at Kickstarter. The series is the latest indie-project to be brought to the P2P universe by VODO, which stands for VOluntary DOnation. VODO works to bring indie films -- that wouldn't otherwise be...

uTorrent Web lets you control torrent downloads on your iPhone

Torrent control applications aren't ever going to make it into the App Store. But that's OK -- your iPhone or iPod touch has a Web browser onboard, and that's capable of running plenty of Web apps that Apple can't ban. µTorrent Web, for example, which brings the remote control power of the Falcon project to your iPhone. Falcon debuted recently, providing slick zero-config access to your...

Transdroid: manage your torrents on the go, with your Android smartphone

As you all know, I recently got an Android phone. I also happen to 'partake in the torrent' from time to time. Not that I'm a pirate or anything, but torrents are often the best solution to a given problem! In fact, I love BitTorrent so much that I actually rent a server with 100Mbit connectivity so that I can download stuff very quickly. The problem is... sometimes I forget to stop a completed...

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...

uTorrent Falcon lets you remote control your torrent downloads from anywhere

µTorrent's WebUI has been providing browser-based management of your torrent transfers for quite some time, but setting it up can be a bit complicated for casual users. Port forwarding, dynamic DNS... it's a pain to sort out if you're not-so-skilled with routers and remote access. The new µTorrent Web beta changes all that, adding totally hassle-free access to your queue from...

µTorrent 2.2 gets an app store

µTorrent is the most popular bittorrent client by a wide margin. Dubbed Project Griffin, version 2.2 build 19640 has added a web-based framework which developers can use to create apps for µTorrent. The goal of the project is to allow extensibility while keeping µTorrent itself as light as possible. According to the Project Griffin web page, the two don't have to be mutually...

Microsoft and MekTek find legal, compelling use of BitTorrent: distributing MechWarrior 4!

The masters of all things peer-to-peer, Torrent Freak, is reporting on a great example of BitTorrent being used for the forces of Good: distributing MechWarrior 4. It turns out that the game's central distribution server crashed last weekend when hundreds of thousands of would-be gamers tried to download a copy of the free game. MekTek's solution is simple: create a version of the game that...

Rumors of Pirate Bay's demise are greatly exaggerated

You may remember all the rumors about The Pirate Bay selling out to Global Gaming Factory's Hans Pandeya, and Pandeya's repeated failures to come up with the money. Well, now he's claiming he has the required 10 million bucks this time, and that he'll buy The Pirate Bay and turn it legal within two months. Pandeya has been issuing press releases and plenty of bluster this week. TorrentFreak, a...

Web-based BitTorrent monitoring site -- scarily real, or fantastically fake?

A weird, disconcerting site that goes by the ominous name of 'Men in Grey' has just been discovered. It's an open site, but no one quite knows if it's meant to be. Plastered with terms like 'officer', 'authentication' and 'auditor console', the site appears to be a tool that's used to hunt down illegal P2P file sharers. Give it a go -- view the complete report and check the illegal activity on...

ClearBits is a great place to find legal torrent downloads

BitTorrent -- while loved by techies like you and me -- often gets a bad rap because of the assumption that it's only used to transmit illegal content like pirated software or cammed movies. There are, of course, loads of completely legal torrents floating around, but they're sometimes hard to find. Mininova underwent a rather forcible re-tooling last year and now serves legal content only....