BitTorrent

  • Decentralize All The Things! Crunch Network

    Decentralize All The Things!

    They gave us a fully decentralized Internet and we used it to build web services–Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, iCloud–so massively centralized they verge on being quasi-medieval fiefdoms. Now we’re building the Internet of Someone Else’s Things, wherein every room of every home will contain devices controlled by servers the homeowners don’t know, control, or understand. Read More

  • BitTorrent Opens Alpha For Maelstrom, Its New, Distributed, Torrent-Based Web Browser

    BitTorrent Opens Alpha For Maelstrom, Its New, Distributed, Torrent-Based Web Browser

    BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file sharing company, is today opening an alpha test for its latest stab at disrupting — or at least getting people to rethink — how users interact with each other and with content over the Internet. Project Maelstrom is BitTorrent’s take on the web browser: doing away with centralised servers, web content is instead shared through torrents on… Read More

  • Thom Yorke’s New Album Is The First “Paygated” Bundle From BitTorrent

    Thom Yorke’s New Album Is The First “Paygated” Bundle From BitTorrent

    BitTorrent says it’s ready to help musicians and other creators start selling digital content. Today the company is announcing a new “paygate” feature for Bundles, which are promotional packages of content shared through BitTorrent by publishers or the artists themselves. Even before officially launching the Bundle platform a year ago, BitTorrent was talking about the… Read More

  • Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out Crunch Network

    Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

    Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay Our Comrade The Electron, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, or you struggle to read English, please at least read its angry rant… Read More

  • BitTorrent Says Its Promotional Bundles Saw 60M Downloads In 2013

    BitTorrent Says Its Promotional Bundles Saw 60M Downloads In 2013

    BitTorrent just published a blog post recapping its past year, particular the success it has seen with BitTorrent Bundles. Those Bundles are basically promotional packages of content that creators or content companies share. For example, to promote the iTunes release of the director’s cut of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing, its makers released a BitTorrent Bundle… Read More

  • Makers Of Oscar-Shortlisted Documentary “The Act Of Killing” Turn To BitTorrent For Promotion

    Makers Of Oscar-Shortlisted Documentary “The Act Of Killing” Turn To BitTorrent For Promotion

    BitTorrent has been pitching itself as a legitimate way for content creators to promote their works,  and now the company is announcing what may be its most noteworthy partnership yet — Drafthouse Films and the co-directors of the documentary The Act Of Killing are using a BitTorrent Bundle to promote the iTunes release of the director’s cut. Noteworthiness is relative, and… Read More

  • BitTorrent Details How It’s Building An Anonymous Chat Product Without Using Servers

    BitTorrent Details How It’s Building An Anonymous Chat Product Without Using Servers

    BitTorrent is publishing a blog post with more details about its in-development chat product, which it announced in September with the stated goal of ensuring “that your messages stay yours: private, secure, and free.” The announcement was short on details, so this seems to be the first look at how BitTorrent Chat will actually work., The company says that since it’s taking… Read More

  • Sync, BitTorrent’s Server-Less Dropbox Competitor, Hits 1M Active Users, Now Available As An API

    Sync, BitTorrent’s Server-Less Dropbox Competitor, Hits 1M Active Users, Now Available As An API

    Sync, a file synchronization service from P2P platform BitTorrent that works as a kind of server-less Dropbox, has picked up some good traction since launching earlier this year, with 1 million active users archiving and synchronizing some 30 petabytes of data on the service to-date (up from 8 petabytes in July). Now BitTorrent is hoping to turn up the volume on that usage: today… Read More

  • BitTorrent Goes For The Mainstream With Madonna As Centerpiece Of Its Latest Bundle

    BitTorrent Goes For The Mainstream With Madonna As Centerpiece Of Its Latest Bundle

    BitTorrent, the P2P network with 170 million users that has been building out a business as the go-to platform for writers, musicians and other media creators to share their content with each other and with their fans, is today taking a step to raise its profile with mainstream users. It’s announcing a deal with Madonna that will see the singer put her latest project, a film she… Read More

  • BitTorrent’s File Synchronizing Service Sync, Still In Beta, Launches As An iOS App

    BitTorrent’s File Synchronizing Service Sync, Still In Beta, Launches As An iOS App

    BitTorrent, which years ago first made its name as an efficient distribution network for music and video (sometimes not for the most legit of ends), has been positioning itself as a distribution service for everything. Today it’s adding two more strings to that bow: it’s launching Sync, its file-synchronizing service as an iOS app and adding support for 10 languages beyond English. Read More

  • The Internet: We’re Doing It Wrong Crunch Network

    The Internet: We’re Doing It Wrong

    This week Facebook’s ban-bot went berserk; Github went down; and all Google services collapsed for a few minutes, taking 40% of the Internet with them. Just another week on the Internet, then. We love our centralized services, until they let us down. Bruce Sterling calls them “the Stacks”: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft. In his most recent (always riveting) State… Read More

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