Items tagged with File Sharing

Google is working on making changes to how Android users share files between devices. The service looks to be a direct competitor to AirDrop offered on iOS devices. The new Android file sharing utility is called "Fast Share" and 9to5Google says that it was able to successfully activate the service, which is the replacement to Android Beam that was introduced with Android 4.0 in 2011. Fast Share on Android allows the sharing of images and other files on your phone along with URLs and chunks of text to nearby devices without needing the internet. Fast Share is in the system share sheet and accessed by using the Google blue diamond-shaped nearby icon. It can also be launched in the Settings >... Read more...
It's a day of mourning for TV show pirates, as one of the web's most popular portals for illegally downloading TV torrents -- EZTV -- has effectively been shut down. No, it wasn't the U.S. government that swooped in and ended the operation. Instead, EZTV's demise is the result of a hostile takeover.According to the investigative folks at TorrentFreak, EZTV's ultimate demise can be traced back to earlier this year when the .IT registry suspended the site's domain name due to inaccurate Whois information. The domain was made available a few weeks later, and like vultures circling a dying animal, scammers quickly picked it up.The scammers who grabbed the domain registered the company as EZCloud... Read more...
Several months ago, BitTorrent posed the question, "What if more of the web worked the web BitTorrent does?" To answer that question, the BitTorrent team created Project Maelstrom, a specialized web browser that fetches content from a distributed web rather than centralized servers. It started off as an invite-only affair, but is now available to test run in beta form. What BitTorrent's trying to do here is fundamentally change the web for the sake of openness. Rather than host websites and online content on centralized servers, BitTorrent envisions a web where websites are chopped up into chunks and held on computers of home users -- a distributed web, in other words. In this way, you can think... Read more...
If you've ever searched online for some sort of digital media, chances are good that you've stumbled upon RapidShare at least once. As one of the first file-sharing sites out there, RapidShare rose to fame fast, fueled by the fact that it made sharing an easy task, and a free one. It's no surprise, though, that many ended up using the service to share copyrighted materials. While that was never the site's intent, it was just bound to happen, and the owners took a largely hands-off approach to things originally. Eventually, RapidShare fought a number of legal battles with companies that wanted their content off of the site, and as TorrentFreak reports, the US Government even once called the site... Read more...
Popular torrent site The Pirate Bay (TPB) may be down, but not necessarily out. Or more precisely, not out for good. The site was taken offline following a raid by Swedish police in which authorities seized personal computers, servers, and other electronic equipment. Now, two weeks later, the always-defiant crew behind the site has given a signal that TPB is on its way back. According to TorrentFreak, TPB's nameservers were updated this morning to new ones controlled by their domain name registrar binero.se. Furthermore, the main domain has started pointing to a different IP address than before, which is now connected to a server hosted in Moldova. When you visit TPB, all you'll... Read more...
It turns out that it's incredibly difficult to keep an online pirate ship down, even after you've sunk one. Say what? Bear with us while we explain what we mean by that. As you know, the world's most popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay (TPB), was taken offline last week following a raid by Swedish police, who seized several computers, servers, and other electronic equipment. However, the ghost of TPB lives on thanks to Isohunt, another popular hangout for pirates, which summoned the defunct torrent site back from the dead. "As you all probably know, the beloved Pirate bay website is gone for now. It will be missed. It will be always remembered as the pilgrim... Read more...
Drew Houston, a former student at MIT, would often forget to pack his USB flash drive on the way to class. He solved his problem by creating Dropbox for his own personal use, but it didn't take him long to figure out that others could benefit as well. That was around six years, and since then, Dropbox has become one of the most popular cloud-based services around, and apparently a pretty valuable one, too. Just how valuable is it? Perhaps as much as $8 billion. Apologies if that made you choke on your early morning donut, but rest assured, that's not a typo. Dropbox to date has secured $257 million in funding, and now the service is seeking an additional $250 million investment within the next... Read more...
YouSendIt, a popular online service for sending large files, apparently felt constrained by its name as it looks to grow beyond a simple file sharing service. After months of planning, prepping, designing, and developing a new brand identity, YouSendIt is now relaunching itself as Hightail, a term the company feels conjures up thoughts of speed and agility. "Hightail is a new identity that represents the current breadth of our services, as well as everything we aspire to become," Hightail Chief Executive Officer Brad Garlinghouse stated in a blog post. "It also marks the fundamental changes that have happened at our company. Though the company formerly known as YouSendIt is focused on the future... Read more...
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has long sought to demonize file sharers who download, trade, and share songs illegally, noting that the cumulative impact of their deeds  -- obtaining millions of songs illegally -- is nothing short of devastating. But is it really? A new study throws a wrinkle in the RIAA's argument. Before we go any further, let us be clear -- we're not condoning piracy of any kind, nor do we encourage anyone to seek out copyrighted content of any kind by illegal means. That said, we find the results of a study conducted by the American Assembly, a national non-partisan public affairs forum related to Columbia University, to be rather fascinating. AA,... Read more...
Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is under lock and key in Cambodia after local police, acting on an international warrant issued in Sweden, arrested the young man. Warg is one of four Pirate Bay founders who all found themselves in hot water for running one of the most popular illegal torrent tracking sites on the planet. "His arrest was made the request of the Swedish government for a crime related to information technology," a spokeswoman for the Cambodia's police told the AFP news agency. The spokesperson added that Cambodia doesn't have an extradition treaty with Sweden, though authorities are looking into how to proceed. Along with Warg, the other three Pirate Bay founders --... Read more...
Peter Sunde, one of the oft-outspoken co-founders of torrrent site The Pirate Bay (TPB), has always held an air of confidence, sometimes to the point of arrogance. Back in 2009, for example, Mr. Sunde told his Twitter followers to "Stay calm," reassuring them that nothing will happen to TPB and its founders, and that all the legal posturing was nothing more than "just a theater for the media." Fast forward to today and the would-be jailbird is singing a slightly different tune, though not by much. Faced with serving an eight month jail sentence, Mr. Sunde and his legal representation are hoping to play on the Swedish court's sympathy in a plea for pardon. Among the reasons he is seeking a plea... Read more...
We like Dropbox because it's simple, effective, and up to this point, has been a reliable way to take advantage of cloud storage. If you're like us, you're a fan of Dropbox too. And if you've never used it, you should check it out, though your experience might be slightly different than those of us who are already using the service. "After July 31, 2012, we will no longer create Public folders in any new Dropbox accounts If your app depends on Public folders, we recommend switching to the /shares API call," Dropbox announced in a blog post. Why the change? Dropbox says it launched a feature in April that gives users the ability to share any file or folder with a simple link, which essentially... Read more...
The fight against illegal file sharing sites took a trip to France to this week as the alleged men in charge of one of France's most popular file sharing links forums have all been arrested. The three men accused of copyright shenanigans ran a site known as Liberty Land, which has been in operation since 2009 and was currently serving around 800,000 members at the time it was shut down. If convicted, the three men, none of which are older than 30, could face sentences of up to 5 years behind bars and fines of $700,000. Liberty Land falls into France's top 200 sites and contains some 30,000 links to albums and 100,000 links to movies and TV shows. The links direct users to third-party downloading... Read more...
Is peer-to-peer file sharing wrong? Is it illegal? Is it a crime to engage in it? If you're just casually reading that, you may say: "Of course!" But read it once again. We didn't specifically say which kind of file sharing; just file sharing in general. Different story! Thankfully, we're still not living in a world where P2P is outright forbidden from top to bottom, but one nation is taking a serious stand against the illegal kind. New Zealand just passed a law against online piracy, which "outlaws file-sharing and threatens repeat offenders with having their Internet access cut off." The new law allows for penalties of up to NZ$15,000 to be paid back to the copyright owner, and if this isn't... Read more...
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