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The 404 1,442: Where we're all mixed up (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Popcorn Time is just like Netflix, but everything is pirated.

- Polygon examines everything that went wrong with the "Street Fighter" movie.

- People are selling their organs on Facebook.

- In which Jeff attempts to explain cloud-gaming in Titanfall to Justin.… Read more

Oscar winner '12 Years a Slave' sees illegal downloads triple

The movie "12 Years a Slave" swept the Academy Awards on Sunday and apparently it's also now sweeping movie download sites. According to TorrentFreak, the number of people illegally sharing the movie tripled the day after it won the Oscar for best picture.

On Monday, the movie saw 100,000 more downloads that the usual amount, according to TorrentFreak. Reportedly, the downloads are being shared through BitTorrents.

It's not only "12 Years a Slave" that's experiencing massive downloads, the movie "Gravity" also saw double the downloads after it won seven Academy … Read more

BitTorrent: Bundle delivers joy, ready for spotlight

If BitTorrent has its way, you'll be paying for some torrented content before the end of the year thanks to the integration of BitTorrent Bundle technology into its desktop apps on Wednesday.

The updates to uTorrent version 3.4 available today, and BitTorrent version 7.9, available next week, include the Bundle technology support and a rapid-release cycle of around two weeks between updates.

To say that BitTorrent is bullish on the success of Bundle since it launched the gated content distribution program would be a gross understatement.

"I think it is as important as uTorrent Protocol," … Read more

Pirate Bay is free to sail through Holland's Internet once again

It appears that Dutch lawmakers are having a hard time keeping up with technology.

An appeals court in the Netherlands ruled on Tuesday that Internet providers no longer have to block IP addresses associated with The Pirate Bay, according to the Associated Press. The court made this decision because the blockade was apparently impossible to enforce as users would find new workarounds to get to the site.

"This blockade imposed a violation of the basic right to freedom of commercial activity of the providers with insufficient justification," the ruling said, according to the Associated Press. "It is … Read more

Does your ISP throttle BitTorrent traffic? Find out

Does your ISP interfere with your file-sharing traffic? Find out below.

File-sharing, made rapid and easy by software including BitTorrent, has exploded in use besides increased broadband penetration worldwide. It's important to remember that BitTorrent searches and BitTorrent clients -- such as uTorrent, BitTorrent and Tixati -- and the practice of file-sharing between computers is not an illegal one. However, ISPs have throttled speeds if BitTorrent clients are in use in the past for traffic management purposes, and more recently -- as many people use the software in order to obtain intellectual property-protected files, such as films, music and … Read more

'The Hobbit': The most-pirated movie of 2013

It appears that people into pirating movies on the Internet are fans of Middle-earth. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was deemed the most pirated movie on 2013 with 8.4 million downloads.

While getting hard numbers on pirated movies can be difficult -- given the illegality and anonymity of the practice -- TorrentFreak was able to put together a list of the world's 10 most pirated movies in 2013 based on "several sources," which includes download statistics from public BitTorrent trackers.… Read more

Isohunt BitTorrent site rises from the dead as Isohunt.to

It's been two weeks since BitTorrent search engine Isohunt agreed to exit the Internet after reaching a $110 million settlement deal over copyright infringement with the Motion Picture Association of America. But, a quick glance at the site Isohunt.to and it seems the search engine appears to be alive.

No, Isohunt founder Gary Fung didn't renege on his settlement -- rather, fans of the site decided to make an exact clone of the original Isohunt, according to TorrentFreak. Isohunt.to is almost a perfect replica of Isohunt.com; it has the same interface, categories, and torrent pages.… Read more

Torrent scam hits thousands eager for PC version of GTA V

Rockstar hasn't yet announced a PC version of the overwhelmingly popular Grand Theft Auto V, and fans are desperate for it. A massive number of people -- over 614,000 -- have signed a Change.org petition to port the game, which smashed through seven world records in its opening weekend, to PC. Industry sources have hinted at a PC version coming in early 2014.

But when you want what you want when you want it, sometimes common sense flies right out the window. Thousands of hopeful PC gamers have downloaded a legitimate-seeming torrent file claiming to be GTA … Read more

Isohunt to permanently shutter after settlement with MPAA

Popular BitTorrent search engine Isohunt has been slated to shutter indefinitely. After years of court battles over copyright infringement with the Motion Picture Association of America, Isohunt has agreed to settle.

Under the terms of the settlement (PDF), which was issued on Thursday, Isohunt's founder Gary Fung has seven days to shut down the site, as well as close three other sites that redirect to Isohunt -- Podtropolis, TorrentBox, and Edtk-it.com. Fung has also agreed to pay $110 million in damages.

"It's sad to see my baby go. But I have fought the good fight, I … Read more

BitTorrent experiments with secure chat

The aftermath of the NSA spying revelations has people and companies scrambling for ways to create more secure communications, which has led BitTorrent to build a instant-message chat client that follows the torrenting principle of decentralized data transfer.

The first release of BitTorrent Chat is a private alpha, meaning you have to go to the BitTorrent Chat sign-up page to get an invite, which will take you to a download.

The client uses the concept of decentralized technology that's at the heart of torrents to run instant messages between people, but BitTorrent was cagey about confirming details about the … Read more