The Sole BitTorrent Client Financed by European Funds – Tribler

Here comes Tribler – currently the only tax-funded BitTorrent client around – a special project of the researchers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

So what’s the deal with Tribler? Well, first of all, it seems to be the first really decentralized BitTorrent client ever – check out the ‘Search’ bar at the top of the app and you’ll see it actually lets you search the swarm for torrents instead of needing to use an external torrent indexer like The Pirate Bay.

Apart from being fully decentralized, this p2p client does pack in some cool features. It offers a functional ‘spam control’ feature which means users are able to up- and down-vote ‘channels’ of torrents and .

In a previous post we reported uTorrent’s latest additions which include the VLC player (a favorite among BitTorrent users). Well, the versatile media player is not missing from Tribler either (so you can watch or listen to torrent files while downloading).

Tribler is open source, compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux and can be downloaded free of charge.

uTorrent Integrates New Apps into Its Services: VLC Media Player and Torrent Broadcast Apps

uTorrent is rising, rising…

After we reported last month that the BitTorrent Inc. made available the stable version of uTorrent 2.2, today we come with news about the addition of two more apps file-sharing fans will be happy to learn about.

What’s all about? – The first new app integrated into the popular p2p client is the VLC player, favored among BitTorrent users due to its high versatility (it’s packed with lots of codecs) and simplicity at the same time. Thanks to the new addition uTorrent users will be able to play media files directly from within the client.

With the second app integrated into uTorrent, the file-sharing program enriches indeed the sharing aspect by allowing users to use uCast, a new app, to create an RSS feed of the (selected) torrents they are downloading, and share this with other downloading-maniac friends.

“Your TorrentCast is like a living mix tape, because you can add files at any time and your friends will instantly get them. You can also open up your TorrentCast to collaboration, so your friends can also add files to it,” says BitTorrent Inc.

Utorrent users are able now not only to maintain these TorrentCasts but also to launch collaboration on the feeds by inviting other users to join – through a password they can have access to the feed, and the possibility to add or remove torrents.

It’s more than likely that these apps will be much appreciated by uTorrent users who, through each of BitTorrent Inc. latest moves, receive justification for their loyalty to the p2p client.

(via TorrentFreak)

USA Patting Sweden on Its Shoulder

Swedish government is doing a great job fighting file-sharing, US diplomats think

Sweden has long ago become a battlefield in the war between the entertainment industry and illegal file sharing especially due to its worldly known BitTorrent Tracker, The Pirate Bay.

While many legal battles (including the most recent ones – with Pirate Bay being ordered to pay according to the last verdict even a higher damage fee) have been held on Swedish ground, the real stake was American money – that kind of money that sustains empires that just don’t like to be challenged to new ways, ideas, or less monopoly and luxury.

The United States have grown accustomed to supervising things closely regardless of the country. Now Sweden has been proving its good-ally features through its anti-piracy measures and, according to Sveriges Television (SVT), a report from the US embassy in Stockholm shows how US diplomats presented six points to Swedish authorities about file-sharing and copyright infringement owing to the collaboration Sweden is inclined to.

US authorities are happy with the fact Sweden has managed to tackle five of the six points. Among the requirements indicated by these points are – measures that would empower police and prosecutors when fighting to combat copyright to have access to IP-numbers, campaigns in the country’s schools to raise awareness about copyright issues, etc.

However, Swedish justice minister Beatrice Ask, doesn’t want the image of a Sweden that has followed US demands promoted in media.

“We didn’t carry out changes after pressure from some other country. We address issues based on our own grounds,” she said in a interview to SVT pointing out that Sweden simply enforced rules which had international debates and relevance.

On the other hand Pirate Party deputy party leader Anna Troberg denounced the Swedish government’s unshakeable compliance before America’s “special interests”.

“It’s naturally fun to see that the Pirate Party’s hard work didn’t escape the eye of the United States, but it would have been even nicer if the Swedish government had chosen to play with an open hand,” she stressed.

U.S. Not Welcoming Spotify Just Yet

Some music fans are about to be disappointed. Especially those looking for a legal alternative to music downloading services and specifically US residents waiting for Spotify to be released in their country as promised (and reported by us as well).

But according to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, the service will not be coming to the U.S. this year and cannot “commit to a specific date.”

One specification has been made though – the monthly subscription will be priced $10 instead of the more expensive €10 it currently costs in Europe.

When asked for an opinion about Apple’s somewhat detracting attitude towards the service in front of major record labels (which doesn’t come as a surprise since the giant wants to keep its domination on the market), Elk simply answered:

“I don’t actually try to focus on what Apple is doing, or what others are doing,” he added. “I am, first and foremost, a user.”

Michael Jackson’s Posthumous Album ‘Debuts’ On Torrent Sites

The news that Michael Jackson’s posthumous album, “Michael”, has leaked onto p2p file sharing networks has caused both enthusiasm and indignation that the government’s measures are yet to prevent such things from happening (and it’s not like recently the Department of Homeland Security has not seized kind of unlawfully a large number of file-sharing websites among other things).

Scheduled for official release next week, the album contains 10 songs, 3 of which had been already circulating over the Web – Breaking News” (said to be actually sung by an impersonator) spread on the Internet on November 8, “Much Too Soon” (premiered exclusively on Ping last week) and “Hold My Hand” (made its debut on November 23 on Jackson’s official website).

While in the eventuality of such a leak with Michael Jackson still around I’m pretty sure fans would have bought the album anyway even if they had downloaded it from file-sharing sites first, now that the artist is gone, I doubt they would be in a hurry to put some more money in the pockets of the music industry’s moguls especially since many fans see them as responsible for the singer’s death.

So far Sony and Epic Records have made no comments.