Filed under: Announcements & Events, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services
File-sharing service Box.net, founded by Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith in 2005, has recently developed an application for iPad and iPhone to let you share, view, and edit your content.
The new application blends in with several third-party mobile tools that help you manage file on your mobile device. Among them we find Quickoffice, Adobe EchoSign, Nuance PaperPort Notes, and PDF expert. As such, you can use Box’s file-sharing application in parallel with these useful tools.
“We think this is the first time there’s a mobile cloud for the enterprise that you can implement across your business instantly,” said Box’s CEO Aaron Levie.
To seamlessly integrate with this kind of environment, a partner application – for example Adobe EchoSign – must tap into an application program interface (API) exposed by Box.
“Now the execution of documents all happens within the Box environment,” Mangesh Bhandaraar (senior product manager at Adobe Systems) said.
It has been Levie’s goal to bring competition in a market ruled by huge brands like Microsoft and Oracle, and, as it seems, he managed to pull it off.
“We don’t have a large enterprise sales force,” Alan Masarek (QuickOffice’s CEO) told Wired.
“This is a new sales channel for us, which is wonderful.”
One of Box’s most interesting features is that it offers 50GB free storage on a regular account, unlike other competitors who, for a free account, offer no more than 10 GB.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services
Downloading torrents can quickly become a dangerous business, and receiving a letter from your ISP or worse isn’t on anyone’s wishing list. TorGuard.net offers solutions to preserve your anonymity on the web.
The Big Brother is always watching, and your privacy is starting to become a privilege, rather than a right. However, there are still services like proxies, VPNs and so on to protect that privacy, and one of them is TorGuard.net, a BT-focused proxy server, VPN and Seedbox provider.
The BitTorrent swarm is not a very safe place to be, as independent monitoring groups can track your IP and report it. But by using Torguard, your real IP is hidden by using a proxy server, thus leading those unwanted eyes to an untraceable server. Instead of your IP address, someone would see TorGuard’s server sharing files, but even those files are unknown as they’re encrypted.
TorGuard is also offering VPN services, and at about $6/month you can stay anonymous, avoiding lawsuits that may cost you thousands of dollars.
From the site:
How TorGuard Works
When you download or seed a torrent, you’re connecting to a bunch of other people, called a swarm, all of whom—in order to share files—can see your computer’s IP address. That’s all very handy when you’re sharing files with other users, but file sharers such as yourself aren’t necessarily the only people paying attention. Independent monitoring groups also join BitTorrent swarms, but instead of sharing files, they’re logging the IP addresses of other people in the swarm—including you—so that they can notify your ISP of your doings. A proxy (like TorGuard) funnels your internet traffic—in this case, just your BitTorrent traffic—through another server, so that the BitTorrent swarm will show an IP address from a server that can’t be traced back to you instead of the address that points to your house. That way, these “prying eyes” can’t contact your ISP, and your ISP has no cause to send you a harrowing letter.
But wait, can’t these groups go after and request TorGuard’s logs to figure out that you’re the one downloading this watched torrent? Theoretically, yes, but the main reason that keeps TorGuard secure is that they don’t keep logs, so there’s no paper trail of activity leading back to you. TorGuard’s servers simply tunnel traffic for thousands of users at a time over a single server without keeping actuall records of files transferred. All anyone watching would see is TorGuard servers sharing a file, and all your ISP sees is you connecting to TorGuard—but not what data you’re downloading, because it’s encrypted.
If you subscribe to an ISP that throttles BitTorrent traffic, and aren’t using an anonymizer service, you have an additional problem. Your ISP can still see what you’re doing, and if they detect that you’re using BitTorrent (even if you’re using it for perfectly legal purposes) they’ll throttle your connection so you get unbearably slow speeds. When you encrypt your BitTorrent traffic with TorGuard, your ISP can’t see what you’re using your connection for. They’ll see that you’re downloading lots of information, but they won’t be able to see that it’s BitTorrent traffic, and thus won’t throttle your connection. You still have to be careful of going over your ISP’s bandwidth cap, however, if that exists.
TorGuard offers you both a proxy (to combat spying) and encryption (to combat throttling)—though many torrent clients have encryption built-in as well.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Entertainment Industry, Legal P2P News & Issues
While ACTA is still to pass (and let’s hope to God it doesn’t), the European Parliament’s international trade committee has rejected a proposal by David Martin, who wanted to find out the European Court Of Justice position on ACTA.
Karel De Guch – EU trade chief – said on February that ACTA would be referred to the European Court of Justice. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, although aiming to find a global copyright solution, has been discussed and formulated behind closed doors, only increasing fears that the act is smudged with censorship all over.
Meanwhile, David Martin, a UK MEP who’s looking into the Parliament’s position on ACTA, has made a proposal to forward ACTA before the European Court of Justice in order to find out its opinion on it, but the committee has decided that it wasn’t necessary, as it will vote in June on whether ACTA is going to be approved or not.
The European Parliament’s trade committee rejected the plan: 21 MEPs voting against, 5 in favor and 2 abstentions. As such, ACTA could reach the Parliament in a few months.
Activists are happy with the decision, as European protests against ACTA reached extraordinary levels.
“Referring ACTA to the court is no substitute for the political procedure needed to check this agreement and determine democratically whether its entry into force is in the European interest,” said Amelia Andersdotter, a Pirate Party MEP and Shadow rapporteur on ACTA for the Greens.
“Only a democratic ratification process via the European and national parliaments is able to provide such a judgment, and we therefore welcome today’s decision to continue with this process.”
During the following months ACTA will be forwarded to committees in the European Parliament, reaching its final destination – the Parliament – in June.
“If ACTA dies in European Parliament, then it’s a permakill, and the monopoly lobbies will have to start fighting uphill,” said Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge.
“If ACTA passes, the same monopolists get tons of new powers to use, and close the door for the foreseeable future behind the legislators for a very necessary reform of the copyright and patent monopolies.”
ACTA was first revealed by Wikileaks in 2008, despite efforts of keeping it secret.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Legal P2P News & Issues
Despite Rapidshare’s efforts to prove its willingness to discourage piracy, the company is still having a hard time staying out of trouble, as the music rights association GEMA is accusing them of copyright infringement.
GEMA is a music rights association, very similar to BREIN, and it has been doing some hard battling with Rapidshare on grounds of copyright infringement at a large scale.
“Rapidshare, with over 160 million stored files, 500,000 new uploads per day, and more than 42 million visitors daily, is one of the world’s largest file-hosting services in the world. This service allows users to unlawfully acquire contents on a large scale. The resulting loss to copyright holders is immense,” GEMA said.
Although Rapidshare’s business model was initially declared illegal by a German court, the ruling was later overturned by a higher regional court in Hamburg. Rapidshare was bound to monitor third party websites and remove any infringing links, when necessary (pretty much what the DMCA says). At the time, both Rapidshare and GEMA were pleased with the decision.
“The measures implemented by Rapidshare so far were determined to be insufficient. In particular, it is insufficient to only delete content after notification by the copyright holders. In fact, Rapidshare is obligated to implement additional measures to prevent a copyright infringement from occurring repeatedly,” said GEMA.
Meanwhile, Rapidshare argues that the they are already applying all the necessary measures to monitor third party websites; as such, the company is decided to take the battle to Germany’s highest court with the hope to prevent a German law from being passed that would make the monitoring mandatory.
Talking to the Inquirer, Rapidshare said that its Anti-Abuse Team is working hard on identifying illegal data, and if it does it’s immediately removed from their servers.
Alexandra Zwingli, Rapidshare’s CEO explained why Rapidshare is taking the case to the highest court:
“We believe that being obliged to carry out such actions is questionable from a legal perspective. For this reason we will appeal the verdict to clarify the issue of proactive monitoring of external websites at the highest judicial level.”
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, Movies, MP3, Digital Audio & Games, Tops
TorrentFreak has published the data they collected with the top 10 most shared movies on BitTorrent for the week ended March 25. All the films included in this chart are DVDrips (unless mentioned otherwise).
‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ remains #1 this week while ‘We Bought a Zoo’ and ‘The Grey’ switch places.
This week’s list features three new entries.
The chart also includes download links for the movies listed here (where available) via Kat.ph
|Ranking||(last week)||Movie||Rating / Trailer||Download Movie|
|1||(1)||Mission: Impossible – The Ghost Protocol||7.7/trailer|
|2||(3)||We Bought a Zoo||7.7/trailer|
|4||(…)||Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance||5.0/trailer|
|5||(…)||The Vow (R5)||6.5/trailer|
|6||(…)||21 Jump Street (TS)||7.7/trailer|
|8||(7)||The Adventures of TinTin||7.6/trailer|
|9||(6)||The Three Musketeers||6.0/trailer|
|10||(10)||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||8.1/trailer|