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iTunes Purchase May Be Downfall of Pirate Website

FBI arrests Artem Vaulin of website KAT with help from Apple

(Newser) - It might—might—be a little tougher to grab illegal downloads off the Internet in the near future: The FBI says it arrested the owner of the biggest illegal site on the Internet, with help from Apple, reports MacRumors . Artem Vaulin, a Ukraine native, was arrested in Poland and accused... More »

Breaking Bad Finale Breaks Ratings Records

Most watched basic cable series finale ever with 10.3M viewers

(Newser) - Most TV shows tend to lose viewers as they wind down into their final seasons, but Breaking Bad was never most TV shows. It just kept getting more popular. Last night's acclaimed series finale pulled in a massive 10.3 million viewers, smashing the show's own record of... More »

The Most Pirated TV Shows of Spring

'Game of Thrones' takes the crown

(Newser) - As we head into the wasteland that is summer television, TorrentFreak takes a look back at the 10 most pirated TV shows of Spring 2013. Surprising no one, Game of Thrones takes the, er, crown, with piracy of the show up 25% over last year. It had an estimated 5,... More »

To Avoid Raids, Pirate Bay Sails to the Cloud

Notorious BitTorrent boasts it can 'cross borders seamlessly'

(Newser) - The Pirate Bay is determined not to go the way of Megaupload. The notoriously resilient BitTorrent site has moved its operations entirely online, TorrentFreak reports, in a move that it thinks will insulate it against police raids. "Moving to the cloud lets TPB move from country to country, crossing... More »

Sweden Has Official New Religion: File Sharing

Believers join Missionary Church of Kopimism

(Newser) - Sweden may not condone file-sharing—it's still illegal—but the country is officially OK with belief in the practice. Some 3,000 passionate file-sharers have gotten their beliefs recognized as an official religion. The Missionary Church of Kopimism—as in, "copy-me-ism"—has sought official status in Sweden... More »

WikiLeaks Blames Guardian for Cable Leak

Newspaper leaked password for unredacted files, WikiLeaks complains

(Newser) - A lesson in the importance of changing your passwords, courtesy of WikiLeaks and the Guardian : An unredacted version of WikiLeaks' entire trove of US diplomatic cables has been leaked online and WikiLeaks says it's all the newspaper's fault, the BBC reports. A message from the site posted on... More »

UK Student Faces Extradition to US Over Piracy Site

Richard O'Dwyer, 23, faces up to five years in jail

(Newser) - A 23-year-old British college student is facing extradition to the US and up to five years in prison for running a website that linked to pirated TV and movie content. Up until November, Richard O’Dwyer ran TVShack, a site that’s now been seized by the Immigrations and Customs... More »

Massachusetts' New Political Party: Pirates

Pirate Party now accepted as a political designation

(Newser) - Avast there, Massachusetts voters! A’fore ye register f’r some lilly-livered party like the “Democrats” or “Republicans,” ye might want to consider signin’ on with the state’s newest crew: the Massachusetts Pirate Party. That’s right, the Massachusetts Election Division has officially approved the swashbuckling... More »

Court Smacks Down FCC in Net Neutrality Case

Agency had no standing to regulate Comcast, 3-judge panel rules

(Newser) - A federal court today said the FCC does not have the power to force Internet service providers to treat all traffic equally. The ruling, in a closely watched case concerning Comcast's ban on BitTorrent, is a blow to the Obama administration’s crusade for net neutrality. But the FCC failed... More »

New Software Can Delete Emails Permanently

Software scatters encryption keys among temporary BitTorrent nodes

(Newser) - Email is inherently insecure, because it has a long shelf-life—even deleted messages can be stored infinitely on the email service of the sender or recipient. Now a team of scientists is poised to unveil software later this month to make them disappear for keeps, reports the Economist. “Vanish”... More »

Music Industry Hunts for Cash in Pirate Bay Sale

Trade group wants its chunk of $7.8M acquisition

(Newser) - The music industry wants its money back from those copyright vigilantes at Pirate Bay, and now it sees a decent chance to get it, reports CNET. An industry trade group plans to go after the $3.6 million in damages awarded by a Swedish court now that a software company... More »

Pirate Bay Ruling Invigorates Pirates

(Newser) - Last week’s guilty verdict against the Swedes behind the Pirate Bay filesharing site not only hasn’t shuttered the operation—it’s boosted support for the cause of free information, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The affiliated Pirate Party, which advocates for copyright reform, has doubled its membership just... More »

Pirate Bay Founders Get Jail, Fines for File Sharing

File-sharing site team gets year in jail, must pay $3.6M to firms

(Newser) - In a big win for the movie and music business, four men behind the file-sharing service The Pirate Bay, including its two founders, have been found guilty of making copyrighted files available for downloading, CNET reports. A Swedish court sentenced each to a year in jail; the men must also... More »

Pirate Bay Treasure: Total Web Encryption for Privacy

Project could protect all data exchanged between computers from prying eyes

(Newser) - The founders of hugely popular torrent site Pirate Bay have announced ambitious plans to develop technology to encrypt all web traffic to ensure users absolute privacy, reports NewTeeVee. "Transparent end-to-end encryption for the internet"—or IPETEE—would protect all information sent from or received by a PC, including... More »

Swedish Police Crack Down on File Sharing Site

But defiant Pirate Bay owners vow that nothing will change

(Newser) - Swedish authorities have taken action to sink Pirate Bay, one of the world's most popular file-sharing site, by leveling charges of copyright infringement against four of its administrators, DailyTech reports. Prosecutors allege the site, which boasts almost 15 million users, exploits copyrighted material like music and movies by collecting some... More »

FCC to Test 'Net Neutrality' in Comcast Case

Service provider faces investigation over claims of traffic-blocking

(Newser) - The Federal Communications Commission will investigate allegations Comcast hinders file sharing by blocking internet traffic for some users, the AP reports. Reports last year showed Comcast interfered with popular BitTorrent file-transfer protocol. Comcast has denied blocking data, rather claiming it delays such transfers to maximize network efficiency for all users.... More »

Top 10 Startups to Watch In 2008

From a DNA decoder to mini-Googles

(Newser) - A web startup that checks your DNA for predisposition to a spectrum of disease - and finds you a date (23andMe); a GPS system that can thread its way around traffic (Dash);  A P2P download service that may revolutionize online video (BitTorrent); social networking designed for the workplace (LinkedIn);... More »

Prince vs. the Internet: Round 2?

Pirate Bay admins, hounded by lawyers and tails, 'not worried'

(Newser) - Things are heating up for BitTorrent search site The Pirate Bay, as lawyers for Prince pressure advertisers to drop it and a Swedish prosecutor promises to sue site administrators. One admin tells Ars Technica that investigators driving cars with Danish license plates are following and photographing Pirate Bay operators --... More »

FCC Put to Test Over Net Neutrality

Consumer groups lodge complaint against Comcast file sharing interference

(Newser) - Consumer groups and legal scholars filed a complaint with the FCC today asking the agency to fine Comcast for interfering with subscribers' file transfers. The case will be the first major indication of the FCC's actual stance on Net Neutrality. The petitions call on the FCC to fine Comcast $195,... More »

Comcast Blocking Lotus Notes

(Newser) - Cable and Internet service giant Comcast is disrupting more than just BitTorrent traffic, reports Ars Technica. Tests by the Electronic Frontier Foundation show that Comcast customers using a growing list of apps may find their Net access slowed or denied. A Lotus Notes engineer, for example, discovered Notes emails sent... More »

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