torrentfreak.com Archives - 30 June 2015, Tuesday

  • Can BitTorrent Be Better With Bitcoin?

    torrentfreak.com 27 Jun '15, 10am

    To millions of users around the world, BitTorrent is a beautiful thing. Not only does it enable the worldwide sharing of any kind of media, but the manner in which it does so is a stroke of pure genius. Utilizing the bandwidth of all participants in its ‘swarms’, BitTorrent pools the ...

  • Can BitTorrent Be Better With Bitcoin?

    torrentfreak.com 27 Jun '15, 9am

    To millions of users around the world, BitTorrent is a beautiful thing. Not only does it enable the worldwide sharing of any kind of media, but the manner in which it does so is a stroke of pure genius. Utilizing the bandwidth of all participants in its ‘swarms’, BitTorrent pools the ...

  • uTorrent Hopes to Regain Trust After Bitcoin Mining Controversy

    torrentfreak.com 13 Apr '15, 9am

    Last month many uTorrent users were surprised to see that their favorite BitTorrent client came bundled with the “Epic Scale” Bitcoin miner . What made things worse was that, according to some, the application was installed silently without asking for explicit permission. uTorrent’s p...

  • uTorrent Hopes to Regain Trust After Bitcoin Mining Controversy

    torrentfreak.com 13 Apr '15, 9am

    Last month many uTorrent users were surprised to see that their favorite BitTorrent client came bundled with the “Epic Scale” Bitcoin miner . What made things worse was that, according to some, the application was installed silently without asking for explicit permission. uTorrent’s p...

  • uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner, Users Complain

    torrentfreak.com 06 Mar '15, 3pm

    With well over 150 million active users a month uTorrent is by far the most used BitTorrent client around. The application brings in revenue through in-app advertising and also presents users with “offers” to try out third-party software when installed or updated. These offers are usu...

  • #bitcoin

    The Copyright Monopoly Wars Are About To Repeat, But Much Worse

    torrentfreak.com 16 Nov '14, 10pm

    People sometimes ask me when I started questioning if the copyright monopoly laws were just, proper, or indeed sane. I respond truthfully that it was about 1985, when we were sharing music on cassette tapes and the copyright industry called us thieves, murderers, rapists, arsonists, a...

  • Singapore Passes Pirate Bay-Blocking Anti-Piracy Law

    torrentfreak.com 08 Jul '14, 9am

    The battle to stop Internet users from downloading copyrighted material is one that can never be won, but that hasn’t stopped a growing list of countries from having a go. Domain blocking is now one of the preferred methods of reducing copyright infringement around Europe and is endor...

  • BitTorrent Hip Hop Album Becomes First Ever to Accept Bitcoin

    torrentfreak.com 23 Mar '14, 9am

    Following a December 2013 teaser , February builds of FrostWire’s Windows, Mac and Linux BitTorrent clients included a ground-breaking new feature . The Frostwire client, which can be used in the same way as uTorrent or Vuze for example, now includes a torrent creation feature which s...

  • Bitcoin Donations Now Integrated into BitTorrent Client

    Bitcoin Donations Now Integrated into BitTorrent Client

    torrentfreak.com 27 Feb '14, 6pm

    While content distributed via BitTorrent is almost always free (a situation most users would like to keep intact) there has long been a desire to find a straightforward mechanism for optional donations. The possibilities are intriguing, from artists being able to seed their own conten...

  • BitTorrent Client Devs Work on Bitcoin Integration

    torrentfreak.com 13 Dec '13, 4pm

    these are the types of feedback we’re looking for while we enter the discussion. At this point, the “mandatory” payment idea is just something that’s obviously possible with the technology, and the discussion is only about adding bitcoin metadata to the torrent so donations/tips can b...

  • RIAA: Bitcoin Makes it Hard to Track or Seize Pirate Bay Donations

    RIAA: Bitcoin Makes it Hard to Track or Seize Pirate Bay Donations

    torrentfreak.com 30 Oct '13, 5pm

    RIAA: Bitcoin Makes it Hard to Track or Seize Pirate Bay Donations Ernesto October 30, 2013 38 BitCoin Print The RIAA alerted the U.S. Government to several notorious pirate websites this week, including The Pirate Bay. While the inclusion of the infamous torrent site doesn’t come as ...

  • Mastercard and Visa Start Banning VPN Providers

    torrentfreak.com 03 Jul '13, 5pm

    Mastercard and Visa Start Banning VPN Providers Ernesto July 3, 2013 346 vpn Print Following the introduction of restrictions against file-sharing services, Mastercard and Visa have now started to take action against VPN providers. This week, Swedish payment provider Payson cut access...

  • Feds Seize Cash from Major Bitcoin Exchange’s Dwolla Account |

    torrentfreak.com 15 May '13, 9am

    Feds Seize Cash from Major Bitcoin Exchange’s Dwolla Account Andy May 15, 2013 11 Print The U.S. Government has taken a significant action against the web’s top Bitcoin exchange by seizing funds from its mobile payment services account as part of a criminal investigation. As Bitcoin d...

  • The Pirate Bay Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations

    torrentfreak.com 23 Apr '13, 10am

    if bit-coins are not really recognised by the established institutions as legal tender, then theoretically for the time being, if we donate then we cannot be prosecuted for supporting piracy as what we are doing means nothing. only once bit-coin is accepted as legal tender will things...

  • The Pirate Bay Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations

    The Pirate Bay Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations

    torrentfreak.com 22 Apr '13, 10pm

    The Pirate Bay Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations Ernesto April 23, 2013 13 BitCoin , tpb Print The Pirate Bay has begun accepting contributions from the public, allowing users to donate exclusively via the P2P crypto-currency Bitcoin. One of the advantages for the operators of the infamou...

  • BitFetch Debuts BitCoin-Powered Anonymous BitTorrent Downloads

    BitFetch Debuts BitCoin-Powered Anonymous BitTorrent Downloads

    torrentfreak.com 30 Mar '13, 12pm

    BitFetch Debuts BitCoin-Powered Anonymous BitTorrent Downloads Andy March 30, 2013 10 BitCoin , BitFetch Print A new privacy-conscious file-sharing service is aiming to bring the power of BitCoin and BitTorrent together in one neat package, with some added extras. Offering high-speed ...

  • #VPN Services That Take Your Anonymity Seriously, 2013 Edition (almost all accept #Bitcoin) #Privacy #Anonymous

    VPN Services That Take Your Anonymity Seriously, 2013 Edition

    torrentfreak.com 03 Mar '13, 8am

    Our client billing area and VPN/Proxy user auth servers are two completely separate systems. This is to ensure the privacy and securities of our customer’s accounts are upheld at all times. While the customer’s chosen payment method will be linked to the client billing area login, thi...

  • Mega Resellers Take Down PayPal Payment Option < HERE IT COMES..... #bitcoin

    Mega Resellers Take Down PayPal Payment Option

    torrentfreak.com 27 Jan '13, 12pm

    Mega Resellers Take Down PayPal Payment Option enigmax January 27, 2013 31 Mega Print After trumpeting the start of a campaign this week to cut off payment processing to Mega, an anti-piracy outfit has just announced some developments. According to Robert King of StopFileLockers, out ...

  • Kim has been warned for months that he should accept #Bitcoin over all other payment methods: < and now you see why.

    Dotcom’s Mega: Anti-Piracy Group Moves To Cut Off Site’s Finances | TorrentFreak

    torrentfreak.com 21 Jan '13, 10am

    Dotcom’s Mega: Anti-Piracy Group Moves To Cut Off Site’s Finances enigmax January 21, 2013 0 kim dotcom , Mega , StopFileLockers Print An anti-piracy group with the stated aim of shutting down file-hosting services by strangling their finances has wasted no time in going after Kim Dot...

  • PayPal Demands Invites to Private BitTorrent Trackers | TorrentFreak

    torrentfreak.com 08 Jan '13, 7pm

    PayPal Demands Invites to Private BitTorrent Trackers enigmax January 8, 2013 0 paypal Print The traditional way for private BitTorrent trackers to keep their operations going is to accept donations from site users. Many sites, probably many hundreds, use PayPal to process these donat...

  • ISP Walks Out of Piracy Talks: “We’re Not The Internet Police” | TorrentFreak

    torrentfreak.com 17 Dec '12, 5pm

    ISP Walks Out of Piracy Talks: “We’re Not The Internet Police” enigmax December 17, 2012 224 iiNet Print A leading Australian Internet service provider has pulled out of negotiations to create a warning notice scheme aimed at reducing online piracy. iiNet, the ISP that was sued by Hol...

  • Paypal Bans Usenet Providers Over Piracy Concerns | TorrentFreak

    torrentfreak.com 21 Nov '12, 4pm

    Paypal Bans Usenet Providers Over Piracy Concerns Ernesto November 21, 2012 95 paypal , usenet Print After banning several of the largest file-hosting sites, PayPal is now taking aim at Usenet services. The payment processor has just cut off several providers of Usenet services and fr...

  • Hackers steal Kim Dotcom's me.ga domain and asks for Bitcoin #bitcoin

    Me.ga Hackers: We’re Real Pirates & We’ll Sell Dotcom’s Domain To Universal | TorrentFreak

    torrentfreak.com 07 Nov '12, 3pm

    Me.ga Hackers: We’re Real Pirates & We’ll Sell Dotcom’s Domain To Universal enigmax November 7, 2012 160 Me.ga , MegaUpload Print A Gabon government minister has said that his country will not be used as a base for committing copyright infringement and has announced that his country w...