Huge valuation placed on Twitter ahead of potential IPO in 2014
Twitter is reportedly preparing to go public in 2014, with one research firm already placing an $11 billion (UK£6.83, AUD$10.51) valuation on the company.According to the Guardian, financial researchers Greencrest have reached the rough valuation by analysing the 'secondary market' in which shares trade hands privately and unofficially. The firm also said the social network's jump from an $8 billion (UK£4.96, AUD$7.64) valuation in 2011, is partly due to unsubstantiated rumours that Apple may be...
IMAGiNE BitTorrent Group Leader Sentenced To Five Years in Prison
In 2011 the notorious IMAGiNE movie piracy group was dismantled by the FBI. The group had been releasing large numbers of movies onto the Internet, many of them still playing in theaters, and this had attracted the attention of the MPAA who launched an investigation. Members of IMAGiNE were arrested and charged with with several counts of criminal copyright infringement, and one by one they have been receiving their sentences. In November 2012, Sean Lovelady of California, a moderator with the g...
New Report Accuses Google and Yahoo of Funding ‘Pirate Sites’
One of the anti-piracy complaints of the entertainment companies that appears to be raising its head more frequently is how so-called ‘pirate’ sites are funded by “legitimate” business. There are many ways that sites can generate revenue in order to keep going, but far and away the most obvious is by the placement of advertising. Most public facing sites carry adverts of some kind and it is the goal of entities such as the MPAA and RIAA to have these removed, either by pl...
Megaupload: U.S. Deliberately Misled the Court with Unlawful Search Warrants
When the U.S. Government applied for the search warrants against Megaupload last year, it told the court that they had warned Megaupload in 2010 that it was hosting infringing files. Through its hosting company, Megaupload was informed about a criminal search warrant in an unrelated case where the Government requested information on 39 infringing files stored by the file-hosting service. At the time Megaupload cooperated with this request and handed over details on the uploaders. The files were...
Pirate “Kopimism” Recognized as an Official Word By Sweden
The word ‘kopimism’ is an extension of ‘kopimi’ or ‘copy me’ in English. In Swedish ‘pirate’ circles the somewhat unusual words have been in semi-regular use for at least seven years but didn’t gain widespread international attention until early 2012. The breakthrough came after a group of self-confessed pirates went on a two-year mission to have their beliefs recognized as a formal religion in Sweden. Despite being rejected several times, th...
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BBC-Backed Pirate Bay Documentary Ready for Premiere
In the summer of 2003 a group of computer fanatics came up with the idea of starting a new file-sharing site using the then relatively new BitTorrent protocol. The Pirate Bay was born, and nearly a decade and numerous court cases later it is still the most-visited torrent site of all time. But how did Anakata, Brokep and TiAMO – three guys from Scandinavia – become Hollywood’s worst nightmare? What drove them to mock copyright holders, how did they deal with the private investigators who ...
Gary Marshall: 30 years of the internet - but the best is yet to come
Thirty years ago this week, Vint Cerf began "a great adventure". On January 1, 1983, he and his colleagues switched on the internet. It wasn't the internet as we'd recognise it today, of course: developments such as the Domain Name System, the World Wide Web, spam and LOLcats were still in the future. But when Cerf's team moved DARPA's systems to the TCP/IP protocol, they created the plumbing that underpins everything we use today. They didn't just change the way a few computers communic...
Cord-Cutters Rejoice, XBMC Now Sets Itself Up With a Couple of Clicks
XBMC was launched as an unofficial media player for the very first Xbox almost a decade ago. Originally known as the Xbox Media Center, today it’s known just by its acronym. Safe to say that in the past ten years things have moved on an awful lot. These days XBMC is available on a range of platforms including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, jailbroken iPhone /iPad and Apple TV. There is also an Android version available which means that it can be installed on one of these babies and simply plugg...
Happy New Year 2013 Google Doodle
I already shared New Year’s Eve 2012 Doodle on the final day of 2012. In this New year’s Doodle 2013, Google welcome everyone in their homepage.     In the final doodle – New Year’s Eve 2012 Doodle there are combination of 35 doodles which we see in the last year... For details visit my website www.techdesighn.com If you like this post, Follow us on Google+, Twitter & Facebook ...
bitGAMER BitTorrent Tracker Quits the Game, Shuts Down
Founded in 2006, bitGAMER has become one of the larger private BitTorrent trackers dedicated to sharing games of all sorts. What started out as a sister site of the Underground Gamer tracker turned into a serious player on its own, amassing 65,000 members over the years. However, at the start of 2013 the site’s founders have decided to quit the game for good, leaving a large and active community behind. In a statement posted on the site’s homepage they explain that they are ready to ...
Explained: Crowdfunding: what it is and why it's important
Think of a crowd. Think of a mob. Think of a mass. The collective nouns for 'people' mostly come with negative connotations because, in the English language at least, such large groups are regarded apprehensively. If a third party talks about a crowd's 'mind', then that collective intelligence is automatically levelled down, sometimes to stupidity and more often to madness (except in obscure SF or fantasy). Think of Charles Mackay's seminal book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of...
TorrentFreak’s Top File-Sharing News Articles of 2012
The past year has been an eventful one, starting with the historic SOPA and PIPA protests that carried over from 2011. Eventually both bills were defeated. Then there was the Megaupload raid and the indictment against the “Mega Conspiracy” which dominated the news the entire year and disrupted the file-hosting business. There were also winners in 2012, such as the ACTA protesters, Rojadirecta and thousands of alleged BitTorrent users who had their cases dismissed. And there were tho...
Facebook Midnight Delivery New Year's app hit by serious privacy flaw
Facebook was forced to temporarily disable its Midnight Message service today, after an IT student uncovered a security flaw.The Midnight Delivery app, which is part of the Facebook Stories site, allows users to send a message to their pals across the globe and have it appear when the clock strikes 12am on January 1.However, when testing the messaging app, British IT student Jack Jenkins found that he was able to access messages and photos sent by other users, simply by modifying the URL of his ...
Pirates? Hollywood Sets $10+ Billion Box Office Record
The MPAA has made it very clear that the economy is losing billions due to piracy. Illegal downloads, they say, are slowly killing the creative industries. While we’re not going to dispute these movie industry commissioned numbers here, it is worth pointing out that at North American box offices a new record has just been broken. For the first time in history total ticket sales have exceeded $10.7 billion. According to the most recent numbers total revenue this year will be around $10.8 bi...
New Year’s Eve 2012 Google Doodle
Now a days, Google Doodle is a common figure to add in Google homepage to celebrate historic moment. As my experience I found this Doodle is different than others. Its like collection of all doodles of 2012.   This recent New Year’s Eve Doodle is a collection of 35 doodles of 2012. You... For details visit my website www.techdesighn.com If you like this post, Follow us on Google+, Twitter & Facebook ...
Apple Sighs in Relief – Pirate App Store Shuts Down For Good
Although there are plenty of sites specializing in similar things, the Hackulous community is particularly well known among users of jailbroken Apple devices. Aside from the community forums, Hackulous is known for its direct connections with Apptrakr, a huge web-based index of cracked apps and Installous, a clever piece of software which allows the installation of iOS software found via Apptrakr and elsewhere. But as of yesterday, Hackulous is officially no more. “We are very sad to annou...
Top 10 Most Pirated Movies on BitTorrent
This week we have three newcomers in our chart. Taken 2 is the most downloaded movie for the second week in a row. The data for our weekly download chart is collected by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are BD/DVDrips unless stated otherwise. RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart. Week ending December 30, 2012 Ranking (last week) Movie IMDb Rating / Trailer torrentfreak.com 1 (1) Taken 2 6.4 / trailer 2 (…...
Copyright Monopoly Trends And Predictions For 2013
While there have been nice flares of light in the past – every success of a Pirate Party comes to mind, where all other politicians suddenly compete in who’s the better critic of the copyright monopoly – those flares of 2009 and 2011 have still been flares of light, and not game-changing events. Not yet. But 2012 saw two major such events, in addition to many minor ones. There was the SOPA defeat on January 18, and there was the ACTA defeat on July 4. These were slightly differ...
Facebook eliminated potential 'webcam spying' hack this summer
A Facebook security vulnerability, which could have been exploited to activate a user's webcam and record them without their knowledge was closed off this summer, it has been revealed.Facebook paid Indian research firm XY Security a $2,500 (UK£1,546, AUD$2,409) "bounty" in July for discovering the issue and drawing the bug to its attention, the social network has confirmed.The flaw, which Facebook said was never exploited by a potential 'peeping Tom', could have affected users who had al...