Last week, I wrote about the commoditization of the enterprise file sharing market and how pure play vendors are being forced to…
It’s hardly news that enterprise file sharing technology has become commoditized. That process has very visibly played out in the tech media…
Slack is widely acknowledged as the enterprise real-time messaging (work chat) tool with the most traction, having passed the million daily user…
Basic syncing still free
BitTorrent officially launched Sync 2.0 Tuesday, taking the next step toward turning the P2P-based file backup and synchronization tool into a real business. Sync…
Pioneering file hosting service RapidShare is shutting down by the end of next month, according to a notice posted on the service’s website…
Thunder and lightning
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has sued Chinese file sharing operator Xunlei for copyright infringement, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The…
BitTorrent wants to make one-off file sharing across local networks as well as the internet easier with a new tool that aims to take on Apple’s AirDrop.
Workplace messaging apps are getting more sophisticated and helping companies make the shift to mobile communication. The latest development is a way to text files from Box, Dropbox and Microsoft One for on-the-go access.
No more exchanging complicated cryptographic keys: BitTorrent’s file synchronization and backup app Sync now lets you share folders with simple web links.
Amazon Web Services’ new file-sharing service might be bad news for for companies like Box and Dropbox, but if they’re hurt they’ll only be collateral damage. The real targets are cloud platform competitors Google and Microsoft.
Box’s long-awaited IPO is being pushed out, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, as the storage and file sharing company takes in a hefty sum of investment.
Think all BitTorrent downloads are illegal? Think again: BitTorrent Inc. announced Monday that it has distributed more than 100 million copies of…
Infinit is a fast, peer-to-peer file sharing application that uses its own protocol, eschewing Bittorrent.
A new report finally sheds some details on a 6-strike system intended to deter piracy. One of the ways it does that is by slowing down pirates’ internet connections in some cases.
Wil Wheaton isn’t one to freak out about piracy, but he also knows that his new TV show needs good ratings to survive.
Americans download more movies, music and TV shows that BitTorrent users in any other country. So why is everyone talking about the decline of P2P?
There are as nearly as many file share and sync products as there are file types. And companies may need to deploy more than one.
The industry’s unique demands for speed and multicasting have fueled the growth of specialist video IP transport companies like Aspera, Signiant, and Brevity.
Three Strikes Law Does Nothing to Curb Piracy, Research Finds Gradual copyright enforcement legislation, also known as three-strikes laws, don’t curb piracy:…
The popular cloud storage and file sharing service stumbled Friday night with problems persisting into Sunday morning.
Pirate Bay Uploads Surge 50% in a Year, Despite Anti-Piracy Efforts P2P piracy may be less in the spotlight than it used…
New documents from the Justice Department suggest the Megaupload founder waged a cynical campaign to rat out rivals for copyright infringement even as his own service got rich off the same practices.
The majority of IT managers today support enterprise mobile applications. Coupled with increasing user demand for consumer-like user interfaces, sleeker applications pose a real threat to the traditional enterprise independent software vendors that do not follow suit.
What happens when one of the most talked-about shows on television airs its final episode? For one thing, a lot of piracy.
Music piracy has gone down significantly in the Netherlands since the launch of Spotify in that country. What’s more, artists who embrace Spotify see lower levels of piracy.
Watch out, Dropbox: BitTorrent’s fiole synchronization tool Sync is entering its beta testing phase, and the company is releasing an Android app or Sync.
RapidShare used to be the world’s most popular one-click hoster, used by millions to store and share files. Now, it has to lay off 75 percent of its staff.
BitTorrent wants more artists to give away stuff to file sharers – which is why they just gave those artists an option to also sell stuff to file sharers.
Novell, a staid brand in enterprise software, is adding its first totally new product — Filr — since Attachmate closed on its acquisition of the company in 2011.
File sharing is exploding, and the studios are barely keeping up fighting the pirates: That’s the gist of a WSJ story detailing NBC’s anti-piracy work. But is it really that simple?
Watch out, Yousendit: BitTorrent now offers person-to-person file sharing of files of up to 1 TB for free. The company’s new SoShare app specifically targets musicians, filmmakers and photographers.
Facebook users will now be able to more easily share files within Facebook groups by linking to their Dropbox accounts. The integration between the two companies marks a big win for Dropbox, will will now have access to millions of potential new users.
Here’s a novel idea for Hollywood: Instead of forcing other countries to adopt ever tougher copyright laws, help services like Netflix and Hulu to launch operations overseas. And forcing U.S. consumers to authenticate before they can watch TV online might not be the smartest idea either.
Thought BitTorrent was just about illegally downloading recent Hollywood blockbusters? Think again: Now you can legally torrent more than one million movies, live concert recordings, radio shows and books, thanks to a partnership of the Internet Archive and BitTorrent Inc.
Peter Sunde, co-founder and former spokesperson of The Pirate Bay, doesn’t want to go to jail. In a plea for clemency filed this week, he argued that the case against him was full of irregularities. Sunde also shared a few more details about The Video Bay.
In a victory for Comcast, a federal judge in Chicago quashed four subpoenas that would have let a porn studio identify hundreds of subscribers accused of using torrent technology to share videos.
Boxee launched a video sharing app for the iPhone Monday that aims to make private video sharing easier. A close integration with the Boxee Box will follow soon, and a paid service tier is in the works as well. But is Cloudee Boxee’s DVR in disguise?
Labels used to spend big bucks to promote their music on radio stations and in record stores. They should embrace file sharing instead, argues Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz. The band just released four tracks of its new album as a free BitTorrent download.
Content owners have been hoping that France’s controversial HADOPI scheme for disconnecting file-sharers might provide a model for the rest of the world. Now, the fate of the plan is in confusion after last week’s election that brought Socialist Francois Hollande to power.
Silicon Valley veteran and former Formspring COO Ro Choy has been hired by BitTorrent Inc. as VP of Biz Dev and Marketing. One of his first tasks on the job: Dealing with rumors that the company is going to rebrand itself as Gyre Corp.
The stereotype of Russia as a haven of copyright infringement could be a thing of the past, after officials in Moscow said they were considering holding internet providers liable for illegal filesharing that takes place on their networks.
More businesses are putting at least some data in the cloud and a growing pack of vendors is fighting for that business. The latest entry is Egnyte’s updated hybrid cloud offering which supports up to 10B files and 10,000 concurrent users per account.
On-demand streaming is only one part of a much broader transition taking place in the digital music industry: the shift from analog media business models to the age of digital consumption. This research note discusses that shift in light of the current music industry, where the iTunes digital download leads the market but will not necessarily lead the future. Simply put, the audio file alone is no longer the product. Instead, the experiences built around it are, and as we discuss here, services like Spotify, Facebook, Topspin and others are leading the way into this new era of dynamic, interactive and social music.
Audiogalaxy is back: The former file sharing service is going back to its P2P roots to take on Pandora with personalized playlists, streaming music directly from one user to another and onto mobile handsets. But this time, the company is playing by the book.
Organizations face many challenges these days as the work world shifts and changes. This is particularly true when it comes to collaborating on projects, and while there are many new services and platforms dedicated to this area, each with differing strengths and focuses, much of today’s business communication activity still happens in email.
One of the world’s most popular BitTorrent search engines has closed down voluntarily, as the domino effect brought on by recent moves against Megaupload and the Pirate Bay starts to hit other filesharing sites.
Neil Young put a lot of the media industry’s hysteria about file-sharing into perspective when he said in a recent interview that “piracy is the new radio — that’s how music gets around.” In fact, a certain amount of “piracy” can be good for business.
One of the key accusations against MegaUpload is that the site knowingly paid users who uploaded infringing content. MegaUpload did pioneer affiliate programs for cloud hosters, and others quickly copied the strategy, leading to a pirate cottage industry. But these days are now over.
Want to download a car? Now you can, kind of anyway: The Pirate Bay has started to offer users a way to exchange 3-D designs for physical objects that can be reproduced with 3-D printers. This kind of sharing only complicates the copyright debate.
Not only were the authorities able to shut down MegaUpload and arrest its founders without either SOPA or PIPA, but the facts of the case raise even more red flags about what the government would be able to do to similar services under those proposed laws.
MegaUpload, the file-sharing community, has had its physical offices raided by the FBI and its site shut down because the U.S. government says it has violated copyright. I asked a few companies that track web traffic to see how it affected the Internet.
A new report on social networking traffic patterns in organizations across the globe reveals that while use of social networks at work is way up, it still accounts for only a miniscule percentage of bandwidth. Threats to data security may be the bigger issue.
BitTorrent’s new Share app offers users a way to privately share files of unlimited file size with others without paying for a cloud storage service. The company is currently using S3 to cache files, but wants to eventually move to its own P2P cloud service.
KaZaA, Napster, LimeWire & Co. all have been sued out of existence in the U.S., but Spain’s Blubster and Piolet music swapping apps prevailed in court today. Pablo Soto, who developed both file sharing applications, can’t be held liable for copyright infringement, a local court found.
Megaupload sued Universal Music in federal court today, alleging that the music label is trying to censor a promotional video for the file hoster through bogus take-down notices. However, Universal said that some of the artists depicted in the video never consented to it.
Belgian music rights holders want local ISPs to pay 3.4 percent of their subscriber revenue to compensate for music piracy committed by their customers. Those customers, however, could still be sued for file sharing, even after their ISPs paid for it.
How do you convince people that the future of music is all about access, and not ownership? LimeWire thought it had a solution to this problem with its never-launched Grapevine music subscription service. What did Grapevine have to offer? Take a look for yourself.
µTorrent users will soon be able to transcode their downloads and sync them with mobile and connected devices, thanks to a new µTorrent Plus client now going into limited alpha testing. Want to check it out yourself? We have some invite codes inside.
It’s been close to a year since LimeWire was forced to shut down its file sharing platform. LimeWire’s website has since been reduced to a single splash page – but it’s still attracting more than a million people a month looking for free music every month.
Warner Bros. systematically abused an automated takedown system provided by Hotfile, the file host claims in a countersuit against the studio. The claims made by Hotfile include information on the behind-the-scenes actions taken by Hollywood to enforce its rights against file sharing on cloud file hosts.
This guest post was written by Alex Swartsel, who is a member of the MPAA’s communications team, and originated on the MPAA Blog. It was written in response to Janko Roettgers’ piece “Sorry, Hollywood: Piracy may make a comeback,” which we published Thursday.
Android owners using Dropbox should take a look at Dropsync, a third-party client that offers more features than the native Dropbox software. Offering true, two-way sync, the app can be configured to sync at certain times, on Wi-Fi only or depending on the phone’s battery level.
The market for photography apps and photo sharing services is crowded beyond belief, ranging from trendy startups like Instagram to heavily-funded monsters such as Color. So why does Berlin-based EyeEm think it can make an impact? And can it succeed?
quanp, an online file storage service from Japanese electronics giant Ricoh that we’ve covered previously, is being shut down in the U.S. In an email sent to customers, the company notes that the service, which was in beta, will be discontinued on September 30th.
Simple drag-and-drop file sharing service Minus, which I wrote about a couple of months ago, has acquired the Minus.com domain name. Minus.com will be used as the service’s primary domain going forward, rather than min.us, which was used previously and was thought to be confusing.
Boxify.me is a service that offers a twist on the usual simple online file sharing service: The app provides an online “box” at a specific URL that groups can use to share files. Anyone with the URL can then upload or download files from the box.
For sending, sharing and collaborating on files, there are a huge number of file sharing apps available, including Dropbox, Box.net, Minus, FileShareHQ and Accellion. Another option in this very crowded market that is billed as being “exclusively focused on small business/enterprise features” is ShareFile
A few weeks ago, electronic mail, or email as it’s now affectionately known, hit the respectable age of 40. Four decades since the first message – believed to be “QWERTYUIOP” – email seems to be going strong. But is it about to hit a midlife crisis?
Egnyte, the file management, sharing and backup system that I wrote about last fall, has been updated, and has added several ways to simplify accessing and sharing files in the cloud, directly from Windows Explorer, the Mac OS X Finder and Outlook.
Have you ever watched a TV show episode or Hollywood blockbuster on a website that didn’t have the proper licenses? Then you could be in trouble, at least if the example of Kino.to catches on. Rights holders are threatening to sue users of the now-defunct site.
German content owners have been busy pursuing alleged infringers: Local ISPs have to hand out around 300,000 names and addresses of file sharers caught in the act every month, according to data from a German industry association. Will we see similar numbers in the U.S. soon?
File sharing and collaboration company Box.net’s SimpleShare is a great little desktop app for Windows and Mac that makes taking and sharing screenshots and screencasts seamless. Take a screenshot, or record a screencast, using the app and it will automatically be uploaded to your Box.net account.
Fyels is an ultra-minimal drag-and-drop file sharing app that makes sharing large files with colleagues or clients a breeze. Head to the website, and then drag and drop your file onto the dropzone. Once the file is uploaded, you’ll be provided with a ready-shortened link.
Minus is a drag-and-drop online file-sharing app that’s well-designed and dead simple to use: Head to the site, drag the files you want to share onto the browser window and it will be added to an online gallery.
BitTorrent’s new Project Chrysalis client now makes it possible to share files of unlimited size with your friends even when you’re not online. The company is caching files and using a revamped UI to make the facilitation of BitTorrent downloads much easier than before.
Want to share a file with colleagues or clients, but aren’t sure whether they have the necessary software to open it? Dropdo is a simple online file sharing service that has built-in viewing tools for many different file formats, including video, images, audio and documents.
VoxOx, the all-in-one phone, fax, instant-messaging, text-messaging, and file-sending application, is now offering an app for iOS. While the mobile app doesn’t have all of the features of the desktop application, it may be useful for those who juggle lots of communication channels.
New laws to track and disconnect Britons accused of illegally downloading copyrighted files has been controversial, but after an attempt to get it overturned by the U.K.’s two largest Internet providers failed, it looks certain to be put into action.
If you have access to a server, FileShuttle is a free app for the Mac that makes sharing files, images and text a snap. Add your server’s FTP details, and uploading files is simply a matter of dragging them onto the FileShuttle icon in the dock.
Accellion, a provider of secure file transfer solutions, has announced Accellion Secure Collaboration, a new product that aims to bring easy Dropbox-style file sharing and collaboration to the enterprise, while also providing IT departments with controls to ensure data security and demonstrate regulatory compliance.
File sharing and downloading from sites like Rapidshare and services like Usenet is shifting towards video and e-books, with MP3s quickly going out of fashion. That’s the gist of new data from a media search engine, which also shows that free MP3s are still widely available.
The folks at Egnyte have released a survey indicating that over 80 percent of small business professionals plan to work over the holidays. For those folks, the company has now released an Android app, to manage, access and share files while on the road.
The British law office ACS:Law is know for hunting down file sharers. This weekend, it got into murky legal waters of its own after it accidentally published a number of internal emails on its web site, revealing names of alleged porn file sharers and more.
Most video- game developers see digital piracy as an enemy to be fought tooth and nail, but not Markus Persson. While he isn’t happy about people copying his game illegally, he sees it as a necessary part of doing business, and even a potential marketing benefit.
Switzerland-based anti-piracy company Logistep was handed a significant defeat by the country’s High Court today, which essentially bars it from collecting any evidence used in lawsuits against file sharing users. Logistep is now contemplating to leave Switzerland entirely as a response to the court decision.
Boxee users can now download torrents to a remote server and then stream the video files right within the application, thanks to a new Boxee app by Put.io. The remote file sharing service could even be used to set up a cloud-based DVR for Boxee.
Built right in to OS X are easy-to-use screen and file sharing tools that let you access and share data across other computers on your network.
On Wednesday, the first episode of Pioneer One debuted as a free torrent, and the sci-fi pilot, distributed by the VODO platform and promoted by a conglomerate of P2P services, is proving there may be a market for independently-produced and P2P-distributed content.
The legal war against file sharing has failed, and more and more, entertainment industry insiders are seeking alternatives to lawsuits and legal threats, realizing it’s time to finally work with, instead of against, peer-to-peer (P2P) network operators and their users. A variety of tools — from flat-fee licensing to ad-supported downloads — aim to help peer-to-peer distribution turn a profit (or at least earn its keep).
The UK government is backing away from a proposal in the Digital Economy Bill that would cut off broadband access for consumers…
People tend to equate BitTorrent with piracy, and we’re not going to pretend that there isn’t a lot of loot out there…
Internet-based communication is changing so quickly these days that there seems to be an endless stream of beta releases. Yesterday, Simon wrote…
I spend a lot of time each day communicating with colleagues and clients, by phone, email, on social networks, and via the…
LimeWire just announced that it’s been forced to disable its Facebook integration. The feature, which was introduced with the launch of LimeWire…
[qi:_newteevee] It seems the British government is going loony for anti-piracy rhetoric from the likes of U2 and David Geffen. Legislation proposed…
The other day, some friends and I were discussing the various productivity tools and services that we rely on to manage our…
Wired Internet service providers, by and large, view peer-to-peer file-sharing as a voracious, bandwidth-eating monster. With that in mind, they have justified…
Updated with comment from KaZaA: KaZaA, whose once-popular file-sharing service was shut down in 2006 as part of a settlement with the…
FriendFeed rolled out a new file-sharing feature on its site this afternoon in hopes of encouraging more organizations to use FriendFeed as…
Despite all the advances in “Cloud Computing” over the last year or two, a large part of most people’s work is still…
One of the things demoed by Phil Schiller when MobileMe was introduced was the ability to easily share files on your iDisk…
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a client wants you to transfer a project, including your intact file structure, remotely…
We’ve covered a great many Zoho services over the years; they continue to have one of the most diverse software-as-a-service offerings. Their…
Video broadcasting service Veodia (which broadcast one of our pier screenings last year) will now enable native MPEG-4/H.264 content playback through the…
I was hoping to make it to the office by 8 this morning but traffic was a bit heavy. I’m sitting in…
Here are four start-ups, I found across the blogsphere which others have found interesting. Common, another social network XConnect went live, with…