YouTorrent: 2 Legit and Quit?

BitTorrent meta-search engine YouTorrent is going legit and will only index sites that source legal torrent files from now on, according to TorrentFreak. One of the guys running the site told TorrentFreak:

“Due to the uncertain nature of the source and accuracy of the results returned by some engines, we have decided to reduce our engine selection to ones that claim the provision of licensed, certified content.”

Not only that, YouTorrent is also exploring a sale of the site and says it has received some interest from potential purchasers.

Though it had just launched in January, YouTorrent’s clean interface and ad-free design helped it rake in more than 10 million unique visitors per month (good luck keeping those people now that the site has gotten rid of the less-than-legal stuff). Looks like we can add YouTorrent to our Ten Sites for Free and Legal Torrents, or our updated list of even more legal torrent sites.

Does the Internet Need More Roads or Better Traffic Signals?

If the Internet is a highway, then the companies responsible for maintaining the roads are increasingly at odds with the ones producing a lot of the traffic. Comcast throttling BitTorrent traffic as a way to protect network integrity (or so it says) is one example. Another can be found in the arguments of a British ISP that’s seeking to get the BBC to pay for network upgrades, claiming the broadcaster’s iPlayer is hogging too much bandwidth. [digg=]

I’m not going to get into the insanity happening in the UK right now, but what is worth talking about is how networks can handle the increasing amount of traffic going through their pipes. The request for funding to build more robust networks made by Simon Gunter, chief of strategy at ISP Tiscali, is akin to asking car companies to pay a tax for building more roads. It’s one way to address the issue, but there are other options, among them better traffic management, which would decrease the distance cars need to travel.

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SPIN CITY: Comcast, BitTorrent Non-Deal

spin_city_-_title.jpg Updated: BitTorrent Inc. and Comcast announced a new deal today, thanks to a helping hand provided by Comcast CTO and BitTorrent adviser, Tony Werner. It’s actually a bit of a non-deal and a way for Comcast to save face after its P2P traffic management gaffe. Chris Albrecht over on NewTeeVee sees this as a “let’s be friends” move. To me it seems more like the marriage of Michael Jackson to Elvis Presley’s daughter.

The press release basically says nothing and gives me a headache. How about using plain English, saying, “Sorry folks, we traffic managed and were heavy-handed about it, but we have learned our lesson and will be transparent in the future“? And it still fails to answer the question of why Comcast meddled with the traffic to begin with. If it was serious about P2P and leveraging it for smart distribution, it could have been proactive. This release is simply a reaction to what amounts to the company getting its hand caught in the proverbial cookie jar. Read More about SPIN CITY: Comcast, BitTorrent Non-Deal

Interview: BitTorrent CEO Doug Walker

NewTeeVee’s Liz Gannes catches up with BitTorrent CEO Doug Walker and talks about the company, Comcast, traffic shaping and other sundry topics. Enjoy the video, and read Liz’s post over on NewTeeVee.

BitTorrent Finally Has A New CEO, CTO

[qi:032] BitTorrent, the San Francisco-based company that has long been looking for a new chief executive officer, has finally found one: Douglas Walker, former chief executive of Alias Systems. The company also added Eric Klinker, former chief technology of Internap (INAP), as its new CTO. These moves indicate that the P2P technology company is finally ready to shed its not-so-successful consumer efforts and instead focus on becoming an infrastructure-type player. It will compete with a growing number of similarly focused companies, including some still-in-stealth-mode startups

The company recently launched its BitTorrent Delivery Network Architecture (DNA) offerings. Klinker and his data center hosting credentials are a good indicator that BitTorrent is going to be beefing up its network delivery infrastructure. BitTorrent has been working with a handful of set-top box makers such as Pace Micro, and is trying to embed its technologies into other such IP set-top boxes. I think that after being a bit directionless for a while, BitTorrent is finally finding its bearings — though it is hard not to look at the competitive landscape and wonder if they can make money.

TIOTI To Launch Tuesday

The social TV download guide Tape It Off The Internet (TIOTI) will finally open to the public tomorrow. As one of the first sites to combine online TV with social recommendations, wiki features and tagging, TIOTI got some rave reviews when it first appeared late last year for a private beta test. The fact that it offered easy access to torrent downloads of your favorite shows didn’t hurt either.tioti2-3.jpg
Now TIOTI is back with a refined design and a bunch of new features. Of course, TIOTI isn’t the only one trying to reinvent the TV guide in the age of the Internet. Sidereel launched with a similar concept this spring, Locate TV just opened up today, offering its users a more Google-like experience, and TV Guide itself has been revamping its website. So how does the new TIOTI stack up against the competition — and how does it walk the delicate line between torrents, TV networks and the world of YouTube & Co.?
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