BitTorrent takes on Dropbox with personal file sharing

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.

Vid-Biz: Zumobi, Harper’s Globe, Open Video Conference

Zumobi Introduces American Idol App for iPhone; app gives users bios, pictures, news and 78 original videos from the remaining contestants. (Seattle Times)

Harper’ Launches; web site is the home of EQAL’s new “social show” in support of the CBS TV program Harper’s Island. (Harper’s Globe)

Open Video Conference This Summer; site now accepting proposals for panels, workshop sessions and other programming for the inaugural show June 19 – 20 in New York. (Open Video Conference)

RockPeaks Launches to Bring Concerts Online; pulling from sources like YouTube and Wikipedia, startup claims to have the largest database of live rock and roll shows. (RockPeaks)

Muziic Puts iTunes Interface on YouTube; service created by teen lets users stream music from the video sharing site to their computer without dealing with the video. (CNET)

Pando Co-Founder, CTO Leaves Company; Laird Popkin departing the P2P company to work for test-prep company Kaplan. (Silicon Alley Insider)

Bo Burnham Releases First Full-Length Album; rappin’, piano-playin’ YouTube sensation’s self-titled debut out now on Comedy Central Records; special on the network on March 27. (Bo Burnham Blog)

P2P & the Economic Downturn: Hello, Browser Toolbars!

Commercial P2P, we hardly knew ye: The recent shake-up at BitTorrent Inc., which consisted of replacing its CEO, losing its president and firing half of its workforce, has fueled speculation that P2P as a B2C business model is dead. Paul Glazowski mused the other day that, “[T]he legit, utopian vision of paid-for P2P downloads is headed for a depression,” while the typically upbeat P2P news site contended that “things could get dicey” for BitTorrent and other, similar startups.
Actually, things already have, at least in terms of the number of people that have been laid off. BitTorrent went to 18 employees from 55 in just four months, and Vuze recently confirmed two rounds of cuts totaling 24 people. P2P advertising startup Skyrider closed shop completely in October, and file-sharing dinosaur Morpheus quietly faded away earlier this year. Still, there is hope on the horizon for P2P startups — if they’re willing to annoy their user base, that is.
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Intel Makes Video Delivery Greener, a Bit Creepier

How’s an avid online video watcher supposed to get the latest episodes without leaving the computer on all the time? A new chipset from Intel might solve this problem, and save some energy (I’m repping NewTeeVee sister site Earth2Tech here), by allowing media providers to wake your snoozing PC up and automatically download fresh content. A new motherboard from the chip giant allows for Remote Wake technology without any extra cards or chipsets. Intel has already partnered with several media providers, including place-and-time shifting media manager Cyberlink, VoIP provider JAJAH, media manager Orb and P2P provider Pando.

Combining this hardware feature with a variety of content providers will allow users to remotely wake their PC and start downloading video so it will be ready and waiting when they get home. Once the download is complete the computer will nod back off to sleep, overall saving a bit of power, the companies claim. Intel expects to start shipping the new motherboards next month.

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Intel’s Remote Wake Gives PCs a Super Poke

It isn’t quite earth-shattering, but Intel is introducing a technology that could make computers more useful. The company has developed ways to power up PCs remotely, allowing people to, say, retrieve files, according to the Wall Street Journal. Intel calls this Remote Wake, and it will work on forthcoming desktops with a new chipset that will have the new software embedded in the memory. Apparently, this will be much easier to use than the current options.

Intel is working with Jajah, CyberLink, Orb Networks and Pando Networks. Because of Remote Wake, a PC will also be able to make and receive calls over the JAJAH network and wake up from sleep mode to receive a call. This is improvement over the current scenario, where you can’t quite use your PC as your phone, because when it’s in sleep mode, you miss the calls. Pando’s service could deliver video at a dedicated time to a PC after waking it up remotely, an option that could make Pando quite viable as a desktop-oriented content delivery network.

If you are an expert on remote access and have some opinions about Remote Wake, please share your opinions with us.

Comcast to Create P2P Bill of Rights

[qi:_newteevee] Comcast said today it plans to create a “P2P Bill of Rights and Responsibilities” in cooperation with P2P companies and other ISPs. The bill is supposed to be a catalog of best-practice recommendations for P2P companies and ISPs alike, but the announcement was more than vague about what those recommendations might look like. NewTeeVee has the full story.