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Download Utopia: A 17-Year-Old File-Sharing Program Is Still The Best Place To Find Obscure Music

The lifespan of software is a curious thing. Unless a program is deemed irreplaceable by an industry (like Photoshop), most die out or are succeeded by a better — or cheaper — option a few years later. Even games, outside of retro collectors’ items or unicorn hits (Diablo II), lose steam. After the downfall of Napster, Kazaa, Limewire and the rest of the early file-sharing clients, most people assumed that single source peer-to-peer (P2P) piracy programs — the kind where you download music or other files from exactly one user — died out. But one of them, Soulseek, weathered three of file-sharing’s mass extinctions, and has quietly remained one of the best sources of obscure music.


Kim Dotcom Just Lost His US Extradition Hearing From New Zealand To The US

A court in New Zealand has judged that Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US, where he could face trial over huge copyright infringements speculated to have cost music and movie companies in the region of $US500m.


Kim Dotcom Gets To Keep His Cash, Cars and Mansion

For now at least anyway. The New Zealand courts have stepped in and stopped the US from seizing Dotcom’s assets. But the fight isn’t over yet.


Kim Dotcom Is Having A Birthday Party, And You're Invited

Celebrity defendant and founder of MEGA, Kim Dotcom, is having a huge party in New Zealand, and the invite is to everyone in the world.


US Shows Its Hand Against Kim Dotcom

A 191-page document has been shown in the case of the United States vs Kim Dotcom, and within are details of the operations of Megaupload, and the flaunted wealth of Dotcom himself. While Dotcom is in the middle of separate legal action against New Zealand for potentially extralegal spying, the US will use Skype chats, financial data, and email content in their own court case.


The Megaupload Takedown Killed At Least 10 Million Innocent Files

When Megaupload got taken down two years ago, it took a whole hell of a lot of data with it. And eventually it got obliterated. Some of it was pirate data, sure, but some was legit too. And new research shows that, at the very least, 10 million innocent files got the axe.


A Whole Bunch Of Megaupload Data Just Got Obliterated

If you had your heart set on getting back some of the data you had stored on Megaupload, now would be a good time to stop hoping. According to Kim Dotcom, petabytes of user data have already been deleted off old Megaupload servers. Thousands of pirated movies cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.


The FBI Has To Give Kim Dotcom His Hard Drives Back

The High Court of New Zealand just ruled that the FBI has to give slews of Kim Dotcom’s digital property back to him. The agency — along with officials in New Zealand — screwed up pretty bad indeed.


So Kim Dotcom Wants To Sell Me A Patent

Kim Dotcom has a lot of fingers in a lot of pies. He’s fighting off international criminal charges, he’s a Call Of Duty champion, he’s a musician, and now it turns out, he’s also a patent vendor. Kim claims to own the patent that deals with Twitter’s new two-factor authentication service, and he wants to sell it to me.


Kim Dotcom Took 3D Printed Gun Plans Off Mega

In a statement to TechCrunch that was conspicuously devoid of live-tweeting, helicopter chases or any underwater components, Kim Dotcom announced that he has instructed the Mega staff to delete any public copies of the blueprints for this week’s fully 3D-printable gun.


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