DCIA P2P & Cloud Media Summit in Review

2010/05/11

Last week BitTorrent participated in the first ever P2P & CLOUD MEDIA SUMMIT held in conjunction with Digital Hollywood 2010. The aim of the summit was to explore current policy, technology, and content issues as well as next-generation business opportunities related to P2P and cloud based commercial offerings. My presentation titled “The Glass Half Full:…

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The impact of the ‘third way’ on the information highway

2010/05/07

“One of the Internet’s greatest strengths–its unprecedented power to foster technological, economic, and social innovation–stems in significant part from the absence of any central controlling authority, either public or private. The FCC’s role, therefore should not involve regulating the Internet itself.” – FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, May 6, 2010 This week’s announcement from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski…

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The day Net Neutrality died?

2010/04/07

Well probably not. At least hopefully not. As Louis D. Brandeis remarked: “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman. ” And so it remains…  With today’s decision from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on…

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Twitter using BitTorrent on the Backend

2010/02/10

Anyone who has the battle scars that come from managing a large operational set of computers, like a large popular web site, knows all too well the challenge of deploying a new image site-wide.  Often times, this needs to happen fast (think emergency patch) and as with so many other applications on the network, the traditional client-server model…

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µTorrent v2.0 stable release

2010/02/03

There are very few software products that can expect to have an impact that is measurable on the scale of the internet-at-large. Its probably not too much of a reach to claim that µTorrent v2.0 is one of those products; yesterday we released the first stable version of µTorrent v2.0 To be clear, this is…

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Easier setup in µTorrent 2.0 and Measurement Lab collaboration

2010/01/25

With the release of µTorrent 2.0 Beta, there has been a lot of great coverage and discussion of µTP and what it means to be “network friendly”.  This is an important change to the BitTorrent landscape and will surely be the subject of more discussion and debate, but there are some other features in 2.0 that…

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Point-Click-Wait or Point-Click-Watch… Will Streaming Break BitTorrent?

2009/12/24

The work we are currently doing to bring streaming to our popular µTorrent freeware has the potential to bring transformational improvements to the user experience for BitTorrent users. But its not without at least a little controversy, which I’d like to discuss in this post. Roughly speaking, the controversy falls into two different areas: (1)   …

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Testing µTP – is µTP actually faster than regular BitTorrent?

2009/11/14

Recent coverage of uTP on the popular Torrentfreak blog yielded some interesting feedback in the comments section. There are a couple of misconceptions that I’d like to address here: First is the idea that we designed uTP *for* the ISPs. It was not. While we think there are substantial advantages for ISPs in the broad…

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Visualizing µTP

2009/11/02

We’ve spent a lot of time in recent posts talking about the benefits of µTP.  We’ve even talked a little bit about how it works here, though much more so in the various technical forums for the community.  But sometimes a picture is worth 2^^10 words and I think the graph below says it best. …

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It’s Cold Up North

2009/10/29

The CRTC released its long awaited decision last week on Network Neutrality in Canada and specifically set forth a framework for the continued use of Internet Traffic Management Practices (ITMPs), also known as throttling.  While the decision does not go as far as many consumer advocates would like, I believe it does provide a means…

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