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03/24 2010 | 02:36 PM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Adobe Flash 10.1 for Android isn’t even out yet, but there are already plenty of videos out there teasing us with all the great things a Nexus One will be able to do once you can get the latest version of Flash for it. The most recent teaser comes out of China; it it shows a Nexus one streaming video via Flash P2P.

The video is in Chinese, but it clearly shows a Nexus One accessing a Flash-based P2P web service. The service is informing its visitors that it “may use peer-assisted networking” and asks whether it would be alright to “access your upload bandwidth.” It then joins an RTMFP P2P network, and within seconds launches a video stream. The app is clearly a demo, with a console prominently displaying P2P settings next to the video, and it has since been taken down. Continue reading on

03/20 2010 | 09:14 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Ten years ago this week, online music pioneer Justin Frankel released a little application dubbed Gnutella that enabled file sharing through a distributed P2P network. Frankel, whose previous claim to fame was programming the then hugely-popular Winamp MP3 player software, supposedly named the client after his favorite hazelnut cream spread, and the first version published online was really more of a proof of concept than anything else.

Still, Gnutella hit a nerve. Napster had been sued three months before, and many file sharers were rightfully fearing that the music industry would eventually prevail in court and force Napster to switch off its servers. With Gnutella, no such switch existed, as the client was allowing direct P2P connections without the help of any centralized server. Add to it the fact that Gnutella, unlike Napster, allowed users to swap videos and software as well as MP3s, and you begin to see why many immediately viewed Gnutella as the next step in P2P file sharing. Continue reading on

03/01 2010 | 11:23 AM
Posted by: Janko Roettgers
Tribler just released a new beta of its Bittorrent client with a new feature that the researchers behind the project have dubbed P2P moderation. The idea in a nutshell is that users can aggregate channels and content and distribute them through DHT. From the official announcement:

"In Tribler V5.2 every user can start their own "Channel" to publish torrents. When people like your torrents you become popular and essentially become the owner of an Internet TV channel. You can moderate this RSS-like stream of torrents. This feature is designed to stop the flow of spam in P2P bittorrent, without the requirement of any server."

Channels can be pre-populated with an existing RSS feed, or personally aggregated by manually adding torrent files. The client lists a number of popular channels and also offers the option to search for channels.

However, the search seems to be restricted to the actual channel name, which makes it impossible to find a channel by searching for the content you're looking for. Users also can't add any description, tags or artwork to their channels. Add to this the fact that I didn't even find an easy way to rename your channel, and you'll see why this is still a pretty experimental feature.

The idea itself of course isn't really new: The original eDonkey client already included the ability to publish collections of files, and Vuze users have been able to publish distributed feeds through the Distributed Database Trusted Feed plug-in and the RSS Feed Generator plug-in since 2008.