The popular BitTorrent media platform Vuze, formerly known as Azureus, is releasing a major update later today that offers some social features as well as a web-wide search functionality. Users of the new client version 3.1 will be able to connect to their friends on Vuze and recommend torrent downloads to one another. The client also has basic profiles and an activity stream, features more closely associated with social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.

The search functionality is pretty remarkable in that it can be used to search multiple web sites as once. Thatís an interesting turn for a platform like Vuze, which has been trying to establish itself as a one-stop-shop for licensed professional and semi-professional content. Vuze may offer select episodes of Weeds and The Office for $2 a piece, but it canít really do without the huge catalogs of free and not always legal content from sites like Mininova. Continue reading at

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