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New York Times/CNET: File Sharing's New Face

Feb 13, 2004, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Seth Schiesel)

"After working for a parade of doomed dot-com startups, a young programmer named Bram Cohen finally got tired of failure.

"'I decided I finally wanted to work on a project that people would actually use, would actually work and would actually be fun,' he recalled.

"Three years later, Cohen, 28, has emerged as the face of the next wave of Internet file sharing. If Napster started the first generation of file sharing, and services like Kazaa represented the second, then the system developed by Cohen, known as BitTorrent, may well be leading the third. Firm numbers are difficult to come by, but it appears that the BitTorrent software has been downloaded more than 10 million times..."

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