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CNET News: File Swapping Shifts Up a Gear

May 27, 2003, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"A new generation of peer-to-peer tools is finding its groove on the Internet, spelling tougher times ahead for movie studios' attempts to quell online piracy..."

"Another tool, even more focused on distributing large files, has seen rapid adoption inside the open-source community in the past few months.

"Dubbed BitTorrent, the tool was written by San Francisco programmer Bram Cohen, again as a way to make the distribution of large files more efficient. Unlike Napster, Kazaa or eDonkey, the tool concentrates on distribution rather than search. But what it lacks in search capabilities, it makes up for in speed, its supporters say..."

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