BitTorrent, MPAA Strike Accord

In a deal aimed at reducing illegal Internet traffic in pirated films, Hollywood reached an agreement Tuesday with the creator of the popular file-sharing software BitTorrent.
The agreement requires 30-year-old software designer Bram Cohen to prevent his Web site,, from locating pirated versions of popular movies, effectively frustrating people who search for illegal copies of films.

Hollywood, BitTorrent Reach Agreement – Yahoo! News

Cohen will remove links to pirated films from the search engine.  While this will certainly slow traffic in pirated films, it will hardly stop it.  Although BitTorrent has enough legit use to stop it from shut down like Napster or Grokster, it certainly lacks the resources to wage a lenghty legal battle against the MPAA.  I hope that Cohen’s decision here leads to a wider adoption of BitTorrent as a way to deliver properly licensed films.

Update: Seems Variety also thinks this move may signal the beginning of a better relationship between BitTorrent and the film inudustry.

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HigherEd BlogCon

HigherEd BlogCon aims to bring together in a single Web space many of the leading players who are transforming academe with their use of the new tools of the Social Web.

Preparations for HigherEd BlogCon – Overview

An online web conference to be held in April 2006.  It is corporate driven with ProfNet, CASE, Thomson Peterson’s, and PR Newswire doing all the organizational and logistic work.  Heck, they even have a tag: higheredblogcon.  This will be worth keeping track of.

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AOL Updates Desktop Search

Unlike homegrown desktop search solutions from Microsoft and Google, AOL utilizes technology developed by Copernic. Version 2.0 will feature a full preview window for viewing entire files without opening them, and integrates with the standard Windows Open dialog box. Beta 1 of AOL Desktop Search 2.0 is available for download now, but it’s not yet feature complete, company officials say.

BetaNews | AOL Spins Off Desktop Search Product

Copernic is a favorite desktop search tool that alos does neat thinga like querying a bunch of search engines and intergrating results.  AOL is moving in the right direction to use this as a base.

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