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Oslo tragedy and Amy Winehouse death spark Facebook scam surge
It's been a truly sad weekend for news. From the tragic extremist attacks in Norway of Anders Behring Breivik that have left nearly 100 people dead to the sudden, untimely death of jazz superstar Amy Winehouse, many tears have been…
BREAKING: Facebook down for over five hours in many territories
News coming in of some serious down-time issues being experienced by some Facebook users. Twitter is buzzing with reports from Sweden, Norway and other European nations that the social network is firing-up blank pages for the many, many users in…
Turbine City concept – Gallery
It gets pretty windy in Norway apparently. Well, windy enough for On Office's idea for a city built within wind turbines not to sound completely ludicrous anyway. The concept here is that with turbines growing in size to accommodate our…
Norwegian Broadcasting Corp starts own bittorrent tracker
Norway’s state broadcaster, NRK, has launched its own bittorrent tracker, following a number of successful tests in 2008. A tracker, if you’re unaware, is the ‘matchmaking’ part of the bittorrent protocol, acting as a signpost to help people who want content find people who’ve got that content.
The tracker, which will operate exactly like the Pirate Bay does, except with legitimate content. NRK is funded by a license fee, much like the BBC, and so they have a mandate to reach as wide an audience as possible with the best possible quality. The DRM-free downloads provided by this service will achieve that wonderfully.
Best of all, the bittorrent protocol gains strength as more people download something. The busier the service is, the faster it is for everyone. So when there’s a million people trying to download the latest episode of the Norwegian equivalent of Eastenders, everyone gets it fast. As long as the government themselves seeds at least one copy of every file on the network, then everyone will be able to get whatever they want.
A win for consumers, a win for the broadcaster, and a win for Norway. I hope you’re taking notice, BBC. The iPlayer is good and all, but a bittorrent tracker would be even better.
Apple faces legal action from EU nations over iTunes lock-in
Apple is coming under increasing pressure from several EU nations who want to force the company to unlock its iTunes software to make it operable with third-party (ie not iPod) MP3 players. Organisations representing France, Germany, Finland, and Norway, are…