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BitTorrent acquires µTorrent

Acquisition of file-share competitor continues move to mainstream

By Steven Schwankert
December 8, 2006 12:00 PM ET

IDG News Service - BitTorrent Inc. has acquired µTorrent, another file-sharing application that uses BitTorrent's software protocol, it announced Thursday.

The acquisition is another move by BitTorrent to make itself into a legitimate competitor in the online content business. Late last month, the company announced free and fee-based content distribution deals with a number of major Hollywood film and television studios, including News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox and Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks.

BitTorrent will incorporate µTorrent's optimization and other features into its own software as part of the acquisition, and add members of µTorrent's community to its own. The two have a combined user base of 135 million, BitTorrent said. It did not disclose financial terms of the deal.

BitTorrent's downloading software allows for the transmission of large files at high speeds by sharing the workload among users of the system. Originally employed by many users for unauthorized transfers of large video and audio files, the company now has agreements with a large number of major content producers to make their products available legitimately.

Reprinted with permission from IDG.net. Story copyright 2014 International Data Group. All rights reserved.
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