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The Pirate Bay Sets Sail Again

The piracy community took a devastating hit towards the end of last year when the world’s most popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay, was raided and shut down. However, it didn’t take long for the Bay to return and it is once again on the move. A court has ordered the main domain to be seized.

With reasoning that The Pirate Bay is linked to copyright crimes, the Stockholm District Court has ordered that its two main domains – thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se – be seized. Like Jack Sparrow laugh’s in the face of sanity, The Pirate Bay laughed in the face of the court order and has instituted redirects from the Swedish domains to six other domains around the world.

The site even created a new logo featuring hydra heads with the iconic Pirate Bay Ship. If you’re not caught up on your Greek mythology, the hydra was an ancient serpent-like water monster with multiple heads. It was said that if you cut off one hydra head, two more grow back in its place. Sounds like The Pirate Bay is sending a serious message.

Taking things a step further, in a comment made to TorrentFreak, The Pirate Bay took another jab at the court order saying,

Congratulations to Prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad. Two years hard work to get us to change two little letters at a cost of $20,000 per letter. He could have given us $35,000 and we would have left the domain, thus saving the Swedish tax payer $5,000. All he had to do was ask nicely.

The Pirate Bay has made voyages around the web before, and no matter what befalls it, it tends to pop back up pretty quickly. Stockholm doesn’t seem to be any closer to taking them down though, that’s for sure.

Verizon Acquires AOL For $4.4 Billion

One of the biggest – and most popular – news stories trending on the internet this morning is that Verizon has bought AOL for $4.4 billion. AOL will become a subsidiary of Verizon as part of the deal.

I caught the news on TechCrunch (one of my read-every-morning-sites) and was interested to see what TC had to say since AOL was (is?) the owner of TechCrunch. They didn’t disappoint. TC published a lengthy article about the acquisition complete with memo from AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, which you can read here.

If you remember earlier in the year, there were some rumors that Verizon was interested in buying AOL but the company quickly denied them. Turns out they were pretty interested after all, huh?According to the memo, Verizon acquired AOL with the

…strategy of building the biggest media platform in the world.

AOL is encouraging employees to look at the deal as an acquisition for them; more resources, more support, and more growth opportunity. While Verizon says the acquisition will “further drive its LTE wireless video and OTT strategy”.

There are still a lot of long-term questions that need answering and concern regarding just how long AOL will play a central part in Verizon’s bigger strategy. According to TechCrunch, there’s an all-hands meeting happening as I type (10 a.m. EST) and they’re planning to release an update regarding what is learned there when the meeting is over.

This is already an interesting deal/news break so I’m eager to see what information comes out of this meeting.

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