Oct 6, 2018

BitTorrent's uTorrent surpasses 1 million daily active users

The Tor browser icon. Photo: Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images.

In the age of streaming and subscription-based movies and TV shows, a new study shows piracy is on the rise again, per Motherboard.

Why it matters: Streaming, what once helped simmer down piracy on the dark web, now seems to be the cause of the uptick in illegally downloaded content. "Torrenting," the act of downloading movies and TV shows illegally, has bounced back because there's too many streaming services, and too much exclusive content, the new study shows. Pirating might worsen as more companies, like Disney, choose to pull out of streaming services to create their own.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.