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Usenet and usenet industry news collected here. Articles are listed in reverse chronological order.

Mozilla Thunderbird Review

Mozilla Thunderbird is principally known as an email client, but it has a newsreader function built into it, as well. Be aware that this program will not download binaries. That being said, Thunderbird is a great newsreader for many different reasons. One of the most significant reasons is that this client has Mozilla behind it […]

Alt.Bin.Z Reviews

Alt.Bin.Z is a freeware USENET downloader. You can make a donation to the development team to support them but, if you’re not so inclined, you can use it for free for as long as you want. The interface on this program is somewhat dated looking, but it has a lot of features packed into it […]

Newsbin releases version 6.6

Newsbin just released version 6.60, and it has some features that definitely make it worth the download. The new version supports CouchPotato, SickBeard, SickRage and Sonarr. According to the developer, anything else you’re using that works along with SABnzbd should also work with the new version of Newsbin, so your Newsbin install will be that […]

Drunken Slug Review

Drunken Slug has a catchy name. Beyond that, however, it has some very nice features. They start with a high API call and download limit and free membership. The site is a diversion for the developer, but could provide a great resource for USENET users. If you’ve already got an NZB source, those factors alone […]

Newsbin Review

Newsbin is one of the most well-known and heavily-used binary downloaders for the USENET system. It is advanced, flexible and has been under continuous development for many years. Its features and overall power reflect this, and it’s one of the best options out there for advanced USENET users and for novice users who really want […]

SABnzbd Review

SABnzbd is one of the best-known NZB downloaders out there. It’s completely free and is packed full of features that allow you to make the most of your USENET access. There’s a bit of a learning curve involved, but it’s well worth it. The price? Completely free. Note: The other big option out there is […]

NZBGet Review

NZBGet is right up there with SABnzbd in terms of popularity. This USENET downloader is a solid piece of software with plenty of features, good security and cross-platform capability. One of its real standout advantages is that it works very well with low or even under-powered devices, giving it an edge if you have an […]

The Hacking Team, USENET and OpSec

The Hacking Team, an Italian company that sells hacking software to governments, suffered a major hack itself during the first week of July. Hackers leaked documents they said were taken from The Hacking Team, but the documents have not been authenticated as of yet. The 400GB worth of information, available over Bittorrent, reveals that The […]

Getting Started with Bitcoin

How far has Bitcoin come as a viable currency in recent years? Enough that we had to rewrite our intro to Bitcoin article! Here are the basics you’ll need to know about this cryptocurrency to get started using it. It’s anonymous, easy to use and can be converted into fiat currency seamlessly using the right […]

Cyberbullying for Dollars: Copyright Holders vs ISPs

Rightscorp is in the business of threatening alleged copyright infringers. The company counts among its clients Warner Brothers, BMG Rights Management and others. It monitors torrent swarms, recording IPs and sending notices to ISPs, which are intended to be forwarded to end users. Rightscorp makes a simple demand: face a potential $150,000 in penalties for […]