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A nice bit of opportunistic publicity for Myster – a new P2P network and client – now that Morpheus is having problems. A front page mention on Metafilter should give it the kind of exposure it needs. The main claim to fame? It is not centralised, apparently spreads the file sharing load and allows those who store lots of files on their hard disks to advertise to downloaders by beaming a jpeg image into the download progress box. We must be about due for P2P software burn out, shirley?

Update: Hmmm, it seems that there could be some skullduggery going on with the Kazaa P2P client, which is why Morpheus – which used the same FastTrack technology – has stopped working and now apparently has moved over lock stock and barrel to the rival Gnutella P2P technology. This post on Zeropaid reads like an episode of the X-Files, but one thing I can add to the debate is that I ran across Brilliant Digital way back, when they were hustling a rather useless bit of animation/comic streamware, which incidentally never got any real traction at all in the market. I was unimpressed with them then and if they are truly involved now, then I agree that users of Kazaa may indeed be in for a surprise of some sort! Finally a report from MSN which confirms a few points.

Red – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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