TPB clones, Xiaomi home appliances, Mailstore by Carbonite and MS Sway

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Pirate Bay clone now online

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Following last week’s raid, popular torrent site The Pirate Bay has been offline. But not for long.

Rival website Isohunt has cloned the website in what they say is there attempt to “save the Freedom of information on the Internet”, and hosted it at https://oldpiratebay.org/. They however also stated that if and when the original The Pirate Bay comes online again, the cloned site will be shut down.

When asked about the incident from one of the site’s original founders, Peter Sunde, he had this to say; “The site was ugly, full of bugs, old code and old design”. He also condemned the advertisements that appeared on the sides of the site, calling them “explicit”.

Xiaomi launches more home appliances

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First it was the air purifier. That was a tad confusing. Now it’s escalating. Xiaomi just announced that they would be investing over $200 million in home appliance firm Midea.

The firm, established in 1968 and based in Guangdong, produces a variety of home appliances which include air conditioners, refrigerators, kitchen appliances and so on.They have decided to embrace changing times after unveiling their own smart home vision in March. Xiaomi Inc.,bought 1.29% of shares of the Midea group for around $205 million.

Carbonite acquires MailStore

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Carbonite, a Cloud backup provider acquired email archiving service MailStore for around $20 million last week.

Based in Viersen, Germany, MailStore serves an approximate 22,000 businesses and its flagship MailStore Server creates exact copies of all emails which are then stored in a central database ensuring security and 24/7 availability.

The CEO of Carbonite, Mohamad Ali, stated that their plan is to integrate MailStore’s email archiving and full-text search and indexing capabilities into Carbonite’s product portfolio.

All the finer details are expected to be finished up by the end of 2014.

Microsoft Sway now available to all users

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Sway, an online tool used creating presentation documents, has been released to the general public by Microsoft, alleviating the huge waiting list that was in place.

In a statement issued by Microsoft, they said that “It’s been only 10 weeks since we kicked off Sway Preview, and we’ve already had over one million unique visitors to Sway.com and over 175,000 requests to join, and those numbers grow by thousands daily.”

Sway’s work process doesn’t involve physical files but rather relies on the cloud for saving and back up – much like how Microsoft is trying to convert Office into a cloud product that it can sell on a recurring basis via subscriptions.

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