Instagram Blocks App That Lets You Be Other Users

In a very brief burst of popularity, the app that allowed anyone to view the Instagram feeds of any public user has had its access to the Instagram API removed. In only 8 days since its launch, Being had already accumulated 400,000 users, with 11,000 people downloading the app during the last day that it was available. The app had even managed to be placed on the featured page of their App Store, which may have been the downfall of the app. Whether the app’s loss of access to the Instagram API was intentional on the part of either the app developer or Instagram themselves is yet to be confirmed.

The purpose of Being was to enable people to see Instagram as another person would, be it friends, family or even celebrities. Being functioned by collecting information on who the person you were to become followed and using this to reconstruct their feed on the app like they were viewing Instagram themselves. This allowed users almost a window into the lives of any other users, able to see all of the feeds they follow, from entire lists of friends to their interests.

While nothing that Being does is illegal, it is easy to see why the app may have been shut down, as while all of this information could likely be collected manually by one dedicated enough, it could be seen as infringing their privacy, even though all of the data was public. If Instagram willingly pulled the plug on the app, they are yet to release a comment.

UK Expands Torrent Site Blacklist to Proxies

The UK High Court has quietly added a number of proxies and mirrors to its torrent site blacklist, restricting backdoor access to sites such as Torrentz and ExtraTorrent. Of course, ExtraTorrent has already launched a new mirror site to bypass the block.

The list of blocked torrent sites in the UK now exceeds one hundred, with enforcers constantly playing whack-a-mole in a desperate attempt to suppress every new torrent site URL that springs up. Last week’s ruling has seen torrentz-proxy.com, torrentsmirror.com, etproxy.com, extratorrentlive.com and extratorrentonline.com added to the blacklist.

“The High Court has declared that ExtraTorrent and Torrentz are operating unlawfully and infringing copyright. The Court Order which requires ISPs to block the sites also requires BPI to notify the ISPs of changes to the sites,” said a spokesperson for the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), one of many organisations that have obtained High Court orders against torrent sites to infringing upon copyrighted materials.

Fruitless efforts, though, since torrent sites are always one step ahead. “The connectivity issues were totally solved after we launched a new mirror. It appears that all UK visitors are able to visit the website now as the traffic is back and still growing,” the ExtraTorrent team told TorrentFreak.

The full list of sites blocked to copyright infringement within the UK now reads:

Rojadirecta, LiveTV, Drakulastream, Ebookee, LibGen, Freshwap, AvaxHome, Bookfi, Bookre, Freebookspot, popcorntime.io, flixtor.me, popcorn-time.se, isoplex.isohunt.to, watchonlineseries.eu, axxomovies.org, afdah.com, g2g.fm, Bursalagu, Fullsongs, Mega-Search, Mp3 Monkey, Mp3.li, Mp3Bear, MP3Boo, Mp3Clan, Mp3Olimp, MP3s.pl, Mp3soup, Mp3Truck, Musicaddict, My Free MP3, Plixid, RnBXclusive, STAFA Band, watchseries.lt, Stream TV, Watchseries-online, Cucirca, Movie25, watchseries.to, Iwannawatch, Warez BB, Ice Films, Tehparadox, Heroturko, Scene Source,, Rapid Moviez, Iwatchonline, Los Movies, Isohunt, Torrentz.pro, Torrentbutler, IP Torrents, Sumotorrent, Torrent Day, Torrenting, BitSoup, TorrentBytes, Seventorrents, Torrents.fm, Yourbittorrent, Tor Movies , Demonoid, torrent.cd, Vertor, Rar BG, bittorrent.am, btdigg.org, btloft.com, bts.to, limetorrents.com, nowtorrents.com, picktorrent.com, seedpeer.me, torlock.com, torrentbit.net, torrentdb.li, torrentdownload.ws, torrentexpress.net, torrentfunk.com, torrentproject.com, torrentroom.com, torrents.net, torrentus.eu, torrentz.cd, torrentzap.com, vitorrent.org.Megashare, Viooz, Watch32, Zmovie, Solarmovie, Tubeplus, Primewire, Vodly, Watchfreemovies, Project-Free TV, Yify-Torrents, 1337x, Bitsnoop, Extratorrent, Monova, Torrentcrazy, Torrentdownloads, Torrentreactor, Torrentz, Ambp3, Beemp3, Bomb-mp3, Eemp3world, Filecrop, Filestube, Mp3juices, Mp3lemon, Mp3raid, Mp3skull, Newalbumreleases, Rapidlibrary, EZTV, FirstRowSports, Download4all, Movie2K, KickAssTorrents, Fenopy, H33T, and The Pirate Bay.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

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Far Cry 4 Copies Bought from Third Party Sellers Killed

Buying cheap game keys from third-party resellers might seem like a tempting opportunity, but one that doesn’t necessarily end the way one would have hoped.

Reports are starting to surface that Ubisoft is killing Far Cry 4 copies bought through third-party resellers, namely G2Play and G2A. Both are popular digital retailers based in Hong Kong that scan and/or photograph the keys from retail boxes. The games are a lot cheaper there and the internet allows them to sell those keys digitally worldwide where the games cost more.

“This is an outrageous and ridiculous way of doing business. And don’t you think as I do, that maybe those people who actually PAY for the game (even though Ubisoft will make a few bucks less in Poland because I bought the game from…I don’t know, a…hungarian original retailer), will, in time, in frustration, after that sort of strategy and behaviour, after the way you made people buy not-finished games, will stop buying them at all or keep using less scrupulous retailers to get what they want? And nobody wants that.”Voiced a user on the Ubisoft support forums

The above statement doesn’t stand on its own, as the forum thread has 19 pages with over 180 posts at the time of writing, mostly with support for the OP.

This isn’t the first-time publishers have cancelled third-party keys. Devolver Digital also cancelled any keys obtained through the G2Play website.

Ubisoft has reportedly been advising customers to contact the seller and claim that the license removal is not their fault, yet no official word has been given just yet. There are also rumours going around that the keys were stolen and that’s why they’re being blocked – a normal procedure when shipments of keys/games get highjacked.

What do you think about this latest Ubisoft incident? Stolen keys or just another case of publishers that see a potential smaller profit?

Thanks to GameZone for providing us with this information