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BitTorrent announces Bleep, pre-alpha decentralized chat application

updated 07:30 pm EDT, Thu July 31, 2014

Company releases first chat application Bleep, currently only available for Windows

BitTorrent is making an attempt to diversify its offerings even more. While the company has said it was adding pay options to its Bundles early in the month, it has now launched a server-less chat client called Bleep. BitTorrent says that the app is created in a way that the experience is decentralized, only exposing messages and phone calls to people users choose to trust.

"Why Bleep, you might ask?" the company says. "Well, basically, we never see your messages or metadata. As far as we're concerned, anything you say is 'bleep' to us."

The company indicates that it never sees the messages or any metadata that is passed along Bleep. This includes text messages and voice calls, both of which can be done with the program. The chat client offers several ways to sign up, including with email, telephone number or with no personal information. Messages can only be sent to other Bleep users that are online at the time. Bleep currently allows contacts to be imported from a Google address book.

Bleep has several uses, according to the company, most revolving around the need to keep conversations private. While BitTorrent realizes that Bleep allows a direct connection to conversations between friends, it also has other uses -- like journalists retaining anonymity of sources, confidential business conversations, and diplomatic messages.

For the pre-alpha release, Bleep only available for Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktop versions. Bleep is also limited in another way, as an account can only be used for a single device or installation. It cannot be moved to another instance.

Parties interested in testing Bleep can head over to the BitTorrent website to request an invite. People granted access to the test will be able to invite friends, according to the company.

by MacNN Staff





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