End of the piratebay tracker, but not of piratebay

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Ars Technica writes:

The Pirate Bay announced today that it was killing its popular BitTorrent tracker, relying instead on the truly decentralized DHT protocol to handle file location and downloading. For TPB, it's all about removing centralized points of control.

See also Torrentfreak's take on the story and it's explanation of the decentralized technology (DHT, magnet links) replacing the central tracker.