Right, well I'm sure this isn't exactly news to most of you judging by the fact the email was sent to the entire ex-member list of Newzbin, but for those who haven't registered, here is what it said:
Hi ex-Newzbin user.
Lamenting the departed site? Dreading doing Usenet the old skool way? Think the clone NZB sites suck?
Good news: we are Newzbin Two, and we have glad tidings: NEWZBIN IS BACK! and we are the new management. The crew got most of the original Newzbin source code and the main databases. We loved it too much to let it die.
The catch? We wont be up for a very short while cos things need to be done. For starters we need a cool domain name; also we need to hack on the code some more to make it run. We are nearly there but it is very complicated. We reckon we'll up very soon.
So don't drift off to those lame-ass wannabe NZB sites. Hang on for a little longer and the Big Dog will be back. For news keep an eye on these news sites:
Mr White Team R Dogs/Newzbin2
Let's not beat around the bush: this is a massive breach of privacy and indeed breaks the Data Protection Act in the UK on more than one point. However, for those worrying about their credit card details: please don't. Newzbin never stored your payment details, at first it was via RBS's Worldpay or Paypal and later it was via their own system but they never stored your payment details. Remember when you had to enter your card details every single time you topped up? Why would you have to do that if they stored your details? You wouldn't: they explicitly didn't keep them for this exact reason.
To be honest, we're just stoked that another Newzbin is on the horizon; 3 days without the site was quite enough thank you very much, hopefully it won't be too much longer till the clone returns (although don't expect it to have amazing retention once it does).
Any questions? Head them our way and we'll try and answer them to the best of our ability.