Hotline Communications, creators of the popular and sometimes controversial file server network, has reportedly ceased operations. “At noon today Hotline CEO Jack Kay announced, ‘Thats it folks. We’re out of money.’ A beta release of HL 2.0 may still come out, but lets not hold our breath here. The hotline network will still exist as long as people still use the software. at least now you wont have to put up with banners 😉 So there you go. HL communications is basically gone. Adios muchachos.” Hotline originally came on the scene years before peer-to-peer file sharing became popular, and initially was available for Macs only. The proliferation of servers, both public and private, that distributed commercial software and copyrighted music and movies tainted the service’s image, however.