Kim Dotcom’s latest website, Mega, promised to be a replacement of Megaupload, the file-sharing and mostly-pirated video host site the government took down a year ago. But Mega is a cloud-storage service: Users have access to their files, but no one else, not even the site’s administrators, know what’s in them because they’re encrypted before they reach Mega’s servers.
Kim Dotcom has promised to launch this weekend a replacement for Megaupload, one year after that site was shut down by U.S. law enforcement for facilitating copyright infringement.
Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload, will launch his replacement site on a New Zealand domain, he announced early this morning on Twitter. A pre-launch site is live at Mega.co.nz. Dotcom said the new website will be “powered by legality and protected by the law.”
The government of Gabon, Africa, will bar Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom from forming a new website on the Gabonese domain .ga, the AFP reports.
Six months after the raid on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s Auckland mansion a video of the events of that fateful morning has been released and it’s stirring up some controversy. The video, released yesterday during a hearing in Auckland, features helicopters, armed special tactics forces, dogs and at least four police vehicles.
Kim Dotcom, the 38-year old founder of Megaupload, has been campaigning for “Internet freedom” from house arrest in New Zealand while he awaits his March hearing. As part of his campaign, Dotcom wrote an open letter to Hollywood, which was published in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Today, the magazine has published a hilarious response from Cougar Town director and writer Bruce Leddy.
“The war for the Internet has begun. Hollywood is in control of politics. The Government is killing innovation. Don’t let them get away with that.” So begins the latest music video from Kim Dotcom, the 38-year old founder of Megaupload, the file-hosting service that was shut down by the FBI at the beginning of this year. Indicted on copyright infringement charges, Dotcom has lost his company and is stuck under house arrest in New Zealand until a hearing next March, but that isn’t stopping the former hacker turned web mogul from launching a campaign for Internet freedom.
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The Best of Google I/O: Project Glass, Nexus 7 Tablet, Nexus Q Home Entertainment System, and More (Fast Company)
Google announced a slew of new products at its annual developer conference, including the long-awaited Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus Q (pictured left), a home media streamer for Android devices. Betabeat A black orb with a glowing blue stripe, the Nexus Q is not just pretty, it’s Apple-quality pretty. The Verge The Nexus Q is not intended to be a standalone device and requires one or more Android smartphones or tablets to provide access to Google Play content. Engadget Google announced it’s adding support for the purchase of movies on Google Play, as well as TV shows by episode or by season, and even magazines all available now. The New York Times On the underside of the Nexus Q is its most intriguing feature, a simple inscription: “Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.” The Verge The 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet will come pre-loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google’s latest operating system. Available in black or white, an 8GB version will be priced at $199, with 16GB for $249 this July. All Things D Building the Nexus 7 tablet was no easy task, says Asus chairman Jonney Shih. First off, Google gave the company only four months to build the product. Then there was the task of building a high-end tablet that could sell for just $200. Plus, he said, Google can be kind of demanding. Wired In Jelly Bean, Google has a proper Siri fighter, but she has no fancy name a la Siri or Samsung’s S Voice. In Jelly Bean, the voice assistant simply emerges with a tap of the microphone icon in the ever-present search box on Android’s home screens. Ars Technica There’s a big question that always looms large over the announcement of any new Android version: These features look nice and all, but will my device ever be upgraded? VentureBeat Stop the dadgum presses! Googler Louis Gray just told us about a new Google+ feature that you won’t read about anywhere else. The Next Web If there’s one thing this year’s Google I/O opening keynote will be remembered for, it’s the skydiving, biking and abseiling demo of Google Glass. If you missed the epic moment, here it is. GigaOm However, when you stand back from all the announcements made by Google and increase the periphery, you start to notice that this is a company that is fighting a lot of battles on many fronts. In some places it is winning, but most places it is trench warfare. Read more
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Report: RIM May Be Selling Handset Business To Facebook Or Amazon (Business Insider)
According to a report in the British paper The Sunday Times, Facebook and Amazon are two potential buyers for RIM’s handset business. RIM would keep its enterprise services if such a deal went through, according to the report. Fair warning though, the report does not cite any sources, so treat the news with some skepticism. The Verge As part of this plan, RIM could keep its enterprise-friendly messaging and data network (including BBM, BIS, and BES) in-house and license them out — a move championed by former co-CEO Jim Balsillie prior to his departure from the company. Alternatively, RIM may sell the network services division, too. Another option, short of splitting the company in two, would be to sell a large stake to a corporation like Microsoft. GigaOm On the surface that may not sound like a bad play, since RIM’s hardware sales growth has lagged the competition as both iPhones and Android devices have invaded the enterprise. The problem is: Selling off the hardware unit will also rid RIM of the majority of its revenue stream. AllThingsD Such a consideration is said to be part of an overall strategic review by the beleaguered Canadian company that will be concluded in July. Before that, though, expect financial news — likely bad — this week when RIM announces its first-quarter earnings. 9to5 Mac Any way you look at it, on the fifth anniversary of iPhone, Blackberry — as we knew it — is almost over. Read more