Kim Dotcom: New Megaupload “90 Percent Done”

Kim Dotcom, the founder of cloud hosting service Megaupload, has claimed that his new project is nearing completion.

The upcoming service could turn out to be Megabox.com, a platform for artists to sell their music, which was announced by Dotcom prior to his arrest. Some tweets also hinted at a completely new project, or even a re-launch of Megaupload.

According to Dotcom, the hardware for his new venture has already been paid for and the code is 90 percent ready.

Return of the Jedi

Megaupload was closed down by the US Department of Justice in January as part of a multinational co-operative move against online copyright infringement. Kim Dotcom and three of his employees were taken into custody by New Zealand police.

Dotcom has been accused of copyright theft, money laundering and racketeering fraud, and faces a jail sentence of up to 20 years if convicted in the US. Prosecutors allege that the website earned its owners around $175 million (£111m).

However, after a judge ruled the Megaupload founder’s home, known as the Dotcom Mansion, was searched illegally, the case drew to a standstill. In May, Dotcom was allowed to move back into the mansion to await his extradition hearing, which will not happen before 2013. It seems that he has used his time as a free man to work on a new project:

https://twitter.com/KimDotcom/status/240376409476984832″ data-datetime=”2012-08-28T09:12:56+00:00

Meanwhile, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has asked for an inquiry into the conduct of the Government Communications Security Bureau over claims that the agency illegally spied on Megaupload and Kim Dotcom prior to the arrests.

“I expect our intelligence agencies to operate always within the law. Their operations depend on public trust. I look forward to the Inspector-General’s inquiry getting to the heart of what took place and what can be done about it,” said the Prime Minister, according to ITWire.

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Max Smolaks

Max 'Beast from the East' Smolaks covers open source, public sector, startups and technology of the future at TechWeekEurope. If you find him looking lost on the streets of London, feed him coffee and sugar.

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  • weeheewee!! I hope it includes some kind of online office tools like an equivalent of GMail and Google Calendar and Microsoft OneNote. I'd definitely trust Megaupload more than Google or Microsoft!

    All crypted! No selling your data to who knows who! No stupid policies like Microsoft's nude policy
    (Microsoft searches through your private data on the cloud, and can delete your account if they find any picture of anyone nude, or any "vulgar" language. Yep. Big Brother isn't just watching you anymore. He's now got his head up your undies to make sure nobody goes there!)

  • I constantly spent my half an hour to read this weblog's content every day along with a cup of coffee.

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