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Mega will offer 50GB of free storage, promises Kim Dotcom

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By Barry Collins

Posted on 18 Jan 2013 at 09:40

Kim Dotcom's new Mega upload service will offer 50GB of free storage to all users, the bombastic entrepreneur has claimed.

Mega is Dotcom's latest venture, following the infamous demise of Megaupload, which was shut down by US authorities after being accused of mass copyright infringement. Dotcom resides in New Zealand and is fighting attempts to extradite him to the US.

In the meantime, he's ploughing ahead with Mega, which is hosted on a New Zealand domain and is hardly a radical departure from his previous venture.

"Mega will have very generous limits for free users," Kim Dotcom announced on his Twitter account. "For example you get 50GB storage for free."

That will far exceed the amount of free storage offered by Mega's more conventional rivals. Dropbox offers a minimum of 2GB of free storage, Google Drive and Apple iCloud provide 5GB, while Microsoft SkyDrive offers 7GB.

Kim Dotcom is also trying to transfer the premium status of Megaupload users to the new service, but revealed: "It is our desire to make you happy. When we have court permission or a case resolution you shall have your premium status back [and] more."

According to its website, Mega will improve on the feature set of its predecessor, with on-the-fly data encryption and improved upload facilities. "Before, you had to install the Mega Manager on every computer you used Megaupload from," The Mega website states. "Now, high-speed parallel batch uploading and downloading with resume capability are integral parts of the Mega website."

The new service is due to launch on 20 January.

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User comments

Not entirely sure I would want to trust my data to someone with such a - how can I put this - 'chequered' history.

By qpw3141 on 18 Jan 2013

For me, as a part-time DJ, this amount of storage is attractive as I'd only be uploading sets which I'd be sharing anyway so, for me, using Mega isn't a security issue

By EddyOS_2K9 on 18 Jan 2013

With the armed raid on Kim Dotcom that destroyed his previous business and the disproportionate prosecution of Aaron Swartz a clear picture is emerging. US prosecutors are out of control, protecting particular US business interests using whatever excessive powers they deem fit. Trusting in the flawed belief that corrupt behaviour will go unnoticed, and that public opinion can just be brushed aside. The authorities would like to paint Kim Dotcom as a corrupt individual who needs to spend time in jail. The reality is that he's just a good self-publicist. It's the people he's up against that you need to worry about.

By revsorg on 18 Jan 2013

Kim

Just saw the photo of the "drone" he claims to have found in his garden. Is this real or self-publicity?

By Zippy204 on 18 Jan 2013

Kim

Just saw the photo of the "drone" he claims to have found in his garden. Is this real or self-publicity?

By Zippy204 on 18 Jan 2013

Wait and see

Let's go out on a limb here. Does anyone seriously believe that this is anything but a 'chance it and see' business model. Good luck to him if he pulls it off but I'm making a guess that he thinks he can cross sell or some other revenue stream which doesn't exist yet will end up generating profit.
The figures simply don't add up.

By simontompkins on 18 Jan 2013

Traffic

If the site generates traffic then advertisers won't be able to help themselves. It's pretty much a sure bet.

By Roger_Andre on 21 Jan 2013

Kamikaze Haka?

What I really want to know is whether he is linked to the 'Al Qaeda' Maori division or not? :-( If he is, then we must all back the U.S. to the hilt in their efforts to grab him wherever he hides. After all, we are either with them or with the terrorists. Or is that the other way around? *confused*

By adolfobama on 21 Jan 2013

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