While the United States government is savoring its victory after rooting out Megaupload early this year, the website’s founder Kim Dotcom is yet again preparing to resurrect his site by announcing that 90% of code is finished.
Megaupload was considered to be one of the biggest websites in the world before it was taken down last January. In its heyday, the site averaged 50 million visitors a day making it a massive meeting place for users and businesses alike. After the site’s takedown and arrests of its key employees, Megaupload seemed to be on the defensive as it switched focus from serving its customers to defending itself against a high-profile criminal prosecution. The case has progressed very slowly since then. In the meantime, the site’s founder announced that a new website is in the works, new servers have been ordered and investors are again lining up to do business.
Dotcom had previously hinted that a new Megaupload will be brought to life, and progress seem to indicate its happening sooner than expected. A new update over the weekend suggests most of the work has been completed.
A tweet by Dotcom says: “Quick update on the new Mega: Code 90% done. Servers on the way. Lawyers, partners and investors are ready.” “Be patient it’s coming,” he added.
Based on this quick update, its clear that the site will be up and running within the year. Interestingly, investors and partners are happily lining in to be involved despite the ongoing criminal case.
The most recent update was only one of the series of teases Kim Dotcom had been making since the past few weeks. He had been indicating that the new site will be faster, bigger, and will offer more services than the file-sharing site that was killed off by U.S. authorities.
“We are building a massive global network. All non-US hosters will be able to connect servers & bandwidth,” he said.
Dotcom explained that the new site will offer a wider range of applications than simply file-sharing. He has encouraged developers of file managers, fax tools, VOIP, video apps, and those involved in email to get in touch so they can get early access to a new API.
That said, it’s clear that Dotcom is not done and obviously is fighting back.
“They abused the wrong guy. I am going to turn this world upside down. Power to the people. Bye bye Echelon. Hello Freedom,” Dotcom was quoted as saying.