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Kim Dotcom of Megaupload fame is back with a new cloud-based service called Mega. The service arrives a exactly year after Megaupload was shut down, and Dotcom was arrested in his Auckland, New Zealand mansion. Dotcom was involved in the most famous online piracy case.
Initially, the website was opened for early access users, but it was opened a while later for anyone to who wants to register.
Users get 50GB of storage space upon signing up, but those who want more can avail of three paid “Pro” tiers. 500GB costs $13, 2TB costs $27, and 4TB costs $40. Those who register also get more bandwidth: the 500GB tier is provided with 1TB of bandwidth; the 2TB plan gets 4TB of bandwidth; and the 4TB plan is allotted 8TB of bandwidth.
Through his Twitter account, Dotcom announced the developments. He reports: “100,000 registered users in less than 1 hour. Fastest growing start-up in Internet history? #Mega.” He later announced that the website was overloaded because of “massive demand.”
Said overloading made it difficult for some potential users to access the website. According to Dotcom, things “should get better when initial frenzy is over.”
Dotcom has big plans for this comeback. Following the launch of Mega, Dotcom is expected to offer filesystem mount integration for Windows, OS X, and Linux. A mobile solution is also believed to be on the way.
Dotcom, whose original name was Kim Schmitz before he had it legally changed, is a 38-year-old German citizen who is in New Zealand at the moment. Dotcom was charged with several offenses, including copyright theft, racketeering, and money laundering. Purportedly, Dotcom cost copyright holders $500 million by allowing access to pirated content. He, however, claims that he is innocent. Dotcom is scheduled to be extradited later this year.
Click on this link to visit the Mega website.