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Saturday, January 19, 2013
Kim Dotcom's Mega Launches Saturday With 50GB of Free Storage
Kim Dotcom this week provided "early-access users" a sneak peek at his new file-sharing service,Mega, which will open to the public tomorow.
According to TechCrunch's Ingrid Lunden, who got a first look at Mega, the site resembles a simplified version of Dropbox, with a folder to hold files, plus an inbox and contacts tab. Those looking for more than 50GB of free storage will be able to select from three paid tiers — €9.99 ($13.29), €19.99 ($26.59), and €29.99 ($39.90) per month for the respective 500GB storage/1 terabyte bandwidth, 2GB/4TB, and 4GB/8TB.
Kim Dotcom tipped his new project in early November, and has been tweeting all week to get the word out and entice new users.
"24 hours until Mega!," Dotcom tweeted today. "One more day! Are you ready?" he wrote (to which one follower responded with lyrics from a Les Misérables song).
Dotcom has revealed that Mega will include 50GB of free storage for all users. Mobile storage app MediaFire launched the Android version of its app this week, and also offered 50GB of free storage, but other cloud services offer much less, including Dropbox (2GB), Google Drive (5GB), and Microsoft's SkyDrive (7GB).
"Mega will have very generous limits for free users," Dotcom tweeted Thursday.
The Mega website points to a host of new features that outshine the old, including easy privacy, an online Mega Manager, a live global cloud file system, and multi-centric data warehousing.
"Before, you had to install the Mega Manager on every computer you used Megaupload from," the site said. "Now, high-speed parallel batch uploading and downloading with resume capability are integral parts of the Mega website."
Dotcom is hoping to reward former Megaupload users by attempting to retrieve access to their saved files, as well as allow them to retain premium status on the new site. Both situations are being worked on, he said.
The entrepreneur spent much of 2012 avoiding the U.S. Justice Department after it shut down Megaupload and tried to have him extradited from New Zealand to America to face charges of massive copyright infringement. Dotcom denies any wrongdoing.
This week, an Ontario judge refused a U.S. request for access to the data on Megaupload servers hosted in Canada, as reported by Ars Technica. Canadian Justice Gladys Pardu said the servers are the equivalent to information on 100 laptop computers.