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Posts Tagged ‘Megaupload’

Kim Dotcom’s MEGA: Craziest Product Launch Ever?

We know that none of our loyal readers have ever used the Internet to download copyrighted content that they didn’t pay for. Still, you really have to watch this frankly insane product launch event staged by Kim Dotcom: international fugitive, founder of the now-defunct MegaUpload and defender of file sharers and illegal downloaders everywhere. He just started a new company called MEGA that is strikingly similar to his older, more notorious one in both name and function.

Anyway, skip ahead 45 seconds or so to see the beginning of the “mock FBI raid”:

Dude obviously sees himself as some kind of legal martyr/populist hero saving all of us from “The Man”. In his case, that would be the FBI (whose case against him is embarrassingly weak).

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Tech Round Up: Newsle Gets Better, Facebook Does Not

San Francisco’s Newsle has just made it easier to stalk, eh, I mean research, your friends by now offering instant news alerts. The service, founded by two Harvard University sophomores and released in beta in January 2011, finds articles about users’ friends and colleagues, and sends notification minutes or hours after they are published. Learn more on the Newsle blog.

Facebook is said to be launching Timeline for brands any day now, which means soon people will be griping about how pages like McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, as well as those of their cousins and college friends, are busy and hard to read. According to Reuters, 70 percent of users call it a “catalog of nothing.”

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Megaupload Mega Shutdown Proves We Need Neither SOPA or PIPA

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While two Megaupload executives have been bailed out of jail in New Zealand on Internet piracy charges filed in the U.S., Sandvine has released figures on how the shutdown of Megaupload affected other networks worldwide.

Sandvine says with all the attention on Internet regulation, a number of competing sites have either decided to shut themselves down, or dramatically alter the way files are uploaded or downloaded from their servers.

For example, FileSonic has halted any new uploads and is only allowing users to download their personal files.

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