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Kim Dotcom Resigns From Mega, Now Wants to be a Politician

"Senator Dotcom, could you PLEASE stop grandstanding?" (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

Guess the thrill is gone: Kim Dotcom is resigning as director of Mega, the much-teased storage company that was suppose to replace Megaupload. He’s going to focus on the extradition case he’s spent the last year fighting, some new website, and also politics. Because that’s what New Zealand needs.

Mr. Dotcom tweeted this morning that, “#Mega is in excellent hands. I resigned as Managing Director to focus on my copyright case & a new political party.” The news was confirmed by a statement from Mega CEO Vikram Kumar, who told the New Zealand Herald that he resigned “to be able to focus on the extradition case, an upcoming music website, and to build a political party.” Read More

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Booting Up: Don’t Bother With Facebook’s Hashtags Since They Have “Zero Viral Impact”

Here she is! (Photo: Gizmodo/Lego)

“Nestlé will produce over 50 million of those aforementioned Kit Kat bars with the Android mascot on them” is the world we live in. [TechCrunch]

Kim Dotcom has left Mega, the infamous file sharing service, to focus on his political aspirations and an extradition case he’s embroiled in. [ZDNet]

Uber is staffing up its executive ranks with a bunch of hires from Google, Facebook, and even…Klout. [Forbes]

Welp, literally nobody is using Facebook’s hashtags. [CNet]

It’s 2013, and we finally have our first female Lego scientist. Cheers to Prof. Bodin for busting through the easily breakable brick ceiling! [Gizmodo]

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Booting Up: Tesla Drivers Hit the Road to Prove Times Reporter Wrong

(Photo: @TeslaRoadTrip)

What’s an attention-whore to do when the press stops turning up? John McAfee had an idea: he gave two freelance journalists $2,900 in cash to follow him to the Caribbean and document his reunion with his 19-year-old girlfriend. [PandoDaily]

There may still be plenty of complex issues to be resolved before online gambling is legal in the U.S., but that isn’t stopping tech companies from lining up at the regulatory gates. [NYT]

Kim Dotcom says Mega is “the Privacy Company.” To that end, Mega is now accepting payment by bitcoin, and plans to offer secure email and chat services.  [Mashable]

After New York Times reporter John M. Broder wrote about the failings of the Tesla Model S during his road test along I-95, nine Model S owners attempted to create the trip. Four drivers completed the 353-mile leg between Rockville, Maryland and Groton, Connecticut, though of the five drivers who dropped out, none reported the battery failures that dogged Mr. Broder. [AllThingsD]

In the aftermath of Ecomom founder Jody Sherman’s suicide—and word that the company is heading for liquidation—an argument that “‘Killing It’ Isn’t Worth It.” [TechCrunch]

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Booting Up: RIP Dailybooth Edition

Even Aplusk had a Dailybooth account. (Photo: Wikispaces)

Dailybooth, the original platform for gratuitous selfies, is shutting down. At least we’ll always have Instagram. [The Next Web]

Remember when YouTube unleashed a slew of investments in branded content channels? Now it’s doubling down and infusing even more cash in content. Pity then that we can’t recall the name of a single one of those original investments. [AdAge]

Spotify is seeking a $3 billion valuation, down from a reported $4 billion round the Times wrote about back in May. [Wall Street Journal]

The Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp–akin to San Francisco’s Dogpatch Labs–recently finished its 12-week accelerator program. Adweek surveys the companies, the program and of course, the pivots. [Adweek]

Kim Dotcom’s new site is finally live at Mega.co.nz. That whole Me.Ga didn’t work out so well with the Gabon government, which owns the .Ga extension. [Mega.co.nz]