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.”
Was Kim Dotcom feeling a little left out, after Edward Snowden stole the spotlight? Because as he fights his extradition to the United States, he’s kicking up a fresh ruckus down under.
During a recent interview with Australia’s ABC News, Mr. Dotcom basically accused the prime minister of New Zealand of handing him over to the United States government, just so Warner Brothers wouldn’t film The Hobbit somewhere else.
This year’s Cat Video Festival will come to Brooklyn, because dreams do come true. [BBC]
“At some point, if it seems appropriate, I would like to explore the possibility of being reinstated.” Henry Blodget is profiled in the New Yorker this week. [AllThingsD]
Bad news for the boy king Zuck: These days the kids are loving mobile messaging apps like Kik and Whatsapp. [Reuters]
The Pirate Bay is the world’s largest file-sharing site, after Megaupload’s shutdown upended the market. [TorrentFreak]
How are automakers supposed to integrate apps without causing a spike in distracted driving? [New York Times]
Roadrunner, which was the world’s fastest supercomputer circa 2008, is now obsolete and headed for the scrap pile. [Ars Technica]
Family ties Looks like Kim Dotcom has a pretty good sense of humor about his appearance. The Megaupload founder recently posted a photo on his Instagram of himself posing next to a hippo with the caption “Kim and his Brother ;-).” Zing.
It’s confirmed: Antivirus pioneer John McAfee has made it out of Belize (his 20-year-old girlfriend and a couple of Vice yahoos in tow) and into Guatemala, where he is now petitioning for asylum. What’s more, according to the latest post to his blog, he would like to please meet the prime minister of Belize on neutral ground to work through their supposed “mutual issues.”
Which inspires us to wonder which techie ex-patriot is the bigger pain in the butt: McAfee, or Megaupload mastermind Kim Dotcom. If you were an immigration official required to admit one of these loudmouthed, trouble-making characters, who would you choose?
Let’s break it down:
It’s been a rough week in the roller coaster ride that Kim Dotcom calls life. The filesharing mogul plans to launch Me.ga, the next generation of the ill-fated Megaupload, in January. But TorrentFreak reports that Mr. Dotcom is now facing two new antagonists: The government of Gabon and a pack of hackers.
For competitive Call of Duty players like Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, the amount of time it takes for your local Internet signal to hit remote Xbox servers could actually cost you your title. Mr. Dotcom, he of lavish hot tub parties and trollish a Twitter account, wasn’t about to let that happen.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom sure seems to be keeping busy down in New Zealand. A series of late-night tweets suggests that his long-awaited music service, Megabox, is on track to launch sometime before the end of the year.
However, the way this story played out is a little wacky, as things involving Read More
No wonder Kim Dotcom spends so much time taunting the authorities from his Twitter account. A New Zealand news outfit has released the first footage of the January raid on the Megaupload mogul’s mansion, and sounds like Mr. Dotcom’s dealings with the authorities have been aggravating, to say the least.
The video opens with a helicopter landing and the deployment of the officers participating in the raid. The disgorging of black-clad SWAT-type officers and unfriendly-looking police dogs is pretty much the extent of the spectacle, and there’s no footage from the goings-on inside the house. However, the video also includes radio communications exchanged during the raid, and Channel 3 has spliced that with testimony from Mr. Dotcom himself to create a pretty good play-by-play:
Earlier this week, Kim Dotcom offered TorrentFreak some “insider information,” about why U.S. authorities were so aggressive in going after his file-sharing company, Megaupload, pointing the finger at none other than Vice President Joe Biden.
“I do know from a credible source that it was Joe Biden, the best friend of former Read More