SOPA Opera

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

SOPA Opera

Kim Dotcom Is Pretty Sure His Arrest Is Connected to The Hobbit

(lolfed.com)

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.

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Linkages

Booting Up: The Cat Video Festival is Coming to Brooklyn

More famous than you, because FML. (Photo: Reddit)

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]

Crazies

Which Techie Ex-Pat Is the Bigger Pain in the Neck: John McAfee or Kim Dotcom?

Your move! (Photos: Instagram/Kim_Dotcom; Vice)

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: Read More

SOPA Opera

Video Demonstrates How Bonkers the Raid on Kim Dotcom’s Mansion Really Was

Someone called the cops. (Screencap)

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: Read More