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Monday January 28, 2013

File-sharing service Mega apologises for teething problems

TWO days after the launch of Mega (mega.co.nz, a replacement for the outlawed Megaupload), Kim Dotcom apologised for teething problems with the site, saying massive global interest had swamped his new file-sharing service.

Dotcom said the site, which he claimed on Jan 20 attracted one million visitors and more than 500,000 registered users in its first 14 hours, was proving so popular that it was experiencing technical difficulties.

“The massive global PR around the #Mega launch is simply too big to handle for our start-up. I apologise for poor service quality,” he tweeted.

The German national based in New Zealand said his team was working around the clock to resolve the issues and the service would be running normally within 48 hours, declining to give an update on user numbers.

“If I would tell you how many sign-ups we had since the launch, you wouldn’t believe it. I can’t believe it. So, I won’t tell you,” said Dotcom, who hopes the new venture will rival the success of Megaupload, which boasted 50 million visitors daily and accounted for 4% of Internet traffic before it was shut down following his arrest last January.

Free on bail as US authorities seek his extradition on a range of charges including money laundering, racketeering and copyright theft, Dotcom has said he needs to relaunch his Internet empire to help pay his legal bills.

US authorities allege Megaupload sites netted more than US$175mil (RM525mil) in criminal proceeds and cost copyright owners more than US$500mil (RM1.5bil) by offering pirated copies of movies, TV shows, music and other content.

Dotcom denies the charges, which carry jail terms of up to 20 years. His extradition hearing is due to be heard in August.

The new website offers cloud storage with state-of-the-art encryption to ensure only users, not the site administrators, know what they are uploading. That would theoretically stop authorities from accusing administrators of knowingly aiding online piracy, the central allegation facing Dotcom in the Megaupload case. – AFP Relaxnews

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