Litigation is a machine which you go into as a pig and come out as a sausage - Ambrose Bierce, allegedly
FILE STORAGE KINGPIN Kim Dotcom has lost his bid to have his next website Mega hosted as Me.ga, because the African country of Gabon that owns the top level domain ".ga" has said "no".
Dotcom unveiled the new Me.ga website just last week. That was a holding page, but it included information about how the website would work as well as calls for hosting and investment partners.
Mega will do what Megaupload did, but will do it better, according to Dotcom. At least it will when it launches.
Dotcom wants to launch Mega next January, a year after Megaupload was raided. It is unlikely that this domain setback will delay it, but it's possibly rather annoying.
Kim Dotcom thinks there is something of a conspiracy behind the decision. He said, "The reach of the US & Vivendi: Gabon Minister announced Me.ga domain will be suspended. Calls cloud storage site cyber crime."
"Don't worry," he added. "We have an alternative domain. This just demonstrates the bad faith witch hunt the US government is on."
Gabon Minister used time machine to analyze legality of the future Mega. Verdict: Cyber crime! Gets 5$ award from the FBI.— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) November 7, 2012
Mega will do more to protect users, which could be important because Megaupload users are presently locked out of their digital lockers. On its homepage Dotcom said that it will encrypt data in the users' web browsers and on the fly.
"In the past, securely storing and transferring confidential information required the installation of dedicated software," he said. "The new Mega encrypts and decrypts your data transparently in your browser, on the fly. You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud, not us." µ
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