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Justice Department publishes 191 pages of evidence against Kim Dotcom and Megaupload

The US Department of Justice unsealed a summary of the evidence it has collected against Kim Dotcom, Megaupload, and other alleged conspirators on Friday. The 191-page document lays out details on how Megaupload and its associated sites, employees, and operations — termed the “Mega Conspiracy” — operated and, according to the DOJ, committed racketeering conspiracy, copyright infringement, and money laundering. The investigation concludes that Megaupload made over $ 150 million in revenues from premium memberships over the years, plus over $ 25 million in advertising revenues. Those revenues are said to be a direct result of Megaupload’s willful promotion of copyrighted materials.

Perhaps the most interesting revelation from the…

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Kim Dotcom teases new ‘secure’ and private Mega email, chat, voice, and video services

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As part of a (brief) rant on Twitter today about the dangers of using web services that are based in the United States, Mega founder Kim Dotcom said the service will expand “in the coming years” beyond cloud storage to offer secure email, web chat, voice, video, and “mobile” (emphasis his) products. Naturally, no details have been offered beyond the single tweet teasing the new features, but from a series of messages on Twitter it’s clear that the focus is on privacy. The tease came after Dotcom advised his followers not to use US-based web services, like Gmail, Skype, and iCloud, claiming that they have to “provide (by law) secret & untraceable NSA backdoors to all your data.” The expanded web services would most certainly be based in…

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Silicon Valley job growth returns to the dot-com days

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Most of the country may be crawling its way out of the recession, but in Silicon Valley, the job market is booming. That’s according to the 2013 Silicon Valley Index, which found that job growth in the region have returned to levels last seen during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. Released Tuesday by Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the report credits the tech industry with spurring economic growth across the broader Bay Area, but persistent and widening inequalities have prevented some minority groups from reaping the benefits.

In 2012, the Bay Area’s nine counties added a total of 92,000 jobs, 46 percent of which — about 42,000 — came from Silicon Valley. Between 2011 and 2012,…

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Kim Dotcom claims over one million Mega users during outrageous launch party

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In just one day, Kim Dotcom’s new Mega service has reportedly garnered over one million users. The impressive tally was revealed by Dotcom himself during a lavish launch party for the cloud storage platform in New Zealand. No doubt pleased with this early momentum, Dotcom said bluntly, “we cannot be stopped.” Further, he emphasized that Mega was built from the ground up after MegaUpload was felled by the US Justice Department, which deemed Dotcom’s previous project to be an “international organized criminal enterprise” that permitted piracy on a grand scale. The two web services thus share little to no code in common. “We have scrutinized every pixel to ensure it’s built from the ground up to adhere to the law,” Dotcom insists.

Still,…

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