Kim Dotcom, the arrested owner of banned file-sharing website Megaupload, has announced that he has a new project on the tablet which will be launched on January 20, 2013. The new project is called Mega, a cloud-based online storage service which enables users to store their data in the cloud, with support for encryption and cross-account folder sharing, it’s like Kim’s own little version of the iCloud Service Apple offers to its customers.
“You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud, not us,” says a message on the project’s website. The cloud storage service will also feature a browser-based download manager, unlike Megaupload, whose Mega Manager had to be installed on users’ computers.
It seems as if the internet mogul is using his arrest as a marketing tool. He will be launching the new service on January 20th, next year which will mark a year to the day since his arrest. Dotcom was arrested in New Zealand, January of this year on a request by American authorities, who want him extradited to the States to stand trial for copyright fraud.
Kim Dotcom will have to face an extradition hearing in March, where it will be decided if he will be turned over to US authorities to face charges relating to copyright theft. He is confident that the new service will not face the same fate of Megaupload. “The new Mega avoids any dealings with US hosters, US domains and US backbone providers and has changed the way it operates to avoid another takedown,” said Dotcom.