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New Cloud File Sharing Service Mega Launched

Written by  Harpreet | 20 January 2013
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MegaMegaupload has been launched in a brand new avatar. Founder Kim Dotcom has recently revealed on Twitter that Mega, the rebranded Megaupload, launched on 19th January to the public and will offer users 50GB of free storage. Kim had announced last year that Mega would be "bigger, faster, stronger, safer", when compared to the original Megaupload site. The founder was arrested by US authorities last year and his website Megaupload was forced to shut down to due legal hassles.

Apart from 50GB of free storage, Mega will offer Megaupload premium users a premium account on Mega as well. That should help bring back the paid users of the site. Unfortunately, Kim's lawyers have a different opinion. They don't seem to agree with Kim on bringing back premium accounts due to legal issues. Megaupload users still haven't been able to access their files ever since the website was shut down due to privacy and other legal violations. However Kim mentioned that he is working hard with his lawyers to enable old Megaupload users to access their files again.

Kim Dotcom also revealed that he'll be hosting the new website in New Zealand. He added that Mega would be, "powered by legality and protected by law." Kim also has plans to order servers in Germany to prevent further legal issues. Kim has promised that Mega would be a lightning fast service, much ahead of its time.

If successful, Mega could give current file sharing tools and services a run for their money. Dropbox and Microsoft's SkyDrive are two popular file sharing services amongst a number of others. The former offers only 2GB of free space while the latter offers 7GB of free space to its users. Considering that number - 50GB is pretty huge for Mega. Remember when Gmail launched with 1GB of free web space for e-mail users? This could be something on the same lines.

It'll be a major comeback, a personal one for Kim Dotcom and a big one for Megaupload. It is still too early to predict if the cloud file sharing service would be a major hit or not, we'll have an answer to that this weekend.



Harpreet is a technology journalist based in India. He currently writes on Mobile, Technology and Startups. He is an avid reader and a passionate writer. Prior to ToolsJournal, Harpreet used to write for a major English news daily.

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