Why deny it? There’s lot’s of excitement about Mega, the new Internet service from the entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, which has been named “Megaupload’s successor”. Dotcom released a few images via his Twitter account that give us a sneak peak into some aspects of the project.
As you can tell by looking at the pictures, Mega’s design is much different than that of Megaupload. In the screenshot at the top of this post, you can see the website’s logo with the big M, the service’s characteristic symbol, in addition to the encryption progress bar (all files that users upload to the server will go through an encryption process, specifically a 2048-bit RSA Private Key).
In other images, you can see how to create a new account and access the service. Apparently, all you have to do is enter an email address, a password, and select a username.
The final image shows the file manager, where you can see a file tree under the name “Cloud Drive,” the cloud storage space where users can upload their files. You can also make out in the image an area where you can view the file download or upload progress, in addition to the two options on the left, “Inbox” and “Contacts”, which confirm the rumors that the project would have social features.
Kim Dotcom will host a press conference to present Mega the day that it is launched, which will be exactly one year from the day that the FBI shut down Megaupload. Of course, the question still remains whether or not the project will ever see the light of day, that is, if the U.S. Government will allow it to happen. Dotcom has already faced issues with the site in the past, including when he chose a domain that belonged to the African country Gabon, among many others problems he has come across.
The year 2012 has seen the revival of P2P file sharing programs. For example, the program Ares and BitTorrent have been reborn this year. It’s just a matter of waiting to see if the millions of users that use these services go back to using Kim Dotcom’s Mega, despite the possible complications that doing so could entail.
The website’s official release date is January 20th of next year at 6:48am, New Zealand time (for some countries this will be January 19th).