Dotcom's Mega moves to apps
Mega chief executive Vikram Kumar expects the number of people using Dotcom's new Mega online file storage service to double in about a month to more than six million.
The company is about to release software that will let members easily access and upload files using "apps" on Android smartphones, iPhones and iPads.
Mega, which is based in Auckland and runs off computers hosted in Germany, still has about three million subscribers who are using the service to host about 150 million files, though only a very small proportion are paying customers.
Those numbers are little changed on February. But Kumar said the volume of traffic to and from Mega's servers was a better measure of usage as it showed how much people were uploading and downloading.
That was peaking at 60 to 70 gigabits per second - equivalent to about 60 to 70 per cent of all internet traffic to and from New Zealand - and rising by about 30 per cent a week, he said.
At the moment, the only way to access Mega is through a web browser.
"What people are really waiting for is for Mega to have the equivalent functionality of [rival] DropBox which is when people get these apps and the ability to synchronise with their desktops," Kumar said.
"One of the big appeals of cloud collaboration is you can access the same file from multiple devices wherever you are."
Mega was receiving between 1000 and 1500 requests from copyright holders a month to remove pirated content from its servers. Kumar said YouTube received about 30 million such requests each month.
"That is a huge validation that Mega is by far being used for completely legal and good purposes and copyright infringement is a drop in the ocean," he said.
Kim Dotcom has offered a prize to anyone who can embarrass United States attorney-general Eric Holder during a visit to Auckland next week.
Holder is the top US official charged with extraditing Dotcom and is visiting New Zealand to take part in annual round-robin talks with New Zealand attorney-general Chris Finlayson and their counterparts from Australia, Canada and Britain.
Dotcom tweeted an offer of $500 to anyone who could film Holder while his song MegaUpload played in the background.
Television reports said Holder would speak on cybercrime at Auckland University during his visit, but neither the university nor the US Embassy would confirm that. Holder has regularly visited law schools in the US during his tenure to talk to law students.
Auckland University communications manager Gabriella Davila said yesterday that she knew nothing about any visit, but the university later deferred comment to the US Embassy.
- The Dominion Post