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Megaupload says a number of users are from the US government

Megaupload says a number of users are from the US government

The legal fight to extradite Kim Dotcom, the main man behind Megaupload continues to rage. Dotcom and other principles at the file storage site are facing multiple charges ranging from copyright infringement to racketeering and money laundering. As part of the legal campaign, the website was shut down leaving users with no access to files they had saved there.

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Extradition papers filed in Megaupload legal saga

Extradition papers filed in Megaupload legal saga

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has been fighting extradition from New Zealand to the United States. The US government wants to extradite Dotcom and three other associates who helped run Megaupload while it was operational. The three associates include Mathias Ortmann, Bran van der Kolk and Finn Batato.

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Megaupload founder bailed out

Megaupload founder bailed out

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom has been finally granted bail by New Zealand courts, after a court decided the outspoken internet activist lacked sufficient funds to flee the country and avoid extradition to face US charges. Still, while District Court Judge Nevin Dawson deemed Dotcom safe enough to be released from jail, he also imposed some stringent limitations, 3 News reports, including no access to the internet, an electronic ankle bracelet and a block on helicopters onto the property where he is staying.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 3, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: February 3, 2012

The Super Bowl is drawing nearer and nearer by the day, just one week left until the biggest American Football game of the year, and the apps are pouring in: the Official NFL Guide, Verizon's own official stream, and PlayUp with real NFL stars chatting amongst them. There's a bit of a tip on the iPhone 5 in that it'll be revealed at WWDC in June. And perhaps of some slightly larger importance, an Earth twin has been discovered a mere 22 light-years away.

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FBI spyware not Skype responsible for spilling MegaUpload secrets

FBI spyware not Skype responsible for spilling MegaUpload secrets

FBI investigators may have infected MegaUpload's computers with spyware so as to monitor Skype and email messaging, it's been suggested, with sources within the Microsoft-owned VoIP company claiming it was not asked to turn over conversation logs. Multiple chat records were included by the FBI within its case against MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom and other employees at the file-sharing site, dating back as much as five years, though exactly how the US government acquired them is unclear. Sources within Skype tell CNET that no approach was made to them to release private logs.

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MegaUpload users offered data lifeline with EFF’s MegaRetrieval

MegaUpload users offered data lifeline with EFF’s MegaRetrieval

MegaUpload users with non-copyright infringing content trapped on the sized file-sharing site's servers could have a lifeline, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and one of MegaUpload's hosts exploring data rescue possibilities. Frustration at the site's downtime turned to panic last week, when reports from US prosecutors suggested MegaUpload's inability to pay hosting bills would see data deleted. Not so, hosts Cogent Communications Group and Carpathia Hosting have since said, and now Carpathia and the EFF have launched MegaRetrieval.

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MegaUpload host denies data delete ultimatum: “Don’t call us”

MegaUpload host denies data delete ultimatum: “Don’t call us”

Carpathia Hosting, one of MegaUpload's server companies, has responded to US federal investigator suggestions that user data will be deleted from Thursday February 2, pointing out it has no access to any files and denying it supplied the cut-off date. "Carpathia Hosting does not have, and has never had, access to the content on MegaUpload servers" a company spokesperson told us this morning, "and has no mechanism for returning any content residing on such servers to MegaUpload’s customers."

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RapidShare under the microscope amid MegaUpload fallout

RapidShare under the microscope amid MegaUpload fallout

With MegaUpload facing irretrievable data loss later this week and rival services locking down their file sharing options, attention has turned to well-used but clandestine rival RapidShare AG and whether it will occupy the cloud storage vacuum or be next in line for the FBI's attentions. Worlds apart from the showy Kim Dotcom, MegaUpload's CEO, RapidShare founder Christian Schmid has focused his attentions on lobbying the US government, the WSJ reports, spending over $600,000 since 2010 to persuade them the site is a legitimate file repository and not a haven for copyright infringement.

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MegaUpload data faces deletion from Thursday

MegaUpload data faces deletion from Thursday

Data stored on seized file-sharing site MegaUpload could be deleted from as early as Thursday this week, Federal prosecutors in the US have confirmed, after the company's frozen assets stopped paying for the site's hosting. MegaUpload's attorney, Ira Rothken, has warned that the site has no way of continuing to maintain the data of around 50m users, The Guardian reports, while a US government letter regarding the case confirmed that data expected to be cited during the prosecution of Kim Dotcom, MegaUpload's CEO, and his team was merely copied from the servers rather than the computers themselves being among the grabbed assets.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 4 2012

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 4 2012

This week started with a total restructuring of the heads at RIM while they consider licensing BlackBerry 10 and Chris Davies assures us that RIM's new CEO is a Placeholder, not a prophet. Of course other than that there's just a brand new Year of the Dragon in China and a radiation storm hitting the Earth courtesy of the Sun. Auroras and full video documentation from NASA intact. And HP's webOS is now open source including its good pal Enyo - and John Rubinstein is gone!

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