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Dotcom case ends, U.S. attempts last-minute evidence submission

The long awaited extradition trial of legally-embattled Kim Dotcom and his co-defendants has finally come to close, but not before the prosecution attempted to submit a last-minute piece of evidence, despite its side of the case having ended weeks ago. Regardless, this marks the beginning of the end of a …

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US government seizes Dotcom’s millions again

Kim Dotcom has been legally embattled with US and New Zealand authorities for over three years. During that time he’s launched services and political entities and even found time to rank as one of the best FPS players in the world, but it hasn’t been all smooth sailing. One of …

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NZ journalist promises big spying revelations

It’s no secret at this point that every member of the Five Eyes spying network (essentially every English speaking nation) has been snooping on not only their citizens, but everyone else’s over the past few years, under the guise of anti-terrorism efforts. Despite this though, new revelations every few months …

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Kim Dotcom guests quizzed on NZ arrival

If you get invited to the Kim Dotcom mansion, get ready to spend some time at the airport. Recent guests of the internet entrepreneur, were detained at the international airport for up to seven hours after listing the Dotcom Mansion as their place of address for their trip to the …

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Kim Dotcom 2012 mansion raid deemed legal by Supreme Court

It seems ridiculous at this point, but Kim Dotcom is still awaiting his extradition trial, despite the fact that he was originally arrested almost three years ago, during a 20th January raid on his mansion. In the raid’s aftermath, we learned that helicopters and heavily armed (though oddly not armoured) …

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Kim Dotcom on his bail continuance

Last week saw MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom heading back to court to answer questions on whether he had breached his bail requirements, which prevent him from contacting the other defendants in his MegaUpload case. While all seemed well for him after the hearing, it was only today that he was …

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Kim Dotcom’s NZ lawyers jump ship, forget he exists

Kim Dotcom has been legally embattled since January of 2012, following his arrest after the raid on his home. This legal action takes place all over the world, with court cases and lawyer wrangling in the US, Hong Kong and New Zealand, as some try to extradite him, while others …

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SOPA like TPP isn’t shared, to avoid public debate

The Trans Pacific Partnership agreement has been the subject of much criticism for years at this point. Despite seeing SOPA, PIPA and ACTA fall to public outcry, politicians in the US and other countries have continued to push for legislation that would extend copyright and protect monopolies, ostensibly to improve …

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Internet MANA party leader admits “mistake” over Dotcom

It’s been a couple of days now since the Internet MANA party failed to gain a single seat in the New Zealand elections and party funder/founder Kim Dotcom claimed responsibility for it, apologising to supporters after the results came in. Now party leader Laila Harré has echoed this sentiment, suggesting …

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Dotcom’s Internet MANA alliance fails to win seat

Over the weekend votes were cast and counted in New Zealand’s latest general election, following weeks and months of campaigning by all parties. Most notably in the tech press, Megaupload and Mega founder Kim Dotcom has appeared, alongside his Internet MANA party creation, with hopes to win one of its …

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NZ PM denies mass surveillance, admits some data gathering

Following on from Kim Dotcom’s “Moment of Truth,” event held earlier this week, where Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Glen Greenwald, all accused New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key of being complicit in his intelligence agency (GCSB) spying on New Zealand citizens, the PM has made a statement to the …

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Dotcom, Snowden, Assange, Greenwald all attack NZ PM

Yesterday, some of the biggest names in the public fight for internet freedoms and personal privacy made an appearance together in Auckland, New Zealand, to talk to Internet Party members and concerned citizens, about the upcoming New Zealand general election and they spent a lot of their time criticising the”adolescent” …

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NZ PM in alleged Dotcom extradition plot

The character of New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key, has once again been called into question, after internet entrepreneur, Kim Dotcom, announced that he had in his possession a copy of an email conversation between the CEO of Warner Bros and the MPAA’s Mike Ellis, that discussed Mr Key allowing …

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Dotcom to get cloned drives from Megaupload trial

It turns out that after all the legal wrangling and back and forthing in the courts, Kim Dotcom is going to have access to some of the evidence against him, as the Court of Appeals has ruled that although the raid on his house in January 2012 was legal, the …

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Dotcom’s Internet Mana party concludes tour, denies effigy burning

Megaupload and Mega founder, Kim Dotcom, has been touring New Zealand in recent weeks alongside representatives of his sponsored Internet Mana Party, to help spread the word about the company’s stance on copyright reform, personal privacy, internet developments and a number of other political points. However, he’s had to conclude …

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Kim Dotcom pledges Internet Party will stop mass snooping

Surveillance, snooping, the mass collection of data and the oppressive oversight of governments around the world has been a big topic over the past year. Kim Dotcom is someone that knows about it all too well, considering he himself was spied upon illegally before being arrested with an invalid warrant …

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Dotcom to make PM revelation five days before election

Kim Dotcom has grabbed headlines in New Zealand once again, after announcing that just five days before the general election later this year, he’s rented out the Auckland Town Hall and will be inviting anyone and everyone to hear new revelations that explain how the Prime Minister knew of him …

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Judge halts Megaupload civil suits

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has been legally embattled for almost two and a half years. Originally arrested during a raid on his mansion back in January 2012, he’s been fighting his extradition from New Zealand ever since. In recent months however, he’s won a few legal skirmishes, enough so that …

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Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party forms alliance with MANA

Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party just took a big step on the road to becoming a legitimate political force in New Zealand, by forming an official alliance with the MANA party. While both will retain their independence, a new organisation is being formed from the alliance, creating the Internet MANA party. …

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New Zealand shuts down supercomputer after breach

A security breach at New Zealand’s 34 terraflops supercomputer, FitzRoy, caused those in charge to pull the plug on it and disconnect it from the internet, keeping it away from the nefarious individuals behind the hack. The system, owned by New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), lives …

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Dotcom’s Internet Party closes on MANA deal, PM embarassed

As internet entrepeneur Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party closes in on a deal with the local MANA party, headed by ex-Maori party leader, Hone Harawira, news has emerged that the Prime Minister John Key, who denies any involvement with his government’s GCSB intelligence agency illegally spying on Kim Dotcom, actually had …

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Dotcom officially launches the Internet party

Teased and talked about for several months, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party political group has now been officially launched, putting its policies out there for the first time and asking for member registrations. On the newly launched website, Dotcom himself introduces the party (along with a parodied special guest) …

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New Zealanders split on Kim Dotcom extradition

With Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s extradition trial finally looks like it’s going to take place in a couple of months’ time, there’s been talk in New Zealand of whether or not justice minister Judith Collins should step in and block the extradition. However in a poll of New Zealand citizens, …

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One in five would vote for Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party

While Kim Dotcom may have been forced to scrap his Party Party earlier this year, he’s still going ahead with his Internet Party, not a celebration, but a political organisation. In-fact, he’s even more likely to push it forward with it after hearing the news that one in five New …

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US snooping continues expansion with NZ FACTA compliance

Despite all the negative attention that the privacy destroying revelations surrounding the NSA’s PRISM scheme has brought to the US and the huge fallout because of that in the US technology sector, the government is continuing to extend its tentacles around the world and is getting local governments to force …

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Xbox One launch begins in New Zealand

Sony may have beaten Microsoft to market with its next-gen system in one territory, but with 12AM rolling round in the most eastern parts of the world, Microsoft’s response has begun to hit the shelves. New Zealand and Australia are first up and as I write this the first few …

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