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Megaupload successor to be hosted in New Zealand, says Kim Dotcom

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Kim Dotcom has announced that his Megaupload successor will be hosted in his home country of New Zealand.

The new storage locker will use the local domain of Mega.co.nz following the internet tycoon's unsuccessful attempt to host the service in the West African country of Gabon.

Kim Dotcom unveils Megaupload successor - "MEGA"
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"New Zealand will be the home of our new website: Mega.co.nz - powered by legality and protected by law," Dotcom wrote on Twitter.

Almost one year ago, Megaupload was shut down by the US authorities and Dotcom and his associates charged with a string of offences, including piracy and racketeering.

Dotcom is currently fighting to avoid extradition to the US, but his opponents' case was severely discredited when a New Zealand court ruled that the raids carried out on his home to gather evidence were illegal.

Under the terms of his bail, Dotcom agreed that he would not attempt to rebuild or recreate Megaupload. However, his lawyers argue that he has the right to make a living and insist the new venture is legitimate.

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