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Kim Dotcom launches political party

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Megaupload founder and web tycoon Kim Dotcom is launching registration for his New Zealand political party on Monday. Tickets for his 40th birthday, coinciding with the launch, went in minutes, with more than 15,000 people planning to attend. Dotcom, born in Germany as Kim Schmitz, told The Associated Press in an interview published Tuesday that he is founding and funding ... Read More »

NZ school removes wifi over health concerns

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A Kapiti Coast school is to have Wifi removed from around half of its classrooms, following concerns it may be damaging to children’s health. Te Horo School’s Board of Trustees has decided to replace Wifi with hard-wired internet in classrooms for its year one to four students, after consulting with parents on the issue earlier this month. The matter was ... Read More »

New Zealand customs: Give Kim Dotcom info to FBI for ‘brownie points’

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A senior Customs official told colleagues in charge of highly personal information they could earn “brownie points” if they passed secrets to the FBI. The offer was made by a Customs executive whose job was to oversee one of the organisation’s most sensitive units. Greg Davis was the operations manager of Customs’ Integrated Targeting Operations Centre when it was opened ... Read More »

Kim Dotcom: the TPP ‘proves’ that Wall St and Hollywood own Obama

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The secretive multinational trade agreement the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “proves” that Wall St and Hollywood own Obama, according to MegaUpload and Mega founder Kim Dotcom. In part two of Wired.co.uk’s interview with the infamous entrepreneur, we talk about international copyright law, NSA surveillance, Hollywood’s “backward, outdated licensing model”, Barack Obama and Dotcom’s political ambitions. What do you see as the biggest threat to digital ... Read More »

Kim Dotcom blasts New Zealand PM in court

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom speaks as he comes face to face for the first time with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key as lawmakers examine a controversial proposal allowing intelligence agencies to spy on local residents at Bowen House in Wellington on July 03, 2013. Tensions between Kim Dotcom and Prime Minister John Key were raised as the pair sparred ... Read More »

Kim Dotcom releases footage of the illegal government raid

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[youtube height="400" width="550"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmObwguVmEI[/youtube]   A lot of footage of the raid on Kim Dotcom’s home already hit the internet a while ago, but now Kim Dotcom has put together a little package himself including unseen footage from his network of CCTV cameras around the mansion. The new footage shows how many officers entered the property that day, armed with semi-automatic weapons, ... Read More »

New Zealand considers Cyprus-style banking failure solution

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New Zealand depositors could face a Cyprus-style tax on their bank accounts, as the government is planning to impose a similar strategy on its banks warns the country’s Green Party. New Zealand is facing a similar bank failure to Cyprus, is likely to adopt open bank resolution (OBR), which will see small depositors lose part their savings in favour of ... Read More »

Planned secret tidal wave bomb aimed to destroy coastal cities

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The U.S. and New Zealand conducted secret tests of what is being described as a “tsunami bomb,” which experts said was aimed at devastating coastal cities by using a series of underwater explosions that would result in massive tidal waves. The tests, which were initially carried out around the waters of New Caledonia and Auckland during World War II, “showed ... Read More »

‘Tsunami bomb’ tested off New Zealand coast

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The United States and New Zealand conducted secret tests of a “tsunami bomb” designed to destroy coastal cities by using underwater blasts to trigger massive tidal waves. The tests were carried out in waters around New Caledonia and Auckland during the Second World War and showed that the weapon was feasible and a series of 10 large offshore blasts could ... Read More »

Echelon spy network secrets to be revealed in Megaupload copyright case

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There was a lot of buzz a decade or so ago about Echelon, an international electronic surveillance network said to link the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. A flurry of stories covered the connections among the five countries, speculation about the network’s capabilities, and rumors about Echelon’s targets in a post-Cold War world. The European Parliament even produced ... Read More »