Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

French papers pay tribute to Christophe de Margerie

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Anti-IS group fighters: When foreigners join the fight against jihadists

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Pistorius and the lone walk to prison

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Armed clowns terrify the north of France

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Stability still a struggle ahead of 2015 elections

Read more

DEBATE

Oscar Pistorius sentenced: Does the punishment fit the crime? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Oscar Pistorius sentenced: Does the punishment fit the crime?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Provocative sculpture "unplugged"

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

'Flying coffins' in Ivory Coast and a rich Maltese couple rescuing migrants

Read more

News seen on the web and about the web. From Monday to Friday at 8.20 am Paris time.

WEB NEWS

WEB NEWS

Latest update : 2013-01-21

Kim Dotcom launches Mega, his new file-sharing site

Kim Dotcom launches his new file sharing site. The American web abuzz with conspiracy theories surrounding the Newtown shooting. And The Pirate Bay documentary soon to be released online.

Kim Dotcom launches Mega, his new file-sharing site

Headline grabbing Kim Dotcom launched his new file sharing site “Mega” on Saturday, a year to the day the FBI closed down “Megaupload” for copyright infringement. The new site represents a challenge for the American authorities who are trying to extradite the German born tycoon from New Zealand where he is free on bail and living in a luxury mansion.

The millionaire, who is accused of making a fortune from pirated material while filmmakers and songwriters lost out on copyright revenue, has welcomed the success of the eagerly anticipated website. He has posted a message to Twitter claiming that in just a few hours, some 250,000 users had already signed up to the platform. The overwhelming response sent the sites servers into overload, and the site was momentarily pushed off line.

Already a victim of its own success, Mega is a cloud storage site, and what makes it different is that all the files are encrypted. So when web users set up an account they are given an encryption key that they can share with other users. So the files they upload will not be directly accessible from the platform. A clever trick which effectively means the site cannot be accused of knowingly storing copyrighted materials.

And Kim Dotcom has other projects up his sleeve. He is planning to launch his “Megabox” music service which promises to give artists a healthy revenue stream. And he has also unveiled plans for "Megamovie", a platform devoted to films and TV series.

 

Newtown shooting conspiracy theories

Some Americans are convinced the Newtown shooting was orchestrated by the Obama administration to gain support to tighten gun laws in the US. And with the US president recently proposing a series of tougher gun control measures, all sorts of conspiracy theories are doing the rounds online. This video which reviews the various theories was posted online last week and has already been viewed over 9 million times.

James Tracy, a blogger and professor at a Florida university, was one of the first to suggest the massacre could actually have been staged. He points out discrepancies in media coverage in the hours following the tragedy and claims there are a number of grey areas in the case, notably the number of gunmen involved and the weapons used.

 

And while some think events did not actually unfurl as reported in the media, others believe that the massacre never actually took place. The administrators of this website claim the witnesses and families of victims were in fact actors, and working for an agency that specializes in simulating crisis situations as part of training exercises for police and fire crews in the US.

Gene Rosen, in particular has been a prime target for conspiracy theorists. He sheltered six children after they fled their classroom during the shooting and in this interview for Salon.com, the 69-year-old retired psychologist says he has since been on the receiving end of constant harassment.

 

The Pirate Bay documentary

First announced around two years ago, the documentary about file sharing site The Pirate Bay is set to be released on the web, for free, in the spring. And Simon Klose, the Swedish director has posted this teaser trailer online to give web users a taste of what’s to come. The documentary has been financed entirely by web users who sent in donations to the crowd funding site Kickstarter, raising over 50 000 dollars to get the project off the ground and onto the screen.

 

Make 3D paper face masks

On this site “paper-kit.com”, you can print out a customized image which you then cut out and assemble to create a 3D paper mask of your own face! An original idea which will no doubt be a great hit with kids and adults alike.

 

Video of the day

Google’s translation tool is not always that accurate it can sometimes be pretty far off the mark … and members of the CDZA collective that creates musical experiments decided to demonstrate just this by using Google to translate the lyrics of the theme tune to the popular TV series of the 90s, "the Fresh Prince of Bel Air", into various languages and then back into English. With pretty interesting results and new theme tunes which end up making very little sense…

By Electron Libre

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2014-10-21 Ebola

USA: Ebola Halloween costumes spark outrage online

In this edition: Ebola Halloween costumes spark outrage online; the "donut selfie" craze is sweeping social networks; and the Ohio University Marching Band in another incredible...

Read more

2014-10-20 Social Media

Video tackles prejudice towards West African as Ebola spreads

In this edition: West Africans stigmatised as Ebola spreads; a display mannequin sparks outrage in New Zealand; and snowboarding champ Shaun White in a stunning skateboard display.

Read more

2014-10-18 energy

Energy guzzlers: Harnessing data centers' consumption

Residents in La Courneuve on the outskirts of Paris have serious concerns about the data centre built opposite their homes two years ago. We find out why.

Read more

2014-10-17 USA

Web users show support for Dallas nurse with Ebola

In this edition: online support for the American nurse suffering from Ebola; a massive Euro-wide police operation sparks fierce criticism; and an incredible surfing display.

Read more

2014-10-16 North Korea

Where was Kim Jong-un? Web users investigate

In this edition: Online rumours are rife after Kim Jong-un makes his first public appearance in over a month; an Australian supermarket chain at the centre of lively debate; and...

Read more