The service, previously referred to as “Megabox,” will enable users to store their data in the cloud, with support for encryption and cross-account folder sharing.
“You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud, not us,” says a message on the project’s website.
Mega will also offer a browser-based download manager, as opposed to Megaupload, whose Mega Manager had to be installed on users’ computers.
“Before, you had to install the Mega Manager on every computer you used Megaupload from. Now, high-speed parallel batch uploading and downloading with resume capability are integral parts of the Mega website,” says a message on the website.
The project is scheduled to launch on Jan. 20, 2013.
In January, Dotcom was arrested in New Zealand on a request by American authorities, who want him extradited to the States to stand trial for copyright fraud. He is waiting for an extradition hearing in March.
As far as avoiding the fate of Megaupload, which has been shut down for encouraging online piracy, Dotcom is confident it won’t happen again.
“The new Mega avoids any dealings with US hosters, US domains and US backbone providers and has changed the way it operates to avoid another takedown,” said Dotcom.
November 1, 2012