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Jan 25, 2012

Flamboyant Megaupload boss kept low profile in NZ

COATESVILLE, New Zealand, Jan 24 (Reuters) -
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s online profile was
larger-than-life, with fast women, faster cars and chartered
planes, yet he lived like a virtual recluse in a sprawling,
manicured estate on the outskirts of New Zealand’s biggest city,
Auckland.

Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, faces extradition to the
United States over charges of masterminding a scheme that made
more than $175 million by infringing copyrighted content without
authorisation on his online file-sharing website.

Jan 25, 2012

Megaupload founder refused bail in New Zealand

AUCKLAND (Reuters) – A New Zealand judge ordered the founder of online file-sharing site Megaupload.com to be held in custody for another month Wednesday, saying the suspected Internet pirate posed a significant flight risk.

Kim Dotcom, a German national also known as Kim Schmitz and Kim Tim Jim Vestor, was remanded in custody until Feb 22 ahead of a hearing of an extradition application by the United States.

Jan 24, 2012

Flamboyant online tycoon kept low profile in rural New Zealand

COATESVILLE, New Zealand (Reuters) – Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s online profile was larger-than-life, with fast women, faster cars and chartered planes, yet he lived like a virtual recluse in a sprawling, manicured estate on the outskirts of New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland.

Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, faces extradition to the United States over charges of masterminding a scheme that made more than $175 million (112 million pounds) by infringing copyrighted content without authorisation on his online file-sharing website.

Jan 24, 2012

Flamboyant online tycoon kept low profile in rural NZ

COATESVILLE, New Zealand, Jan 24 (Reuters) -
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s online profile was
larger-than-life, with fast women, faster cars and chartered
planes, yet he lived like a virtual recluse in a sprawling,
manicured estate on the outskirts of New Zealand’s biggest city,
Auckland.

Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, faces extradition to the
United States over charges of masterminding a scheme that made
more than $175 million by infringing copyrighted content without
authorisation on his online file-sharing website.

Jan 23, 2012

Megaupload boss says innocent, rival stops file-sharing

AUCKLAND, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The founder of
file-sharing website Megaupload was ordered to be held in
custody by a New Zealand court on Monday, as he denied charges
of internet piracy and money laundering and said authorities
were trying to portray the blackest picture of him.

Prosecutor Anne Toohey argued at a bail hearing that Kim
Dotcom, a German national also known as Kim Schmitz, was a
flight risk “at the extreme end of the scale” because it was
believed he had access to funds, had multiple identities and had
a history of fleeing criminal charges.

Jan 23, 2012

Megaupload kingpin held in custody, says innocent

AUCKLAND, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The founder of
file-sharing website Megaupload was ordered to be held in
custody by a New Zealand court on Monday, as he denied charges
of internet piracy and money laundering and said authorities
were trying to portray the blackest picture of him.

Prosecutor Anne Toohey argued at a bail hearing that Kim
Dotcom, a German national also known as Kim Schmitz, was a
flight risk “at the extreme end of the scale” because it was
believed he had access to funds, had multiple identities and had
a history of fleeing criminal charges.

Jan 23, 2012

Megaupload kingpin tells New Zealand court he is innocent

AUCKLAND (Reuters) – The founder of online file-sharing website Megaupload argued in a New Zealand court Monday he was innocent on charges of internet piracy and money laundering and said authorities were trying to portray the blackest picture of him.

Kim Dotcom, a German national, also known as Kim Schmitz, argued for bail saying through his lawyer that he posed no threat of absconding or restarting his businesses.

Jan 23, 2012

Megaupload kingpin tells NZ court he is innocent

AUCKLAND, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The founder of online
file-sharing website Megaupload argued in a New Zealand court on
Monday he was innocent on charges of internet piracy and money
laundering and said authorities were trying to portray the
blackest picture of him.

Kim Dotcom, a German national, also known as Kim Schmitz,
argued for bail saying through his lawyer that he posed no
threat of absconding or restarting his businesses.

Jan 6, 2012

China should not fear new U.S. defense strategy

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Beijing should not fear a new U.S. defense policy, seen as an “evolutionary” Asian security strategy to counterbalance China’s growing might, that will lead to a network of new military partnerships across Asia, officials and analysts said on Friday.

The new defense strategy, which will expand the U.S. military presence in Asia but shrink the overall size of the force in order to slash defense spending, was flagged late last year and is a clear sign of U.S. commitment to the region.

Nov 24, 2011

“Pokies” roll the political dice for Australian PM

SYDNEY (Reuters) – They are a silent army, formed in ranks inside clubs and hotels around Australia, desperately battling slot machines in the hope of winning an elusive jackpot.

Australia has 197,000 slot machines, called “pokies,” the highest number of machines per head in the world. Slot machines feed 62 percent of the A$19 billion-plus annual gaming sector.