Dotcom Plans New Service As NZ Mansion Finds New Owner
Kim Dotcom – still in New Zealand and still fighting attempts to deport him to the USA to face charges that include copyright infringement, money laundering, and wire fraud – says he is developing an all-new service planned to launch next January.
He hasn’t revealed a name for the new project, but says it will let users sync files across all their devices, won’t place any limits on data transfers and will offer on-the-fly encryption.
Meanwhile the $23 million NZ mega-mansion, pictured, that Dotcom occupied – paying a claimed $1 million a year rent – has been acquired by a secret buyer. Neither the price paid nor the buyer’s identity has been revealed.
The lavish 12-bedroom, English-style mansion in Coatesville, near Auckland, sports a heated outdoor living area, tennis courts and a giant living hedge maze. It also is said to contain a replica of James Bond’s Casino Royale poker and roulette table.
It was the site of an early-morning raid by NZ police on Dotcom in 2012. But after a short term in the jug, Dotcom managed to beat the rap and now lives rather less ostentatiously in an Auckland apartment.