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Kim Dotcom's Mega Launches Skype Competitor MegaChat

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The controversial Mega, a storage locker for online content, on Thursday launched MegaChat, a communication platform designed to compete with the likes of Skype. According to Mega founder Kim Dotcom, the new platform allows users to engage in end-to-end encrypted video and audio communication. MegaChat, which was announced last year but didn't launch until now, will undoubtedly raise more controversy in light of the ongoing battle surrounding online data encryption and legal government access to that data. Dotcom, whose real name is Kim Schmitz, initially made a name for himself after founding Megaupload, a file-hosting service that stored pirated content. Dotcom was arrested in 2012 in New Zealand after the US charged him for alleged criminal copyright infringement. Before Megaupload was discontinued three years ago, the service had more than 150 million users and was alleged to have cost the entertainment industry half a billion dollars.