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Kim Dotcom Won’t Know His Fate Until Next Year Kim Dotcom Won’t Know His Fate Until Next Year

The Megaupload case is going to do down in history, one way or another, as one of the defining moments of global copyright law and enforcement. The historic extradition case would have gone down next month in the New Zealand …

Judge Declares Megaupload Searches Illegal Judge Declares Megaupload Searches Illegal
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New Zealand’s High Court has declared that the warrants used to justify the January 19th raid on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s were illegat. The court also ruled that it was illegal for copies of Dotcom’s hard drive to be removed …

Underwater Expedition Produces Odd Sea Creatures Underwater Expedition Produces Odd Sea Creatures

Middle Earth is a great place, mostly because it is so beautiful. Well that beauty is actually real and takes place in New Zealand. A few weeks ago some scientists there decided to explore another part of their country that …

FBI Ordered To Start Copying Kim Dotcom’s Data For Potential Return FBI Ordered To Start Copying Kim Dotcom’s Data For Potential Return

Things are yet again looking up for ol’ Kim Dotcom. It was only a few weeks ago that the New Zealand High Court ordered the FBI to hand over all the evidence they have against him. Dotcom’s other request to …

Lucy Lawless, Greenpeace Warrior, Arrested in New Zealand Lucy Lawless, Greenpeace Warrior, Arrested in New Zealand
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Lucy Lawless has made a career out of playing badasses on television. However, it would seem that her warrior mentality extends to real life, as well. In order to bring attention to Arctic oil drilling, Lawless, 44, and six other …

Kim Dotcom Awarded Access To Evidence Against Him Kim Dotcom Awarded Access To Evidence Against Him

Kim Dotcom has a reason to be happy today. Sure, he’s scored some minor wins here and there, but he’s never scored a big win in his case against the American government. Today is that big win. According to TorrentFreak, …

Kim Dotcom Using Passwords As Bargaining Chips Kim Dotcom Using Passwords As Bargaining Chips

It’s been relatively quiet on the MegaUpload front recently. After a U.S. judge said that the trial may not even happen, it seemed that all the parties seemed to have just given up. It appears that is not the case …

FYX No Longer Offering Its ‘Global Mode’ Workaround FYX No Longer Offering Its ‘Global Mode’ Workaround

We reported this past week on FYX, the new ISP in New Zealand that offered a “Global Mode” that would have let its users access geo-blocked content like Netflix. Those plans have been dialed back as FYX rescinds the service …

New Zealand ISP Skirts Region-Restrictions With a “Global” Mode New Zealand ISP Skirts Region-Restrictions With a “Global” Mode
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When are movie and television studios going to learn that the internet effectively makes any country or region-specific premiere into a global premiere. It’s clear that piracy is simply a market correction for those markets that can’t legally obtain already-released …

New Zealand ISP Offers Workaround For Geo-Blocked Content New Zealand ISP Offers Workaround For Geo-Blocked Content

Living in a country that is not the U.S., Canada or the UK can be a pain sometimes, especially when it comes to accessing online content. Many online services like Netflix geo-lock their Web site to only certain countries. People …

Kim Dotcom Rap Slams New Zealand MP John Banks Kim Dotcom Rap Slams New Zealand MP John Banks

When we last left Kim Dotcom, he was on his way up after recently having some of his money and possessions returned. Previously, Dotcom was also given a bit more freedom to access the Internet among other things. One of …

Reports of Meteor Sightings in New Zealand Reports of Meteor Sightings in New Zealand
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Witnesses called in to New Zealand’s channel 3 news to report sightings of a fiery object that they observed between 6pm and 7pm on Monday. Kim called in and said that she saw an “object the size of a helicopter …

Google Maps Traffic Data Added For Norway, New Zealand, Hong Kong Google Maps Traffic Data Added For Norway, New Zealand, Hong Kong

Since it began tracking live traffic conditions in 2008, Google Maps has continuously added more and more locations to the service so that travelers can plan accordingly around hairy gridlocks and untimely commuting routes. Via the Lat Long blog today, …

Kim Dotcom May Get His Money Back Kim Dotcom May Get His Money Back
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Things are looking up for Kim Dotcom these days. After being arrested and denied bail multiple times, he finally was granted bail last month. He was then on the verge of a deal that would let users of MegaUpload get …

New Zealand Sees Dollar Signs Not Illegal Downloads With Kim Dotcom New Zealand Sees Dollar Signs Not Illegal Downloads With Kim Dotcom

In 2010, New Zealand immigration officials decided the potential money mattered more than the negative press from allowing Kim Dotcom to move to and reside in their country. When Billionaire, Dotcom filed for residency and his application was in consideration …

Google Australia Introduces Student Ambassadors Google Australia Introduces Student Ambassadors

Google Australia’s official blog introduced it’s newly appointed student ambassadors Tuesday, at the inaugural Google Student Ambassador Summit at it’s Sydney office. Google selected 52 students from 23 universities across Australia and New Zealand, who will learn about Google products …

Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom Doesn’t Make Bail Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom Doesn’t Make Bail

Seven of Megaupload’s employees and the company itself are accused of providing copyrighted material online without paying royalties. The company’s staff and Founder Kim Dotcom has been arrested and incarcerated. Dotcom himself made over $41 million just last year. Claiming …

Facebook Begins Timeline Rollout Facebook Begins Timeline Rollout
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Facebook has announced that it has begun rolling out the new timeline to users, starting with New Zealand. Prior to this announcement, the updated Facebook profile was only available to developers. According to an updated post on the Facebook blog: …

Christchurch, New Zealand Earthquake – People Finder Tool Released by Google
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Google has launched a people search tool to help people affected by the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. With the tool, users have to options:

- I’m looking for someone
- I have information about someone

The tool can be accessed here

Google allows people to embed the tool on their own sites as such:

New Zealand Concludes Street View Investigation

The lawyers responsible for handling Google’s affairs in New Zealand may finally be able to breathe a sigh of relief.  The Privacy Commissioner of New Zealand announced today that she’s concluded her investigation into the Street View data collection debacle, and Google will not face any fines or significant penalties.

That’s not to say the search giant’s off the hook in every respect; from now on, it’s supposed to work more closely with Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff, and she gave the company a bit of a reprimand in a formal statement.

NZ Police Clear Google In Street View Scandal

When it comes to Street View and the collection of sensitive WiFi data, Google is, at least to some degree, safe from serious penalties in New Zealand.  A police investigation has determined that the company didn’t violate any laws.

Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff referred the matter to police in June, which seemed to put Google in a precarious position.  Logic dictated that Shroff wouldn’t call in law enforcement for no reason, after all.