Kim Dotcom and John McAfee, both famous for being a bit mad on the internet while also doing a bit of serious business on the side, have had a falling out. It's the tech world's version of Kanye West and Taylor Swift slagging each other off, but with less engaging photography.
The fight started when Kim Dotcom went public with some details about the forthcoming relaunch of file-sharing portal Megaupload 2.0. Dotcom claimed that John McAfee's new business home MGT Capital Investments offered to take a stake in the as-yet unlaunched company for a total of $500,000, for the sole purpose of grabbing some headlines and pumping up the company's share price.
Dotcom told TorrentFreak that: "They offered to invest $30m in cash and MGT stock. But after some due diligence it became clear that their offer was unrealistic. They didn’t have the substance to make such an offer. When I questioned that they responded that the substance can be created by the partnership announcement. Meaning an increase in stock value which would make the stock component of the deal more valuable."
McAfee hasn't said much in response yet, save for a tweet saying: "...tomorrow I will teach you a lesson. When you start a war you cannot undo it," plus he's also uploaded screengrabs of direct messages between the pair of them, and if there's more where that came from it could be very embarrassing for both parties, even though it mostly resembles a couple of 13-year-olds who have just got iPhones and are having a bit of a banter. [TorrentFreak]