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RapidShare will soon initiate a massive overhaul of its service, and free users are going to have to look elsewhere for bottomless file hosting. The company is going to cap free accounts at 5GB of space, and anything that’s currently stored on its servers beyond that limit will be deleted starting on April 3.

Warnings will be emailed out to users who are exceeding their 5-gig allowance. They’ll then have 24 hours to pare things down to an acceptable level on their own, pay for additional storage, or sit back and let RapidShare delete whatever files it deems necessary.

There are several paid options that will ensure your files remain untouched. For 10€ per month RapidShare provides 250GB of space, and you can double up to 500GB for twice the price. There’s also a discount if you pre-pay for a year. Folks with more than half a terabyte stored are probably going to end up paying market rate. TorrentFreak was told that 2TB of storage would cost around 120€ (about $155), which is about what you’d pay if you were hosting the same files onAmazon’s S3 platform.

Why the change? RapidShare is clearly trying to polish up its image. In the wake of theMegaUpload takedown, cloud locker services around the globe have taken a much more cautious approach to file hosting — particularly when it comes to bulk uploads. Capping free accounts at a relatively scant 5GB and pushing paid accounts will certainly make RapidShare look slightly less adversarial to copyright groups like the MPAA and RIAA.

However, the change has already irked plenty of RapidShare users — and not just holders of free accounts. Paid RapidPro members have begun canceling accounts and demanding refunds, and they’re now being told that a 15€ admin fee will be assessed. RapidShare traffic has been dropping steadily since the company began tweaking its policies last year, and this latest news isn’t going to stop the slide.

The Humble Bundle has made a name for itself by collecting together several indie games, letting you pay what you want for them, and giving a huge chunk of money to charity. In more recent bundles we’ve also seen Linux and Android embraced. But now the Humble team are trying something new, and calling it the Humble Weekly Sale.

The Weekly Sale differs from the bundles by focusing on a single game and offering different content tiers dependent on what you are willing to pay. Cough up at least a dollar and you get the game. Beat the average price everyone is paying and you’ll get a bunch of digital assets linked to the game. Pay over $25 and you’ll unlock some physical merchandise that ships worldwide for free.

It’s an interesting experiment, and one that’s sure to prove popular simply because it’s being done using the well-known Humble name and continues to give money to charity.

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This first Humble Weekly Sale is for the excellent Supergiant Games title Bastion (which has previously featured in a Humble Bundle). The average price currently sits at $2.56 and nets you the digital soundtrack, digital art pack, sheet music, and iPhone/Android ring tones. Things start getting interesting in the merchandise tier, though. It’s $25, which is pretty steep, but in return you get the following:

    • Bastion Bandana
    • Bastion Original Soundtrack CD
    • Bastion Postcard
    • Supergiant’s next game called Transistor Postcard

Is that worth $25? I guess it depends on how much of a Bastion and Supergiant fan you are, but I am guessing most gamers will select the Beat the average tier and walk away with the digital freebies.

So this is an odd situation and a VERY strange reveal process. Samsung is selling the S4 on “feature upgrades” rather than harping on pure hardware upgrades (which this phone DOES have). I’ll admit that some of the new features are pretty amazing and do in fact make me want to upgrade to this phone (and HOLY BALLS, they upgraded the camera which is already better than a cell phone camera should really be allowed to be). The screen sharing via chat is something I could see being incredibly useful as I currently provide tech support and business development services for companies all over the world. All in all it seems to be a solidly good choice of phone even for those of us currently using the S3. If this works like it is being pitched I’d like to say, bravo Samsung.