December 16, 2008 08:00 ET

Wuala Launches New Web Interface and Web API for P2P Social Online Storage

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - December 16, 2008) - Wuala, the place for free social online storage that allows users to securely store and share files online, announced today the release of a new web interface and application programming interface (API) to the Wuala service. This will now enable Wuala users to make selected files available on the web, so they can be easily and directly accessed by anyone or embedded in blogs and websites. Users can now also send "secret" links to privately shared files without requiring recipients to register or sign up to view the files. For a private link example, please visit

The newly released API enables developers to securely access Wuala's data for the seamless integration with other applications, widgets, social networking sites, blogs and mobile services. The API is now available at

"The web interface is a major leap forward for Wuala and for its users," said Dominik Grolimund, co-founder and CEO of Wuala. "We are constantly looking at new ways to enhance the Wuala experience and are very excited to deliver the new web access to them."

Since the launch in August, Wuala has gained substantial traction within the community of online storage. Users have quickly adopted Wuala's unique vision as a central hub for combining online storage and social content sharing, with over 30 million files stored and shared already. Wuala's rapid growth is not only attributed to their social network and sharing capabilities, but also to the unique way of securing user files. All files stored in Wuala are encrypted on the user's computer before they are stored online. The user can then select individual access to each folder. In addition, the user's password never leaves their computer; therefore, no one -- not even the company -- can ever decrypt the user's private files.

"Security is a major priority for us," said co-founder and CTO Luzius Meisser. "We want our users to feel confident that their files are completely secure in Wuala. They never have to worry about who has access to them because they are in total control."

Wuala was recently announced as one of ReadWriteWeb's "Top 10 International Products of 2008." The company is also launching a new URL --

About Wuala

Wuala, whose name comes from the French word "voilà" (here it is), is the place for free social online storage that allows its users to securely store, backup, and access files from anywhere and to share files easily with friends, groups, and the world. Wuala is based on a revolutionary technology that was researched for the most part at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).

Users start with 1 GB of storage but can get as much as they want, either by trading idle disk space or by buying additional storage. All files get encrypted before they leave the user's computer and the user chooses who gets access to which folder. No one else, including the company, gets to see the files. Wuala comes as a convenient application for Windows, Mac, and Linux that can also be started directly from within the browser, elegantly bridging web and desktop. The company was founded by European entrepreneurs Dominik Grolimund and Luzius Meisser in 2004, and is run by Caleido Inc., a start-up based in Zurich, Switzerland.

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