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Zuckerberg fights lawsuit over Facebook idea

By Muckety

July 22, 2007 at 8:25am

Mark Zuckerberg has spent much of his time fending off potential buyers of his company, Facebook. Next week, he’ll be defending against plaintiffs who claim he stole their idea for the web site.

In late 2002, Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra, classmates at Harvard, began developing a social-networking website to be called Harvard Connection or connectu.com. They recruited Zuckerberg to help program the site, but Zuckerberg instead founded what is now known as Facebook.

The Winklevosses and Narendra have filed suit in federal court, claiming, “Zuckerberg never intended to provide the code and instead intended to breach his promise… and intended to steal the idea for the Harvard Connection website, and in fact he did so.”

A hearing is scheduled for July 25 in Boston.


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