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Judge believes that ConnectU is only trying to dig Facebook's gold

A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday postponed decision on the validity of the complaint by ConnectU alleging that the founder of Facebook had stolen the idea for its social networking website.

Specifically, the founders of ConnectU, which was originally called HarvardConnection, Divya Narendra, Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevosss, claim that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea for the social networking site while he was recruited to develop a part of ConnectU.

“I’m going to offer you the opportunity to meet a higher standard. It’s in your hands,” Judge Douglas P. Woodlock told the 25-year-old brothers Winklevoss.

Woodlock is now giving ConnectU two months to present more evidence, such as a contract, proving that Zuckerberg stole the idea from his work with his former Harvard school mates. The judge called the Winklevoss twins’ claim “gossamer thin,” perhaps thinking that the lawsuit is was actually brought about with intentions of securing a monetary settlement with Facebook.

“Dorm room chit-chat does not make a contract, so I want to see it” Woodlock said, adding that, “A vague contract is no contract at all.”

Cameron Winklevoss claims to have record of 52 email exchanges and three meetings between his team and Zuckerberg, where the group discussed the ConnectU site.

Zuckerberg says that he voluntarily agreed to contribute six hours of coding for the ConnectU site, but denies that he had knowledge of it being a social networking system. Instead, he claims that he believed it to be a personal site to connect students, alumni and employers.





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