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Winklevoss twins  (Source: momdot.com)
After dropping the Supreme Court appeal yesterday, the Winklevosses took the case to federal court in Boston today

Remember when we all thought the Facebook feud between Mark Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins was over? Well that was only yesterday, and we thought wrong. After dropping the Supreme Court appeal yesterday, the Winklevosses took the case to federal court in Boston today.

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss went to Harvard University with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. When creating social networking site HarvardConnection (which was later renamed "ConnectU"), the Winklevosses had asked Zuckerberg to join their team after losing their programmer. He agreed and allegedly entered into an oral contract with the twins and their partner Divya Narendra. But over the following two months, Zuckerberg created his own social networking website called thefacebook.com while corresponding with the Winklvosses and Narendra about HarvardConnection.

Zuckerberg's site launched on February 4, 2004. The Winklevosses found out about it two days later and filed a lawsuit later that year.

The Winklevosses won a $65 million settlement in 2008, but filed another lawsuit in 2010 claiming that a friend had lied about the value of Facebook. In April 2011, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alex Kozinski ruled that the Winklevosses must accept their previous settlement. 

The Winklevosses were then seeking Supreme Court review, but dropped it in a filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco yesterday. 

But apparently that wasn't the end of this drawn-out litigation. Today, the Winklevosses decided to ask a federal court in Boston whether Facebook "intentionally or inadvertently suppressed evidence" in regards to instant messages that were allegedly sent from Zuckerberg.

The instant messages the Winklevosses are referring to are those allegedly found in Zuckerberg's computer when Facebook's legal team conducted a search. One message outlined what he planned to do about HarvardConnection.

"I'm going to [expletive] them," wrote Zuckerberg. "They made a mistake haha. They asked me to make it for them. So I'm like delaying it so it won't be ready until after the Facebook thing comes out."

The Winklevosses noted that they wouldn't have settled for the original settlement had they known about the instant messages.



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RE: The more I hear about Zuckerberg...
By tng on 6/24/2011 10:52:27 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. I noticed that you got rated down for that remark from somebody that probably has never seen the seedy underside to business competition. Zuckerberg is no angel, but smart from a business standpoint.

I have seen businesses large and small where dirty tricks like this (and worse) were used. All is fair in love, war and business.


RE: The more I hear about Zuckerberg...
By MrBlastman on 6/24/2011 11:01:29 AM , Rating: 5
While it might be fair, you have to sleep with it on your shoulders every day. Your actions, be it in personal life or in business speak highly about your character. Some people say "Who cares what they think?" and end up living a life high in money and wealth--material wealth. Just look at Donald Lapre (the tiny little ads guy)... he lived large, screwing thousands of people but finally, they've got a warrant out for him. Took a while.

I'm not saying that everyone will end up in the clink--very few will. Most of the time, the only crime committed was a moral or ethical one, which, generally, is not a violation of statutes or the rule of law, thus, they are never prosecuted or imprisoned because there is no reason to do so.

However, your life is exactly what you want to make of it--materially wealthy and personally shallow or simply content doing the "right" ethical thing and having a rich life with those around you in a social/communal way. I will say this much though... life can get mighy lonely the more people you alienate yourself from by screwing them over, stabbing them in the back or just simply being a "prick" to.

I myself would rather be able to go to bed every night without a burden of guilt on my shoulders, knowing everything I earned or did lead to other people being harmed in financial, physical or emotional ways. There is a such thing as running an "honest" but competitive business.


By MrBlastman on 6/24/2011 11:02:40 AM , Rating: 2
err... "did not lead"


By 0ldman on 6/24/2011 12:21:09 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed.
Business is business, but I remember everyone that has taken advantage of me in business. I generally do more than I charge for, just little things, but I want it done right and I want to do my customers right.

Once someone screws me, it is strictly business, no freebies, no extras, no advice without $$. Some folks are just SOL because I won't work on their equipment anymore and there is no one else within 100 miles that is qualified to do it.

The excuse of "its just business" is just an excuse.


By joeyjojojrshabadoo on 6/24/2011 1:00:06 PM , Rating: 2
Try telling that to Eddard (Ned) Stark...cause I don't think the Lannisters got the memo.


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