Microsoft admits to code theft, pulls microblog service

By Jos
Dec 16, 2009
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  1. For the second time in little over a month Microsoft has been accused of stealing code -- and once again the company has admitted to it. This time it doesn't involve using open source code and publishing as its own, but rather a blatant theft to a rival service. Canadian microblogging startup Plurk, which has gotten quite popular in Asian countries, uncovered the news earlier this week when it accused Microsoft China ripping off its code and interface design to build a new MSN social-networking feature by the name of Juku.

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  2. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    At least they quickly responded to this claim. If indeed a third party was responsible for the code copying i am not sure how Plurk could get punitive damages against Microsoft. They might still be able to get an award for any benefit Microsoft has gained through using the code though.
  3. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Booster Posts: 991   +82

    It's not like microsoft cares. They might have even known about it.
    "Oh! I didn't know. I'm sorry! Can you forgive me?" - simple and effective
  4. Sadly, this is typical Chinese unscrupulous business practice that we see surface again and again in virtually every industry. It makes one wonder if corruption and deception are 'virtues' in China. I wish I could say that I was just being a bigot but, unfortunately, the examples are everywhere.

    Until China figures out how to integrate integrity and compassion into their culture, I will make great effort avoid buying Chinese anything as much as possible.
  5. Sadly, this is typical M$ unscrupulous business practice that we see surface again and again in virtually every industry. It makes one wonder if corruption and deception are 'virtues' in M$. I wish I could say that I was just being a bigot but, unfortunately, the examples are everywhere.

    Until M$ figures out how to integrate integrity and compassion into their "business practices", I will make great effort avoid buying M$ anything as much as possible.

    Guest 1: You Attack China ....But not Microsoft whose practices aren't alien to us.
  6. hheemmpp

    hheemmpp Newcomer, in training

    I don't think Microsoft would steal it but more like base its code off of it since its a big company I think It would be able to do its own things.
  7. Hey Guest 2, Guest 1 here. It's true that MS is far from perfect and should take some responsibility for outsourcing code generation to the lowest 'third world' bidders to try to save $ rather than supporting talented workers in their home turf. A clear karmic lesson here for us all.
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