Microsoft Launches, Pulls, Twitter-Style Microblog

Tuesday Dec 15th 2009 by Datamation.com Staff
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Less than a month after launching it, Microsoft has pulled a Twitter-style microblogging service from the Chinese market amid allegations it stole code and content from a rival.

Information Week: Competitor Plurk, which says it operates Asia's top microblog, claims Microsoft's Juku service rips off its look, feel, and more. "Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but blatant theft of code, design, and UI is just not cool," Plurk officials said in a blog post Tuesday. Juku "is by and large an EXACT copy of Plurk's innovative left-right timeline scrolling navigation system," Plurk officials said in their post.
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