Among the news of new URL shorteners and Australian Internet filters comes one of the darkest moments in microblogging. Microsoft has pulled down their new Twitter-like site in China because it turns out it wasn't Twitter-like at all. It was in fact more like Plurk. In fact it looked like maybe they stole Plurk's code. We also get morally outraged at good business plans. Or stupid people. Or something. Just watch. Or listen.
A microblogging site whose code was copied for use on MSN China indicates that Microsoft's apology isn't sufficient to settle the matter.
Make your own electorate and maybe win a chunk of $5,000 at Plurk, the snazzier alternative to Twitter.
Among the news of new URL shorteners and Australian Internet filters comes one of the darkest moments in microblogging: Microsoft has pulled down its new Twitter-like site in China because it turns out it wasn't Twitter-like at all.
Do we really need another nanoblog service? Yes we do, but one that works.
Facebook comes under attack by Canadian privacy groups, but everyone's already moved on to Plurk. Er...maybe. Also: self-destructing DVDs are back! Yay!
Microblogging service Plurk says a service Microsoft recently launched in China "rips off" its user interface as well as 80 percent of the underlying code.
The software maker says that an investigation shows that the Juku microblogging application on MSN China did swipe code from a rival.
Company issues statement saying it's looking further into allegations that it used a rival's code and design for a microblogging service in China.
The software maker says it is still investigating allegations that MSN China's Juku microblogging site improperly uses code from a rival service.