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Facebook might be challenged over Timeline

Chinese startup turns upstart
Tue Aug 21 2012, 14:01

SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITE Facebook could face a legal challenge from a Chinese startup with prior evidence of something like Timeline.

Timeline is Facebook's way of showing your posting history on the website in one page, and a Chinese firm called Cubic Network reckons that it had the idea and rolled out the system first, says Micgadget.

According to its report the firm wants to sue Facebook for plagiarism because its founder, a Xiong Wanli, presented the design at an event at Stanford University where a certain Mark Zuckerberg was in attendance.

Cubic launched its version of Timeline in 2008 and Facebook launched its Timeline in 2011. Although the firm has not sued Facebook yet, it thinks that it might just do that.

The Cubic Timeline does have similarities to Facebook's, and Xiong Wanli is concerned about other similarities too. He reckons that the Facebook developer conference has a logo that is a little too similar to Cubic's own logo for comfort.

Facebook declined to comment. µ


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