Microsoft China reported to have lifted not only the design but also took a bunch of source code from a popular social networking site in Asia called “Plurk”; “We were first tipped off by high profile bloggers and Taiwanese users of our community that Microsoft had just launched a new Chinese microblogging service that looked eerily similar to Plurk. Needless to say we were absolutely shocked and outraged when we first saw with our own eyes the cosmetic similarities Microsoft’s new offering had with Plurk,” said Plurk. Here in short what has happened: “Microsoft China officially launched its own microblogging service, MSN Juku/Hompy/Mclub, some time in November, 2009. The service’s design and UI is by and large an EXACT copy of Plurk’s innovative left-right timeline scrolling navigation system. Some 80% of the client and product codebase appears to be stolen directly from Plurk!. Plurk was never approached nor collaborated in any capacity with MS on this service. As a young startup, we’re stunned, shocked, and unsure what to do next and need your support and suggestions,” reports Plurk.
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