Liz Gannes

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The Winklevii Didn’t Actually Give Up, They Just Switched to Another Lawsuit

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss may have dropped their fraud lawsuit against Facebook after it lost multiple appeals and seemed unlikely to get a hearing by the Supreme Court, but they’re not done yet. The Winklevii on Thursday reopened another lawsuit, over whether Facebook ”intentionally or inadvertently suppressed evidence.”

Specifically, the Winklevii wish they’d known about some instant messenger transcripts reportedly written by a young Mark Zuckerberg that specifically acknowledge the transgression at the center of their moral crusade. According to the transcripts, Zuckerberg said of the Winklevoss twins and their business partner, ”I’m going to [expletive] them” and “They made a mistake haha. They asked me to make it for them. So I’m like delaying it so it won’t be ready until after the Facebook thing comes out.”

You can’t sue someone for bad judgment, though.

Which is what Facebook has probably wanted to do for a while now, too.

Please see the disclosure about Facebook in my ethics statement.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work