Stop us if you’ve heard this before: A classmate of Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg from Harvard University is claiming that some of his ideas were stolen and incorporated into Facebook. Tyler Winklevoss, Cameron Winklevoss, or Divya Narenda? All of them are good guesses, but in this instance, we are talking about Aaron Greenspan.
The Social Network
Brace yourself, Hollywood Hills: The Winklevii are coming. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twin brothers who reached a $65 million settlement with Facebook and Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg after claiming that they came up with the idea for Facebook, dropped $18 million of that cash on a new 8,000-square-foot mansion.
For years, Mixi has been the social media site of choice in Japan. But new reports suggest that Facebook could overtake Mixi by the end of the year, thanks to The Social Network and a model that promotes more sharing of information.
Aaron Greenspan, Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard classmate who previously claimed that he came up with the original idea for Facebook, is back in court, but this time his target is Columbia Pictures. Greenspan filed a lawsuit against The Social Network film studio, claiming defamation by omission, but his case was dismissed. Apparently, he appealed to the First Circuit recently, according to law blog Above the Law.
Facebook Co-Founder Eduardo Saverin has been in the news quite a bit of late, mostly for his decision to renounce his U.S. citizenship, which was made public just days before the social network’s initial public offering. Now a citizen of Singapore but born in Brazil, Saverin turned to Brazilian newsmagazine Veja for a lengthy interview in which he addressed the citizenship issue, as well as other often-told stories about his parting from Facebook.
Harris Interactive released the 2012 version of its list of the 60 most visible companies in the U.S. Surely, Facebook was in the top five? Top 10? The social network had to be in the top 25, right? Try again: Facebook didn’t even make the list.
A rather prominent for sale sign appears on the homepage of HarvardConnection.co, which bears a design resembling the original Facebook site — let’s see how long it’s allowed to stay up.
It’s not quite The Social Network, but “Facebook Follies,” a one-hour documentary about the consequences of sharing personal information on the social network, debuts on the Canadian Broadcasting Channel this Television Thursday.