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December 15, 2009

Microsoft puts MSN China Juku feature on hold while investigating code theft allegations

Posted by David Hunter at 10:11 AM ET.

Reports surfaced yesterday that MSN China’s new Juku social networking feature bore more than a passing resemblance to a small social network site named Plurk. MSN China’s Juku feature has now been put on hold while Microsoft investigates:

Here’s what we know at this point. Our MSN China joint venture contracted with an independent vendor to create a feature called MSN Juku that allowed MSN users to find friends via microblogging and online games. This MSN Juku feature was made available to MSN China users in November and is still in beta.

Because questions have been raised about the code base comprising the service, MSN China will be suspending access to the Juku beta feature temporarily while we investigate the matter fully.

And yes, MSN China is a joint venture between Microsoft and a near-governmental entity, Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd., which is the investment company of Jiang Mianheng, the son of a former president of China.



Filed under General Business, Governmental Relations, Legal, MSN, Microsoft, Piracy

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One Response to “Microsoft puts MSN China Juku feature on hold while investigating code theft allegations”

  1. Microsoft withdraws MSN China Juku feature because code was stolen | Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft’s investigation into allegations that the code for the new MSN China Juku social net… has ended with an admission by the contractor that it was "copied" apparently from a startup called Plurk. As a result, MSN China will be suspending Juku indefinitely. Michael Arrington at TechCrunch gets the best line award for: Fiirst, Microsoft is standing around with their pants around their ankles looking pretty ridiculous right now. And second, this is the best thing to happen to Plurk, ever. Filed under General Business, Governmental Relations, Legal, MSN, Microsoft, Piracy Related posts:Microsoft puts MSN China Juku feature on hold while investigating code theft allegationsMicrosoft’s China anti-piracy deals paying off?China to require operating system on all new PCs   [...]

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