14 Apr '13, 6pm

The Winklevoss twins and why you need to know about them

The Winklevoss twins and why you need to know about them

Appearance: Clean-cut, square-jawed, all-American, identical. AKA: Cameron and Tyler; the Winklevii. Occupation: Olympic rowers, social media entrepreneurs, chronic litigators. Something to do with Facebook, right? Yes! Would you care to elaborate on that? No. Go on, please … OK, way back in 2003 the Winklevii, along with a Harvard classmate, developed a university-based social network called HarvardConnection, then claimed that fellow student Mark Zuckerburg appropriated both their idea and their source code to create Facebook. And then they sued him. Exactly. After four years of legal wrangling, they finally reached a $65m settlement. And then the Winklevoss twins lived happily ever after. No, then they sued Facebook again, claiming the stock portion of the settlement had been undervalued. This second effort was not successful. If they can't make a living suing people, h...

Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/shortcuts/2013/apr/1...

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