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Start-Up Sues Google Over Code For Affinity Network

Law360 (July 1, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- California start-up Affinity Engines has sued Google for theft of trade secrets, alleging that a former employee stole code to create Google's social-networking site Orkut.com.

Affinity Engines, which filed the lawsuit on 25 May in the Superior Court of California in Santa Clara, is seeking unspecified damages and royalties from Google.

The lawsuit alleges that Google engineer Orkut Buyukkokten stole code from former employer Affinity Engines to create Google's Orkut social networking site. The suit also alleges that Buyukkokten promised he would not develop a competing...
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