Winklevoss twins start another Facebook lawsuit
Just a day after we posted a story about the Winklevoss twins finally dropping its Facebook lawsuit, Cameron and Tyler are at it again. Mere hours ago, the twins said they would finally drop their fight with founder Mark Zuckerberg to the Supreme Court and have pushed ahead with another lawsuit.
This time around, a status report filed on Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the twins, along with business partner Divya Narendra told the court that they would push for discovery in a claim that Facebook “intentionally or inadvertently suppressed evidence” during the original 2008 settlement proceedings. The initial complaint was over whether Zuckerberg stole the idea of Facebook from the Harvard student social media network.
Yesterday’s Massachusetts claim is based on a different legal argument. Instant messages sent from Zuckerberg emerged online last year and gave a glimpse into his relationship with the twins based on the time when he founded the idea behind Facebook in his Harvard door room in 2004. The most recent claim now is that Facebook should have disclosed those communications when they put together the original settlement.
These guys just won’t give up, will they?
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Earlier this week, the social media hungry trio, and founders of the social networking site ConnectU, told a California court that they would not pursue an appeal ruling that the 2008 settlement should stand. According to the Wall Street Journal, the men had argued that the settlement should be thrown out because Facebook hadn’t been honest about its own internal value at the time.
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Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR
Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).
These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack.
“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”
“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”
“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR
- Empower employees productivity and collaboration
- Improve fan engagement and experience
- Improve environment security and IT productivity
- Improve racing operations
Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.
“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”
“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives.
“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.
Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”