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Published: Saturday, 7/23/2011

Latest suit over creation of Facebook thrown out


SAN FRANCISCO — A judge has dismissed Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss’ latest attempt to pursue claims that Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea for the world’s most popular social networking site.

U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock in Boston dismissed the case Friday. The Winklevosses abandoned an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court last month. Instead, the Winklevoss twins and business partner Divya Narendra asked Judge Woodlock for permission to investigate whether Facebook had suppressed instant messages and other evidence during settlement talks. The Winklevosses’ attorney, Tyler Meade, said he expected the ruling and would submit a postjudgment motion relying on a rule that allows judges to reopen a case if vital information was not produced.

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