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技术 - 2011科技头脑风暴

哈佛前校长:文克莱沃斯兄弟就是一对混蛋

Fortune Magazine 2011年08月08日

拉里•萨默斯究竟如何评价文克莱沃斯兄弟?

    哈佛大学(Harvard)前校长拉里•萨默斯在《财富》科技头脑风暴大会(Fortune's Brainstorm Tech)上接受采访时称,“我很少看到如此装腔作势的人,我这样说已经够客气了。”

    当卡梅隆•文克莱沃斯和泰勒•文克莱沃斯两兄弟在哈佛求学时,校友马克•扎克伯格创办了Facebook。两兄弟找到萨默斯,要求后者帮助他们从扎克伯格手中分得一杯羹。

    萨默斯断然拒绝了他们,电影《社交网络》(Social Network)重现了这一幕。

    萨默斯并未试图否认此事。

    “作为大学校长,我学到的一件事是:如果某个学生在周四下午三点钟穿着西装,打着领带,那只有两种可能。一种是他们正在找工作,正要去参加面试;另一种是他们是混蛋。而文克莱沃斯兄弟属于第二种。”

    从2004年开始,文克莱沃斯兄弟对Facebook发起了多次诉讼。兄弟俩和另一位哈佛同学迪维亚•纳伦德拉宣称,扎克伯克从他们手中偷走了Facebook的创意。

    Facebook迅速针对这个三人帮以及他们名下的社交网站ConnectU发起反诉,宣称这三人侵入Facebook,窃取数据并向其用户发送垃圾邮件。这场诉讼和反诉讼的拉锯战一直持续到2008年,文克莱沃斯兄弟和纳伦德拉最终同意签署一项和解协议。他们获得了6,500万美元赔偿,一部分以现金形式支付,另一部分则是Facebook的股票。

    不过没过多久,三人帮又试图退出协议,他们宣称Facebook在股票估值上欺骗了自己。法庭否决这一请求,强制他们继续履行协议。不过文克莱沃斯兄弟和纳伦德拉随后将案件上诉到上诉法院。

    今年4月,美国旧金山第九巡回上诉法院首席法官亚历克斯•科金斯基决定终止此案。他在判决中写道,“在某一时刻,诉讼必须划上句号。而现在这个时刻已经来临。”

    6月,针对退出2008年和解协议一案,双胞胎兄弟决定不再上诉至最高法院。不过仅仅一天之后,他们又在波士顿联邦法院提起新的诉讼。

    译者:项航

    "Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind," the former president of Harvard said in an interview at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference.

    Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss were at Harvard at the same time that Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook, and they had come to Summers for help in their fight for a piece of the action.

    Summers dismissed them, a scene dramatized in the movie the "Social Network."

    Summers didn't try to dispel the portrayal.

    "One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o'clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they're looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an a**hole. This was the latter case."

    The Winklevoss twins have taken dozens of runs at Facebook in court since 2004. The brothers and a third Harvard classmate, Divya Narendra, have alleged that Zuckerberg had stolen the idea for Facebook from them.

    Facebook promptly countersued the trio and their own social networking site, ConnectU, alleging that they had hacked into Facebook to steal data and spam users. The legal volley of claims and counterclaims went back and forth until 2008, when the Winklevosses and Narendra signed a settlement valued at $65 million, part in cash and part in Facebook stock.

    But the trio later tried to pull out of the deal, alleging that Facebook had misrepresented the value of its stock. A judge ruled against them and forced the settlement to go through, but the Winklevosses and Narendra took the case to an appeals court.

    In April, Judge Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, attempted to put the kibosh on the case. "At some point, litigation must come to an end," Kozinski wrote in his decision. "That point has now been reached."

    In June, the twins abandoned their plans to appeal to the Supreme Court for an unwinding of their 2008 settlement, and followed up a day later with a new motion in Boston federal court.

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