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Facebook Says It Will Fight Power.com Countersuit July 12, 2009

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.
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Facebook said it will fight a countersuit filed by Power.com, saying the company puts Facebook’s member information at risk.

Power.com bills itself as a “social inter-networking site,” in which users can sign on to their other social accounts, such as Twitter, LinkedIn and MySpace. That list once included Facebook. But the popular Palo Alto, Calif., site, which has more than 200 million active users, blocked Power.com and sued it late last year, accusing it of copyright and trademark violations.

Power.com responded with a countersuit today, saying that sites allowing users to log in to other sites are commonplace on the Web — indeed, even on Facebook, where members can log in to their email accounts to “friend” address-book contacts.

“Today’s lawsuit seeks to put a stop to Facebook’s attempts — in violation of California’s unfair competition laws and federal antitrust laws — to block Power.com from helping users access their own data,” Power.com said in a statement.

Facebook said it has made numerous attempts to work with Power.com, including encouraging it to implement Facebook Connect, a service Facebook members use to log in to third-party sites with their Facebook account. Although Steve Vachani, Power.com’s founder, mentioned implementing Facebook Connect after the initial lawsuit, the company hasn’t done so, a Facebook spokesman said.

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“Users rely on us to protect their data and enforce the privacy decisions they make on Facebook. Facebook called Power.com’s claims “without merit” and said, “We will fight them aggressively.”

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