Facebook sued by inventor of Priceline.com

With some sort of holiday spirit, lawsuits are-a-plenty; as we know, Facebook is no stranger to legal battles. Just in time for Thanksgiving recess, Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that one of the inventors behind the popular Priceline.com website is taking the good fight to everyone's favorite social networking giant. Jay S. Walker, the current chairman of Walker Digital LLC, has accused Facebook of "misappropriating an invention that helps computer users establish anonymous communications." Facebook has responded that they believe the lawsuit to be "frivolous" and have vowed to "fight it vigorously."

It seems that this battle will be fought regarding some form of user privacy, though it's unclear how the patent directly pertains to that. According to the lawsuit, Walker claims that three of his company's employees created a system that gives users a better way to control the release of their personal information. No further information is given, but the case is being fought over patent number 5,884,271. It seems like the patent specifically deals with credit card transactions. It will be interesting to see if the case ends up having holding water in court. Surely Facebook's legal team has everything under control.

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Is this a joke? April 1st is a ways off, Priceline. The complaint is, "misappropriating an invention that helps computer users establish anonymous communications." Facebook? Facebook? The mass distributor of personal information, Facebook? C'mon... it's the deep pockets thing, right? Admit it Priceline, you're just jealous. Don't be such a bad sport.

i think priceline.com is doing badly so they want a quick buck to fix priceline.com's screwupps. cmon priceline if you did things better you would not have to dip to an all time low low.

How would they know what there backend scripts are doing behind the scenes to prevent against people jacking user information? Priceline hacked into facebook? : ).

A universal electronic transaction card ("UET card") is capable of serving as a number of different credit cards, bank cards, identification cards, employee
cards, medical and health care management cards and the like. The UET card includes storage elements, an input interface, a processor, a display, and a communications interface.

sounds like they SHOULD be suing paypal over any other. but...facebook has a bit more money to sue for

So why aren't they suing Twitter and well, every other social network? Why aren't they suing Neowin or the makers of IPB, vBulletin, etc? Lol. Neowin has a forum which allows users to establish anonymous communication... IPB and vBulletin make such software that allow you to do that.

Not only that, isn't the whole idea of the Internet about anonymous communication anyways? SUE TEH INTERNETZ!

Mr aldo said,
So why aren't they suing Twitter and well, every other social network? Why aren't they suing Neowin or the makers of IPB, vBulletin, etc? Lol. Neowin has a forum which allows users to establish anonymous communication... IPB and vBulletin make such software that allow you to do that.

Not only that, isn't the whole idea of the Internet about anonymous communication anyways? SUE TEH INTERNETZ!

Becuase Facebook is worth like half a billion right now.

*yawn*
Here we go again.

On a more serious note: "a system that gives users a better way to control the release of their personal information."
Good joke, buddies! So you sue FACEBOOK why exactly?

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
*yawn*
Here we go again.

On a more serious note: "a system that gives users a better way to control the release of their personal information."
Good joke, buddies! So you sue FACEBOOK why exactly?

GS:mac

lol