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Meet Divya Narendra, who has taken on Facebook

September 19, 2007

Arthur J Pais in New York

Divya Narendra, left, along with two other former Harvard students, has sued Facebook, the fast-growing social networking site.

The three men allege Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took the software code and a business plan from them.

Narendra, a 25-year-old Boston-based hedge fund analyst, will let his lawyer argue the case in the courtroom, but wants to speak about how he and his friends, the identical twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss thought up a social site for students called ConnectU four years ago and how they sought to protect members from those pretending to be students.

If the trio has its way they would like to shut down Facebook or at least get hefty compensation.

Last year, Facebook turned down a $1 billion offer from Yahoo Inc. Some Internet experts believe the network is worth much more than $1 billion.

In court filings, Facebook's attorneys say ConnectU has no evidence for 'broad-brush allegations' against Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the site, and deny he stole the idea for Facebook from his fellow Harvard students.

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