Mark Zuckerberg to Finally Pay for Allegedly Stolen Code

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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RECONNECTED Zuckerberg (Photo: Getty Images) Adidas-rocking Facebook cheese Mark Zuckerberg has finally reached a settlement with the founders of ConnectU, the site he has been accused of stealing code from.

While the New York Times reports that terms have not been disclosed, the agreement finally puts to bed what has undoubtedly been an awkward experience for the Harvard dropout Zuck. In the most definitive account of what actually happened between Zuckerberg and ConnectU, published in Harvard vanity magazine 02138, Zuckerberg is contacted by ConnectU at the end of 2003 to do coding for a Harvard-centric social networking site, a proposition he jumps at. Rather than actually work on ConnectU, however, he stalls for two months and instead codes Facebook, which he launches in February 2004. In a court deposition, a ConnectU founder notes, "We got royally screwed."

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