MSN Juku/Hompy/Mclub Application Controversy!

Microsoft China officially launched microblogging service, MSN Juku/Hompy/Mclub, for the Chinese market is saddled amidst allegations of pirated code and content from a rival - Plurk. Microsoft said on Monday that it was investigating the matter and had suspended the Juku service as at Monday night.

Microsoft launched MSN Juku Beta on December 1. However, Microsoft has said a third party and not it or its Chinese joint venture partner wrote the Juku program. And the vendor had acknowledged that a portion of the code they provided was indeed copied from Plurk.

Plurk in a blog posting on Monday, stated that it is still evaluating its options and yet to state, if any, actions it may take against Microsoft. Microsoft had taken Plurk’s custom developed libraries, css files and client code and just ported them directly over to their service without any attempt to even mask it, according to the report.

Microsoft had further suspended access to the Juku beta 'indefinitely' as at this post.