Plurk is a leading microblogging service in Asia. Its success is mainly based on two things: superior UI design and the rich offerings of local languages.
Blames its 'Chinese vendor', Microsoft has admitted that its new Chinese microblogging service used webcode pilfered from Plurk on December 15, 2009.
The IDG News Service reports that Plurk is considering a suit against Microsoft.
I feel that this shows the dangers of outsourcing software development to China. I have never heard that this sort of thing from working with India software development.
A new software development management challenge is how to control your software development process to avoid yourselves in a danger situation like Microsoft.
I guess that they have to pay for the price of stealing the software. Otherwise, a lawsuit probably cannot be avoided.