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Popular Website sues rival over use of name

A POPULAR social networking Website is suing an opposition company for using a very similar name. has demanded that its rival stop using the name and apologize publicly.

Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court has accepted the suit filed by

In response, the defendant published an announcement on on Wednesday saying it regretted's decision and that it will take positive measures in response. declined to comment., created by Sina's Chief Technology Official Cheng Binhao in March 2008, shot to popularity by getting users hooked on games like Friends for Sale and Parking Wars. Users can also raise virtual pets and grow vegetables on virtual farms.

Similar games are on offer at, which was created about six months later.

Sources said's operator had offered to buy in September, but the proposal was rejected. The operator then bought the domain name in October and launched its own site with similar content to the successful said has confused its users. The company has received a large number of complaints about's practices mistakenly thought to be's.


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