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Website says rival too close for comfort

A POPULAR social networking Website is suing an opposition company which is operating with an almost identical website name. has demanded that the 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 last night saying that it was sorry about's decision but will take positive measures in response. declined to comment., created by Sina's chief technology officer Cheng Binhao in March last year, shot to popularity by getting users hooked on games like "Friend for Sale" and "Parking Wars." Users can also raise virtual pets and livestock and grow vegetables on virtual farms.

Similar games are on offer at, which was created about a half year later.

Close sources said's operator had offered to buy in September but it was rejected. The operator then bought the domain name in October and launched its own Website providing similar content to the successful said has caused confusion for its users. It has received large number of complaints about's practices which were mistakenly thought to be's.


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