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Wee Willie Winkle
04-15-2016, 06:36 AM,
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Wee Willie Winkle
Wee Willie Winkle

<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><em><strong><a href="http://slopeofhope.com/" target="_blank">From the Slope of Hope: </a></strong></em>Most of you are probably acquainted with the Internet-based real estate web site known as Zillow, which is a public company under the ticker symbol Z. They haven't been public that long, and although they aren't doing as badly as some IPOs (Lending Club - symbol LC - leaps to mind), they aren't exactly setting the world on fire either.</p>
<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://slopeofhope.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/0414-z.png" alt="0414-z" width="787" height="618" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2) 0px 1px 4px;" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-55453" /></p>
<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" title="Read more..." style="height: 16px; max-width: 100%; border-radius: 0px; box-shadow: none; padding: 0px; width: 600px; display: block; margin: 15px auto 0px; outline: 0px; cursor: default; background: url(images/more.png) 50% 50% repeat-y scroll transparent;" class="wp-more-tag mce-wp-more" />What you may&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;know is that Realtor.com (or, more specifically, the parent company called Move) is suing Zillow and two former executives for nearly two billion bucks&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2016/04/move-seeks-1-77b-in-damages-from-zillow-for.html" target="_blank" style="color: #21759b; outline: none;">for stealing trade secrets</a>. One interesting aspect of the case is how much active and aggressive deletion there appears to have been just prior to the lawsuit being filed by the two executives; one snippet I saw read.......</p>
<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://slopeofhope.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/0414-deleted.png" alt="0414-deleted" width="661" height="266" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2) 0px 1px 4px;" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-55454" /></p>
<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Seems kind of intentional, at least from reading the above, doesn't it? I mean, I'm not that acquainted with the case, but when I read something like that, I draw my own conclusions.</p>
<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">One would assume that with this kind of evidence, the two chaps being accused would be a little short of plausible excuses. But - nope! - there's one handy, and boy, is it a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2016/04/in-1-77b-court-battle-with-move-zillow-executive.html?ana=yahoo" target="_blank" style="color: #21759b; outline: none;">doozy</a>:</p>
<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://slopeofhope.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/0414-porn.png" alt="0414-porn" width="929" height="174" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2) 0px 1px 4px;" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-55455" /></p>
<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Multiple computers. Smartphones. Thousands of emails. Text messages. Special programs to wipe out data. Wow, that must have been some really&nbsp;<em>amazing</em>&nbsp;porn!</p>
<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://slopeofhope.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/0414-heh.png" alt="0414-heh" width="693" height="100" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2) 0px 1px 4px;" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-55456" /></p>
<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Of course, a man using a computer on the Internet to look at porn is totally weird and freaky. I mean, what kind of sicko does that kind of thing? And if he did, I don't blame him for wanting to hide it! What a weirdo! Oh, wait a second..........</p>
<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://slopeofhope.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/0414-everyone.png" alt="0414-everyone" width="602" height="213" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2) 0px 1px 4px;" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-55457" /></p>
<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">More than Netflix. More than Amazon. Oh, and there's this:</p>
<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"><img src="http://slopeofhope.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/0414-seventy.png" alt="0414-seventy" width="606" height="341" style="height: auto; max-width: 100%; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2) 0px 1px 4px;" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-55459" /></p>
<p style="line-height: 1.71429; margin: 0px 0px 1.71429rem; color: #444444; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">Suffice it to say, if you're trying to duck a nearly $2 billion lawsuit, declaring that you were ashamed to be watching porn on the web (thus compelling you to go absolutely hog-wild deleting every morsel of data under the sun) is pretty damned amusing.</p><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/zerohedge/feed/~4/MAq-WEKkn-I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>


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