Facebook Reportedly Near Accord Over Origin

Facebook may soon close an uncomfortable chapter in its brief history: a legal dispute over its origins.According to a person briefed on the talks, the company is completing a settlement of a suit brought by three former Harvard students who contend that the original idea for the social networking site belonged to them.The person declined to discuss the proposed terms of the settlement. Facebook officials declined to comment. So did officials from ConnectU, a social networking site started by the brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra.

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