The email invention story redux

[Note: This item comes from friend Bob Frankston. DLH]

In addition to providing the financial backing for Bollea’s suit against Gawker Media, Thiel gave similar assistance to a scientist named Shiva Ayyadurai, who sued Gawker Media for defamation after it published a series of articles that, as former Gawker Media site Gizmodo reports, “cast doubt on his claims to have invented email in 1978.” Those stories were true. Ayyadurai did not, in fact, invent email. (As of Wednesday, a settlement has been reached in this case in which Ayyadurai will receive $750,000.)

Bob Frankston


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