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Max Taves writes for The Recorder, an American Lawyer affiliate.

SAN FRANCISCO — A New York startup represented by Morrison & Foerster has hit a road block in a suit accusing Google of stealing its idea for a social networking site where friends can virtually gather to chat, watch videos and share other media.

Be In Inc. contends that Google copied the idea for “Hangouts”, a central feature of its social media site Google+, after a 2011 meeting where Be In executives pitched their concept for CamUp — a “social entertainment consumption platform that allows friends to simultaneously watch, listen, chat and collaborate” in a virtual room.

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