> What's more revolting is that Zuckerberg agrees to do the work for them and then stalls them so he can steal their idea. You call it smart, I call it being a shady douche bag.
There are far more engineers burned by business guys stalling and not paying them then there are business guys burned by shady developers.
To put it another way, I am much more scared of a howitzer than of a derringer: there's very high profile and tragic cases of people being killed by derringers (Abraham Lincoln), but there are much more cases of people being killed by howitzers (that we don't even think twice of them).
> There are far more engineers burned by business guys stalling and not paying them then there are business guys burned by shady developers.
This is completely irrelevant. Even Zuckerberg knows that he blatantly ripped them off and stalled them so he could execute it himself. Why else would he settle for ~$65M (Err, I should say ~$35M)? Then to add insult to injury, he misrepresents the value of the stock in the settlement.
I might be singing a different tune if he hadn't agreed to do the work for them.
Every business settles lawsuits all the time, even in cases where they think they're totally innocent. Corporate litigation is expensive and uncertain enough that settling usually cuts the business's potential losses.