Google launched a preview release of its App Engine earlier this week. While most of the tech chatter has been positive, it hasn't been without its detractors.
Google's HuddleChat was used to showcase its new App Engine offering. HuddleChat's striking similarity to 37Signals' Campfire prompted complaints from 37Signals founder Jason Fried and Google subsequently pulled the app down. Om Malik says Google should have acknowleded 37Signals and kept the app up and suggested that imitation is part of Silicon Valley's history.
This Techdirt piece calls the developer flareup much ado about nothing, especially considering the fact that 37Signals itself has been accused of ripping off others' work to create Campfire.