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BlackBerry sues Facebook over alleged patent violation

Blackberry sues Facebook over intellectual property

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  • Blackberry sues Facebook
  • It also sued Facebook’s subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp
  • The suit is about Facebook stealing Blackberry’s  intellectual property

Software major BlackBerry has sued Facebook and its subsidiaries — photo sharing app Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp — in a Los Angeles court, media reported.

The suit alleges that Facebook has infringed on some of BlackBerry’s patents including security features, mobile notifications, and combining gaming with messaging, Axios reported on Tuesday.

Facebook says Blackberry's claims are false. AFP
Facebook is ready to fight the claims. AFP

“We have a lot of respect for Facebook and the value they’ve placed on messaging capabilities, some of which were invented by BlackBerry,” the once-powerful phone pioneer was quoted as saying.

“However, we have a strong claim that Facebook has infringed on our intellectual property, and after several years of dialogue, we also have an obligation to our shareholders to pursue appropriate legal remedies,” it added.

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Facebook has made it clear that it intends to fight the allegations.

“Blackberry’s suit sadly reflects the current state of its messaging business. Having abandoned its efforts to innovate, Blackberry is now looking to tax the innovation of others. We intend to fight,” Paul Grewal, Deputy General Counsel for Facebook was quoted as saying.

Facebook says that this suit shows the condition of messaging apps over the world. Pixabay
Facebook says that this suit shows the condition of messaging apps over the world. Pixabay

BlackBerry is no stranger to litigation, having settled its own allegations of infringing on other tech patents with the likes of Nokia and NTP, CNET reported on Tuesday.

Last year, it turned around and accused Nokia of patent infringement, the report said. IANS

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‘Repost’ Feature Is Not Being Planned: Intsagram

The Facebook-owned company has also debated previously the merits of adding a native "Regramming" feature and so far, the company has appeared to be firmly against it.

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Instagram makes it easier to verify authenticity of accounts. Pixabay

Instagram has denied testing any native “Regramming” feature that could allow its one billion users to instantly repost someone else’s post to their own account, the media reported.

“Despite giving a ‘no comment’ when the report on ‘Regramming’ was initially published, Instagram now says that the feature is ‘not happening’, not being built and not being tested,” 9To5Mac reported late on Sunday.

A “Regram” is a hashtag that you use when you repost something that you saw on someone else’s Instagram, onto your Instagram account.

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Since the “Regramming” feature could make native reposting any content on Instagram as their own instantly, many users worry that it could ruin the photo-messaging app secuity wise. Pixabay

Based on two screenshots obtained by The Verge, a report earlier this week suggested that Instagram is testing a feature called “seamless sharing” that would come with a new “share to feed” option.

Currently, users are only allowed to share either public “Stories” from open accounts or “Stories” where they are mentioned on their own accounts and this gives creators and business-runners who monetise their content on the photo-messaging app the control to monitor who is sharing their work on the platform.

Since the “Regramming” feature could make native reposting any content on Instagram as their own instantly, many users worry that it could ruin the photo-messaging app secuity wise, with creators focusing on the issue of their content “going viral”, the report added.

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Instagram has also rolled out a plethora of new features to the app in recent times. Pixabay

The screenshots that The Verge claimed to have acquired displayed the “re-shared posts” appearing in the feed underneath the username and photo of the user who shared it.

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The Facebook-owned company has also debated previously the merits of adding a native “Regramming” feature and so far, the company has appeared to be firmly against it. (IANS)

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