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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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Facebook Seeking To Patent a Software To Build User’s Profile

Around 29 million Facebook accounts were hacked in September

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Facebook seeks to patent software to analyse who lives with you. Pixabay

Despite facing flak for leakage of personal data of millions of its users in recent times, Facebook is seeking to patent a software that could help it build profile of an user’s household – the number of people in the household, the interests that they share, nature of their relationships or even the devices that they use.

The software, which could be used to target ads, would analyse images posted to Facebook or Instagram, The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.

An online system that predicts household features of a user — household size and demographic composition — provides improved and targeted content delivery to the user and the user’s household, according to the patent application.

To help determine whether people live in the same home, the software could look at how often people are tagged in pictures together and at the captions of the photos, it said.

“Without such knowledge of a user’s household features, most of content items that are sent to the user are poorly tailored to the user and are likely ignored,” said the patent application, which was filed last year and made public on Thursday.

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Facebook, social media. Pixabay

Facebook could also incorporate “past posts, status updates, friendships, messaging history, past tagging history” and web browsing history to put together a profile of a household or family, the report added.

The proposed online system seeks to apply one or more models trained using deep learning techniques to generate the predictions.

“For example, a trained image analysis model identifies each individual depicted in the photos of the user; a trained text analysis model derive household member relationship information from the user’s profile data and tags associated with the photos,” stated the application.

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Those profiles, in turn, could be made available to third parties that want to target “content” to users, it said.

Facebook told The Los Angeles Times that applying for the patent does not necessarily mean it will build or use the software.

Around 29 million Facebook accounts were hacked in September. (IANS)