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BlackBerry sues Facebook over alleged patent violation

Blackberry sues Facebook over intellectual property

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BlackBerry. IANS
  • 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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Social Networking Giant Facebook Hits 2.38 Million Users

Facebook Stories hit 300 million daily user milestone back in September, said the report

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A photo shows the Facebook app icon on an iPhone in New York, Feb. 19, 2014. VOA

Social media giant Facebook’s monthly active users (MAUs) grew 8 per cent year-over-year MAUs to reach 2.38 billion at the end of first quarter of this year while the number of people using Facebook Stories hit 500 million every day.

The platform saw the same rate of growth in daily active users, Facebook said in its earnings statement late Wednesday.

“Daily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were 1.56 billion on average for March 2019, an increase of 8 per cent year-over-year,” the statement added.

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FILE – The Facebook logo is seen on a shop window in Malaga, Spain, June 4, 2018. (VOA)

“In addition, we estimate that more than 2.1 billion people now use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp or Messenger (our “Family” of services) every day on average, and around 2.7 billion people use at least one of our Family of services each month,” Facebook added.

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On an call with investors following the company’s first-quarter earnings report, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that 500 million use Facebook Stories every day, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

Facebook Stories hit 300 million daily user milestone back in September, said the report. (IANS)