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BlackBerry sues Facebook over alleged patent violation

Blackberry sues Facebook over intellectual property

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Blackberry sues Facebook over intellectual property. IANS
Blackberry sues Snapchat over patent violation. IANS
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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 rolls Out Several Monetisation Products

Facebook said it will open up the fan subscription feature to more creators

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Facebook rolls Out Monetisation Products Including "Brand Collabs Manager" ,Pixabay

To give YouTube stiff competition, Facebook has rolled out several monetisation products for its creator community including a “Brand Collabs Manager” that lets brands search and find creators to potentially establish deals and partnerships with.

“We’ve been testing this with a limited set of partners, and will now be opening up more broadly,” Facebook said in a statement on Tuesday.

Facebook said it will open up the fan subscription feature to more creators. The fan subscriptions allows fans to support creators they love by pledging $4.99 per month in exchange for perks like exclusive content and a special badge highlighting their status as a supporter.

“We’re also launching a limited program called Facebook for Creators Launchpad to help support creators we think fans will seek out in Facebook Watch,” Fidji Simo, Facebook’s Vice President of Product and Sibyl Goldman, Director of Entertainment Partnerships, Facebook, stated in a blog post.

When Facebook launched its video-on-demand service, “Facebook Watch”, it started with shows, and while they will continue to have a prominent place in Watch, it will now bring videos from Pages into Watch as well, helping creators connemct with more fans and earning higher revenue.

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facebook Marketing, Pixabay

As part of the new updates, Facebook also announced new tools to make videos more interactive. It announced a set of new tools — polling for Live and on-demand video and gamification for Live — that are aimed at giving creators the power to create fun, unique, and interactive content for their fans.

“We want to help creators connect with their fans through videos, Live With, Facebook Stories and Watch Party,” Simo and Goldman further wrote.

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“We want to provide different ways for creators to make money on Facebook, so they can choose what makes sense for their content and community,” they added. (IANS)