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BlackBerry sues Snapchat over alleged patent violation

Software major BlackBerry has sued Snap for allegedly infringing its patented messaging technology in the Snapchat app, media reported

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Blackberry sues Facebook over intellectual property. IANS
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Software major BlackBerry has sued Snap for allegedly infringing its patented messaging technology in the Snapchat app, media reported. According to the Verge, the 71-page complaint accused Snap of infringing six patents, including map improvements for mobile devices, advertising techniques and user interface improvements for mobile devices. “It also cites Snap Maps and the display count of unread messages on a notification dot as infringing activities,” the report said late on Wednesday.

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Snapchat sued by Blackberry. IANS

The development comes a month after BlackBerry filed a lawsuit in a Los Angeles court against Facebook and its subsidiaries — photo sharing app Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp — alleging that the social media giant infringed on some of its patents including security features, mobile notifications and combining gaming with messaging.

The complaint against Snap includes two patents that also appear in the Facebook suit. While one patent referred to the display count notification dot, the other patent disclosed time data in messaging conversations. BlackBerry said that Snap used the company’s intellectual property to compete with it in the messaging space, diverting users from BlackBerry toward Snapchat.

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The report also cited the complaint as saying that BlackBerry attempted to resolve the matter without going to court. BlackBerry sold the rights to design, manufacture and sell BlackBerry-branded devices to Chinese company TCL in 2016 and now produces the company’s software and mobile security products. IANS

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Snapchat Down: Messaging Service not Working for Users Across Britain

Snapchat has given no timeline about by when would this issue be resolved, the report added

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The company, however, is yet to confirm whether or not the bug is only affecting Android devices. Pixabay

Photo-messaging app Snapchat has reportedly been crashing down on some Android devices for the past couple of days, the media reported.

“We’re aware many Snapchatters are experiencing crashing on the app. We’re looking into it and working on a fix!” Snapchat Support said in a tweet.

According to a report in The Independent late on Wednesday, the app is down across Britain.

The app started crashing one day after Snapchat announced that it was rolling out a new “lens explorer” to allow users to browse through thousands of lenses created by the app in recent months, the report said.

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Snapchat not working for many Android users: Report. Pixabay

The company, however, is yet to confirm whether or not the bug is only affecting Android devices.

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Many users took to social media and expressed the issues they were facing with the app.

Snapchat has given no timeline about by when would this issue be resolved, the report added. (IANS)

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