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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

Blackberry sues Facebook over intellectual property. IANS
Blackberry sues Snapchat over patent violation. IANS

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.

Snapchat rolls out new feature to make it easier to find events and friend's snap stories. IANS
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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British Campaigner Sues Facebook Over Fake Ads

British campaigner to sue Facebook over fake ads

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British consumer campaigner Martin Lewis is suing Facebook for defamation after dozens of fake advertisements bearing his name were published on the social media platform.

The founder of — a British consumer finance information website — said that at least 50 fake ads bearing his name appeared on the social media platform, causing reputational damage to him, BBC reported late on Sunday.

Lewis is due to lodge court papers at the High Court for a defamation case against Facebook on Monday. He is seeking damages but pledged that the money would go to anti-scam charities, the report noted.

Several advertisements allegedly show his face alongside endorsements that he has not made.

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“These adverts tout schemes with titles such as Bitcoin code and Cloud Trader which, according to Lewis, are fronts for binary trading firms outside the European Union (EU),” BBC said.

Binary trading is a form of financial transaction which British financial regulatory body Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned consumers against.

According to Lewis, a woman had spent 100,000 pounds ($140,000) in “a binary trading nightmare” that had attached his name to its advertising.

“I get about five messages a day from people saying, ‘I’ve just seen your Bitcoin ad and wanted to check it.’ If that is the number who get through to me, how many more must be just taken in?” Lewis was quoted as saying.

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He said Facebook had failed to stop the adverts despite his complaints and action.

“It is consistent, it is repeated. Other companies who have run these adverts have taken them down. What is particularly pernicious about Facebook is that it says the onus is on me, so I have spent time and effort and stress repeatedly to have them taken down,” he said.

Meanwhile, Facebook said the misleading ads are not allowed and any reported are removed.  IANS

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