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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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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 Could Run Out of Money Soon

WhatsApp's Snapchat "Stories" clone called "Status" has also hit 450 million daily users

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With just $1.4 billion in its kitty at the end of third quarter results, the already struggling multimedia messaging platform Snapchat could even lose $1.5 billion in 2019, analysts have predicted.

Snapchat lost nearly 2 million daily active users in the third quarter this year and now has 186 million daily users.

“Snapchat could run out of money well before it’s projected to break even in 2020 or 2021,” TechCrunch reported on Sunday, quoting market research firm MoffetNathanson.

Snapchat’s daily active users number shrank 1.5 per cent to 188 million in the second quarter of 2018, down from 191 million in the first quarter this year.

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It appears that Facebook-owned Instagram “Stories” has stalled Snapchat’s growth.

More than 400 million people use Instagram’s “Stories” feature daily to post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours.

WhatsApp’s Snapchat “Stories” clone called “Status” has also hit 450 million daily users.

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“Snap did successfully reduce the rate of its free cash flow burn from a loss of $234 million in Q2 2018 to a loss of $159 million in Q3.

“But unless Snap bounces back, it will still need either an investor or acquirer to come to its aid by 2020,” the report added. (IANS)