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Blackberry sues Facebook

One of the most prominent smartphone makers, Blackberry, which exited the hardware business in 2016, is set to suing Facebook for patent infringement. According to Ars Technica’s report, Blackberry has a portfolio of broad software patents covering most basic features of modern smartphone messaging services. With this, the company demands Facebook to pay up.

During Blackberry’s lawsuit claim last Tuesday, they said, Facebook “created mobile messaging applications that co-opt BlackBerry’s innovations, using a number of the innovative security, user interface, and functionality-enhancing features that made BlackBerry’s products such a critical and commercial success in the first place.” Moreover, the lawsuit argues Facebook subsidiaries Whatsapp and Instagram have infringed Blackberry patents in addition to the own messaging apps of Facebook.

The report pointed out how this kind of scenario is not surprising at all. Some technology brands that lose their lead in the marketplace turn to patent licensing as another way to make money. Prior to Blackberry, Yahoo sued Facebook in 2012 for the same reason. Nokia, on the other hand, has sued Apple in 2016 for patent infringement, where to buy liquor.

There is a good potential that Facebook will sign a patent licensing agreement with Blackberry because that is how the dispute with Yahoo turned out. A BlackBerry spokesperson sent a comment by email saying:

“As a cybersecurity and embedded software leader, BlackBerry’s view is that Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp could make great partners in our drive toward a securely connected future, and we continue to hold this door open to them. 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.”

This is how the Facebook deputy general counsel Paul Grewal responded:

“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.”

Microsoft developed new messaging app ‘SMS Organizer’

Microsoft noticeably raises the quality of its services on Android over the last two years. Of course, this resulted in incomparable products such as Android Apps like Microsoft launcher and Next Lock Screen.

Now, SMS Organizer is the latest masterpiece of Microsoft. It is a text messaging service from Microsoft Garage, an initiative within the company that lets employees work on projects they are passionate about.  According to Android Central, the app has an array of customization options, which makes it a worthy alternative to your current messaging app.

How the app was created

Microsoft Garage developed the SMS Organizer. They worked out Hyderabad and India as the app is tailored to address problems new to the Indian market. Moreover, SMS Organizer was reportedly designed to cut through the clutter and give a messaging experience that surfaces valuable information at the top. The app’s main interface is split into three sections: texts, reminders, and starred messages.

There is also a reminder feature that can be useful particularly for parsing the information in the texts and creates cards with actionable data. SMS Organizer can also be utilized for flights as the date, time and booking reservation number in the app. On the other hand, it also shows credit card bill’s due date and total amount due. While this feature is not entirely new, the difference is that Microsoft’s app can be used on any device.

Furthermore, the SMS tab is broken down into five categories: personal, transactional, promotional, archived, and blocked. With this, SMS Organizer automatically sorts incoming messages into their respective sections.

Microsoft’s Senior Program Manager Nikhil Verma said, “We took user privacy very seriously from the beginning and designed the app around the fundamental premise that SMS is a very private entity for a user. The user should have the absolute control over how they manage and backup their SMS. Hence, all the data classification is done on the device and none of the SMS content is ever uploaded to the cloud.”

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