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Apple found guilty of infringement of PMC patent and ordered to pay $ 308.5 million

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Last week, a federal jury in Marshall, Texas ruled that Apple had infringed a digital rights management patent. The infringer was ordered to pay $ 308.5 million to the private company Personalized Media Communications (PMC), which owns the aforementioned patent.

In filing the lawsuit, PMC alleged that Apple had infringed a patent on FairPlay (Apple’s DRM technology), which is used to distribute digital content through iTunes, the App Store and Apple Music.

The original lawsuit was filed in 2015, but Apple challenged the patent’s validity before the Patent Office’s Appeals Board. The council ruled that some of the patent’s provisions were invalid, but last year the US Court of Appeals overturned the council’s decision and the case was brought to trial on the merits.

In a similar case, PMC v. Google and YouTube (with other patents), the defendant was able to defend its position. A lawsuit, in which PMC accuses Netflix of violating the service, is pending.

The source notes that PMC exclusively licenses its own patents and defends its rights in court without acquiring third-party patents for prosecution purposes. In other words, the company should not be considered a patent troll. PMC’s licensees include Cisco, Motorola, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and other well-known companies.

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Large AMOLED screen, stainless steel body, eSIM, heart rate and SpO2 sensors, ECG recording, up to 16 days of battery life. Oppo Watch 2 ECG smartwatch goes on sale in China

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Oppo has announced the start of pre-sales of the Oppo Watch 2 ECG smartwatch in China. The official premiere of the device took place on September 16, now you can buy a new product on pre-order terms in China for the equivalent of $ 360, and retail sales will start on November 1, but the price of the watch will rise to $ 390.

The Oppo Watch 2 ECG is a variant of the Oppo Watch 2 with two important differences. Firstly, this version of the watch supports ECG recording, and secondly, it allows continuous monitoring of blood oxygenation. However, it will not be superfluous to recall the rest of the device’s characteristics. The Oppo Watch 2 is equipped with a 1.92-inch AMOLED screen, is equipped with two chips (Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 and Apollo4s) and lasts from 4 to 16 days of battery life, depending on the intensity of use of various functions. Also, the watch is equipped with a built-in SIM card, is endowed with a stainless steel case, supports comprehensive sleep monitoring and more than 100 training modes.

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Trump’s social network developers accused of illegal use of program code

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The Software Freedom Conservancy claims Trump Media and Technology Group copied the open source code of the decentralized social network Mastodon, created a new social network based on it.

The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), a not-for-profit organization that enforces the rights of open source software developers and the rules for using open licenses, accused in violation of the AGPLv3 license of the Trump social network developers Truth Social.

The Software Freedom Conservancy says that the developers of the service used the open source code of the decentralized social network Mastodon in violation of the license agreement.

Although the Mastodon code is free and free, the projects using it must comply with the terms of the Affero General Public License (or AGPLv3), among which is the mandatory availability of the project source code for all its users. Trump’s media company does not yet provide such an opportunity to TRUTH Social users and calls the social network a proprietary development.

The Software Freedom Conservancy gave Trump Media and Technology Group 30 days to improve, writes The Verge. Otherwise, the use of open source Mastodon will be prohibited for the company.

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Facebook end-to-end encryption will give foreign intelligence services surveillance capabilities

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Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen criticized the company’s decision to transfer correspondence in its services to end-to-end encryption.

The introduction of end-to-end encryption in Facebook messengers could negatively affect the privacy of users and lead to increased surveillance by intelligence agencies. This opinion was expressed by a former employee of Mark Zuckerberg’s company, Frances Haugen, reports TASS.

According to her, after the launch of encryption in the Messenger application and the social network Instagram, which are owned by Facebook, the company will lose the ability to track possible “malicious operations of special services representatives.” “End-to-End Encryption Will Allow Facebook to Eliminate [от модерирования контента] and serve as an excuse for inaction, “Haugen said ahead of her October 25 speech in the British Parliament as part of discussions on online security bill.

The social network itself does not agree with this point of view. In their opinion, the introduction of end-to-end encryption in Facebook Messenger and Instagram applications, on the contrary, is aimed primarily at protecting the privacy of users and will protect them not only from foreign surveillance, but also from hackers.

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