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Maxell sues Apple again over FaceTime and other iPhone features

Electronics producer Maxell has filed another lawsuit against Apple, once more accusing it of infringing on 12 patents through FaceTime and photographic features of the iPhone, iPad, and other hardware.The filing on February 19 at the US District Court for the Western District of Texas Waco Division has Maxell undertaking the familiar role as plaintiff, accusing Apple of patent infringement.This is far from Maxell’s first time suing Apple, as it has attempted to do the same thing in 2019 and 2020 against the iPhone maker. As with the previous lawsuits, Maxell believes a selection of patents it controls are being abused by Apple, for which it wants compensation. Read more…

Facebook bans users and publishers from sharing news in Australia – video

Facebook has made good on its threat to ban Australians from seeing or posting news content on its site in response to the federal government’s proposed news media code. As of Thursday morning, news publishers were unable to post content on pages, while articles were also blocked from being shared. In implementing its new ban, the social media giant also blocked a number of government departments, charities and its own page. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg lambasted the company, saying the social media giant’s ‘actions were unnecessary, they were heavy-handed, and they will damage its reputation here in Australia’Facebook blocks Australian users and publishers from viewing or sharing newsFacebook’s botched Australia news ban hits health departments, charities and its own pagesAustralia politics live: ‘Facebook was wrong’ to block pages in news ban, Josh Frydenberg says – question time Continue reading…

Facebook blocks health departments, charities and its own pages in botched Australia news ban

Social media company’s ban on sharing news has also affected dozens of government, not-for-profit and community pagesThe Bureau of Meteorology, state health departments, the Western Australian opposition leader, charities, and Facebook itself are among those to have been blocked on Facebook in Australia as a result of the company’s wide-ranging ban on sharing or viewing news. On Thursday morning, Facebook began preventing Australian news sites from posting, while also stopping Australian users from sharing or viewing content from any news outlets, both Australian and international. Continue reading…

Morning Docket: 02.17.21

* Donald Trump has reportedly dumped Rudy Giuliani as his personal lawyer. Wonder if he was told “you’re fired”… [CNN]

* Lawyers for an alleged Capitol rioter are reportedly trying to use Mitch McConnell’s words about President Trump’s actions to their advantage. [Law and Crime]