BlockChain
Telefónica has launched the Telefónica Activation Programme, an initiative aimed at start-ups and SMEs in Germany, Spain and the UK seeking to enhance their technological solutions and accelerate their business development through IoT, Blockchain and Big Data/AI (Artificial Intelligence) technologies grouped into Telefónica Tech.
Huawei has secured a deal with Telefónica in Germany, one of the three major operators in the country, to build part of its 5G network. The company said that it will use equipment from Huawei and Finland's Nokia to build its 5G network, provided Huawei equipment met the government's security requirements.
Patent Fight
Facebook has lost a case of patent infringement against BlackBerry in Germany, where the preliminary verdict of the court was in favour of BlackBerry. In its current form, Facebook may no longer offer some of its own apps, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram in Germany. In nine cases, the court ruled for BlackBerry.
The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) has opened an administrative procedure to prohibit Google from transcribing Google Assistant recordings by employees or third parties for a period of three months. This is intended to protect the privacy rights of those affected for the time being.
Qualcomm
A German court has ruled that Apple didn't infringe on a Qualcomm hardware patent, declaring that the iPhone isn't violating any of Qualcomm's power management patents. The judge ruled the suit in question groundless, declaring that Apple's iPhone wasn't standing in violation in an initial verbal ruling. A full filing with rationale is expected in the future.
Qualcomm
A German court has ruled that Apple infringed on a Qualcomm hardware patent and the company can no longer sell iPhone's from iPhone 7 through to iPhone X models in the country. The ruling won't go into immediate effect if Apple appeals.

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