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Verizon Certifies Sequans LTE-M/NB-IoT Monarch SiP

Sequans Communications has announced that Verizon has certified its Monarch SiP all-in-one, LTE-M/NB-IoT connectivity solution. Monarch SiP (system-in-package) integrates Sequans’ Monarch LTE baseband platform with an RF front-end module in the world’s smallest form factor.

Zia Consulting Joins BlackBerry Secure World Tour 2018

Zia Consulting announced today that it will participate in and sponsor three stops of the BlackBerry Secure World Tour 2018, the premier industry event for business leaders to gain insights into the hyperconnected world of people, enterprises, assets, and infrastructure.

BlackBerry files patent infringement lawsuit against Snap Inc

BlackBerry has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Snap Inc. SImilar to the companies lawsuit against Facebook last month, BlackBerry says that Snap has infringed on intellectual property, including innovations on real-time activity location for maps, message notification techniques and methods for integrating advertising on mobile devices.

Samsung Launches Samsung Design Innovation Center

Samsung today announced the launch of the Samsung Design Innovation Center (SDIC), a design lab dedicated to the integration of disruptive user-experiences to product design, in San Francisco, California. Dr. Federico Casalegno, an associate professor of the practice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

BlackBerry to face amended lawsuit over Misleading BlackBerry 10 prospects

Back in March of 2015, BlackBerry won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit accusing it of fraudulently inflating its stock price by painting a misleadingly upbeat picture of the prospects for its BlackBerry 10 smartphones. However, after the plaintiffs submitted an amended lawsuit, over statements related to blackberry 10, a US Judge has rejected BlackBerry's request to dismiss the amended lawsuit.

Former Equifax Executive Charged With Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a former chief information officer of a U.S. business unit of Equifax with insider trading in advance of the company’s September 2017 announcement about a massive data breach that exposed the social security numbers and other personal information of about 148 million U.S. customers.

Trump kills off Broadcom’s attempted takeover of Qualcomm with national security order

Donald Trump has blocked Broadcom's $142bn (£102m) takeover of US rival Qualcomm, killing the biggest technology deal ever under the assertion that it would be a threat to U.S. national security. In an order issued on Monday evening, the US president said there was "credible evidence" that led him to believe that, in buying Qualcomm, Broadcom "might take action that that threatens to impair the national security of the United States".

California Introduces ‘right to repair’ bill for Electronics

Assembly member Susan Talamantes Eggman has announced that she will be introducing the California Right to Repair Actt, joining 17 other US states with similar legislation on the table. The legislation would require manufacturers of electronics to make diagnostic and repair information, as well as equipment or service parts, available to product owners and to independent repair shops.