Apple could pay $532 million for infringing on iMessage patents

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Apple may have an unexpected payout on its hands.
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Apple could owe up to $532 million for infringing on secure communication patents, used for both its FaceTime and its iMessage services — or at least it will if patent-holding entity VirnetX Holding Corporation has its way.

A lawyer for the firm told a court in (where else?) the Eastern District of Texas that, “Apple hasn’t played fair. They have taken Virnetx’s intellectual property without permission.”

Judge rules in Apple’s favor in lawsuit about disappearing Android texts

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The latest Android vs. Apple lawsuit is over.
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Apple has claimed final victory in a lawsuit arguing that the company was purposely intercepting and failing to deliver texts sent from iPhones to Android owners.

The case was related to Apple’s iMessage service, which posed a challenge to Apple-to-Android switchers up until 2014, when Apple finally issued a fix for the problem.

Apple speaks out against U.K.’s anti-encryption ‘snooper’s charter’

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Services like iMessage could be affected by the U.K.'s Investigatory Powers Bill.
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Apple has publicly criticized the U.K.’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill, a.k.a. the “snooper’s charter,” for fear that forcing companies to create backdoors in encryption services like iMessage could “hurt law-abiding citizens.”

iMessage could power Apple’s peer-to-peer payments system

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iMessage will soon let you send money to your buddies.
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Apple is considering using iMessage to make it easy for iOS to transfer users money to one another, according to a new report.

Given iMessage’s high level of encryption and existing popularity among users (particularly millennials), it makes perfect sense that Apple would use the software — rather than developing a completely new app — to further its mobile payment ambitions.