Weekly Digest June 23–29
Adidas, Photoshop, TikTok, and more. Let’s dive into this week’s news…
Adidas Sues Nike
Adidas is suing Nike for infringing on its proprietary technologies. The federal lawsuit details nine of Adidas’s patents that have been violated in Nike’s apps: Nike Run Club, Nike SNKRS, and Nike Training Club. Adidas claims that Nike was already aware of their infringement, as some of Nike’s own patents directly reference Adidas’ technology. In the wake of the pandemic, both brands have been competing with new direct-to-consumer models.
Free Photoshop Plan
In October 2021, Adobe released a fully web-based version of Photoshop. The web version featured some of Photoshop’s most popular features, allowing creators to make powerful edits on the fly. Photoshop has always been an expensive software to use, but that may soon change. Adobe is experimenting with a new “freemium” model that makes Photoshop’s core features free for everyone, with options to pay to unlock more powerful features.
Focused on private and secure messaging, Telegram has grown to over 700 million monthly active users. Now, the messaging app is launching a premium service, which offers a slew of extra features for $4.99 a month. The new service includes faster downloads, higher channel and chat limits, and no ads.
McDonald’s Exits Russia
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the rising tensions in the region, McDonald’s announced it will no longer serve food in Russia. Following this decision, Alexander Govor, a Russian entrepreneur, saw an opportunity to purchase the vacant restaurants and rebrand them. Fifteen restaurants were reopened on Sunday as “Vkusno & tochka”, serving nearly identical meals to the original McDonald’s, down to the ingredients and cooking process.
$13.5 Million Game Cheat Settlement
Last year, Bungie, the developers of Destiny 2, filed a lawsuit against a group of video game cheat creators, who sold cheating software for Destiny 2 that allowed players to gain unfair advantages in competitive play. Recently, the group was found guilty of violating copyright laws and computer fraud and abuse acts. The settlement amount was calculated from 6,765 downloads with a $2,000 penalty per download per violation of the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions.
TikTok Moves US Traffic to Oracle
Back in September of 2020, former president Donald Trump tried to ban Chinese-owned apps like WeChat and TikTok in the U.S. amid privacy and security concerns with American users’ data. On Friday, ByteDance announced that they will be moving all server traffic and data processing to servers located within the United States. The company has partnered with Oracle’s cloud infrastructure to complete hosting and servicing of its US product. TikTok is also hiring a US-based leadership team to oversee U.S. user data at the company.
Fun fact: McDonald’s was founded on April 15, 1955 in San Bernardino, California.