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CustomizeMyPlates.com, a custom PS5 faceplate maker, has been forced by Sony’s lawyers to stop manufacturing their product and refund all orders.

The website launched last week as PlateStation5.com and was offering unofficial PS5 shells in a variety of colors and patterns for $ 39.99. However, after just one day, the company was contacted by Sony’s lawyers stating that the name had to be changed due to trademark infringement. Speaking to VGC, a company representative said he was hoping the switch to CustomizeMyPlates would make everyone happy.

Unfortunately, Sony eventually discovered that making unofficial seashells was completely against their intellectual property rights. CustomizeMyPlates said, “But then Sony attorneys told us it was their opinion that Sony’s intellectual property had expanded to include the building blocks and that if we continued to sell and distribute them in any country we would end up in court. ”

The company had hoped to be able to deliver the faceplates to customers two weeks before the launch of PS5. Now they have decided to stop production and refund all purchases. The company said it will focus on developing other legal console skins and accessories instead.

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Last month’s official PlayStation 5 teardown video showed how the two faceplates could easily be detached from either side of the console. Sony hasn’t announced any plans for interchangeable shells yet, but obviously we’ll have to wait for an unofficial product before unofficial or third-party brands can sell their own shells.

The PlayStation 5 will be available from November 12th. The release of PS5 accessories like the new DualSense controller, new camera, and new headset is likely to come out earlier than the console, possibly even later this week. We have our first impressions of the innovative new DualSense as well as the pre-installed start title Astro’s Playroom. If you get an additional $ 40 thanks to a canceled pre-order for the faceplate, you can now pick up a full year of PlayStation Plus at half price and gain access to the PlayStation Plus collection.

READ MORE: Astro’s Playroom: Cooling Springs PS5 – Gameplay and DualSense Impressions

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Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries

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Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.

Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .

 

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver

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EBay will sell its South Korean business to retailer Shinsegae Group and e-commerce firm Naver for about 4 trillion won ($3.6 billion), local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.

Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.

Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.

South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.

Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.

($1 = 1,117.7000 won)

 

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum

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Canada is set to begin a hotly anticipated auction of the mobile telecommunications bandwidth necessary for 5G rollout, one that was delayed more than a year by the pandemic.

The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.

Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.

Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.

The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.

The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.

Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.

In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.

Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.

Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.

In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.

Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.

The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.

($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)

 

(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)

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