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GM, Cruise suing to stop Ford from using the name ‘BlueCruise’

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General Motors has filed a lawsuit to try to prevent Ford from using the name “BlueCruise” for the hands-free driving feature it announced earlier this year.

 

First reported by the Detroit Free Press, GM claims the name is too close Super Cruise; the name of is own hands-free driving technology introduced in 2017, and to its autonomous vehicle subsidiary Cruise.

 

GM is suing Ford for trademark infringement and unspecified damages.

 

In the lawsuit filed Friday, GM said in that the companies had been involved in “protracted discussions” over the name but were unable to resolve the matter.

 

“Ford knew exactly what it was doing,” GM alleges in its complaint; adding that if Ford “wanted to adopt a new, unique brand, it easily could have done so without using the word ‘Cruise.’”

 

Ford announced BlueCruise as the name for its hands-free driver assist system in April, and said it would begin pushing the feature; via an over-the-air software updates to select vehicles later this year.

 

GM didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment Saturday.

 

The company told the Free Press that it would have preferred to resolve the situation amicably; but was “left with no choice but to vigorously defend our brands and protect the equity our products and technology have earned over several years in the market.”

 

A Ford spokesperson called GM’s Cruise claim “meritless and frivolous;” in a statement emailed to The Verge, saying that cruise control is a well-known term.

 

“Every automaker offers it, and ‘cruise’ is common shorthand for the capability. That’s why BlueCruise was chosen as the name for the Blue Oval’s next evolution of Ford’s Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control;” the spokesperson added (the “Blue Oval” refers to Ford’s logo).

 

Indeed, there are several other automakers who use the word “cruise” to describe their hands-free driving features; including Hyundai’s Smart Cruise Control, and BMW’s Active Cruise Control.

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‘Nothing Must Happen To Him’ Nigerians Warn As Chiwetalu Agu Rocks Biafra Flag Outfit

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Nigerians on social media have expressed concerns about veteran actor, Chiwetalu Agu after photos of him posing with a Biafra flag outfit surfaced online.

The actor who seemed to have joined the league of celebrities pledging their support for the restoration of the independent state of Biafra, in the Old Eastern Region of Nigeria was pictured rocking a Biafra outfit.

However, the photos of the 65-year-old actor in half of a yellow sun outfit has stirred reactions as fans genuinely fear for his safety warning the authorities that nothing should happen to him for expressing his God-given human right.



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See reactions the photos generated below;

@weighbunny wrote; “Chaii. My heart skipped, I think say na another thing…It is well with him”

@____f.o.e wrote; “Now his safety is in danger.”

dumebiblog wrote; ‘‘Embrace who you are”

uwakautos wrote; ”Nothing must happened to this man oo”

oneheart_but_two wrote; “The best I’ve seen today.”

majorchuks wrote; “Odogwu” 

oluwatobi_official wrote; ‘Make una no put this man for trouble oo’

i_am_dollypee wrote; ‘Ki won lo yin baba oni baba lorun’

Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, was a secessionist state in West Africa that separated from Nigeria and existed from May 1967 to January 1970.

Over the years, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have continued to advocate for the secession of the Igbo-populated Southeast zone, by demanding a referendum from the federal government and going public with calls for the creation of a sovereign Biafra nation.


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Why I Want To Be Next APC National Chairman – Ali Modu Sheriff

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A former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has revealed why he wants to become the next national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Naija News reports that the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee led by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni is yet to fix a date for the national convention where new National Working Committee (NWC) members would be elected.

Speaking on Wednesday in Abakaliki, when he visited Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, Sheriff said he wants to unite the party if allowed to be the APC national chairman.



He stated that as a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he has all the experience needed to succeed.

The former governor disclosed that he was in the state to consult with the governor because of his influence in the South East and among his colleagues.

Sheriff commended Umahi for his “giant strides” across all sectors in the state and urged him to keep up the good work.

He added that the APC is proud of his achievements in the state, adding that the two strongest states in the Southeast are APC states.

“You are very influential in APC and your fellow governors and leaders across the country rate you highly for your infrastructural strides, among other achievements.

“The only two strongest states in Southeastern Nigeria are APC states. With what I have seen, I can now tell people to visit Ebonyi State, this is because you have made APC governors proud,” he said.

Speaking further, Sheriff said the next president can come from any part of the country, adding that Buhari should be supported to complete his tenure.

“It is, however, not the time to talk about the next president because an incumbent is still in office and should be supported to accomplish his goals,” he said.


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Akwa Ibom: Emmanuel Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill into Law

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Following the resolution of the Southern Governors Forum against the open grazing of cattle, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has signed the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law.

Recall that the state House of Assembly has passed the bill into law on Tuesday during its plenary, presided over by the Speaker, Aniekan Bassey.

The assembly, however, allowed the establishment of ranches and livestock administration in the state, after it adopted the recommendations of the Joint House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lands and Housing.


During the signing at Exco Chambers Government House on Wednesday in Uyo, Governor Emmanuel said the open rearing and grazing of livestock has been banned in the state.

The governor added that a task force will be set up to monitor enforcement as defaulters will pay a fine of N10 million naira as stipulated in the bill.

Emmanuel stated that the bill will promote modern techniques of animal husbandry, promote job opportunities and expand the value chain in livestock business as well as promote international best practices in the state.

The governor added that the bill will promote the production of high quality livestock in the state as well as promote international best practices.

He further said that the bill will promote the growth of livestock farming and prevent the destruction of farms, crops settlements and homes caused by open rearing across the state.

Naija News reports that the signing was witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Speaker State House of Assembly, Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, State Executive Council Members.

Others who witnessed the assent include Chairmen of Boards and Commissions, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departments.


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