News digest 19.12.2022

News digest 19.12.2022

Amazon launches Inspire, a TikTok-like shopping feed

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Amazon is bringing a TikTok-like shopping experience to its app. The company announced the launch of Inspire, a new short-form video and photo feed that allows consumers to explore products and ideas and shop from content created by influencers, brands and other customers.

Brazil sports betting regulations suffer another setback “to square one”

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The outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro exited without signing Brazil’s long-awaited sports betting regulations before the deadline of the 12th of December. Regulated sports betting in Brazil is a long and troubled road that involves various setbacks including the passing of Federal Law No. 13,756/2018 to legalize fixed-odds sports betting for land-based and online casinos in 2018, but a lack of regulation has caused trouble in the market.

Senate votes to ban TikTok on US government-owned devices

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Bill comes after several states barred employees from downloading the app on state-owned gadgets over data concerns. The US Senate late on Wednesday passed by voice-vote a bill to bar federal employees from using Chinese-owned TikTok on government-owned devices. The bill must still be approved by the US House of Representatives before going to Joe Biden for approval.

Apple is planning to allow third-party App Store alternatives on the iPhone for the first time

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Apple is set to make a monumental change to the App Store on the iPhone. In response to looming regulations in the European Union, Apple has software engineers and services employees working on a project to “allow alternative app stores” on the iPhone and iPad. This change could launch as soon as iOS 17 next year.

Playtech and Holland Casino partner up for responsible gambling research

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The project, to take place in the Netherlands, will be a four-year-long endeavor designed to explore solutions to ensure responsible gambling. Titled “A Safe Bet: design and evaluation of a player-tailored online responsible gambling promotion framework”, the project will be led by the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Amsterdam using data from Holland Casino’s Playtech-powered online products.

Instagram introduces new features such as Notes and Candid Stories

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Instagram is introducing new features that help you share and connect with the people you care about. They’re rolling out Notes, a new way to share your thoughts using just text and emojis. Also, they’re testing new features like Candid Stories so you can capture what you’re doing at the moment, Group Profiles so people can share posts and stories in a dedicated, shared profile and more.

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